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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 - 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 - 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 - February 24, 2019
BRUSH WITH NATURE EXHIBITION
Local plein air painters exhibit their paintings of the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie, IL. Exhibiting Artists include: Adrienne Aaronson, Zhanna Biletska, Laura Frisch, Steve Johnson, Debra Nichols Naomi Pollack, Talia and Clare Prilutsky, Amanda Roman and Aruna Sarode. The juried exhibition will be on display in "Woodland Gallery" at Emily Oaks Nature Center from November 16, 2018 through February 24, 2019.    
Location: Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., , 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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January 26, 2019 - 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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February 9, 2019 - March 24, 2019
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, 2019 - February 10, 2019
WINTER CHILLY FEST
Bundle up for some classic winter fun outdoors! Activities include creative snow and ice games, glittering lights and wildlife treats. Enjoy snowshoeing and hayrides through the woodland, hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, and skating on the frozen pond (weather permitting). Warm up inside with a cozy and delicious vegetarian chili dinner. Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 for tickets. Specific dining times are available for reservation.





 

Location: Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel Ave, Skokie
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February 10, 2019 - 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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February 16, 2019 - February 22, 2019
HYGGE FEST
Get hygge with us in downtown Evanston from February 16 to 22! Pronounced "hue-gah," this Danish expression is an attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments. Rather than drudge through the winter, hygge is about celebrating coziness, warmth and family, as well as practicing mindfulness. Downtown Evanston businesses are hosting a series of events from February 16 to 22 to promote idea of coziness, mindfulness and overall well-being. Hygge Fest will kick off on Saturday, February 16, 4pm at Bookends & Beginnings with a "Hygge 101" talk by Anne Petersen. More events will be posted soon!
Location: Downtown Evanston, Start at Bookends & Beginnings! , Evanston
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March 13, 2019
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. Ticket price includes tasting glass, wristband to participate in tastings, tasting guide, and access to the Orchid Show. Drinks and light fare will be available for purchase. Must be 21 or older to attend event; valid ID card must be shown.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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