Summer is swinging into high gear and that means more fun, more culture and more things to do around town. Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found especially appealing.
Don’t forget: Limited capacities, timed entries, mask requirements, social distancing and other policies are still in effect at many venues and events, so please check the details before finalizing your plans!
Hit the Evanston Art Fest
Meet with more than 130 juried artists from around the country and delight in their work – from painting, sculpture and photography to one-of-a-kind furniture and usable art! Bring your gently-used art on Saturday from 10am to 3pm and donate it to The Chicago Furniture Bank for distribution to people leaving shelters and moving on to permanent housing!
Date: Fri, Aug 13 to Sun Aug 15
Time: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm on Fri; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sat and Sun
Location: Sherman Ave from Clark St to Davis St, Evanston
Thrill to a Battle of the Bands
Sponsored by the Bitter Jester Foundation, this musical competition features six talented up-and-coming acts from throughout the Midwest – plus a showcase solo artist and band to open and close the night!
Date: Fri, Aug 13
Time: 6:45 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave, Highland Park
More Info: bitterjesterfoundation.org
Take a Culinary Trip to Havana
This hands-on cooking class features 4 classic Cuban dishes: Traditional Rice & Beans, Hand-Folded Pork Tamales, Salsa Verde, and Baked Cinnamon Churro Bites.
Date: Sat, Aug 14
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: From $60 per person
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd, Bannockburn
More Info: book.tastebudskitchen.com
Shop the Glenview Farmers Market
Make your way to the Historic Wagner Farm for this weekly market featuring fresh seasonal produce grown within 200 miles of Glenview. Other regional vendors are on hand to offer meats, eggs, cheeses, pastries and cut flowers.
Date: Sat, Aug 14
Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd, Glenview
More Info: glenviewparks.org
Follow the Adventures of Jo, Beth, Amy, Meg… And Laurie
Delight in this theatrical production of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story, “Little Women” – presented by the Devonshire Playhouse and Skokie Heritage Museum
Date: Sat, Aug 14 and Sun, Aug 15
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Skokie Heritage Museum, 8031 Floral Avenue, Skokie
More Info: skokieparks.org