5 Things to do in the North Shore: Dec 31-Jan 2

Winter is here, offering new and varied ways to explore around town and online. Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found especially appealing.

Don’t forget: Limited capacities and vaccination requirements apply at many venues. Please check the details and for any updates before finalizing your plans!

Party in the Square

Head to Evanston’s Fountain Square for a fun and festive Noon Year’s Eve countdown and ball drop. Enjoy hot chocolate, a fun photo booth and more as you and your family celebrate New Year’s in style!

Date: Fri, Dec 31
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Evanston’s Fountain Square, Davis St & Sherman Ave, Evanston
More Info: facebook.com

Raise a Glass to the New Year

Have a Happy Brew Year at Sketchbook Brewing Company! Enjoy great music, delicious food, and world-class beer while you cut a rug on the taproom dance floor and usher in the New Year.

Date: Fri, Dec 31
Time: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
Cost: $15
Location: Sketchbook Brewing Company, 4901 Main St, Skokie
More Info: facebook.com

Virtual: Enjoy a New Year’s Concert

If you’re looking to make your at home New Year’s Eve party special, don’t miss this virtual variety show from First Night Evanston. Featuring acts that range from Bluegrass to Blues to Pop and more, this show is sure to delight! Stay tuned after the concert for a special “ring in the new year” toast via Zoom.

Date: Fri, Dec 31
Time: 9:45 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual
More Info: boxoffice.mandolin.com

Have a Ball at Home

Sometimes staying in for New Year’s Eve can be just as much fun as attending a huge party. Spice up your countdown to 2022 with this great DIY recipe for your own ball drop. Great for families or individuals looking for a fun craft project – couple this with some great snacks and enjoy!

More Info: gigglesgalore.net

Enjoy some rockin’ guitar

If you’ve tired of all the New Year’s celebrations, head to SPACE to jam out with Albert Lee-one of music’s most renowned guitarists, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over his career.

Date: Sun, Jan 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: From $20
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston
More Info: evanstonspace.com