North Shore Views Blog

If you live on the North Shore or are thinking of moving here, my blog will be your go-to resource for anything and everything you want to know about the area: the communities, neighborhoods, schools, parks, beaches, things to do, and, of course, real estate.

May 18, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: May 19 – 21

Well we finally got our real taste of Spring this week but who knows how long it will stay. You may need to break out your trusty umbrella and poncho because there are too many great events happening this weekend to let a little rain spoil including the popular Skokie Festival of Cultures, the 108th Spring Fair at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, two house walks (Fort Sheridan & Wilmette) and the Centennial Range Fair at the Winnetka Golf Club.  If you’d rather not roll the dice on Mother Nature, don’t miss She Loves Me at the Marriot Theatre or the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presentation of “B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands.”


She Loves Me
May 19: 8 pm, May 20: 4:30 & 8 pm; May 21: 1 & 5 pm (Runs through June 18)
Marriot Theatre, 10 Marriot Dr., Lincolnshire 

A musical comedy gem featuring songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). She Loves Me is set in a 1930’s European parfumerie, where shop clerks Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Tickets: $50 - $60. For more info and to purchase, click here.


Skokie Festival of Cultures
May 20 – 21: 11 am – 7 pm
Oakton Park, 4701 W. Oakton St., Skokie 

Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than 450,000 visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of free ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food for purchase, unique arts and crafts, beer tasting, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays. For more info, click here.


Spring Fair
May 20: 11 am – 4 pm
Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest 

Bring the entire family to The Church of the Holy Spirit’s 108th annual Spring Fair.  on Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  All proceeds from this fun filled day will benefit CHS’ Mission and Outreach grants programs. There will be activities for kids of all ages: the famous dunk tank, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, giant slide, bouncy house, carnival rides, games with prizes, delicious grilled food, homemade baked goods, and live music. Tickets are available at the door and online by clicking here.


Spring Housewalks

May 20: 1 – 5 pm
Fort Sheridan Historical Society 

Come tour 8 of Fort Sheridan’s beautiful historic homes dating back to 1888.  Take a glimpse into the past life of our US Army families.  See where George Patten lived. Take in the glamor and grandeur of a commanding general’s home, of Lieutenant and Captain’s mansions, of famous horses and ghosts! The last home tour was in 2000 so don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore Fort Sheridan’s rich history. Tickets: $50. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here or call 847-433-4333.


May 21: 1 – 5 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette 

The 30th annual Spring Housewalk, “A Stroll in the GLOW” explores the elegant, tree-lined neighborhood of southeast Wilmette that includes the charming streets of Gregory, Laurel, Oakwood and Woodbine Avenues (hence the acronym “GLOW”).  This area of east Wilmette was one of the last to be subdivided. All four homes on the stroll date from the neighborhood’s early development around 100 years ago as American residential architecture was breaking away from Victorian excesses to the simplified, Prairie and Craftsman styles.  Housewalk highlights include stunning art glass windows and doors, beautiful fireplaces, original 1910s lighting fixtures, exquisite woodwork and built-in features such as benches and buffets. Guides will be on hand to enhance the interior tours with details about the history and beautiful, architectural elements that give each home its unique character.  Advance tickets: $40 members, $50 non-members; $25 high school/college students.  Day of– tickets increase $10 except for students.  For more info and to purchase, click here or call 847-853-7666.


Centennial Range Fair
May 20: 2 – 4 pm
Winnetka Golf Club, 1300 Oak St., Winnetka 

FREE driving range use, touch-a-truck, golf contests & prizes and complimentary refreshments. Bring the entire family! For more info, call 847-501-2050.


Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus: *B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands
May 20: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Welcome to boy band heaven. The name says it all in this nostalgic show that will implore audiences to channel your inner teenage girl. NO ONE-HIT WONDERS ALLOWED. Hear your favorite songs from the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Menudo and more. But don’t forget that we’re taking you back through musical history to MoTown with groups like The Temptations and The Four Seasons. *BTown will also explore barbershop quartets. Come out and get ready to party! Tickets: $25 - $40.  For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


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May 10, 2017

Mother’s Day Fun & More on the North Shore: May 12 – 14

While “surprising” mom with breakfast in bed is always a good call (if kitchen clean-up is included), there are plenty more ways to celebrate mom and have some good “clean” family fun this weekend. Highlights include Motherhood Out Loud, Vintage Market at the Grove, the Evanston Garden Fair, Mother’s Days Tea Party/Brunch cooking classes and the 42nd Annual Evanston House Walk. The rest of the weekend, the animals take over with a Doggie Dip at Glencoe Beach, a screening of Zootopia at Indian Hill Park in Winnetka and the chance to be a Vet for a Day! 


Doggie Dip
May 12: 6 – 7 pm
Glencoe Beach, 635 Sheridan Rd., Glencoe 

Bring your dog to the Glencoe Beach for a whole lotta doggone fun! Owners can watch their dogs swim in Lake Michigan while enjoying the company of other dogs in this fun-filled free event! Aggressive dogs, dogs in heat, or dogs under 4 months of age will not be allowed. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs must wear flat buckle/snap collars for controlling them while on the beach (no prong, choke or training collars). All dogs must be up to date on their vaccines to participate. Dog owners must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. In the event of rain, event will be canceled.


