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From colorful walks through the Chicago Botanic Garden and pumpkin picking to Oktoberfests and more, there's so many ways to enjoy fall Chicago's North Shore.

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Now - February 28, 2019
NATIVE AMERICAN WOVEN ARTS
For thousands of years, indigenous people have transformed simple fibers into useful and beautiful containers, clothes, and other household materials reflecting their unique cultures. Weaving is a varied and true art form for Native people across the US and Canada, and this exhibit explores the artistry and expertise of the weavers who create unique and priceless baskets, bags, rugs, blankets, and clothing.    
Location: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central Street, Evanston
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Now - January 13, 2019
STORIES OF SURVIVAL
Stories of Survival features personal artifacts, photographed by Jim Lommasson, and brought to America by local Survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria. Photographs with written text by Survivors and their family members describing the object’s significance and history, and the original objects will be on display at the Museum. Curated in honor of the Museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibition will then travel to other venues beginning in 2019.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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Now - December 29, 2018
TEMPERANCE BREWERY TOUR
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.
Location: Temperance Beer Co., 2000 W. Dempster St., Evanston
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Now - January 31, 2019
THE LAST GOODBYE
The Last Goodbye features Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter’s visit to the site of the Nazi death camp Majdanek in Poland. Gutter is the only member of his family of four to have survived the Holocaust. The precedent-set- ting, fully immersive experience enables viewers to visit the site with Gutter as he travels through the railway car, gas chamber, shower room and barracks of Majdanek decades later. The 360-degree experience also allows viewers to actually walk around and explore the environment, adding another layer of depth to the immersion.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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Now - December 9, 2018
UP IS DOWN: MID-CENTURY EXPERIMENTS IN ADVERTISING AND FILM
Up is Down: Mid-century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl studio. In the 1950s, Chicago-based design firm Goldsholl and Associates made a name for itself with innovative "designs-in-film." Headed by Morton and Millie Goldsholl, the studio produced television spots, films, trademarks, corporate identities, and print advertisements for international corporations like Kimberly-Clark, Motorola, and 7-Up. Although they were compared to some of the most celebrated design firms of the day, the Goldsholls and their designers are relatively unknown today. Opening in September 2018, the Block Museum’s exhibition Up is Down: Mid-Century Experimentation in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio will reexamine the innovative work of Goldsholl and Associates and its national impact.
 

Location: Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle, Evanston
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Now - October 21, 2018
UPENDED PRODUCTIONS: ALICE
Alice is an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience. The audience, traveling in groups of 15, follows a white rabbit to various locations throughout the Main-Dempster Mile in Evanston. Ducking into storerooms and back patios, traipsing through stores and taverns and galleries, the audience IS Alice and the Main-Dempster Mile shopping district becomes a wonderland. Chapters of the book are divided amongst Evanston and Chicago theater companies, visual artists, and filmmakers, and performed in the various locations throughout the neighborhood. This show takes place both indoors and out and will commence rain or shine. There are no refunds unless the show is officially cancelled—because Alice isn't scared of a little water. Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1:00pm (tours leave in 15-minute intervals).  
Location: August LaCapra State Farm, 829 Chicago Ave, Evanston
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Now - January 13, 2019
STORYLAND
Storyland brings children and adults into the world of seven beloved children’s books. From the gardens of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the urban snowscape of The Snowy Day and the tropical island of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, this exhibit engages visitors in early literature adventures. In Storyland‘s immersive environments designed for children from birth through 8 years old, families will discover that it is never too early to develop a love of stories and reading. 
Location: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
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Now - June 23, 2019
THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEVE SCHAPIRO
The Photographs of Steve Schapiro showcases iconic images of the Civil Rights movement and cultural and political leaders of recent history. In partnership with award-winning Chicago-based photographer, Steve Schapiro, the Museum will display two bodies of his work: the struggle for civil rights in the South and portraiture of history makers from the 20th century. | The Golder Family Foundation is a lead sponsor of Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.  
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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October 20, 2018
WALKING TOUR: DOWNTOWN EVANSTON
Walking Tour: Downtown Evanston. Consider the distinctive character of downtown Evanston by taking a closer look at historic buildings and byways. Discover the hidden treasures and little-known stories of our community. This tour meets at FOUNTAIN SQUARE. |  The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape. Tours may repeat and last for 90 minutes. Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP to Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org or 847-475-3410.
Location: Fountain Square, 1700 Sherman Ave, Evanston
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October 24, 2018 - October 28, 2018
A NIGHT OF 1,000 JACK-O'-LANTERNS
More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale on the Esplanade before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for more hearty seasonal fare. Event is held rain or shine. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to buy tickets in advance.  
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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October 26, 2018
BOONANZA
BOO-Nanza: Children, ages 10 years and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun. Decorate your own pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling, hayrides, magic show and inflatables. It’s all FREE and kid-friendly! Note: Limited number of pumpkins available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Location: Wheeling Community Recreation Center , 100 Community Boulevard, Wheeling
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October 26, 2018
DAVE RUDOLF’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
Fun for the whole family with Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular! Dave will entertain goblins of all ages with his ghost-definitely, not very scary definitely – fun songs and stories to raise the hair on your funny bone. Kids come dressed in costume and share the stage with Dave.
Location: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
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October 27, 2018
HALLOWEEN IN DOWNTOWN SKOKIE
Trick or treat at participating merchants in downtown Skokie. Children, ages 12 and younger in costume are welcome to participate. Pick up a bag at Crafty Beaver, Mini Man Monkey Brains or North Branch Yoga and start your adventure. Look for participating merchants with the pumpkin poster in the window!
Location: Start at Crafty Beaver Lumber, Lincoln and Oakton , Skokie
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October 27, 2018
SACRED GEOMETRIES
From the deep unconscious of humankind, certain shapes and numbers have emerged as magic. See stars, pentagrams and more in Eve's creative interpretation of these mystical forms in her fine art jewelry series "Sacred Geometries". Opening party is Saturday, October 27, from 1-7 pm at the Gallery. From Stonehenge to Vitruvian man, and beyond, "Sacred Geometries" will take you on a new artistic journey!
Location: Eve Alfille Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove St., Evanston
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October 27, 2018
SPOOKY SATURDAY ON THE MAIN-DEMPSTER MILE
Kids of all ages welcome! Trick or Treat the merchants of the Main-Dempster Mile, while stopping in at some special events along the way.
Location: 900 Chicago Ave,
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November 4, 2018
TURN BACK TIME 5K
The Wheeling Park District will be hosting a 5k run and 1 mile walk at the beautiful grounds of Chevy Chase Country Club. Don't miss this one of-a-kind event! Runners are encouraged to come dressed in their best decade themed outfits. This fun filled, decade themed running/walking event will take place at the beautiful grounds of Chevy Chase Country Club. Stick around after the race as we party it up and celebrate the past.
Location: Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling
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November 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019
WONDERLAND EXPRESS
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.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
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