As we head into the first week of August, you might think things will start to slow down. But not on the North Shore! The weather is still warm and that means there is plenty more summer time fun to be had! This weekend, don’t miss: the ever-popular Northbrook Days, as well as Art at the Glen, a chance to find out the value of antiques and family heirlooms, a unique staging of the The Who’s Tommy, an outdoor production of Romeo & Juliet and a fair dedicated to all things kids! See? We weren’t kidding around!
Aug. 2 & 3: 6 – 10 pm; Aug. 4: 6 – 11 pm; Aug. 5: 12 – 11 pm; Aug. 6: 1 – 9 pm
Village Green Park, 1331 Shermer Rd., Northbrook
An exciting festival for residents of Northbrook and surrounding towns. The fest includes rides, games, live music, food, beer & wine, and much more! It's been a summer tradition at the beautiful Village Green Park in downtown Northbrook for decades. For more info and a complete list of events, including a time designated for those with special needs only, click here.
Art at The Glen Art Festival
Aug. 5 & 6: 10 am – 5 pm
The Glen Town Center, 2030 Tower Dr., Glenview
Rated as one of the top 30 shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine, Art at the Glen will line the streets showcasing the work of 185-juried artists from across the country in a variety of mediums, including paintings, photography, ceramics, furniture and jewelry. In addition to supporting the arts and viewing incredible artwork available for purchase, festival guests will be able to have one-on-one conversations with artists through booth chats. Kids can enjoy a special area designated just for them with interactive games and activities, including art scavenger hunts throughout the weekend. Free and open to the public, guests can look forward to hearing live music. Restaurants in The Glen Town Center will be open for business, serving up summer favorites. For more info, click here.
What’s It Worth? With Gary Piattoni
Aug. 5: 11 am – 3 pm
Secret Treasures Antiques, 605 Dempster St., Evanston
Bring a special antique, family heirloom, or flea market find to Secret Treasures and discover how special your treasure is by expert art and antique appraiser Gary Piattoni. Known from TV’s Antique Roadshow and guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Mr. Piattoni will offer verbal appraisal and help you distinguish sentimental value vs. potential monetary value. Limit 2 items per guest. For more info, click here.
The Who’s Tommy: In Concert
Aug. 3 – 5: 7:30 pm; Aug. 6: 2 pm
Ethel M. Barber Theater/Northwestern’s Wirtz Center, 30 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston
Northwestern alumnus Geoff Button returns to direct a unique and electrifying concert staging of this acclaimed musical that will rock all of your senses! Tickets: $25, discounts available for senior citizens, teachers and students. For more info, click here.
Outdoor Theatre: Romeo & Juliet
Aug. 4 - 6: 7 – 8:15 pm
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods
Enjoy the beauty of nature as Citadel Theatre actors perform the classic Shakespeare masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet, on Brushwood Center’s beautifully landscaped lawn! Wonderful for all ages! Bring a blanket & picnic to get comfy while you take in the performance! Tickets: $15/$10 members. For more info, click here.
Highland Park Kids Fair
Aug. 5: 10 am – 1 pm
Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park
Ballet Makkai is proud to host Downtown Highland Park’s second annual Kids Fair. The fair will showcase “SuperKids” in Downtown Highland Park, with arts and crafts, dance and music classes, shopping, food, your favorite Spider and Wonder Woman superheroes, and loads of superhero-themed entertainment for the whole family. For more info, click here.