Time to get your lucky game face on because when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, you know it’s going to be a BIG weekend!  There are fun options for all ages so no excuses!


2018 Village Follies Review
Mar. 16 & 17: 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7 pm)
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

A long-held tradition in Winnetka, the Village Follies began in the 1930s as the Winnetka Woman’s Club annual talent show. Over the years, the popular fundraiser has expanded to include male and female amateur performers from the North Shore and neighboring communities. The variety Show is like an indoor “Ravinia” where people can bring food and drink, as well as host picnics” at their tables. The Show is written, choreographed, directed and produced by the Follies members, and is made up of songs, dances, and comedy sketches. Tickets online: $20; at door: $25. For more info, click here.

Leprechaun House Hunt
Mar. 17: 10 am – 12 pm
Kalk Park, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe 

Join in the fun as you search for leprechaun houses and the treasures within.  Treasures can be found at each little house along the way. Refreshments provided at the end of our hunt. Recommended for children 2-6; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost $8/10 R/NR. For more info, click here.


Celtic Knot’s Hooley VIV
Mar. 17: 11:30 am – 2 am
626 Church St., Evanston 

Don’t miss this 14th annual St. Patrick's celebration complete with great company, fine food, delicious drinks, stirring music, delectable dancing and a tall tale or two. From 12 -3 pm, The Saol Academy of Irish Dance will be on hand for some Irish dancing and maybe a lesson or two if you have your dancing shoes on. For more info, click here.


St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Block Party
Mar. 16: 4pm – 12:30 am, Mar. 17: 12 pm – 12:30 am
The Curragh Irish Pub, 1800 Tower Dr., Glenview

It’s the ULTIMATE Block Party featuring a HUGE party tent, live music & Irish Dancers. Acts include: Mr. Blotto, the Tully Irish Dancers. Kashmir, The Chancey Brothers, the Katie Grennan Band, 7th Heaven and more! For more info and a schedule of acts, click here.


Leprechaun Leap
Mar. 17: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka 

Can’t wait for the beach season to start? You are in luck! Join the Winnetka Park District and the Les Turner ALS Foundation for a quick leap in Lake Michigan to celebrate St. Patty’s Day and support ALS research. A portion of the registration fees will be given to the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and all participants have the opportunity to raise money for their leap which will be donated directly to the foundation. Stick around after your brave leap for free refreshments and fun by the bon fires along the beach. Cost: $32/$42 R/NR.  For more info, click here.


Dive for Gold
Mar. 17: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook 

The YMCA will tint their indoor pool green as kids dive in search for “leprechaun gold” tokens at the bottom of the pool which can be redeemed for prizes. Free for members, Guests: $20 per family or $10 for one child. For more info, click here.


North Shore Spring Fashion Show & Columbia College “Project Runway” Style Competition
Mar. 18: Doors open at 4:30 pm, Fashion Show at 6 pm
Autohaus on Edens, 1600 Frontage St., Northbrook

Join Autohaus on Edens for an evening of friends, fashion, philanthropy and some “fur” as they transform their showroom into a dynamic catwalk at the North Shore’s “best in show” fashion event. This year’s event celebrates PAWS Chicago and its expansion to the North Shore. Guests will enjoy walking the red carpet, shopping, live auction, light bites, cocktails, a spring fashion runway show with celebrity judges and a chance to support PAWS Chicago. Tickets: $80 general admission (standing room only) or $100 VIP for a seat next to runway and VIP gift bag. For more info, click here.


Evanston Dance Ensemble presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
March 16: 7 pm; Mar. 17 & 18: 1 & 4 pm
Josephine Louis Theater, Northwestern University, 20 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston 

Enter the enchanted forest, where fairies frolic, magical flowers cast love spells, queens dote on donkeys, and chaos erupts.  Evanston Dance Ensemble brings Shakespeare’s most treasured comedy to the stage with all original choreography, music, and design. Tickets: $24; Children & Students: $16. For more info, click here.


More St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Fun


St. Patty’s Day Lunch Buffet - Mar. 17 (11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Found Kitchen and Social House, 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston

 Special guest: Shannon Rovers. $17 adults; $7 per child under 10


St. Patrick’s Day Feast – Mar. 16 (5 – 8 pm)

Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Lincoln Ave., Wheeling

 Featuring the Trinity Irish Dancers at 7 pm. $14.95 adults, $7.95 children


St. Patrick’s Celebration at Johnny’s – Mar. 16 - 18

Johnny’s Kitchen & Tap, 1740 Milwaukee Ave. Glenview

 Live music each night. $16.95 per person.


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