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 a Sidewalk Sale in Evanston
The alluring shops of Central Street are coming together for their biggest sale of the year! Plus, enjoy special grab-and-go treats from local eateries as well as live music and kids’ crafts at Independence Park.
Date: Thu, Jul 8 to Sun, Jul 11
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm on Sunday)
Location: Along Central Street from Eastwood to Lincolnwood, Evanston
Enjoy Craft Beer, Food Trucks and Music
Enjoy an evening of outdoor music with some of Chicago’s most beloved artists: The Flat Five on Friday; Split Single on Saturday; and Jon Langford on Sunday.
Date: Fri, Jul 9 to Sun, Jul 11
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm. Shows start at 7:00 pm
Cost: $35 General Admission
Location: Sketchbook Brewing Company, 4901 Main St, Skokie
More Info: sketchbookbrewing.com
Unplug and Enjoy The Grove Nature Preserve
Ditch your devices and plug into some outdoor fun! Explore the wooded trails and historic sites on your own or register in advance for organized activities that include family lawn games and a guided evening trail hike.
Date: Sat, Jul 10
Time: Organized activities start at 9:00 am
Cost: Organized activities are $2 to $15
Location: The Grove, 1921 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview
More Info: glenviewparks.org
Jam to the Tunes of the Big Sky Stringband
With roots in blue grass, Americana and jam band style, the Big Sky Stringband has been delighting audiences for nearly two decades. Catch their show on the inviting patio at Post 42 in Chandler Park.
Date: Sat, Jul 10
Time: Patio opens at 4:00 pm. Show starts at 7:00 pm.
Location: Post 42, Chandler Park, 1030 Central St, Evanston
More Info: post42evanston.com
Kids… Meet Beethoven!
Part of Ravinia’s Kids Concert Series, this delightful and inventive performance features more than 25 excerpts from Beethoven’s music – woven together by true stories of the composer’s life.
Date: Sun, Jul 11
Time: Gates open at 1:00 pm. Concert begins at 2:00 pm.
Cost: $10 for Lawn Tickets. $20 for Reserved Pavilion Seats.
Location: Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park
More Info: ravinia.org