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From the Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden and interesting exhibits to impressive performances and kid-friendly activities, there's so much happening on Chicago's North Shore this winter.

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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 - January 26, 2020
NATURE CAT: BACKYARD AND BEYOND
Tally Ho! Join Nature Cat and his friends on their outdoor adventures! There’s so much to learn about nature — in your own backyard and beyond! In this immersive exhibit, walk through Fred the house cat’s scratching post and transform into Nature Cat, Outdoor Explorer Extraordinaire! Dress up as one of Nature Cat’s pals as you explore a marsh, a cave, a forest, and more — slip down Ronald’s slide, help Daisy build a flower garden, and have fun hunting for Hal’s flying disc. Additional interactive elements include: • Discover bioluminescent organisms • Research facts on Daisy’s tablet • Snap selfies with Nature Cat and his friends. 
Location: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
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Now - August 18, 2020
THEY SHALL BE COUNTED: THE THERESIENSTADT GHETTO ART OF ERICH LICHTBLAU-LESKLY
They Shall Be Counted is a gallery of original paintings and drawings by Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. While imprisoned in Theresienstadt (Terezin) Ghetto, he artistically depicted the daily lives of its residents, poignantly capturing the complications and ironies of ghetto life. In the spring of 1945, Lichtblau-Leskly cut most of his artwork into pieces. His wife, Elsa Lichtblau, hid the fragmented artwork under the floorboards of the barracks, and Lichtblau-Leskly was able to retrieve it after liberation. While living in Israel during the 1950s and 1960s, he reworked these fragments into larger watercolor illustrations. Both original sketches and reworked illustrations will be on display in the collection.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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Now - March 4, 2020
FIRESIDE YOGA
Join us at the most unique and relaxing setting for yoga in Evanston. The fireside yoga program is held in front of the large fireplace inside the Evanston Ecology Center. Yoga strenghtens your mind, body and spirit. Please bring your own yoga mat. 
Location: Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd , Evanston
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Now - April 5, 2020
MODERNISMS: IRANIAN, TURKISH AND INDIAN HIGHLIGHTS FROM NYU’S ABBY GREY COLLECTION
“Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Grey Collection” surveys art from three nations where unique and vibrant forms of modernism sprang forth in the 1960s and 1970s. Challenging histories of artistic modernism that too often begin and end in the West, “Modernisms” explores an under-recognized flowering of innovation and risk-taking in art beyond Europe and North America.
Location: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Alsdorf Gallery , 40 Arts Circle, Evanston
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Now - April 19, 2020
TERENCE GOWER: CIUDAD MODERNA
Cuidad Moderna: Working in video, sculpture, drawing and photography, New York-based artist Terence Gower (b. British Colombia, 1965) investigates the material and intellectual histories of postwar positivism in art and architecture. The contemporary built environments of 1960s Mexico are the focus of his 2004 video, Ciudad Moderna. A kinetic, six-minute montage of clips drawn from the 1966 Mexican comedy film “Despedida de Casada,” Ciudad Moderna wittily transforms its source material to examine the film’s modernist architectural backdrop.
Location: Block Museum , 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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January 25, 2020
YOGURT AND YOGA
Come relax and unwind with Maggiano's 'Yogurt and Yoga' after the holidays! Bring a yoga mat to enjoy a 45-minute beginner-friendly yoga class. *Yogurt & Yoga is a 120-minute experience. Ticket price includes yoga class + yogurt parfait bar, hot breakfast buffet. BYO yoga mat. Children 10 and older are welcome to attend. If under the age of 10, please contact the sales department. 
Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
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January 26, 2020
MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE: ALISON BALSOM PLAYS MOZART
Music of the Baroque: Trumpet sensation Alison Balsom wields her “alluring, expressive tone and agile technique” (New York Times) in Haydn’s beloved trumpet concerto. Mozart’s innovative Linz and Prague symphonies and Haydn’s uplifting Alleluia symphony complete this Classical showcase in honor of Mozart’s birthday.
