Summer is here with plenty of opportunities to explore different communities, enjoy music and food at festivals, and discover new cultural opportunities. Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found most interesting for you this week!
Take a Stroll on the Evanston Lakefront
Join the Evanston History Center for a guided tour of the suburb’s beautiful lakefront. Learn about the natural environment and how the community and University came up around it, then discuss the environmental impact and scenic beauty of this gorgeous stretch of coastline.
Date: September 3
Location: Evanston, Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St
More info: evanstonhistorycenter.org
Time to Go ‘Bach’ to Ravinia
Settle in for an evening with some of classical music’s most famous names: Mozart, Bach, Haydn, and Handel. Ravinia’s spectacular pavilion will showcase Music for the Royal Fireworks with Music of the Baroque. Conducted by Dame Jane Glover, you’ll find yourself being serenaded under the stars… what a way to spend an evening!
Date: September 3
Cost: Starting at $10+
Location: Highland Park, Ravinia Pavillion, 201 Ravinia Park Rd
More info: ravinia.org
Find Your Luck at Irish Days
Downtown Long Grove is transforming into Ireland this weekend at Irish Days. This jam-packed 3-day festival is full of Irish dancers, crooners, and libations. Bring your dog to the Irish Dog competition or join the “Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt” contest. You’ll be saying “Sláinte” all weekend!
Date: September 3-5
Time: Sat 10:30AM – 7:30PM; Sun 10:00AM – 7:30PM; Mon 11:00AM – 4:30PM
Location: Long Grove, 228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd
More info: longgrove.org
Watch A Buddy Comedy Onstage
Head to Northlight Theatre in Skokie for their new production, The Garbologists, by Lindsay Joelle. This buddy comedy throws together two people who couldn’t be more different as they get to know each other on the back of their garbage truck. This funny and enchanting show will have you laughing and thinking all night long!
Date: Thursday-Sunday through September
Cost: Starting at $35
Location: Skokie, Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd
More info: northlight.org
Highwood Transforms into Nashville with Nashwood!
No need to go to Tennessee when we’ve got Nashwood right here in Illinois! Highwood’s bars and restaurants are transforming into honkey-tonk good time joints, with cowboy hats and lots of country music! Try some of the Southern-fried goodness on special and put on your line-dancing boots for lots of live music or check out the Family Friendly line-up for ice cream and some smiles.
Date: September 2-4
Time: Fri 5:00 – 12:00PM; Sat 4:00PM – 12:00PM; Sun 1:00 – 9:00PM
Location: Downtown Highwood, various locations
More info: celebratehighwood.org