5 Things to do in the North Shore: July 1

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!

Mamma Mia, Here We Go to Ravinia Again!

No, they’re not the holograms in London, they’re the real (cover band) deal! Get your dancing queen shoes on and lay all your love on ABBA The Concert. Playing the most iconic ABBA hits and dazzling with their fantastic performances, this is one tribute concert you won’t want to miss. 
 
Date: July 1 
Time: Gates open 5:00pm, Concert begins 8:00pm 
Cost: Starting at $49 
Location: Ravinia, 201 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park  
More info: ravinia.org 

Celebrate Fourth of July in Northbrook

Northbrook’s festivities begin at 7:30am with the Rotary Club’s annual Breakfast at Village Green Park. Then walk off those pancakes at the Liberty Lap Fun Run at 8:30 before cheering on the Police vs. Firefighters Softball game at 10:00am. Don’t forget the Northbrook parade at 2:30 featuring local Olympic silver medalist Jesse Compher! 
 
Date: July 4 
Time: Kick-off at 7:30am 
Cost: Free 
Location: Various locations in Northbrook 
More info: wgntv.com

 

See the Fireworks…in 3-D!

OK, we’re not sure what it means, either. But with 3-D fireworks glasses being distributed to the first 10,000 visitors, we want to find out! Of course, there’s lots of other activities to do around the fireworks, with face painting, family games, and performances by The Empty Pockets and 7th Heaven. 
 
Date: July 4 
Time: 12:00-10:00pm 
Cost: Free 
Location: Niles West High School, 5701 W Oakton St, Skokie 
More info: skokieparks.org 

 

Join a Unique Independence Day Tradition 

The Yankee Doodle Dash 5K is a chance to run/walk a 3.1-mile course through the historic streets of Wilmette. Patriotic outfits are encouraged, and some people go all out with their 1776 costumes. It’s a sight to behold whether you’re racing, walking, or cheering on from the sidelines. 
 
Date: July 3 
Time: Beginning 8:00am 
Cost: $35 
Location: Gillson Park, Wilmette 
More info: eventbrite.com

 

Spend Two Days Celebrating Independence in Glencoe

Glencoe knows how to do July 4th right by starting on July 3rd! Party in the Park at the lakefront with games, inflatables, live music, food, and fireworks, then cheer on the annual Rotary Fun Run on July 4th morning, before enjoying family games at Kalk Park. It’s all here, with something literally for everyone. 
 
Date: July 3-4 
Time: Various 
Cost: Free 
Location: Lakefront Park, Glencoe Beach, Kalk Park, and Downtown Glencoe 
More info: villageofglencoe.org