Location: North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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January 26, 2020
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. OHIO STATE
Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats play ball 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!
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland , Evanston
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January 31, 2020
FAMILY SHABBAT AND FOOTBALL CHALLAH BAKING
Bring your family for a delicious Shabbat dinner and your kids will to create "football challahs" — perfect at your super bowl parties! Call or email to register to guarantee a table at this special event!
Location: Max and Benny's Restaurant, 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook
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February 1, 2020
ART AND MEDITATION WORKSHOP
The goal of this workshop is to understand the meditative aspects of drawing and painting. Students will begin by exploring rhythmic line drawings and will work with dry media such as charcoal to make nonobjective drawings. Then, students will transition into working with patterns with wet media (acrylic paint). Finally, you'll discuss the work and give each other some feedback.
Location: The Figurative Arts League, 927 Noyes St / Studio 215, Evanston
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February 1, 2020
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS PURDUE
Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Women's Wildcats play ball 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!  
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland , Evanston
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February 6, 2020 - February 27, 2020
NEW YEAR HEALTH REVAMP!
Oasis Center for Integrated Wellbeing is delighted to present an exciting program designed to empower individuals to make wanted and do-able changes to jumpstart their year of living healthier. Have your New Year's resolutions fallen off? Got those extra pounds to shed? Our Oasis Dietitian/Nutritionist* will create a personalized health profile for each participant to help them prioritize individual daily lifestyle habits that need refreshing. Once everyone has selected their individual health goals, they will explore the behaviors and environmental and emotional cues that prevent them from having a healthier relationship with food, physical activity and stress. Four 90 minute classes will be purposefully interactive, joyful, practical and thoroughly relevant to participants’ interests and goals. 
Location: Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St., Evanston
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February 7, 2020
CHICAGO BASEBALL CHATTER
Come to Max and Benny's for the annual Hot Stove League Chatter with 670 the Score's Bruce Levine! Joining Levine will be legendary Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes. Learn what to expect this year from the Cubs and White Sox. There will be Q and A, trivia and more. Come early to enjoy good food, good drinks and good company. Registration required. 
Location: Max and Benny's Restaurant, 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook
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February 8, 2020 - March 22, 2020
THE ORCHID SHOW
This year’s Orchid Show captures the spirit of islands, beaches, and rainforests in places like the South Pacific and the Amazon. You’ll get a feel for the radiance of blooms under sunlit palm trees and in forest canopies teeming with color and life. Picture more than 10,000 orchids in bloom, paired with sweeps of bromeliads and birds of paradise—lush, vibrant, intoxicating.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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February 9, 2020 - August 16, 2020
NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a vibrant, comprehensive exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often-simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. The exhibition tells Ginsburg’s story using a dynamic array of gallery interactives, listening stations, archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, and contemporary art. Based on the book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on the judicial icon.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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February 12, 2020
BOOK LAUNCH: THE FALCON THIEF
The Book Stall Book Launch: The Falcon Thief. Join us for a program featuring prize-winning journalist and author Joshua Hammer as he discusses and signs copies of his new book, The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird. This event is free and open to the public. Purchase your copy of The Falcon Thief from The Book Stall if you enter the book-signing queue. 
Location: The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka
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February 12, 2020
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY MEN'S BASKETBALL VS.MICHIGAN
Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats play ball 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!
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland , Evanston
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February 12, 2020
VALENTINES WARM UP AND DE-STRESS
Are you hungry for a little “me time”? Join us at Creative Co-Working for chair massage and amazing tea from light of Day Organics... and, maybe a little chocolate, too! First come, first served! Space is limited to 12 to allow time for everyone to recieve a 10 minute chair massage. 
