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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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DIY Your Holiday Booty Off!
December 11, 2018

Work it girl! Then reward yourself!  Bottle & Bottega Evanston welcomes The Barre Code Evanston to co-host a very special event at their BYOB studio (1016 Davis St. Evanston, IL  60201). Burn off those holiday calories with an intense workout by Barre Code, then sit, relax, and take a load off as you sip your beverage of choice and paint glass ornaments for yourself or as a gift for a loved one!   Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Bottle & Bottega Evanston
1016 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60201
8476934968
Storytime and Crafts at the Museum
December 11, 2018

Join us at the Halim Time and Glass Museum for an educational storytime at the Museum! We'll have warm beverages, snacks and crafts, all of which is included free with admission.  Free with Museum admission. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Halim Time and Glass Museum
1560 Oak Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
(224) 714-5600
Moira's Afternoon Tea Service
December 12, 2018

Moira's Afternoon Tea Service at Celtic Knot Public House: Stem the hunger & anticipation of the evening meal! Join us at the Celtic Knot Pub every Wednesday & Saturdays for Afternoon Tea from 2-4 pm! Enjoy little sandwiches, homemade scones, whipped cream, strawberries, pastries & teas from around the world. $19 adults; $12 children . Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 864-1679
Holiday Treat Walk
December 13, 2018

The Main-Dempster Mile's shops have a holiday gift for all of you, their friends and customers! On December 13th, stop at any participating business on the Main-Dempster Mile and enjoy a holiday treat, courtesy of that business owner. Tickets are free, but they request an RSVP for planning purposes. Kids welcome! Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Main Dempster Street
Shops along the Main-Dempster Mile Evanston
Evanston, IL
Storytime and Crafts at the Museum
December 13, 2018

Join us at the Halim Time and Glass Museum for an educational storytime at the Museum! We'll have warm beverages, snacks and crafts, all of which is included free with admission.  Free with Museum admission. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Halim Time and Glass Museum
1560 Oak Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
(224) 714-5600
Breakfast with Santa
December 15, 2018

Breakfast with Santa: Santa is coming to the Skokie Park District! Please join us for a delicious pancake breakfast, crafts and raffle. Santa will be on hand to take pictures with you and your family. This event is for all ages. All adults and children must pre-register for this event. Fee is per person. Skokie Park District activity code 433531.  $16-$18. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Oakton Community Center
4701 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL
(847) 674-1500 ext. 2700
Holiday Open House
December 15, 2018

Please join us at the Halim Time and Glass Museum for a festive day at the Museum with free admission all day! We'll have Caroling with Evanston's etc. Music from 1:00-3:00 pm, live reindeer stopping by from 2:30-4:30 pm, crafts for the kids, 10% off in the gift shop and warm beverages for all!    Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Halim Time and Glass Museum
1560 Oak Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
(224) 714-5600
Holiday Sip & Shop
December 15, 2018

Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio will host a Holiday Sip & Shop event on Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 5pm. Taste some small bites and toast the season with some wine and non-alcoholic beverages. A necklace and bracelet will be raffled off for two lucky winners who come to the event and enter the drawing.
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Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio
623 Grove St.
Evanston, IL 60201
847-869-7920
Storytelling Benefit- A one Man Reading of "A Christmas Carol" with Afternoon Tea served at intermission
December 15, 2018

Please join the Celtic Knot Public House for a Very Special Holiday Storytelling Event: A One Man Reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by Greg Weiss with Moira’s Afternoon Tea served during intermission. In the spirit of this masterpiece’s reminder that “MANKIND IS (OUR) BUSINESS”, one half of the ticket price will be donated to a local charity. ***RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED*** $25/person. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60201
8478641679
A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets
December 16, 2018

Imagine yourself in 17th-century Mexico City. It’s Christmas and the glorious singing of cloistered nuns soars over the walls of their convent and fills the square. On the other side of the plaza, a street band plays villancicos — joyful folk music of praise and celebration. In the Newberry Consort’s upcoming program, “A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets,” nearly 30 musicians will recreate this vivid scene! Tickets: $40-$50. Type: Performing Arts.
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First United Methodist Church
516 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60201
Bourbon and Beer Shopping Event
December 16, 2018


Guys will enjoy Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio’s Bourbon and Beer shopping event with guidance for gift buying on Sunday, December 16th from 1 to 5 pm.  They will raffle off a bottle of Bourbon to one lucky person (must be 21 or older to enter). Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio
623 Grove St.
Evanston, IL 60201
847-869-7920
Frances Willard House Holiday Tour
December 16, 2018

Frances Willard House Museum (FWHM) will offer special holiday tours Sundays in December. Take a break from the busy holiday season and join us as we turn back the clock and revisit Christmas at the Willard House in 1887! $10 adults, $5 students (FWHM members are free. Type: Tours.
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Frances Willard House Museum
1730 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847)328-7500
Holiday Concert 2018
December 16, 2018

Join Directors Gary Geiger, Sarah Bartolome and Bryan Johnson as they lead the entire Evanston Children’s Choir in our most popular concert of the year, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in typical ECC style! This concert is FREE, but voluntary donations are graciously accepted. Free; Donation graciously accepted. Type: Live Music.
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Alice Miller Chapel at Northwestern University
1870 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7256
Sunday Brunch with Santa
December 16, 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
Music of the Baroque: Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts
December 15, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Inspiring music in beautiful spaces. Joyful carols, solemn chant, and jubilant works for brass unite in a glorious program celebrating “Christmas Around the World." $35 - $90. Type: Performing Arts.
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Divine World Chapel
2001 North Waukegan Road
Northbrook , IL 60062
312-551-1414
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 15, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! For a holiday production that first delighted audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker demonstrates how to make this historic ballet and holiday tradition just as accessible and relevant today. The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tickets start as low as $20.   $20 | $32.50 | $42.50 . Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
The Nutcracker on Ice
December 14, 2018 - December 16, 2018

"The Nutcracker," Evanston’s beloved winter ice show, celebrates its 44th holiday season entertaining families! Performances are Friday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 15, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 16, 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door, call 847-448-8258, or visit cityofevanston.org/recreation. General Seating: $9; Reserved Seating: $10. Type: Performing Arts.
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Robert Crown Center
1701 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 448-8258
Mansfield Park
Through December 16, 2018

Mansfield Park: When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her overburdened parents, she must learn to navigate life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle’s wealthy estate. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her “rollicking, heartfelt ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and a naughty and frantic ‘Vanity Fair’” (New York Times), brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Jane Austen’s classic tale of social satire and the quest for romance.   Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
847.673.6300
Twelfth Night Or What You Will
Through December 16, 2018

Shakespeare’s romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant—or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino’s romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. One of Western literature’s greatest comedies, Twelfth Night imagines a world where up is down, hot is cold and love is not always what it seems! Prices Vary. Type: Performing Arts.
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Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL
(847) 242-6000
Witch
Through December 16, 2018

WITCH: Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise—as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground—Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch. Price varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 242-6000
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Chicago State
December 17, 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
An Evening with PigPen Theatre Co.
December 16, 2018 - December 17, 2018

Writers Theatre, presents 'An Evening with PigPen Theatre Company, a two-night only concert series featuring the stars of PigPen (The Hunter and the Bear, The Old Man and the Old Moon), with a few surprises for the holiday season. Tickets available by phone, online and at the ticket office.  $25-$40/ $75 VIP. Type: Performing Arts.
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Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL
(847) 242-6000
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
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