Movies in the Park: Zootopia
May 12: 6:45 – 9:30 pm
Indian Hill Park, Hill Rd & Bertling Lane., Winnetka 

Join in once a month at one of Winnetka’s lovely parks to enjoy a new or classic film with your friends and family. Before every movie (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to sunset) there will be various activities/shows that will go along with the theme of the movie.  This month’s feature is Zootopia. Prior to the movie, enjoy the Animal Quest Animal Show at 6:45. All movies will begin at dusk with concessions being available through the Grand Food Center. Free event! For more info, click here.


Motherhood Out Loud
May 12 & 13: 8 pm; May 14: 3 pm (through June 11)
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview 

When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. Tickets: $35, students: $20). For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Vintage Market at the Grove
May 13: 9 am – 4 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview 

Come shop the best collection of vintage, vintage-inspired, handmade and upcycled treasures on the north shore at the beautiful, historic grounds of The Grove. Featuring 50+ Vendors, Product Demos, Live Music and Food Trucks. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For more information, call 847-724-5670 or click here.


Evanston Garden Fair
May 13: 9 am – 4 pm
Independence Park, 2000 Central St., Evanston 

The annual Evanston Garden Fair features a variety of vendors selling homegrown perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables, container gardens, and more. Proceeds will benefit community garden projects in Evanston. Master gardeners will be on hand to offer advice, and Random Acts of Flowers will be there to collect your unwanted vases. For more info, call 847-328-5968.


Vet for a Day
May 13: 10 am – 1 pm
Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview 

Roll up your sleeves and assist large and small animal veterinarians. Learn how veterinarians look after pets, wildlife and livestock through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. All ages welcome. Admission is $5; children under 2 free. For more information, call 847-724-5670.


Mother’s Day Tea Party
May 13: 9 am – 10 am (Ages 5-8 with parent)
May 14: 9 am – 10 am (Ages 2-5 with parent)
Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn 

Moms are the best! What better way to celebrate this special holiday than with a Tea Party for moms and their budding chefs? Make melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Scones that are drenched in a perky Lemon Glaze and brew a refreshing Sun Tea. Enjoy this fun mother/child tradition which is our little way of saying thank you for all that moms do! Festive Tea Party attire welcome. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! $30 per child with one caregiver included. For more info, call: 847-230-0330.


Mother’s Day Brunch – Family Cooking
May 14: 11 am – 1 pm (ages 9+)
Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn 

Weekends are the best part of the week, so take advantage and unwind with a homemade brunch that’s all about making new memories with mom! Put a fresh spin on brunch staples as you whip up some mouth-watering sweet & spicy bacon to compliment famous French toast sticks. And no brunch is complete without homemade eggs Florentine. Come hungry and ready to celebrate the weekend in culinary style! This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! Sign up as many family members as you’d like. One adult participant minimum required per group. $45 per person. For more info, call: 847-230-0330.


42nd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk
May 14: 12 -5 pm
Evanston History Center at the Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston 

Evanston History Center's 42nd Annual House Walk marks the centennial of World War I. The homes included in this year’s House Walk reflect how the war affected the lives and homes of the people of Evanston. This House Walk will feature 5 historically and architecturally significant houses and 2 extraordinary coach houses in southeast Evanston, the neighborhood surrounding the former home of the Dawes family and current headquarters of the Evanston History Center. Admission: $40 in advance, $45 day of. Members receive $5 discount. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


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May 7, 2017

Kenilworth Gardens Annual Yard Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Yard Sale

It's that time of year again...time to shop, that is, at Wilmette's biggest multi-family yard sale.

Over 30 families will be selling all kinds of cool stuff, from furniture to clothing to toys to household items and much more. This is our 6th year and believe me, there are great deals to be had!

The sale runs from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 13.

It's located throughout the Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood: Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood and Elmwood Avenues, plus Hunter Rd. and Colgate St, west of Ridge Rd. in Wilmette.

If you live in the neighborhood and want to participate, go here to sign up (it's free!). Your house will appear on the map for shoppers to find you.

If you are a shopper, go here to see the map and what people are selling:









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May 3, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: May 5 – 7

Make sure you take it easy at any Cinco de Mayo celebrations you may partake in because there is plenty to do all weekend long!  For those looking to burn a few extra calories you can choose from Deer Dash in Deerfield or a unique charity bicycle ride with renown cyclist Jens Voight. Performance art lovers may enjoy Bach Week Festival or The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. And if you are looking for some family fun, there is the Glencoe Community Fun Fair, the ever-popular Kohls Children’s Museum Touch A Truck. Round out the weekend off with more food and drink at a special food tasting/discussion with author Beth Dooley at Found Kitchen. 


