It’s the season of love.  For Daddys looking to celebrate with their daughters – you have two dance options to choose from.  Sports lovers have the chance to meet Mike Huff (former White Sox player) and check out a great exhibit on the Cubs/Sox rivalry. Nature lovers can explore to their hearts content at the Orchid Show or volunteer to help clean up The Grove. And finally, live theater lovers can choose from two family friendly offerings: one exploring an alternate fairy tale universe; the other a free celebration of Chinese culture! Got love weekends on the North Shore!


Princess Ball
Feb. 10: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Wyndham Hotel, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview 

It will be a night to remember for you and your little princess! Girls ages 4-12 and their special dates are cordially invited to the Princess Ball. Everyone should wear their finest ballroom attire and join us for a magical night of dancing and dining. Registration of $40 ($50 non res) per person is due in advance. Please register each princess and her date separately. To register, click here. For more info, visit or call 847-724-5670.

Wilmette Park District Daddy Daughter Dance
Feb. 10: 6: 30 – 8:30 pm
Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette 

Enjoy this special night between daddies & daughters, and make a lasting memory. Res-$55 / NR-$69. For more info: 847-256-6100.


The Orchid Show
Feb. 11 & 12: 10 am – 4 pm (Runs through Mar. 26)
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

This year, at the Garden’s biggest flower show of the year, they’re taking a playful look at how orchids how have influenced and continue to inspire popular culture. Bring your camera and come see the striking Phalaenopsis ‘V3’ orchid—it’s rarely on display at botanic gardens. You also won’t want to miss the Garden’s own creations at the Orchid Show, including a 15-foot tall Vanda “wind chime.” For a complete listing of events, classes, ticket info and more, click here.


Restoration Work Day
Feb. 11: 9 am – 12 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview  

Help collect seeds and remove non-native, invasive plants to make way for wildflowers, grasses and trees. Bring work gloves if you have them. Work parties may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, call 847-724-5670.


A Fairy Tale Adventure – Highland Park Players
Feb. 11 & 12: 11 am, 1 pm (Additional days: Feb. 18 & 19)
Edgewood Auditorium, 929 Edgewood Rd., Highland Park 

The Wicked Witch has changed the endings to all the Fairy Tales so that evil will triumph, and she's kidnapped The Fairy to stop him from reversing the spell. Only Hansel, Gretel, and Paddy the Gingerbread Man can save the tales for a happily ever after ending! You'll know and love all of these classic fairy tale characters, but you've never seen them like this before. With a live band rocking original music, this engaging musical will be a hit with young audiences and fun for all ages! Tickets: $11 can be purchased online or at the door. 


Coming Together 2017
Feb. 11: 6 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie  

A variety show featuring the Chinese culture and lifestyle with traditional performances including Lion and Dragon Dances, Chinese music, dance, folk songs, martial arts, and much more! Celebrate and welcome the Chinese New Year with friends and family at this year’s Opening Ceremony. Free and open to the public. For more info, click here


Sox vs Cubs/Meet Mike Huff
Feb. 12: 2 – 3:30 pm (Exhibit runs through May 7)
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette 

This new exhibit takes a fun look at this longtime Chicago rivalry. Through a variety of voices, objects and interactive elements, the exhibit captures the history and depth of both sides of the rivalry and takes on the question of what it means to be a fan. Visitors will have interactive opportunities to explore the two teams, including a Trivia Challenge, the “Greatest Player” debate, and first-hand accounts from passionate supporters and Chicago sports media members. The exhibit would not be complete without replica scoreboards from both parks and vintage and present-day fan memorabilia. This Sunday, fans will have also have the special opportunity to hear Mike Huff talk about his career as a White Sox outfielder from 1991-1993 as well as his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and Toronto Blue Jays.  Huff is a Wilmette native who attended New Trier East High School in Winnetka and Northwestern University.   He is currently the Vice President of Baseball Instruction at the Bulls/Sox Youth Academy.  Bring the whole family for this free program to shake Mike’s hand, take a photo, and get his autograph! For more info. click here.


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