While you may still be recovering from your July 4th celebrations, it is already time to start gearing up for the next weekend! Lots of fun things to choose from including a sidewalk sale, an art festival, an upscale food festival, a hilarious and touching play that takes you into the inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge and an herbal healing class – perhaps to help you with that July 4th recovery?


Northbrook Sidewalk Sale
July 7 & 8: 9 am – 3 pm
Downtown Northbrook, Church Street & Cherry Lane, Northbrook 

Get your wagons out and walk or bike downtown like you did as a kid. Find deals galore from your favorite local stores and outside vendors at the Downtown Northbrook Sidewalk Sale! You’ll also find balloon artists, children’s activities, contests food and lots of fun! For more info, click here.

North Shore Art Market
July 8 & 9: 10 am – 5 pm
Westfield Old Orchard, 4905 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie 

Free and open to the public, the North Shore Art Market will showcase the work of juried artists and artisans in a variety of mediums, specializing in painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, soaps, lotions, food and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists and artisans through demonstrations and booth chats. There also is the opportunity to partake in interactive art experiences, including Art Bingo for kids. Art Market goers will also enjoy tasty local fare from Westfield Old Orchard restaurants. For more info, click here.


The Faculty Lounge
July 7: 8 pm; July 8: Sold Out; July 9: 3 pm (through Aug. 6)
The Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview 

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. Tickets: $35; Students: $20. Freshly-baked cookies, snacks and soda are complimentary. The Theater is BYOB. Guests are invited to bring a beverage to enjoy during the performance. Glasses and corkage are provided at no additional charge. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here

Herbal Healing Class
July 8: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Love That Spice, 1893 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park 

Interested in alternative wellness? Looking to integrate more herbs and plants into your daily lifestyle? Come learn about different plant medicines and how they support the mind, body, and spirit. Versatile herbs that can be brought into the kitchen & the tea cup will be discussed. After this workshop, you will leave informed and empowered to cultivate deeper relationships with plants and herbs, feeling confident to use them to support your health and happiness at home. Taste for yourself the sweetness of earth medicine. Workshop leaders will be preparing wholesome appetizers, healing teas, and herbal delights for you to enjoy during the class. You will leave full of information and herbal energy, and receive recipes and a gift bag to help you plant your seeds of wisdom back home. Cos: $55. For more info, click here.


Taste of Evanston Food Festival
July 9: 4 – 7 pm
Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston 

Gather on the terrace of the magnificent Charles GatesDawes House, home of the Evanston History Center, and feast on delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from Evanston's trendiest restaurants - and wash it down with beverages from local breweries and wine shops.   Plus enjoy the virtuosic Gypsy jazz music of the Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan, the sleight of hand magic of AJ Sacco, tour the exquisite interior of the historic mansion, and much more.  Proceeds will support local job training programs as well as ongoing philanthropic projects of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club.  Tickets: $80; Students: $25; Under 12: $10. For more info, click here


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