Location: Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St., Evanston
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February 13, 2020 - March 19, 2020
ORCHIDS AFTER HOURS
Thursday evenings are special at the Chicago Botanic Garden, beginning February 12th through March 19, 2020. Make a luminous night of it at 'Orchids After Hours' with cocktails and light bites for purchase, and 10,000 blooming orchids at the Orchid Show. The Garden Shop will be open late on Thursdays, and will offer special deals. Enter any time between 4:00 PM —7:30 PM. Must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID. 
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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February 14, 2020
VALENTINE'S DAY WITH THE ROD STEWART EXPERIENCE!
Register to experience an intimate Valentine's Dinner, with live musical entertainment from "The Rod Stewart Experience" featuring Cliff Tartaglia. Enjoy a delectable dinner at Ariella's Event Space, located next door to Max and Benny's and spend a romantic evening, taking in your favorite hits!
Location: Ariella's Event Space - Next door to Max and Benny's), 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook
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February 15, 2020
HAPPY TOGETHER: MICHAEL AND ANGELA INGERSOLL
Chicago’s own married musical stars Michael Ingersoll (Jersey BoysUnder the Streetlamp on PBS) and Angela Ingersoll (End of the RainbowGet Happy on PBS) hilariously share the spotlight singing oldies but goodies. Enjoy Chicago Tribune’s“Dynamic Power Couple” and their rocking band for spousal shenanigans and signature songs including, “Save the Last Dance For Me,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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February 16, 2020
SHAKEY GRAVES
Shakey Graves “FOR THE RECORD” is both an acoustic retrospective and a glimpse into what’s coming next. An evening of experimental arrangements of familiar music and a glimpse into the inner workings of an unborn album. Shakey Graves is using specific rooms and multiple nights in a row to create a unique environment in order to explore and find the best, strangest, and perhaps first version of each song.
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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February 17, 2020
SHAKEY GRAVES
Shakey Graves “FOR THE RECORD” is both an acoustic retrospective and a glimpse into what’s coming next. An evening of experimental arrangements of familiar music and a glimpse into the inner workings of an unborn album. Shakey Graves is using specific rooms and multiple nights in a row to create a unique environment in order to explore and find the best, strangest, and perhaps first version of each song.
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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February 18, 2020
SHAKEY GRAVES
Shakey Graves “FOR THE RECORD” is both an acoustic retrospective and a glimpse into what’s coming next. An evening of experimental arrangements of familiar music and a glimpse into the inner workings of an unborn album. Shakey Graves is using specific rooms and multiple nights in a row to create a unique environment in order to explore and find the best, strangest, and perhaps first version of each song.
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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February 20, 2020
AUTHOR NIGHT: SHEL PAIS
Max and Benny's Author Night: Shel Pais, "The Fate of the Arrow." A young man, forbidden by law to even own weapons, dreams of becoming a knight to avenge the murder of his mother and defend his people. When he saves the Baron of York’s life, he abandons his old existence, blending in to learn new customs and maintain a dangerous secret. Register to attend! 
Location: Max and Benny's Restaurant, 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook
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February 21, 2020
2020 WINE AND BEER TASTING NIGHT
Escape the cold and come to an amazing tasting night! Enjoy a fabulous evening filled with good friends, premium wine, craft beer, and delicious food at the Winnetka Community House. All ticket holders will have access to significantly discounted prices on bottles ordered at the event with free delivery on the North Shore.
Location: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
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February 21, 2020
COSMIC FAMILY SKATE NIGHT
Bring the whole family out for a cosmic night under the stars at Watts. We will have s’mores and fun activities for the whole family! Pay at the door. Free for Watts passholders ($4 skate rentals).    
Location: Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe
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February 21, 2020
THE WAILERS
The legendary Wailers continue their quest to bring reggae to the forefront of the world’s stage. Led by renowned bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined by original Wailers guitarist Donald Kinsey, The Wailers give audiences around the globe the opportunity to experience their unique and innovative sound.
