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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