Bach Week Festival: “Virtuoso Soloists”
May 5: 7:30 – 9 pm
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston 

“Virtuoso Soloists,” the second concert of the 44th annual Bach Week Festival, offers a keyboard extravaganza featuring international piano virtuoso Sergei Babayan of the Cleveland Institute of Music and one of Babayan’s former students, Southern California-based concert and recording pianist Grace Fong. Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Jennifer Gunn, flute, and Katinka Kleijn, cello, will perform solo works. Richard Webster, the event’s music director since 1975, will conduct the Bach Week Festival Orchestra. Carl Grapentine, morning host on classical WFMT radio, will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 - $30. For more info about the concert and the rest of the festival, click here.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged
May 6: 8 pm; May 7: 3 pm
Piccolo Theatre, 939 Hinman (Parish House of St. Luke’s Episcopal), Evanston 

Ever seen Hamlet in 10 seconds in reverse?  If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.  If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.  Three actors present all the Bard’s 37 plays in 97 minutes, making it an irreverent, fast-paced romp that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter! Tickets: $25. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Mother’s Day Tea Party
May 6: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
We Orbit, 1736 First St., Highland Park 

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day Tea Party to celebrate everything motherhood!  This event includes juices, teas and mini pastries as well a plant activity.  A photo session is included with a free picture download available after the party! Free with general admission. ($14, one child; $8 1st sibling; $6 2nd sibling. Adults, free. Limited space available, call 847-904-0028 to register.


Glencoe Community Fun Fair
May 6: 10 am – 2 pm
Kalk Park, 298 Park Ave., Glencoe 

Enjoy bouncy houses, games, a DJ, face painting, arts and crafts, food and more! Everyone is welcome. Share Our Spare, an organization that collects new and gently used infant and toddler essentials and distributes them to local families in need, will have a truck onsite for those wishing to donate. All who do so will receive a complimentary raffle ticket. For more info, click here.


12th Annual Touch A Truck
May 7: 11 am – 2 pm
NIPSTA (new location), 2300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview 

Forget the toy trucks – here, children can get a close up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment. Food trucks, raffles, kiddie train rides, DJ, and other fun and entertainment will be on hand at this family fundraiser. New this year:
Interactive first responder demos during the VIP hour, the 101.9 MIX Road Crew, “Golden Ticket” Driving Demos, special drawing from family passes purchased by April 15 and a Special appearance by the Bigfoot Monster Truck! Tickets required. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Deer Dash – 10K, 5K, 1-Mile Family Fun Run
May 7: 7:30 am
Jaycee Park, 1050 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield 

Deer Dash is designed for both beginning and experienced runners. The Deer Dash will help you sharpen your competitive skills in running and get in shape for other area events. There is enough to challenge competitors at all levels. There are no age group awards; everyone who finishes is a winner. We warmly welcome your participation and hope you will make this event a must on your yearly athletic calendar. For more info and to pre-register, click here. Registrations will be accepted on race day if there is room. To sign up on race day, you must register by 7:15 AM. 


Charity Bike Ride with Jens Voigt
May 7: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Trek Bicycle Store, 1925 Skokie Highway, Highland Park 

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to ride with one of the world's most popular cyclists, Jens Voigt. Ride through the northern suburbs of Chicago and experience a once and a lifetime opportunity. 100% proceeds from this event will benefit the O'Neal School in Elgin donated by the Glencoe Educational Foundation.  Raffles prizes include: An Amgen Tour of California Jersey signed by Jens Voigt, a pair of Oakley sunglasses and a Rapha Musette Bag. $50.00/per rider. Limited space so reserve your tickets now for what will sure to be a memorable ride! 


Tasting the Midwest with Beth Dooley
May 7: 6 pm
Found Kitchen and Social House, 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston 

While farm-to-table has become something of a catch-phrase in foodie circles, what does it actually mean when you live in a tough climate like the Upper Midwest? That’s a question Minnesota food writer Beth Dooley has spent the past 35 years exploring while getting to know a variety of foods as well as the farmers who grow them, the policies that govern production, and the cultures in which they have special meaning. During this special event, Beth discusses her book In Winters Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland. Attendees will receive one paperback copy of the book, plus a light menu of nibbles and two signature cocktails specially created for the event by Founds chef (and Minneapolis native) Nicole Pederson. Tickets: $55. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


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April 27, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Apr. 28 – 30

While the weather may be iffy, there is no doubt that this weekend is chock full of events for everyone to enjoy! So let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best as you don’t want to miss out on opening Day at Melvin Berlin Park, Beach Dash & Splash at Gillson Beach, the Lake Glenview Fish Release or the Spring Flea Market in Skokie, plus a whole lot more, including many fun indoor performances and Healthy Kids Day at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston! 

Melvin Berlin Park Opening Day
Apr. 28: 6 – 8 pm
Melvin Berlin Park, 692 Greenwood Ave., Glencoe 

Take me out to the ballpark! Enjoy free popcorn, crackerjacks, hot dogs and baseball-themed games at the new Melvin Berlin Park. There will be a short dedication, followed by a parent-child whiffle ball game, obstacle courses, carnival games, and more! Fun for the whole family! Free!  For more info: 847-835-3030.


Hello, Dolly!
Apr. 27: 7 pm; Apr. 28: 7:30 pm, Apr. 29: 12:30 & 4 pm, Apr. 3: 1 & 4 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

The talented young performers of Children’s Theatre of Winnetka (CTW) will delight North Shore audiences when Hello, Dolly! returns to Matz Hall. Regarded as one of the most enduring and beloved musical theatre classics, Hello, Dolly! also marks the final production for CTW co-founder Barbara Weldon, who retires as a director after a remarkable 43 years. Hello, Dolly! features 80 fourth-grade through eighth-grade performers in two different casts.  The story takes place in New York City at the end of the 19th century when Dolly Gallagher Levi—a matchmaker, widow and professional meddler receives her toughest challenge with a rich grump named Horace Vandergelder who seeks a suitable wife. Dolly successfully matches many others in the city, including Horace’s niece and two clerks, but everything seems to go wrong when Dolly realizes she’d like to marry Horace. With its joyful music and lovable characters, Hello, Dolly! is fun for the whole family. Tickets: $10. For more info and to purchase, click here.


