5 Things to do in the North Shore: July 2- July 4

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!

Make Cupcakes With the Kids

Children ages 2 to 8 accompanied by their caregiver will have loads of fun making 4th of July themed Red, White & Blue Cupcakes – complete with frosting and sprinkles.

Date: Sat, July 3
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Cost: $35
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd, Bannockburn
More Info:tastebudskitchen.com

Run (or Walk) the 5K Liberty Loop

Kick off your 4th of July weekend with a scenic run or walk on a certified 5K course through Techny Prairie Park and Fields. Junior joggers ages 4 to 10 can join the Liberty Lap Fun Run, a one-mile modified course.

Date: Sat, Jul 3
Time: 7:30 am (9:00 am for the kids’ Fun Run)
Cost: $30 ($10 for the Fun Run)
Location: Techny Prairie Park, 1750 Techny Rd, Northbrook
More Info: nbparks.org

Grab a Beer, Browse & Buy

The Smittytown Market at Temperance Beer is back! Grab one of their signature brews, and meet friendly local vendors from Le Haute Monde, AWE-Sauce Hot Sauces, Wild Onion Market, and more..

Date: Sun, Jul 4
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: Beer prices from $5. Free to browse the market!
Location: Temperance Beer Co, 2000 Dempster St, Evanston
More Info: temperancebeer.com

Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

The Glenview Independence Day Parade kicks off with the Grand Marshall leading 75 community groups, entertainers, floats and marching bands.

Date: Sun, Jul 4
Time: Parade starts at 11:20 am
Cost: Free
Location: Starting at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Glenview Road, the parade route goes south on Harlem Avenue, turning west onto Central Road and ending at Johns Park.
More Info: downtownglenview.org

Enjoy an Outdoor Concert & Fireworks

Thrill to a whole evening of 4th of July fun starting with the non-stop hits of Hello Weekend followed by your favorite 80’s classics from Sixteen Candles! Then stay for the fireworks that get underway around 9:40 pm.

Date: Sun, Jul 4
Time: Gates open at 5:00 pm
Cost: $20 for Lake Forest & Lake Bluff residents. $30 for non-residents.
Location: Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Rd, Lake Forest
More Info: lfparksandrec.com