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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February 22, 2020
EMIN
The Russian pop sensation EMIN returns to the USA! The new program will take EMIN fans on a journey of more than a decade of his music both Russian and international hits – and will include many tracks off his new album “Good Love”! Please join the singer for a night of live music, amazing songs and great entertainment. *Meet and Greet VIP Experience: $252. This ticket is part of a VIP package with a meet & greet before the start of the show. 
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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February 22, 2020 - March 22, 2020
WINTER CIRCUS
Actors Gymnasium: Winter Circus. Our annual winter circus program has been loved by thousands of audience members for the past decade. It's one of Chicago's most popular circus shows and features some of the city's top performers and designers. Don't miss this! 
Location: Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St., Evanston
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February 23, 2020
MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE: RIVAL DIVAS
Music of the Baroque: Rival Divas. Vocal sparks will fly as internationally renowned sopranos Susanna Phillips and Jane Archibald sing music written for the great dueling divas of the Baroque and Classical eras. The rivalries between Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni in Handel’s day, and Caterina Cavalieri and Aloysia Lange in Mozart’s, come to life in a fascinating program of virtuosic arias and duets.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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February 23, 2020
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MINNESOTA
Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats play ball 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!
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland , Evanston
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February 27, 2020
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY MEN'S BASKETBALL VS.ILLINOIS
Come see Big 10 basketball at its best with Northwestern Men's Basketball at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Fans are in for a treat with the dramatic transformation of the all-new Welsh-Ryan Arena for Northwestern's varsity sports programs, with a world-class experience for passionate Wildcats home crowd!
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland , Evanston
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February 28, 2020
CURTIS STIGERS
For the award-winning singer, songwriter, and saxophonist, Curtis Stigers, the story keeps getting better. His string of hit singles, millions of albums sold, and a 28-year recording career aside, Stigers’ commitment to artistic growth, and to bringing new tunes to the Great American Songbook, has become unparalleled in modern music. Along the way, this musician has redefined the constitution of contemporary jazz singing.
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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February 28, 2020
FAMILY BINGO NIGHT
Old and young will enjoy this family favorite, complete with beverages, popcorn, and prizes!  Extra bingo cards will be available for purchase.
Location: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
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March 5, 2020
UNDER THE BUFFALO: FROM MINISKIRT TO HIJAB
Under the Buffalo Series: "From Miniskirt to Hijab." Jacqueline Saper, named after Jacqueline Kennedy, was born in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. At eighteen, she witnessed the civil unrest of the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued to live in the Islamic Republic during its most volatile times, including the Iran-Iraq War. Saper's memoir, From Miniskirt to Hijab, recounts her privileged childhood in prerevolutionary Iran and how she gradually became aware of the paradoxes in her life and community—primarily the disparate religions and cultures. Saper will discuss her experiences and offer insight into the global fight for women’s rights. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of From Miniskirt to Hijab will be available for sale at the event.
 

Location: Evanston History Center , 225 Greenwood St., Evanston
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March 11, 2020
EVENING WITH ORCHIDS
Join us for tastings of local spirits and specialty cocktails, while you enjoy the surrounding Orchid Show exhibition with over 10,000 orchids. Guests check in at Krehbiel Gallery and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Must be 21 or older to attend event with valid ID card. 
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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March 14, 2020
INK PENS WITH DON COLLEY
Don Colley, an engaging an eccentric artist, will lead a workshop about how to draw with Fabercastell brush-tip pens. For information about Don and to see examples of his amazing work, visit the website below. We will draw casts and specimens instead of a live model so that he can illustrate how to render patterns in fabric, hair sheen, and other textures. Not to be missed.
Location: Noyes Cultural Arts Center , 927 Noyes St. , Evanston
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April 5, 2020
MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE: À LA FRANÇAISE
Music of the Baroque: À La Française. French style was the height of Baroque musical fashion. Guest conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley takes the orchestra on an exploration of its influence, starting with the visceral rhythms and catchy melodies of French composers Rameau and Rebel and moving to Henry Purcell’s spectacular music from King Arthur and J. S. Bach’s unforgettable Orchestral Suite No. 3.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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