8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: January 5

Embrace the chilly winter days with activities that will make your season sparkle. From exploring winter markets to indulging in delicious food & drinks while warming up inside, there is so much to experience and enjoy. Embark on snowy trails and visit local landmarks to add a touch of adventure to your winter plans. Don’t miss out on the exciting events scheduled for this weekend to fully appreciate the beauty of the season!

S’mores and Snuggles at Wagner Farm

Experience the ultimate outdoor delight with the Wagner Farm Wagon Rides & S’mores adventure! Gather your friends and family for a cozy, private wagon ride designed for up to 10 people, where you’ll be whisked away for an adventure. Unwind by the crackling fire, indulging in the art of marshmallow roasting and crafting the perfect s’mores. Bundle up, bring your favorite company, and let the magic of Wagner Farms create cherished memories under the starlit sky.

Date: January 6 
Time: 3-4PM 
Cost: $100 
Location: Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd, Glenview 
More info: visitchicagonorthshore.com

Celebrate the King of Rock in Skokie

Celebrate Elvis Presley’s 89th birthday with the annual Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular concert, honoring the King’s era-by-era musical career. The journey begins with the early Rockabilly years, transitions through the military and movie years, captures the intensity of the ’68 Comeback special in black leather, and concludes with the electrifying Las Vegas concert years. It’s a spectacular evening of tribute that pays homage to the King’s enduring influence on music and pop culture.

Date: January 5 
Time: 8PM 
Cost: $39.50+ 
Location: North Shore Center of Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie 
More info: northshorecenter.org

Enjoy Art & Wine in Evanston

Discover an extensive array of artwork available for purchase across three floors, featuring the creations of over 30 local artists at the January Art & Wine Night with Creative Coworking. Immerse yourself in the diverse world of fine art, and enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists while savoring a glass of wine. It’s a relaxed and enriching experience, bringing you closer to the vibrant local art scene.

Date: January 6 
Time: 4-6PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St, Evanston 
More info: eventbrite.com

Celebrate Young Playwrights with Pegasus Theatre

The 37th Annual Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by Pegasus Theatre Chicago, is a celebration of emerging talent and creativity. This event showcases the works of promising teen playwrights, offering a platform for their voices to be heard and their stories to be brought to life on the stage. With a rich tapestry of genres and themes, the festival not only fosters artistic growth but also provides a captivating experience for audiences eager to witness the future of dramatic storytelling.

Date: Opens January 6 
Time: 7PM 
Cost: $15+ 
Location: Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W Chicago Ave 
More info: choosechicago.com

Let’s Dance at the Bowie Ball

Get ready for a night of glam, glitter, and iconic tunes at the Bowie Ball at The Metro! Celebrating the legendary David Bowie, this event promises a dazzling fusion of music, fashion, and avant-garde performance. Attendees are encouraged to channel their inner Ziggy Stardust, as the venue transforms into a space where Bowie’s eclectic spirit comes to life. Don’t miss your chance to see electrifying live performances, a dance floor with Bowie’s greatest hits, and a costume contest that honors the iconic looks of the Starman himself!

Date: January 6 
Time: 9PM-2AM 
Cost: $15+ 
Location: Metro, 3730 N Clark St 
More info: bowieball.com

Celebrate Artists at Bring the Fiyah

Get ready for the dance event of the year! Check out the inaugural Bring the FIYAH Dance Convention and Competition this weekend. This event welcomes dancers of all ages and skill levels, fostering a vibrant community and celebrating dance as an expression of passion and artistry. This day is filled with incredible master classes, workshops, and a Youth Dance Showcase – a platform for personal growth and artistic exploration. This isn’t your ordinary dance convention, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy these future stars!

Date: January 7 
Time: 11AM-9PM 
Cost: $20+ 
Location: Reva and David Logan Center for Performing Arts, 915 E 60th St 
More info: flofiyah.com

Classical Music at the South Shore Cultural Center

Enjoy a free performance with the world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Civic at South Shore Cultural Center: New World Perspectives. Listen to Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” that has mesmerized generations of audiences with its grand fanfare and poignant themes, then hear the work of William Dawson, a trombonist with the Civic Orchestra from 1927 to 1930, who imparted his personal heritage and perspective in the emotionally resonant and expertly crafted “Negro Folk Symphony.”

Date: January 7 
Time: 2PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: CSO, 220 S Michigan Ave 
More info: cso.org

Laugh at Loud at Zanies

Enter the comedic world of Vik Pandya, a Chicago-based stand-up sensation known for his sharp self-deprecation and witty take on dating. A regular performer at Chicago’s top venues, he’s graced 19 comedy festivals nationwide. With a hit comedy album, comedy specials, and opening for stars like Roy Wood Jr. and Michelle Wolf, don’t miss your chance to see Vik on a date night or night out with friends before he’s playing arenas!

Date: January 7 
Time: 7PM 
Cost: $30+ 
Location: Zanies Chicago, 1548 N Wells St 
More info: event.etix.com

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