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April 22, 2017

Guide to Summer Camps on the North Shore

roasting marshmallows at summer camp

Copyright: serrnovik / 123RF Stock Photo

No matter what your kid is into, there's a camp for him or her. Here's your handy dandy guide to day camps on Chicago's North Shore, including traditional day camps, sports camps, tech camps, theatre camps and everything in betweenIn addition to the camps listed below, the park districts in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Deerfield and Highland Park offer a variety of highly regarded fun and affordable summer camp options as well.

Traditional Camps

Banner Day Camp
1225 Riverwoods Rd., Lake Forest
Ages 3 – 6th grade + CIT/SIT (7th – 9th  Grades)
Banner Day Camp offers a tremendous range of sports, aquatics, arts and adventure activities. At Banner, it's all about growing as an individual, embracing new opportunities and having fun. And it's more than just fun. Banner campers develop positive self-esteem as they achieve new accomplishments, socially and athletically.

North Shore Country Day School Summer Camp
310 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
Ages 4 – 10
The Day Camp's diverse programs allow for all campers to try new activities in a setting where individual growth is fostered by a caring staff. The goal is to actively involve all campers while offering encouragement and support as they tackle new endeavors and age appropriate activities. Additional camp offerings include expedition camp, language immersion and little explorers (three year olds).

Apachi Day Camp
3050 Woodbridge Lane, Northbrook
Ages 4 yrs – 6th grade + CIT
Located on 10 beautiful secluded acres in Northbrook, the JCC "Z" Frank Apachi day camp has been bringing magical summers to Northshore children for over 25 years. With virtually every sport imaginable, an array of cultural arts activities and door-to door bus service, your child will expand their interests, have fun, grow and make new friends while developing greater independence.

North Suburban YMCA Day Camp
2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook
Ages 2 yrs  – 8th grade  + CIT 

The YMCA knows children and they know they need to spend time outdoors practicing social and decision-making skills. And they know they need to be inspired and mentored. Y Day Camp offers all of these things plus safe and value-based programming focused on caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility to help children discover and reach their full potential.  Options include preschool camp, traditional day camp, sports day camps and special interest camps with lots of scheduling flexibility.

Good Times Summer Day Camp
300 Waukegan Rd., Glenview
Ages 4 ½ yrs – 14 yrs

Good Times Day Camp’s mission is to provide a fantastic  experience for each camper in a safe, fun-filled atmosphere where children create memories as well as build important skills that will last a lifetime. The camp offers many convenient locations for you to drop-off and pick-up your camper. From which they will be safely transported to their main base camp in Glenview. This is where campers go through morning rituals (song, dance, daily announcements, camper challenges, counselor challenges, birthdays, etc.) before they start a great day of fun and activities! In the afternoon, everyone has a chance to enjoy special treats and purchase concessions before being shuttled back to satellite bases.

Decoma Day Camp
4350 Walters Ave., Northbrook
Ages 3 - 13

This family run camp has been providing wonderful camp experiences for more than 67 years. Decoma offers a vast program of activities geared to each child's level of development, including daily swimming lessons through their American Red Cross based swim program. They offer four through 8 week options, weeks do not need to be consecutive, you can choose 3 or 5 days per week and they have additional extended camp and specialty camp options. They also provided door to door transportation which is included in the tuition.

North Shore Day  Camp
800 Clavey Rd., Highland Park
Ages K – 8th grade

Summers are never dull at North Shore Day Camp! With energetic counselors, Camper’s Choice theme days and daily swim lessons, there’s something for everyone, including: sports, art, drama, music, dance, field trips, overnighters at Camp Henry Horner. NSDC grows with your child, providing challenging, fun activities and experiences tailored to each age group.

 canoeing at camp

Sports Camps 

Lincolnwood School, 2600 Colfax, Evanston
Ages K - 6th grade
At GoodSports! your child is exposed to a well-rounded variety of sports and activities aimed at developing a whole range of skills and abilities. Campers follow a daily schedule of rotating sports instruction, games and fun activities including art, baseball, basketball, floor hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, and more! It's great fun that builds your child's sportsmanship, athletic skills, and confidence under the enthusiastic guidance of experienced and dedicated professionals.

Illinois Baseball Academy
Various locations (Exact details TBD as of this posting)
IBA is back again with a full slate of Summer camps, including their NEW MVP Summer Camp, that are set to begin the first full week of June. This summer, they are offering over 40 camps throughout Chicagoland area! No matter your campers’ age or ability level, they are guaranteed to have a camp that is right for you! All of the summer camps are led by current high school or college coaches who all played college baseball. 

Wildcat Sports Camp
Patten Gymnasium, 2407 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Ages 2nd-5th grade (current 6th graders must be returning campers).

