Now that the cooler temps are here to stay, high tea sounds like a lovely way to spend a chilly weekend afternoon. Two fantastic opportunities are available this weekend. For those wanting to further expand their horizons and waistlines, Wheeling’s Wine and Spirits Holiday fest allows participants to sample over 150 wines from around the world as well as 150 local and craft spirits. There’s also Sweety Pies’ 10th anniversary celebration – featuring free cakes and goodies! For those looking to skimp on the calories but load up on entertainment value, 3 fabulous live performance opportunities await you: Lily Tomlin, The Sweet Maries (no, not more food but rather a harmonious duo) and opening weekending of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Writers Theater. Enjoy!


The Importance of Being Earnest
Nov. 10 & 11: 7:30 pm; Nov. 12: 2 pm
The Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe 

It’s opening weekend of one of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers in the English language. The Importance of Being Earnest introduces you to Jack and Algernon, two charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.”  But when they fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, will they be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? Tickets: $35 - $70. For more info, click here.


The Sweet Maries
Nov. 11: 8 pm – 10 pm
Rock House, 1742 Glenview Rd., Glenview 

On Saturday "Eleven Eleven" the female fronted harmonious duo The Sweet Maries will appear at the Rock House. The Sweet Maries are Amy Shoemaker and Susie Lofton, who with their amazing vocal blend and soaring harmonies, perform originals and some of the best-loved songs of the ’60s. Very acoustic, very much listening music, very heavenly altogether. Special guest banjo and mandolin whisperer, Steve Martin will also be performing. For more info email:


Lily Tomlin
Nov. 11: 4 & 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Lily Tomlin: Winner of Seven Emmys, two Tony Awards, a Grammy, two Peabody Awards, the prestigious Mark Twain Prize, and numerous other notable honors. Tomlin continues to appear around the country in concert performances, and has entered the social media arena with a game app based on her most beloved character, Edith Ann. Don’t miss this chance to the see the iconic comedian in person! Tickets: $58 - $78. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Wheeling Wine and Spirits Holiday Fest
Nov. 11: 5 – 9 pm
Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling 

Spend an evening sampling more than 150 exclusive wines from around the world that are hand selected for this special evening, along with 150 local and craft spirits, provided by more than 50 vendors. In addition to the delectable wines and spirits, the rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon (VIP) and other special whiskeys and bourbons will be on hand to taste. The event will include a vast buffet menu with chef-selected cheeses, appetizers and fresh vegetables to perfectly highlight the wine selections for the evening. Tickets: $0 - $65. For more info, click here.


Sweety Pies 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Nov. 11: 8 am – 6 pm
Sweety Pies Bakery Café, 8042 Lincoln Ave., Skokie 

Celebrate Sweety Pie’s 10-Year Anniversary with free cakes and goodies (while supplies last) and fun activities for both kids and adults! Plus, Thanksgiving Pie specials and more! Gluten Free and Paleo pies available. For more info, click here.


High Tea 

Moira’s Afternoon Tea Service
Nov. 11: 2 -4  pm (Every Wed. & Sat)
Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston

Stem the hunger and anticipation of the evening meal! Every Wednesday & Saturday at the Celtic Knot Pub enjoy little sandwiches, homemade scones, whipped cream, strawberries, pastries & teas from around the world. $19 adults; $12 children. For more info, click here.


High Tea, Tour & Shop
Nov. 11 & 12: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie

At "High Tea with Gerri," Gerri will artfully serve a traditional English tea with fanciful finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones.  Your reservation includes access to a Holiday Boutique featuring one-of-a-kind accessories, homewares, Judaica, children's gifts, and more! Also included is access to all Museum exhibitions including Bill Graham & the Rock and Roll Revolution (closing November 12th), and the new Take a Stand Center, a trio of exhibitions including a cutting-edge theater that utilizes technology developed by USC Shoah Foundation's New Dimensions in Testimony program to enable a first-in-the-world 'conversation with 13 recorded Holocaust Survivors via 3-D holography. $48 per person. For more info, click here.   


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