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Now - March 31, 2020
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 - 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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Now - April 27, 2019
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
Shop every Saturday morning from 8am—12pm for your favorite foods, including vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, jams and jellies, and so much more. The Evanston Ecology Center's Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from December 1 through April 27, 2019. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the Ecology Center, accessible via McCormick Blvd. Parking will not be permitted in the Ecology Center Circle Drive.
Location: Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd , Evanston
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Now - July 21, 2019
CARAVANS OF GOLD, FRAGMENTS IN TIME: ART, CULTURE, AND EXCHANGE ACROSS MEDIEVAL SAHARAN AFRICA
Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time challenges the widely held bias of a timeless Africa that is cut off from the dynamics of world history. Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time addresses the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe during the critical epoch of the eighth through 16th centuries, when West African gold fueled a global economy and was the impetus for the movement of things, people and ideas across the Sahara Desert to Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Using objects as points of entry and inquiry, Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time will interweave the art history, archaeology, history and comparative literature of trans-Saharan trade, situating it within a broad geographical and historical context.
 

Location: Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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Now - August 25, 2019
PURCHASED LIVES
Purchased Lives examines the trade from the perspectives of the millions of enslaved men, women, and children who found themselves at the mercy of the antebellum slave market. Paintings and prints illustrate how the domestic slave trade appeared in the public sphere; slave narratives, maps, photographs, and three-dimensional objects speak to the experiences of the people bought and sold. The exhibition also highlights traders’ roles and the industries that undergirded the slave trade (including banking, insurance, health care, provisioning, and textile manufacturing) and reveals how families and communities shattered by the trade worked against the odds to reconnect in the decades following the Civil War.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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Now - June 30, 2019
KOHL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: BUILD IT EXHIBIT
Calling all little architects: We’re offering a new twist on an old favorite — the building block! Explore the seven stages of block play with a wide selection of unique and interesting blocks of all shapes and sizes from Imagination Playground, Fat Brain Toys, and others! Experts agree that block play lays the foundation for future math and science concepts in a fun, engaging way!
Location: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
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April 25, 2019 - April 29, 2019
FAIR TRADE RUG EVENT
Choose hand-knotted, heirloom quality rugs made by fairly paid adults. Quite simply, when artisans know they receive a fair, living wage for their work, they can focus on their work, focus on creativity, focus on good materials, focus on quality.   
Location: Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St., Evanston
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April 26, 2019 - April 28, 2019
APRIL IN PARIS
Spring in in the air! Come saunter down Central Street in Evanston this April 26th-28th for a taste of the Parisian life! Local participating businesses will be offering Parisian-inspired gifts, delicacies, and other specialty items. Don't miss out! This event is sure to be magnifique!
Location: Central Street Evanston, Stores from the 1800-2100 blocks of Central Street, Evanston
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April 27, 2019
COSPLAY CLASS
Turn EVA “Hero” Foam into this video game inspired shield!  You’ll learn how to build and glue the shield, add detail and paint it.  Experience how easy it is to make your own cosplay armor and props. Register online and your supply list will be emailed to you along with a discount code to use on our site for purchasing Hero Foam.  Vogue Fabrics now carries the entire Sew Much Cosplay line of Hero Foam and Power Shine products.
Location: Vogue Fabrics, 718 Main St, Evanston
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April 27, 2019
EARTH DAY WALK
Spend part of Earth Day exploring Mary Mix McDonald Woods, a 100-acre rare remnant of the oak woodlands that were once common in northeastern Illinois. April is a special time in the woods to see the rich variety of spring-blooming ephemeral flowers. Volunteer Joanne Schmitz identifies spring wildflowers in bloom and explains their fleeting presence. How the woods have changed through the Garden’s history and the restoration efforts currently underway will also be part of this informative and timely walk in honor of Earth Day.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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April 27, 2019
FAMILY WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
Family Watercolor workshop in American Sign Language: How many times have you heard it said that watercolor is a tough medium to learn? Watercolor is fun and easier than you would think. Learn various techniques and color theory while exploring different ways to combine light, composition, color, and textures in watercolor painting. The instructor, using American Sign Language (ASL), through step-by-step demonstrations, will show you how to create landscape.
