Fall on Chicago's North Shore is not to be missed! From the colorful changing leaves, to festive fall activities, performing arts and endless shopping! Not to mention the return of college football with the Northwestern Wildcats. Read on below to discover all this season has to offer. For group bookings contact Kimberly Wright at kwright@cnscvb.com.
Lighting up the Season
Soak up every glorious fall color by day with the stunning natural displays across 385 acres of the spectacular Chicago Botanic Garden. One of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers, the Garden also illuminates the night with crowd-pleasing special events for Halloween with its glowing, hand-carved pumpkin fest and the dazzling holiday experience that is Lightscape.
Take in a Show with Fall Performing Arts
Live music, comedy and theater are back with shows to get you giggling, toe-tapping and cheering along. Comics from Steven Wright (10/3) to Jane Lynch (10/15) grace the North Shore Center this fall, as well as blues legends Robert Cray (9/17) and Taj Mahal (10/14). Northlight Theater presents a diva tour de force in Songs for Nobodies (9/23-10/31) before their world premier Christmas yarn with Dickensian charm (11/26-1/2). Something Wicked: Stories for Halloween (Starts 10/28) offers four eerie tales as online audio experiences from Writers Theater.
Let Your Tastebuds Take Flight at Hangar Two
Come for the beer, stay for the food. Come for the food, stay for the beer.
Civil Rights and Safe Havens
World-class Illinois Holocaust Museum offers unforgettable experiences that inspire all ages to stand against hatred, prejudice and indifference. Catch incredible exhibitions like Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust (Now - 9/5). American photojournalist Arthur Rothstein documents European Jews escaping Nazi persecution by finding an unlikely “home” in China. Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement (10/17-5/8) explores the June 1969 police raid as the flashpoint igniting the modern U.S. gay rights movement.
Northwestern Football in Action
When it comes to college football around here, the fall color is Purple! Big Ten champions or co-championships and "bowl eligible" five times out of the last six seasons, Northwestern University’s Wildcats football team have been playing their exciting home games at Ryan Field going back to 1926. But a special game at Wrigley Field is a season highlight. See the full schedule and purchase tickets here.
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Hop in for Fall Shopping
Invigorate your wardrobe, home or gift giving with luxury goods and unique finds from shopping hubs that embellish the North Shore. Westfield Old Orchard is a striking outdoor mall wrapped around beautifully landscaped gardens, walkways, fountains and play areas with specialty stores and superb restaurants. Get a jump on holiday shopping at quaint boutiques in Evanston’s shop-happy neighborhoods: Downtown Evanston, Central Street and Main Dempster Mile. Explore sumptuous stores in area villages including picturesque Winnetka, Glencoe and the Northfield Village Center.
Hotel Deals with Vacay Feels
Whether you are taking advantage of all you can do on the North Shore or planning to venture into nearby Chicago, you’ll find better deals, free parking and easy access at area hotels — and find yourself close to a wide range of attractions. Choose from award-winning hoteliers with oodles of amenities, unique boutique inns or budget-friendly family locations.
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