Wildcat Sports Camp has been a Chicagoland tradition since 1939 and continues its success as one of the best quality multi-sports day camps on the North Shore. When children are offered fun, exciting and challenging fitness experiences, they discover and learn to appreciate the many pleasures of being active and fit throughout life. Wildcat Sports Camp is administered through the Northwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation and counselors are students and student-athletes from Northwestern and other universities, past Wildcat campers, area teachers, as well as year-round Recreation Department Staff. Capacity is capped at 75 campers. Transportation provided for these designated areas only:  Door to door: Evanston, Kenilworth, Winnetka (south of Tower Road), Wilmette (east of the Edens) and Skokie (north of Howard & east of Crawford), Glencoe: Central School.

Northwestern Specialty Sports Camps & Clinics

In addition, Northwestern provides a multitude of specialty sports camp with various dates, ages and locations. For more information on specific sports camp, click here and for sailing and windsurfing camps go to:

Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, sports camps held at Northwestern University provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages.  

Game On! Sports Camp for Girls
Woodlands Academy, 760 E. Westleigh Rd., Lake Forest
 Ages 4 – 7th grade + CIT
 Located on the impressive and expansive athletic campus of Woodlands Academy, campers of all athletic abilities are treated to a quality, multi-sport experience with all but the golf and horseback riding activities on site. Door to door transportation within approved zones and lunch program provided. 

Loyola Academy Sports Camps
1100 Laramie Ave., Wilmette

The Loyola Academy provides a multitude of specialty sports camp with various dates and ages. The goal of Loyola’s summer sports camps is to provide boys and girls with the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will help them compete at a higher level in their given sport. They will also get a chance to meet Loyola Academy coaches and other boys and girls who are in the Loyola community; all of this in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. For information about specific sports and dates and ages, click the link above.  

Finished Strong Athletics (FSA) Sports Camp (Boys only)
Lake Forest Country Day School, 145 S Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest
Ages 1st – 6th grade

FSA’s goal is to create well-rounded campers and will stop at nothing to accomplish that. They want campers to discover and cultivate a passion for athletics including competition, socialization, self-esteem, and the ultimate experience…contributing to something bigger than themselves! Friday Fun-Days, USA vs. UK, Tribal Takeover & Blue vs. Red bring out the most camaraderie, teamwork, competition and fun! Transportation and hot lunch provided for additional fees. 

Hi Five Sports Camp
Christian Heritage Academy, 315 Waukegan Rd., Northfield
Ages PreK – 7th Grade + CIT

Hi-Five Sports Camp is a sports camp dedicated to a full menu of team sports for boys and girls. The camp is about so much more than winning and losing - it is about teamwork, playing hard and playing fair. And it is about making new buddies and enjoying the camaraderie. A camp that is as encouraging as it is challenging. As safe as it is high-energy and as instructional as it is fun.

North Shore Day Camp Sports
800 Clavey Rd./1195 Half day Rd., Highland Park
Ages K – 8th Grade

A summer day camp at a sports training facility – right in your backyard! NSDC Sports is a non-competitive day camp that enables your sports-loving camper to eat, drink and live sports! Working within varying age and skill levels, NSDC Sports introduces and improves skills in a variety of sports – including baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, swimming and more through skill drills, games and tournaments. Includes daily swim lessons with American Red Cross certified swim instructors. Athletes start their day with camaraderie at North Shore Day Camp, then head to the Lillian Lutz Recreation Center (The Lil’) to train and recreate on a multi-sports court, two Max Davidson tennis courts, and in the pool.

Chicago Bulls/White Sox Camps
Various dates and locations throughout the Summer

The mission of the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy is to create a fun, safe, and invigorating environment, teaching the games of basketball, baseball, and fastpitch softball, maximizing skills and building self-esteem of each boy and girl with whom they have contact. They are dedicated to nurturing the athlete in every child who comes through our doors.

Fonseca Martial Arts Camp
Ages 7-12: Evanston, Various Dates, Full day and Half Day options
Ages 4-6: Wilmette, Various Dates, 3 x a week, 9:30 -12 pm 

FMA offers a variety of summer camps for students of every age and level. At the Evanston location, campers will advance through their karate curriculum including belt tests and dojo tournaments while developing skills, increasing their level of fitness, making new friends, and having fun. Afternoons are spent having fun with fellow campers at local parks, beaches and sites. At the Wilmette location, which is offered 3 days a week, campers engage in 2-1/2 hours of interactive fun while building coordination, strength, character and focus. 


Fine Arts Camps 

Art Center of Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park
Ages 4 – 17 

Through a wide range of mixed media activities (digital photography, film, print making, drawing, painting, ceramics etc) this summer let your child explore, imagine and create through art! Camps are offered in 2, 4, 6, or 8 week sessions. New projects offered each session.


Theatre & Dance Camps

Piven Theatre Workshop
927 Noyes St., Evanston
 Grades 4 – 12
 Various classes including improvisation, story ensemble and musical theatre.

Actors Training Center  at the Wilmette Theatre
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
 Ages 5 - 18
Several programs available, including Performance Intensive (by audition only), Acting Lab, Page to Screen and Actors Toolbox. 

Citadel Theatre Summer Musical Performance Camp
847-735-8554, ext 2
300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest (1st – 5th grade)
145 S. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest (6th – 12th grade)
Ages Grades 1st – 12th

This year, A.C.T. presents two camp opportunities for young artists that are looking for a real world professional performance experience. Taught by a staff of seasoned professionals, students will be immersed in the world of theatre. The conservatory style training will expose students to many important aspects of performance art including auditioning, rehearsing, set design, costuming, and the final production.

