8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: April 19

Enjoy the spring season with new experiences to make your days brighter! From outdoor activities like nature walks and festivals, to exploring new areas and shops, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love to kick off the spring season!

Hit the Street! 

In honor of Spring and Earth Month, the merchants and eateries of Evanston’s Central Street business corridor invite you to Experience Central Street with Spring Fever Shopping Promotions, Taste of Spring Dining Specials, Spring Fling Special Experiences, and more.

Date: April 18-20 
Time: Varies by Venue 
Cost: Varies by Venue 
Location: Central Street from Eastwood Ave to Central Park Ave, Evanston 
More Info: centralstreetevanston.com  

Theater. Nature. Healing. 

Created as both a ritual of communal healing and a multidisciplinary theatrical piece, How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Map is the work of Northwestern University faculty members Jessica Thebus and Julie Marie Myatt, along with members of the Northwestern community. Inspired by a field guide for flowers published in 1893, it’s a celebration of the beauty of nature surrounding and sustaining us and a journey out of grief.

Date: Through April 28 
Time: Fri & Sat 7:30PM; Sun 2:00PM 
Cost: $25; Discounts for Senior Citizens and NU Faculty, Staff & Full Time Students 
Location: Ethel M. Barber Theater, Northwestern University, 30 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston 
More Info: wirtz.northwestern.edu 

How Beer Helped to Build Chicago 

Much of Chicago’s history is rooted in the story of beer and the immigrant communities who built the city. Join historian Liz Garibay, Executive Director of the Beer Culture Center, as she shares stories of the immigrants who brought a new type of beer called lager and helped to shape and define Chicago. 

Date: April 21 
Time: 2:00 to 3:00PM 
Cost: $5; Free for Museum Members 
Location: Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 
More Info: wilmettehistory.org 

Calling All Young Botanists 

On weekends, budding young botanists can meet with Nature Educators at the Garfield Park Conservatory for enriching activities that encourage scientific exploration and a deeper understanding of plants. Kids of all ages (and curious adults, too!)  can stop by the front desk to learn the location of the Budding Botanists Station. 

Date: April 21 
Time: 10:30AM to 2:30PM 
Cost: Free: Reservations required 
Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago 
More Info: garfieldconservatory.org  

African American Art 

This is the last weekend for this exhibit! The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition features paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics and photography by African American artists from across the country, including emerging youth artists. 

Date: Exhibit Closes April 21 
Time: 9:30AM to 4:00PM 
Cost: $25.95; Children under 11 years old $14.95; Free for Members 
Location: Museum of Science + Industry, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago 
More Info: msichicago.org 

Yoga & Cocktails 

Join Chicago’s own KOVAL Distillery and The Collective Yoga Co-op for an accessible and energizing class! Founded in 2008, KOVAL was the first distillery to open in the city since the mid-1800’s. Believing in the intersection of yoga, social justice and diversity, The Collective Yoga Co-op centers LGBTQ+ voices and voices of color in their teachers and practice. 

Date: April 21 
Time: 12:00PM 
Cost: $25 
Location: Koval Distillery, 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago 
More Info: shop.koval-distillery.com  

Charcuterie in a Wine Glass 

Hosted by A Non-Alc Wine Shop, this hands-on workshop includes premium cured meats, artisanal cheeses, nuts, fruits and more so you can create your own stemmed charcuterie in a wine glass. Event includes hors d’oeuvres, a 4-glass tasting flight of non-alcoholic wines, and an elegant wineglass to showcase your charcuterie arrangement. 

Date: April 21 
Time: 2:00 to 4:00PM 
Cost: $65 
Location: A Non-Alc Wine Shop, 2048 W. Chicago Ave, Suite A, Chicago 
More Info: nonalcwineshop.com 

Discover Chicago’s Street Art 

Join an engaging guide from Studio W.I.P. for this entertaining, enlightening tour through the West Town neighborhood, home to the B-Line: the newest iteration of the murals and street art that first emerged in Chicago in the 1970’s. Learn about the history, artists and works along this unique outdoor art gallery. 

Date: April 20 & April 21 
Time: 12:00PM and 2:30PM 
Cost: $25 
Location: Meeting Point: 506 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 
More Info: native312.events 

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