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!
Sidle Up to this Sidewalk Sale
Just try to resist the terrific deals as small local businesses and national retailers set up shop on the sidewalks of downtown Evanston – made all the more colorful with a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest!
Date: Thu, Jul 22 to Sun, Jul 25
Time: Regular Shopping Hours
Location: Throughout downtown Evanston and the Main-Dempster Mile, Evanston
Go to the Glencoe Festival of Art
The Winnetka Sidewalk Sale is back this weekend with an open-air shopping spree in three popular neighborhood shopping districts: Hubbard Woods, West Elm District and East Elm District.
Date: Fri, Jul 16 & Sat, Jul 17
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Hubbard Woods, West Elm and East Elm Business Districts, Winnetka
More Info: amdurproductions.com
Zeppelin IV… Best Album Ever?
Featuring singles like “Black Dog” and “Stairway to Heaven,” many fans consider this the best rock recording ever. Listen to this classic in its entirety LIVE as part of the concert series “Classic Albums Live.”
Date: Sat, Jul 24
Time: Gates open at 5:00 pm (4:30 pm for donors). Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Cost: $33 to $60
Location: Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park
More Info: ravinia.org
Say Okay to the Okee Dokee Brothers
With their outdoor adventure-themed albums and songs like “Can You Canoe?” and “Walking with Spring” the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers offer family-friendly bluegrass-tinged music perfect for our era.
Date: Sat, Jul 24
Time: 11:00 am
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
More Info: northshorecenter.org
Partake in Literary & Musical Entertainment
Celebrate the reopening of the Frances Willard House Museum with an outdoor re-imagining of a 19th-century “Literary and Musical Entertainment.” Enjoy storytelling and American parlor guitar music.
Date: Sun, Jul 25
Time: 3:00 pm
Cost: Free with donations welcome
Location: Center for Women’sHistory and Leadership, 1730 Chicago Ave, Evanston
More Info: franceswillardhouse.org