November 2020
November is here and that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the start of the holiday shopping season. Our restaurants are offering great Thanksgiving meal options and our retailers are starting their holiday shopping promotions early. Let's celebrate a hotel opening, light shows, art expos and special merchant installations and museum exhibitions. Stay safe and please support our local businesses!
Thanksgiving on the North Shore
Thanksgiving will look different this year, but we can still enjoy the meaning of the holiday. Reserve your spot at a restaurant for your meal or bring it home and savor a restaurant quality meal without the fuss and prep. Check out these mouth-watering menus today.
Stay for $79 Holiday Rate at the Westin Chicago North Shore
Safe Hotel for Family and Friends, Now Through 3/31/21. Includes $10 Daily Credit to 601 N Café and Market & WiFi. Book your holiday stay here.
Let It Shine
Let it Shine, the North Shore’s largest drive thru of spectacular holiday lights runs November 15 through January 9. Located at Northbrook Court, guests stay in their cars to view dazzling light displays all synchronized to holiday classics! Tickets start at $29.99 per car and must be purchased in advance online.
Graduate Evanston, Now Open on Hinman Avenue
Nestled near the Northwestern University campus and the Lake Michigan shore, Graduate Evanston exudes timeless charm and reflects the culture and history of the town. Graduate Evanston celebrates the natural beauty of the North Shore and nearby Northwestern University, complete with both subtle and overt nods to university greats. 
Lightscape is Back!
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s holiday event, Lightscape, is back after a sold-out debut season last year! Lightscape 2020 opens November 13 and continues through January 3. Come experience a captivating world of light, color, and sound in an all-new trail designed with your safety in mind. Tickets are available online.
Distinctively Winnetka
Join Winnetka for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment.
Graduate Hotel Opens in Evanston
The Graduate Evanston, a new 119 room hotel (formerly The Homestead) has opened its doors steps away from the Northwestern campus. The historic building has been completely reimagined with special touches honoring Northwestern University and Evanston. The Graduate brand specializes in boutique hotels in college towns.
Make Lemonade & Support Local in downtown Evanston!
We’ve been handed a year full of lemons, but Downtown Evanston is turning them into lemonade! Take part in a playful and zesty scavenger hunt to support local businesses and win a cash prize! 
Visit in Person or Virtually!
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is now offering in person and virtual experiences including Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (through 1/3/21), A Warning from History? The Nuremberg Trials 75 Years Later (11/8 and 11/9) and many others. The holographic Survivor Stories Experience is also open, in-person.
Let It Shine | Drive Thru Lightshow at Northbrook Court
Opening November 15, Let It Shine is proud to present the North Shore’s largest drive thru world of lights at Northbrook Court! Guests are invited to stay in their cars and immerse themselves in a wonderland of light displays that are synchronized to holiday classics. This new, fun and socially safe experience will create lasting memories for all ages. Tickets now on sale. No tickets will be available at the gate.
Make Lemonade Installation
It’s been a year full of lemons, but downtown Evanston is turning them into lemonade! The Make Lemonade installation continues through November 15, bringing color, positivity, and play to downtown Evanston with lemon themed events and activities. Download the Eventzee App ( to participate. This video will get you started:
Winter Expo 2020
The Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts Expo is one of the largest and most celebrated craft shows in the Chicago area, showcasing the work of more than 140 selected artisans. The free event features jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more. It’s open November 20 through December 20.
Work safely at the Community House Winnetka
Find out how the Community House has the perfect remote work space!
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