5 Things to do in the North Shore: May 20

Spring is here with fresh adventures for you around town and online! Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found most interesting for you this week.

Tour How the Other Half Lives

If you’ve got some free time this Friday (or if you’re trying to sneak away from work—we won’t tell!), join the Woman’s Board of the Community House in Winnetka for a tour of exquisite North Shore homes. Featuring four architecturally unique and aesthetically beautiful residences, each home is open to the public and boasts an opportunity to meet the architect, designer, or builder. Enter to win fabulous prizes and enjoy a tasty luncheon provided by Northern Fork.

Date: Friday, May 20
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $25 – $85
Location: Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
More info: eventbrite.com

Thrift and Sift at an Evanston Garage

You read that right. Vintage Garage Chicago is hosting a vintage fair at a parking garage in Evanston. As they say, it’s the “palace” of garages, with fancy elevator and free parking for attendees. Vintage fashion, clothing, jewelry, home décor, and so much more. Whether you’re hunting for a new fit or share an obsession with mid-century oddities, it’s all here in the garage.

Date: May 22
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $6
Location: 1800 Maple, 5th floor, Evanston
More info: vintagegaragechicago.com

Barefoot in the Art Park

Head to Northbrook’s Village Green Park for a shady, summery day of art on the lawn. Other than being a patrons of the arts, attendees are invited to get in on the action and bring their gently used wall art where it will be donated to the Chicago Furniture Bank. Shop for something beautiful for yourself while donating something beautiful for those in need.

Date: May 21 – May 22
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: 1810 Walters Ave, Northbrook
More info: amdurproductions.com


Get Cultured!

Skokie’s Festival of Cultures is celebrating its 30th year of more than three dozen cultures celebrating their heritage with over 25,000 visitors. Enjoy ethnic folk music and dance on two stages, arts and crafts, international games, food, cultural booths, and even a train ride around the park.

Date: May 21 – 22
Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Oakton Park, Skokie
More info: skokieculturefest.org


Dip Your Paddle in the Great Outdoors

Take a leisurely canoe trip down the Kankakee River, one of the cleanest, clearest rivers in Illinois. Enjoy wildlife, beautiful vistas, and rock outcroppings along the scenic riverbank. No previous experience required, and a brief instructional course will be conducted beforehand. Bring a packed lunch and the Emily Oaks Nature Center team will provide the rest.

Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Cost: $70 – $88
Location: Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St, Skokie
More info: skokieparks.org


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