Is that really a light I see at the end of Winter’s long and blistery tunnel? I believe it is and that means it’s time to stow away the parkas (hopefully) and rejoice in the springtime weather. Warmer temps allow for plenty of outdoor fun including: Touch A Tuck, Deer Dash, Mother’s Day House Walk, two Art Walks, a kids’ fishing derby and Skokie’s renown Festival of Cultures. There’s also two impressive ice shows, some fabulous theatrical productions, a vintage market and a special high tea in honor of the Royal Wedding!
44th Annual Winnetka Ice Show
May 4: 7 pm; May 5: 6 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka
More than 150 local skaters from tots through teens participate in this production, performing jumps, spins, and choreographed routines for the audience. With colorful costumes, energetic music, and vibrant lighting effects, this show is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Bring the family out and join us for this Winnetka tradition! Tickets: $8. For more info: 847-501-2060.
Touch-A-Truck Family Festival
May 6: 11 am – 2 pm
NIPSTA Parking Lot, 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. Train rides, face painting, DJ, balloon artist, raffle prizes, food and more! Pre-sale general admission: $45 (family up to 6); $50 day of. For more info, click here.
May 6: 7 am – 10 am
Jaycee Park, 1026 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield
This event is designed for both beginning and experienced runners. A 5K race, a 10K race, and a 1-mile family fun run is offered. There is enough to challenge competitors at all levels. The Deer Dash will help you sharpen your competitive skills in running and get in shape for other area events. Pre-registration will be accepted through 5/2. After 5/2 you must register at the event. $32 R/$37NR. For more info, click here.
Vintage Market at the Grove
May 12: 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, workshops, live music and food trucks. Admission: $5 in advance/$8 at the door (cash only please). For more info, click here or call 847-299-6096.
43rd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk
May 13: 12 – 5 pm (Ticket pickup begins at 11 am)
Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St, Evanston
This year, the walk celebrates the many ways in which houses in Evanston have adapted over time. Changes in modern lifestyles and changes in the community are reflected in the structures we call home. Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 day of. Children 12 and over require a ticket. For more info, click here.
Northbrook on Ice
May 11: 7 pm – 9 pm; May 12: 1 pm – 3 pm; 6 pm – 8 pm May 13: 1 pm – 3 pm
Northbrook Sports Center, 1730 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook
Northbrook On Ice captures the hearts of those who participate each year and has been called the best amateur ice show in the country, dazzling spectators since 1969! More than 50 upper-level skaters participate in each show, guaranteeing an impressive display of talent. This year’s theme: Skate to Success, exploring many unique professional occupations. Tickets: $10—$14. For more info, click here.
May 17: 5:30 – 8 pm
Dempster & Main Street Shops, Evanston
It's a celebration of arts and eats on the Main-Dempster Mile! Stroll through Pop-Up Art Galleries at more than 60 businesses located inside the shops of the Mile, and sample delicious dessert bites and beverages along the way. Preliminary list of artists will be updated as the date draws closer. Come join for this neighborhood art and dessert crawl, meet your neighbors, browse some beautiful art, and eat some delicious food. Admission: $16. For more info, click here.
Kids Fishing Derby
May 19: 10 am - 12pm
Wood Oaks Green Park, 1150 Sanders Rd., Northbrook
Grab your fishing rod or use one of the park’s during this exciting Fishing Derby. Prizes awarded for largest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught. Fishing licenses are not needed. Kids 12 and under. Free. For more info, click here.
Royal Wedding Celebration with High Tea
May 19: 11 am - 2pm
Hilton Northbrook, 2855 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
Enjoy a Royal Wedding Celebration featuring a screening of the Royal Wedding of England's Prince Harry and Northwestern University alum Meghan Markle. Enjoy hot tea, tea sandwiches, assorted petit fours, macaroons, lemonade, coffee and tea. Please-no gifts! Reservations 847-509-7072 or 847-664-7999. Price: $44 Adults; $22 Children (age 4-12).
Central Street Art Walk
May 18: 5:30 – 8 pm; May 19: 11 am – 4 pm
Central Street, Evanston
Central Street, Evanston, a distinctive North Evanston shopping district presents its third annual Art Walk. Paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more featuring local artists will be on display at participating businesses along Central Street. For more info, click here.
Skokie Festival of Cultures
May 19 & 20: 11 am – 7 pm
Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie
Attendees will take their free 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food and beer, unique arts and crafts, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays. For more info, click here.
Through June 10
Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
One of the finest examples of American Musical Theatre, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, OKLAHOMA!, returns to the Marriott Theatre in a special 75th Anniversary Production. You'll fall in love all over again with the cowboy, Curly, the farm girl, Laurey, and their tale of adventure and pioneer spirit on the American frontier. Tickets: $52. For more info, click here.
Through June 10
The Writer’s Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race—search for love, success and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit. Tickets: $80. For more info, click here.