LoMastro Performing Arts Academy Camps
840 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest
Ages 2.5 yrs – 18 yrs

Since opening our doors in 2007, LoMastro Performing Arts Academy has become one of the North Shore's premier performing arts academies. During the summer, they offer a plethora of dance camps and classes for boys and girls of all ages and skill levels to improve upon their current techniques or try something new!


Musical Theatre Summer Camp at Music Institute of Chicago

SmashUp!  Ages K – 3rd

Music, acting, dance and storytelling are "smashed up" into an original musical. Perfect for young elementary-age students who love creating and performing. Enjoy one, seven or any combination of these week-long camps. Each week culminates with a mini-musical created by campers.

Broadway Bound Camp Workshops Ages 4th – 8th

Campers participate in the production of classic Broadway and Disney musicals with inventive staging and a focus on fundamentals. A great learning opportunity for more serious young performers.

Music Camps 

Camp Jam
Lake Forest Academy
1500 West Kennedy Rd.
 Ages 11-17
 Camp Jam's multi-level curriculum schools students in every aspect of playing in a real rock and roll band. From playing techniques, plenty of band rehearsal, song writing, to stage presence, Camp Jam's variety of classes will turn the bedroom player into a bona fide rock star. Not only do you learn from a rock legend, you get to take the big stage on Friday.

Music Institute of Chicago
Evanston, Winnetka and Lake Forest 

MIC offers summer camps designed to meet a wide range of  interests.  Youth and adult campers have the chance to work with MIC's  award-winning faculty and ensembles in residence through various course offerings including jazz, oboe, piano, brass and more.  

School of Rock
9 Prairie Ave., Highwood, 847-433-7625
1311 Sherman Place, Evanston, 847-864-7625
Ages 7 - 17 

Through workshops, clinics, and private instruction, this comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment.Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes, learning the nuts and bolts of live performance, studio/band rehearsal time, Instruction and clinics with music professionals, music theory and songwriting, music appreciation and interacting with other young musicians, plus performing in a live rock show! Special artist-themed weeks as well.

Academic Camps 

Baker Summer Discovery
201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette
Ages 3 – 8th grade

Baker's Summer Discovery is designed to spark the imagination, engage the intellect, and, at the same time, offer an equally important dose of fun and physical activity. Exciting, hands-on, progressive educational activities taught by experienced teachers, a wide variety of games and play, and small camp groups led by fun and caring counselors are the hallmarks of Baker Summer Discovery. Open to all in the community. Specialty camps offered as well.

Sacred Heart School, 1095 Gage St., Winnetka
Camp Galileo Ages PreK – 5th

Grouped by grade, campers take on art, science and outdoor activities tailored to their level, and they learn lasting innovation skills like collaboration and reflection. As campers grow, the curriculum evolves to include more advanced concepts, complex projects and creative freedom. All this engrossing learning is wrapped in four, fresh, weekly themes. This summer, your camper might build a rocket in Space Explorers, take Ansel Adams-inspired photographs in National Parks Adventure, engineer an archery bow in Galileo Olympics or design a kaleidoscope in Galileo Makers: Toys. Every week is an eye-opening new adventure.

Galileo Summer Quest 5th – 8 th grades

Galileo Summer Quest is where kids get to dive deep into something that inspires them. Designed for burgeoning visionaries, Galileo Summer Quest empowers 5th – 8th graders to take the next step. Campers choose from 12 immersive majors, picking something they already love or a new area they're excited to explore, then spend the week diving in. Mentored by expert instructors and equipped with professional tools and materials, campers make short films, engineer catapults, whip up inventive dishes, design custom video games and much, much more. Each confidence-building, collaboration-packed week gives them an opportunity to realize their personal vision in a new inspiring subject.

Technology Camps 

Digital Adventures
844-KID-CODE (844-543-2633)
406 Linden Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
Grades 1-8

Ultimate Digital Adventures Camp leverages cutting-edge technology, knowledgeable instructors, and the coolest toys (robots, 3D Printers, Makey Makey, Rasberry Pi) on the planet to create a fun, interactive environment that teaches kids (1st-8th) how to code computers. Activites include robotics, minecraft modding, video game design, visual based coding and 3-D printing. Our mission is to inspire the next generation to develop creative solutions to the world's most difficult problems using technology as their platform.

iD Tech Camps
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest
Ages 7-18 

The #1 camp in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more. At the LFC location, they strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college! Co-ed and girls only options as well as day and overnight options.

RoboThink STEM Camp
3520 Lake Ave., #201, Wilmette

The perfect summer camp for aspiring engineers! Learn to build robots, code robots and pick up engineering skills. Armed with gears, motors, sensors, axles and laptops, students will build and code robots of all shapes, sizes and functions! Ages 5 and up.
Half day (3 hrs.) or full day (7 hrs.) camp offered.

Nature Camps 

Camp CBG at the Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Ages 6 months – 15 yrs 

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s signature day camp provides exciting, fun, and enriching outdoor learning experiences for your child. Science, nature, art, ecology, and cooking camps draw kids from all over Chicagoland. All staff members participate in annual training, are first-aid certified, and love teaching. Camp CBG offers morning and afternoon camps, supervised lunch, and full-day camps, as well as extended care to give parents flexible scheduling options.  Spend a week or the whole summer at the Garden!


