May 2021
Celebrate Travel and Tourism Week by enjoying all the experiences that make the North Shore special. From Mother's Day celebrations to the Evanston Arts Center’s reVision, an immersive art experience, to Harry Potter Day to Mandela: Struggle for Freedom at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and one last chance to see the Thomas and Friends exhibit at Kohl Children's Museum. Not to mention flowers popping up at Chicago Botanic Garden and other activities listed below to help you plan your May adventure.
Celebrate Moms
Treats, sweets, brunches, gifts, events and more! How will you celebrate the special women in your life this Mother’s Day? No need to worry. We’ve done the research for you! Our list of mom’s favorite things provides plenty of options to show her just how much she’s loved!
Skokie Festival of Cultures May Mini-Events
Celebrate Skokie's many cultures through the month of May. Events: art, films, a festival of colors home kit, music & dance.
Evanston Maker's Market
Maple St. Parking Garage
1818 Maple St., Evanston
Featuring unique hand-made items from Chicagoland makers, you’ll find a variety of goods including art, craft, wearables, jewelry, stationery, handbags and lots more! The Maker’s Markets take place the first Saturday of the month, starting May 1, May – October. $5 entry fee (18 and under shop free). Rain or shine. Safety protocols in place.
Allgauer's Patio is Now Open...Relax, Unwind & Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars!
Reservations encouraged…..walk-ins are always welcomed 847-664-7999
Celebrate Harry Potter Day
Grab your glasses, cloak and wand, get into character, and head on over to Wheeling’s Community Recreation Center on May 1 to celebrate the one and only Harry Potter! Ideal for kids ages 6-12, there will be themed games, crafts and more. $8 for residents/$10 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required.
Come for the Beer. Stay for the Food.
Enjoy Hangar Two's wide selection of craft beers, grown & brewed right here in Illinois, with a menu inspired by global adventure.
Downtown Evanston Sip and Stroll
Shop and Stroll and receive free gifts with purchases! Downtown Evanston’s businesses have missed you, come out and say hi and buy yourself a Mother's Day gift! Ayla's Originals, Artem Pop Up Gallery, Commonwealth Running, Madison Grace (also hosting mimosas), FlowersFlowers, to name a few! 
Work Safely at the Community House Winnetka
Find out how the Community House has the perfect remote work space!
Last Call for the Thomas & Friends Exhibit
The world’s most beloved #1 blue engine will be rolling out of the Kohl Children’s Museum this month. The STEM-focused exhibit, inspired by the popular children’s series on PBS KIDS, opened to rave reviews in October 2020 and has been extended through May 16. Get your tickets today!
Find the Perfect Gift & Meal for Mom in Downtown Evanston
Join Downtown Evanston for a Spring Shop & Stroll on May 8 to find that perfect gift for the moms in your life. 
What's Happening at the Garden?
There’s always something new and exciting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and this month is no exception! Celebrating its 20th year, the popular Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America miniature train exhibition opens May 8, and opening May 29, it’s Butterflies & Blooms where visitors immerse themselves in a habitat filled with live butterflies!
Join Distinctly Winnetka
Winnetka’s text loyalty program alerts you to promotions at your favorite restaurants, retailers, and service providers.
New at Westfield Old Orchard
Madison Reed, the online purveyor of hair color opens its North Shore locations. Have their professional colorists work their magic on you! Also opening, TravisMatthew, the culture and lifestyle of Southern California's surf, sand and sun to menswear. And those missing the full theater experience, CMX Market Cinemas is now open!
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