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Our calendar is full on Chicago's North Shore. From street fairs, famed festivals, special interest tours, walks and talks to an elite array of theatrical offerings, world-class concerts, unique performing arts presentations, sporting events, farmers markets, and so much more, Chicago’s North Shore offers the visitor an exceptional array of entertainment options.

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Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Oklahoma
December 21, 2018

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first in the all-new Welsh-Ryan Arena!  Watch a home game in Evanston in a state-of-the-art facility and enjoy a world-class experience with the passionate Wildcats home crowd! Prices vary. Type: Sports.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland
Evanston, IL
888-467-8775
Holiday Afternoon Tea
December 22, 2018

Peckish Pig hosts an English Afternoon Tea buffet with live music, featuring a variety of mini sandwiches, quiche, pastries, Debbie’s Chocolates, and her Gran’s scones with clotted cream and jam! Tickets required for Afternoon Tea.
  $36 for Adults ($18 for Children under 10) . Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Peckish Pig
623 Howard Street
Evanston , IL
(847) 491-6778
Santa Mix and Mingle
December 22, 2018

Join us at Westfield Old Orchard for a holiday celebration full of festive surprises at our "Santa Mix and Mingle" on Saturday, December 22 from 3:00pm—5:00pm in Cube Park. Enjoy gourmet hot cocoa, live entertainment, giveaways, free photos with Santa and more!  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Westfield Old Orchard
4999 East Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.6800
Winter Arts and Crafts Expo
Through December 22, 2018

The Evanston Art Center’s "Winter Arts & Crafts Expo" is one of the largest and most celebrated craft shows in the Chicago area. The 16th annual Expo features original arts and crafts by over 140 selected artisans, featuring works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more. (Closed Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving).     Type: Visual Arts.
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Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-5300
Sunday Brunch with Santa
December 23, 2018

Bring in the family to meet Santa while enjoy a delicious brunch spread this holiday season. Santa will be making his way to Pinstripes December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd to mingle with families, snap photos and take requests for holiday wish lists!
  Adults: $35 | Children 6-12 years: $15 | Children 5 & Under: Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd
Northbrook, IL
(847) 480-2323
American Girl Live: An All New Musical
December 21, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Experience American Girl in an all-new musical, coming this holiday season to the North Shore Center in Skokie! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship. VIP Package Options are available. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Temperance Brewery Tour
Through December 29, 2018

Head to Temperance Brewery for their weekly Saturday brewery tours! Each ticket includes a backstage pass to the brewery, beer samples, a souvenir pint glass and 20% off merchandise purchased that day. Tours last approximately an hour. Ages 21+ and older. $10. Type: Tours.
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Temperance Beer Co.
2000 W. Dempster St.
Evanston, IL
(847) 864-1000
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Columbia
December 30, 2018

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first in the all-new Welsh-Ryan Arena!  Watch a home game in Evanston in a state-of-the-art facility and enjoy a world-class experience with the passionate Wildcats home crowd! Prices vary. Type: Sports.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-2287
Northwestern University Women's Basketball vs.Illinois
December 30, 2018

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Women's Wildcats season is the first in the all-new Welsh-Ryan Arena!  Watch a home game in Evanston in a state-of-the-art facility and enjoy a world-class experience with the passionate Wildcats home crowd!   Prices vary. Type: Sports.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland
Evanston, IL
847-491-2287
It's A Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Play
Through December 30, 2018

Oil Lamp Theater invites you to kick off the holiday season with their presentation of Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play. This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It’s December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It’s a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, Bailey, compassionate yet disheartened, is at the end of his rope. He questions his purpose in life and considers ending it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story’s message is profound and remains relevant for today’s audiences. $20-$35 (plus service fee) Includes cookies and corkage fee! . Type: Performing Arts.
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Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL
(847) 834-0738
"Noon" Year's Eve
December 31, 2018

Gather with friends and family for the ultimate “Noon” Year’s Eve Celebration! A $10 ticket includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, NYE party favors, and a sparkling cider toast at noon. $10. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
First Night Evanston
December 31, 2018

What's First Night? It's a New Year's Eve celebration that brings together a great community. You'll experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists, many of whom live right here in Evanston. It's a family friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to families and young children as well as a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's classic houses of worship. Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Various Locations in Evanston
1427 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(224) 305-6607
Happy Noon Year
December 31, 2018

Celebrate the NEW year at NOON! Bring the kids and join in the festivities including games, music, massive balloon drop and sparkling grape-juice toast.
Registration Deadline: 12/28; Registration Code: 313603-01
$2/person. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Community Recreation Center
100 Community Boulevard
Wheeling, IL 60090
Itty Bitty New Year
December 31, 2018

Ring in 2019 with the little ones, featuring games, live entertainment, food, fun and a noon balloon drop! Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Oakton Community Center
4701 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077
New Year's Eve at Mesa Urbana
December 31, 2018