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April 20, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Apr. 21 – 23

This weekend is all about recognizing and honoring our diverse world. There are multiple events celebrating Earth Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day – including two powerful musical performances, as well as a Cultural Faire. In addition, two author events will have readers of various ages and interests intrigued. But that’s not all!  Lambs Farm has an awesome Model Train Day event, Smelt-O-Rama is back again and the Wilmette Children’s Theatre begins its run of High School Musical Jr.!

Author Meet & Greet: Julia Donaldson
Apr. 21: 4 – 5 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 

Meet Julia Donaldson, author of beloved titles “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom”, for an afternoon of story, song, and music. Julia’s new book is, “The Giant Jumperee!” Joining Julia from England for this rare U.S. appearance is her husband Malcolm, a musician and singer—and special guest star at the Gruffalo, in person! Laughter and delight is promised for ages 3 and up. For more info on this and other upcoming author events, click here.

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April 13, 2017

Easter Fun and More on the North Shore: Apr. 14 – 16

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt

This weekend is sure to be hoppin’! There are plenty of Easter Egg Hunts and Doggie Egg Hunts to choose from. Plus, don’t miss out on a fun and informative Earth Day celebration and cap of National Library Week with a family friendly event in Lake Bluff!


Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 10 am
Thornwood Park (in Kenilworth Gardens), Thornwood Ave & Dartmouth St, Wilmette 

Sponsored by our very own Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker and Tracy Kearney of Guaranteed Rate. This intimate, community egg hunt starts promptly at 10 am, but come early to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans and enter a drawing to win fun prizes! For more info, click here.


Easter Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 9:45 am
Howard Park, 830 17th St., Wilmette 

Children will be organized into 4 different age groups, with hunts going off every 15 minutes starting at 10 am. Most eggs will contain candy, and prizes with some containing special prizes handed out at the end of the hunt. A special visit by the Easter Bunny will provide photo opportunities. Pre-registration is required by clicking here. Tickets are $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents. Bring your own basket.


1st Annual Doggie Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 1 pm
Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Dr., Wilmette

Put your dog's nose to the test!! Dogs will sniff out eggs filled with treats or coupons for special prizes. Doggie hunts will be organized by age group beginning at 1 p.m. One handler per dog who must be 18 years of age or older. All dogs must remain on-leash for the entire event and be at least 4 months old to participate and wearing current rabies tags. Tickets are $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents per dog. Bring your own basket. You MUST pre-register to participate by clicking here. This event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. 


Winnetka Park District 44th Annual Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 10 – 11 am
West Elm Park, 1155 Elm St., Winnetka 

Join the fun and excitement of hunting for goody-filled eggs in Winnetka’s Annual Egg Hunt. After the eggs are all cracked, stick around and get your picture taken with the hare himself, EB the Bunny.  All parents and children will have the opportunity to get their picture taken, bounce around on inflatables, and check out the live petting zoo! Children under three should hop on over to the “Bunnies-in-Training” pen where they can safely explore unfilled eggs. Bring your own basket. For more info, click here.


Doggie Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 12 – 1 pm
West Elm Park, 1155 Elm St., Winnetka

This egg hunt is just for dogs and will immediately follow the children’s egg hunt. March with your dog in an Egg Hunt Parade, take your dog through the Doggy Obstacle Course, and scour for treats hidden in plastic eggs. Those registered by April 13 will be guaranteed a goody bag. Those registered after this date will receive goody bags while supplies last. Tickets: $10R/$15 NR before April 13, prices go up $5 after April 13. For more info and to register, click here.


Highland Park Egg Hunt
Apr. 15: 10 am
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd., (middle pavilion) Highland Park 

Gather colorful eggs filled with toys and fun surprises. One special egg will hold a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark for Summer 2017. Children will be divided into groups by age and should keep an eye out for a special guest. No registration needed. For more info: 847-831-3810.


Earth Day Celebration
Apr. 15: 10 am – 2 pm
Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie, 2400 Compass Rd., Glenview

Celebrate Earth Day at this free community-wide event filled with family activities, nature walks, environmental exhibits and more. Find out what local organizations are doing to promote environmental stewardship and learn how you can make a difference! For more information, call 847-724-5670 or click here.


National Library Week Spectacular
Apr. 15: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lake Bluff Public Library, 123 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff 

Celebrate the last day of National Library Week! Beginning at 1:30 renowned balloon artist Holly Nagel will amaze you with her ability to transform ordinary balloons into everything from animals to superheroes! At 2:00, enjoy some light refreshments as the National Library Week Butterflies are released and at 2:30, try your hand at 10 Minute Trivia. There will also be activities including coloring and origami available throughout the day. For more info: 847-234-2540.


Easter Egg-stravaganza
Apr. 16: 1 – 3 pm
Workshop HP, 1929 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park  

Come dip, dye, marble, and speckle basketfuls of colorful (hard boiled) eggs. Kids (ages 7+) and parents are welcome to attend together. $25. Register online here


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April 10, 2017

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 15

Thornwood Park egg hunt 2017

You're invited to the 8th annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt, this Saturday, April 15. The hunt is sponsored by Coldwell Banker's Come Home North Shore Team and Tracy Kearney of Guaranteed Rate.

