Craft fair shoppers and live-performance enthusiasts – this month is for you! From the renown Antiques + Modernism Show to two widely celebrated craft fairs, you can shop to your hearts delight!This month also brings a plethora of performance offering for all ages – including Curious George and Almost Wonderland for the younger set, Little Shop of Horrors for the daring set, Handicap This! and The Kates for those in need of a good laugh, and Booker T Jones for those looking to get their groove on (plus Richard Marx, David Crosby and the Manhattan Transfer)! There’s also 2 Turkey Trots to choose from and a Light the Lights! Celebration in Glencoe to raise your holiday spirit to a whole new level!
Antiques + Modernism Show
Nov. 2: 10 am – 6 pm; Nov. 3: 10 am – 5 pm; Nov. 4: 11 am – 4 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
This is the ultimate destination for interior designers, shoppers, and collectors alike. Ranging in styles from classic to modern, the Show is renowned for exquisite home furnishings and accessories, artwork, clothing, and jewelry, exclusively available for purchase from dealers who are nationally recognized specialists. The Show's 60-year history and prevailing reputation speak to the caliber of this spectacular style and design event. For more info, click here.
The Grove Arts & Craft Faire
Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9: 10 am – 8 pm; Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11: 10 am – 5 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
In what will be its final year, the Glenview Park District's Arts and Craft Faire returns to the Grove with a fantastic assortment of handcrafted items, unique gifts, seasonal decorations, and one-of-a-kind treasures, sure to please even the most discerning shoppers. The Faire brings together over 60 juried artists in a festive event that has become a holiday tradition for many. Shoppers can wander throughout the beautifully-decorated grounds of this historic site while discovering the work of many talented Midwestern artisans. $5 per person, $1 for children 12 and under. For more info, click here.
Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11: Various times
The Actors Gymnasium, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston
In another daring, circus-theatre production by the Actors Gymnasium youth circus, Dalice (they/them) doesn’t quite fit in, especially at school. Dropped into a fantasy world reminiscent of Wonderland and Oz, and with the aid of a magical book, they discover that they’re not the only ones that are struggling to fit in. Tickets: $15. For more info, click here.
Curious George: The Golden Meatball
Nov. 3, 8, 10: 10 am & 1 pm
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook
Join Curious George, the inquisitive, lovable monkey-star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show in a brand new musical. Curious George: The Golden Meatball TYA is a loveable adventure, specifically designed for young audiences, that is sure to leave them singing and swinging down the aisles. Tickets: $12. For more info, click here.
Nov. 9: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Hysterical, risky and real! With music, humor and honesty, Handicap This! will stir your senses, challenge your thinking and wake your attitude. Part theatre-piece, part stand-up comedy routine and part insight on living with disabilities, Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach light up the stage with humor, honesty and a friendship-fueled chemistry that you will want to bottle up and keep all for yourself. Watch as they demonstrate the value of inclusion and celebrate the power of diversity as they raise awareness for people living with different abilities, and motivate any individual to go after their own goals and dreams. Tickets: $26/$36. For more info, click here.
Don’t miss these exciting performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts as well:
Richard Marx: Nov. 15
David Crosby & Friends: Nov. 19
The Manhattan Transfer: Nov. 24
Deerfield Family Theater: Little Shop of Horrors
Nov. 9 & 16: 7:30 pm, Nov. 10 & 17: 1 pm & 7:30 pm, Nov. 11 & 18: 2 pm
Caruso Auditorium, 1801 Montgomery Rd., Deerfield
The delightfully, ghastly tale of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh comes to life in Deerfield. Tickets: $20. Children under 3 not admitted. For more info, click here.
Booker T Jones
Nov. 11: 6 & 8:30 pm
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Booker T Jones is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and arguably the most famous Hammond B3 player in history. As leader of the legendary Booker T and the MGs, this pillar of soul music collaborated with Otis Redding, Albert King, and more during his tenure at Stax Records. Booker T’s Stax Revue is a presentation of Booker’s hits with the MGs, and of the classics recorded on Stax Records. The Stax Revue features a ten-piece big band with three lead vocalists, a three-piece horn section and Booker’s usual rhythm section and delivers a high energy experience curated to take the audience on a journey through Booker’s eyes. His brief personal anecdotes provide wonderful context for the music and Booker’s legendary history with Stax makes him the perfect artist to present such a revue. Tickets: $22 - $58. For more info, click here.
The Book Stall After Hours Presents The Kates!
Nov. 15: 7 – 8:15 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka
This all female comedy showcase provides an intimate night of comedy different from anything you'll see at a typical Chicago club or late night bar. If you are a long-time fan, come see The Kates for this pop-up event in a new venue. If you are local, here's a ready-made date night plan or girls-night-out mini-adventure. The Book Stall provides the chairs, libations, a chance to win a female comedy set of books, and the bookish space, The Kates provide the laughs and entertainment. Space is limited; RSVP strong suggested as well as a $10 donation. For more info, click here.
Women’s Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 16: 5 – 9 pm, Nov. 16: 10 am – 5 pm, Nov. 17: 12 pm – 4 pm
Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston
This juried gift fair features artists and makers of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts. Free admission on Saturday & Sunday. For more info, click here.
Evanston Flying Turkey Run
Nov. 22: 9 am
Evanston Lakefront at the corner of Sheridan and Church Street
The Annual Evanston Flying Turkey 5k returns! This awesome, family event is a great way to kick off your Thanksgiving weekend and get in some great exercise before your turkey dinner. First 2700 people who register will receive a free hat marking the event! This certified 5K run and walk will be along the beautiful Evanston lakefront newly paved path beginning at Sheridan Rd. and Church Street. This race site/ start line is on the southern end of the park. For more info, click here.
North Shore Turkey Trot 5K & 10K
Nov. 22: 8 am
Park Ave and St. Johns in the eastside Metra parking lot, Highland Park
The North Shore Turkey Trot is headed back to beautiful Highland Park! Enjoy a beautiful course running through the neighborhood while sporting your premium goodie bag. For more info, click here.
Light the Lights!
Nov. 23: 4 – 7 pm
Downtown Glencoe, Green Bay Rd & Park Ave.
Get in the holiday spirit in downtown Glencoe with a lighting ceremony, a “Wine and Beer Stroll,” caroling, photos with Santa, live reindeer petting, trackless train rides through beautiful downtown Glencoe and more! And to get your holiday shopping started, many downtown businesses are starting "Small Business Saturday" specials a day early and will stay open late for the event! For more info, click here.