Looking for ways to get your hands dirty? Want to learn a new skill? There are plenty of ways to get creative on Chicago’s North Shore, whether you’re interested in nature, jewelry, painting or even giving back.
Paint the Town
Grab your closest friends (and a glass of wine) and spend an evening painting a masterpiece. Upcoming paintings at The Glen’s Pinot’s Palette include A Winter’s Night (Jan. 27) and Poppies on Parade (Feb. 2). Pinot’s Palette will also host GAL-entine’s Night Out featuring Beauty Bar by CHOP CHOP on Feb. 9. At Evanston’s Bottle & Bottega, you can paint your pet (Jan. 23) and paint with the entire family (Jan. 28), or stop by on Jan. 31 for National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day.
The Collage Café in Evanston offers open studio hours every Wednesday, when you can bring your own project or find one at the café. On Jan. 27, the café will also host Coloring & Cocktails, and you can stop by the next day for one of the most popular classes, Altered Books.
Work of Art
Whether you’re looking for a class for yourself or your kids, or even a creative summer camp, you’ll always find something to love at the Evanston Art Center. Upcoming workshops include Crochet Basics on Jan. 29, Sashiko Stitching on Feb. 11 and Digital Photography for Beginners on Feb. 25 while classes range in topic from ceramics and drawing to figure sculpture and woodworking.
There’s always a way to get your hands dirty at Chicago Botanic Garden. The Little Diggers program gives 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds an opportunity to take part in a group activity, free play and a planting project. Or, the entire family can get involved in Weekend Family Classes like Sweet Treats: Cold Eats on Feb. 12 and 25. Participants will learn about how some favorite treats are connected to plants, make fruity goodies, and take home a recipe.
Ayla’s Originals, a bead, jewelry and gift boutique in Evanston, hosts classes led by local artists. You can make a Cobblestone Beaded Bracelet, a leather and pearl necklace and more, or learn how to photograph your jewelry. You can even schedule your next party here.
Get outside and do some good at The Grove’s Restoration Work Day on Feb. 11. Bring work gloves to help collect seeds or remove non-native plants.