Celebrate your New Year's Eve at Mesa Urbana! Ticket includes two cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, and live music from our DJ. 
RSVP to (847) 383-0700    $54 per person. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Mesa Urbana
3566 Milwaukee Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-383-0700
New Year's Eve Bash!
December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve Bash at Kohl Children's Museum: We’re transforming an entire wing of the Museum into a giant Times Square style party with the biggest confetti drop you've ever seen! Children's concert with Wendy Morgan & DB, DJ and dance party, hat making and horns, family photos, free hair styling from KidSnips, and a Times Square-style confetti drop! Children under 12 months of age free.*Early Bird Discount Tickets Save $5! (After Dec 21, prices rise to $35/person, Members $25/person). Tickets required for everyone over the age of 12 months.       $35/person, Members $25/person! / Early Bird discount before Dec21. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview, IL
847-832-6600
NYE: Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets with Joel Paterson Trio
December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve: Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets with Joel Paterson: Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello-Graham Parker-Pretenders-The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, short-lived career as a pop star, and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician. But in his current ‘second act’ as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter and Los Straitjackets, he has no equal.
  This show is part of the 93XRT Holiday Concerts for The Kids series. Please bring a new unwrapped toy or book to the show and help make things just a little bit better for children spending their holidays in area hospitals. $75 – $175. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Ring in the New Year
December 31, 2018

Welcome in 2019 at Pinstripes. Contact Pinstripes in Northbrook for additional details and RSVP!  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 480-2323
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods
December 22, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Everybody’s favorite storybook characters come together in this wise and witty tale about the consequences of what you wish for. A Tony Award-winning musical (and hit movie in 2014), performed with a full orchestra and these songs: Children Will Listen, I Know Things Now, No One Is Alone and It Takes Two. Ages 8 and older.
  Varies; Ages 25 and younger are 1/2 price. Type: Performing Arts.
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Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 920-5360
Open Mondays at Ayla's
Through December 31, 2018

Open Mondays in December for Santa's Workshop – stop by and create some magic. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Ayla's Originals
1511 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
New Year's Eve Soirée
December 31, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Dance your way into 2019 and celebrate the New Year in our historic Grand Ballroom. The dance era’s most popular hits from the 1920s and on will be featured by one of Chicagoland’s top big bands. For your dining pleasure, Chef Adolfo and his culinary team will present wonderful meal selections at the station buffets. $109 + tax/person. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, IL 60090
Charlie Mars
January 6, 2019

Evanston SPACE:  Charlie Mars has been a journeyman artist with all the ups and downs that entails, from major label releases and high profile gigs opening for the likes of REM, KT Tunstall, Citizen Cope, Steve Earle, among others, from uncertainty to redemption. Now, with the extraordinary new Blackberry Light, the Mississippi-based troubadour builds upon the distinctive musical approach first mined on his 2009 breakthrough Like A Bird, Like A Plane, employing supple grooves and ambient Daniel Lanois-inspired production to enhance the elemental force of his classic songwriting influenced by the likes of Bob Marley, Bill Withers and Dire Straits. From the dreamlike, “Nothing But The Rain,” to the shimmering “Picture of an Island,” the album sees Mars delving deep within to offer insight and a path to self awareness and ultimately transcendence via a gracefully beatific distillation of folk, rock, and smooth acoustic soul. $18 – $28. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. University of Illinois
January 6, 2019

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first in the all-new Welsh-Ryan Arena!  Watch a home game in Evanston in a state-of-the-art facility and enjoy a world-class experience with the passionate Wildcats home crowd! Prices vary. Type: Sports.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-2287
Wonderland Express
Through January 6, 2019

Join the Chicago Botanic Garden for Wonderland Express, an annual holiday extravaganza featuring magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Plus, see intricate ice carvings and hear beautiful music from carolers. Adults: $11/$13 Seniors 62+: $8/$10 Children 3 – 12: $8/$10 Children 2 and under are free. . Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. University of Iowa
January 9, 2019

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first in the all-new Welsh-Ryan Arena!  Watch a home game in Evanston in a state-of-the-art facility and enjoy a world-class experience with the passionate Wildcats home crowd! Prices vary. Type: Sports.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland
Evanston, IL
888-467-8775
Bosnian Genocide: Witnessing the Struggle for Justice
January 10, 2019

In a world still challenged by nationalistic violence, ethnic expulsion, genocide, and the refugee crisis, join the Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Illinois Holocaust Museum for an important discussion on international justice, truth, response, and prevention. Ida Sefer, President, Bosnian American Genocide Institute, moderates a panel that includes fellow Bosnian Genocide Survivorm, Isak Gaši, author of "Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague." Free with required reservations. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 967-4800
Winter Chamber Music Festival
January 11, 2019

The Dover Quartet has become one of the most in-demand string quartets in the world.The group presents, "The Ripple of Time" from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Minor, Op. 30; Mason Bates, From Amber Frozen and Franz Schubert, Quartet in G Major, D. 887.  Varies. Type: Live Music.
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Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 467-4000
National Theatre Live: Antony and Cleopatra
January 12, 2019

National Theatre Live: Antony and Cleopatra: Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Northwestern Wirtz Center / Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive,
Evanston , IL
(847) 491-7282
National Theatre Live: King Lear
January 13, 2019

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Northwestern Wirtz Center / Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Winter Carnival
January 13, 2019

Come join the Winnetka Park District for the annual Winter Carnival at Skokie School. Enjoy fun and games for children of all ages with a carnival theme to remind us of warmer times. Light refreshments will be provided! Type: Family Fun.
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Skokie School
520 Glendale Avenue
Winnetka, IL 60093