For those not familiar with Thornwood Park, it's in Wilmette's Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood, on the corner of Thornwood Ave. and Dartmouth St., catty corner to Harper School.

The hunt will start at 10:00 am SHARP...but come a little early to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jellybeans and enter our drawing for fun prizes from local businesses. Many thanks to Homer's Ice Cream, Marco Roma, Wilmette Theatre, Rock House and Cafe Lucci for their generous donations!

Everyone always has a great time, even the parents. Check out this video from last year's hunt.

Hope to see you Saturday!





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April 10, 2017

Best Brunch on the North Shore


If there is one thing that people on the North Shore take seriously, it's brunch! And who can argue? What's better than spending a leisurely morning/early afternoon dining on all of the sweet and savory treats that a serious brunch has to offer. And if you are really lucky you might even score mimosa or two.

For the purposes of this list, we are not going to include the traditional pancake/breakfast type places that serve "brunch" on a daily basis. That's a whole other list for another day! This list is focused solely on those restaurants where brunch is more of a special event, served only on the weekends to hungry folks looking for an indulgent meal to last them the whole day – well at least until dinner.

Firefly Kitchen
111 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette, 224-408-2464

If you love eggs benedict, you'll find lots to love about can have your eggs benedict with crab cakes, smoked pork or spinach Florentine. Pus there's lots of other fun twists on breakfast favorites and lunch menu items, including a foot long grilled cheese sandwich! Brunch is served Sundays 10:00 am - 2 pm.

Prairie Grass
601 Skokie Blvd. Northbrook, 847-205-4433

The brunch at Prairie Grass is a North Shore favorite. With its extensive a la carte menu offering a variety of tasty benedicts, fluffy omelets, gourmet pancakes and savory prairie grass favorites, it's hard to choose just one thing. They also have a great kids menu. Brunch served: Sat: 10 am -2 pm; Sun: 9:30 am – 2 pm.

1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-480-2323

Don't be fooled that it's a bowling alley. Pinstripes is an upscale venue whose bistro style restaurant stands on its own merit. And their Sunday brunch takes it to a whole other level. Served every Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm, the buffet style brunch offers made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fresh seafood, waffles, mimosas and bloody marys (extra fee), delectable desserts including a chocolate fountain and a whole lot more. Adults $25, kids 6-12 $12, 5 & under free! It's quite a deal.

Jolanes Restaurant & Bar
1100 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-375-6986

With its unique location in the ABT Design Center, Jolane's offers patrons a casual yet contemporary dining experience with a bit if European flair and their a la carte brunch does not disappoint. Offering tempting sweet choices such as Nutella crepes and brioche French toast served with real maple syrup, diners can also dabble in savory selections – we've heard the wagyu burgers are a must, not to mention their quiche of the day. Patrons love the enclosed sun room and their coffee also gets raves. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am - 3 pm.

Peckish Pig
623, Howard St., Evanston, 847-491-6778

This fun gastropub hits all the right spots. From its fun and lively atmosphere, to its cool and inviting décor, to the great service and we haven't even mentioned the food. The a la carte brunch menu has a little something for everyone, but they had us at "Warm Bag Of House Made Donuts." The food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced and they usually have some great brunch specials not on the menu. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am – 3:30 pm.

1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8400

The food is yummy and home-made, and it's quiet enough to carry on a conversation. We suggest the cinnamon roll pancakes!  Brunch is served Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Happ Inn
305 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-784-9200

The Happ Inn is a great upscale family restaurant that always delivers. Although the brunch menu itself is somewhat limited, patrons are welcome to order off the main menu as well. Nothing here is too fancy, yet the atmosphere offers a bit more sophistication than your typical family style joint. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am – 3pm.

694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8100

Everything at Guildhall has a quality of perfection, and the same can be said for their brunch. The a la carte menu features staples such as bagels and lox, oatmeal buttermilk pancakes, and eggs benedict Guildhall style, to the more innovative chorizo and hominy hash and chilaquiles and housemade doughnuts! In addition their menu of handcrafted cocktails and signature sodas is not to be missed. Brunch served Sunday: 10 am – 2pm.

601 N Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, 847-777-6878

Probably one of the best kept secrets on the North Shore is Saranello's Champagne Sunday brunch. Known as an upscale family Italian restaurant, its brunch offering is sometimes overlooked, but for those in the know, it's quite a delicious feast. For $34.95 (children under 12 half price), the buffet brunch features a chafing station, carving station, build your own waffle bar, eggs & omelet station, cold fish table, sweets table, salad, fresh fruit and more. Price includes 2 glasses of champagne or mimosas or selections of specialty coffee drinks and juices. (Bloody Mary bar, extra). Brunch served Sunday 10 am – 2 pm.

Deer Path Inn
255 Easy Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, 847-234-2280

Although on the pricier side ($48 per person), the Champagne Brunch buffet at the Deer Path Inn is a true bruncher's dream. They have everything from bagels, eggs, meats to sushi and shrimp. The quality is top notch and if you come in the warmer months you can burn off some of your meal by strolling through the beautiful grounds and gardens. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 am - 2 pm.

Ten Mile House
1700 Central St., Evanston, 847-905-0669

A broad a la carte brunch menu featuring salads, wood fired breakfast pizzas and lots of other mouth-watering breakfast and lunch entrees. Brunch is served Sat & Sun: 10 am - 2:30 pm. 

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