Location: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston
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April 27, 2019
ROD TUFFCURLS & THE BENCH PRESS
Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is an exciting cover band from Chicago, entertaining crowds at clubs, festivals, weddings, and other events all across the Midwest since 2008. Their unique song repertoire include hits ranging from Hall & Oates to Taylor Swift, Queen to The Beatles, and Wilson Phillips to Elton John! You may even hear some of our off-the-wall choices from Les Miserables, The Golden Girls, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and classic Disney movies!
Location: SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston
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May 4, 2019
WHEELING'S FAMILY HEALTH FAIR
Please join Wheeling Park District, the Community Advisory Group (CAG), OMNI Youth Services, the Village of Wheeling Board of Health and WPH Chamber of Commerce to the second annual Wheeling’s Family Health Fair! This event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Community Recreation Center (Wheeling Park District). With the combined efforts from local health and wellness oriented organizations and business, this event is focused on promoting health and wellness to the Wheeling Community and surrounding area. The event will also include live music, food vendors, entertainment, free giveaways, demo's and more!
Location: Wheeling Park District Community Recreation Center, 100 Community Boulevard, Wheeling
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May 5, 2019
COSPLAY CLASS
Create your own fun animal ears and tail for your next cosplay or costume!  You’ll learn the tricks of using fake fur while you sew up this quick and easy accessory.  Sewing machines are provided in the classroom, fur kits are available at a discount if you don’t already have fur at home.Register online and your supply list will be emailed to you along with a Discount Code to use on our site if you want to purchase fur kits to use in the class (you can bring your own if you have some already). 
Location: Vogue Fabrics, 718 Main St, Evanston
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May 12, 2019
VIRTUOSO VOICES
Vocal virtuosity of local favorite Michelle Areyzaga and of the North Shore Choral Society will assist in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, America’s greatest musical genius. A short overture by John Williams based on Bernstein melodies completes the tribute. The concert concludes with the great choral blockbuster, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which combines haunting Medieval and Renaissance melodies with a large percussion laden orchestra. 
Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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May 17, 2019 - May 18, 2019
EVANSTON GARDEN FAIR
Evanston Garden Fair will feature perennials from garden club members' gardens, annuals, hanging baskets, and beautiful containers. Each year the fair offers a wonderful variety of carefully selected perennials, annuals, container gardens and hanging baskets at great prices. Lincolnwood Ladies Club members will be available to answer plant and landscaping questions. 
 

Location: Independence Park, Central Street, west of Green Bay; 2000 Central Street, Evanston
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May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019
SKOKIE FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Since its inception in 1991, the Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than a half-a-million visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. Attendees can take a free 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food and beer, unique arts and crafts, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.
Location: Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St. , Skokie
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May 19, 2019
HANDMADE WOODEN BOWLS
The Evanston Art Center:  Wooden bowls are unique, practical, and fun to make. Work on our lathes using woodturning tools to finish a bowl in one day. Instruction and first attempts are in the morning; in the afternoon, there will be time for guided practice and finishing. Skill Level: Beginner. Ages 18+.    
Location: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston
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May 19, 2019
TERRARIUM WORKSHOP
Spark a brand-new passion: Learn how to design, build, and care for your very own terrarium. Do you get to take your new terrarium home with you? You betcha! Not only do you get to learn how to create beautiful treasures- you get to take them home, too! You'll have gained new knowledge and insight, and possibly a favorite new hobby! All materials are provided. BYOB if you feel like sipping while you create!
Location: Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery, 704 Main Street, Evanston
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May 25, 2019
PEN & INK WATERCOLOR
Create studies and one finished piece using dip pens, micron pens, brush pens, and Dr. Martin watercolors. The instructor will provide a still life, or you can bring in still life material. Skill Level: All levels.
Location: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston
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June 1, 2019
WALKING TOUR: FOREST FORAY
Evanston History Center offers docent-led walking tours in Evanston, Illinois. Forest Foray:  Stroll down the avenue that Daniel Burnham called “ the choicest street” in Evanston.” *All tours begin at 225 Greenwood Street, unless otherwise indicated.
Location: Evanston History Center , All Tours start at 225 Greenwood St., Evanston
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June 7, 2019
SIXTEEN CANDLES
Enjoy a concert under the stars at Heritage Park Performance Pavilion! The band, Sixteen Candles, brings all the great ‘80s songs you love to life in full force. Expect to hear songs from artists like Lionel Ritchie, George Michael, Whitesnake, Duran Duran, The Class, Billy Joel and more!
Location: Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 201 Community Boulevard, Wheeling
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