23 Things To Do In And Around The North Shore This July And August

Tiffany Goldstein | July 5, 2019 | Lifestyle


Lady Antebellum members Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley will perform at Ravinia for the first time July 10.

Through 7/6
VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil
Volta is a story about the journey to find one’s true potential, told through innovative, dazzling acrobatics under the Big Top, in a visually stunning setting.Times vary, tickets $49-$495, Soldier Field south parking lot, Chicago, cirquedusoleil.com/volta

Through 8/18
Darling Grenadine
A bold new musical about a charming songwriter with a dream of making it to the Big Apple is a vibrant, contemporary and humorous performance theater fans won’t want to miss. Times vary, tickets $53-$60, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, marriotttheatre.com

Through 9/24
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Dive deep into the art and music scene at the MCA’s Summer Tuesdays in the museum garden. The event highlights artists from Chicago’s international state-of-the-art jazz community. 5:30-8pm, free, mcachicago.org

Through 10/26
The Second City’s Neighborhood Tour
Get ready to laugh as Second City’s talented comedians hit the road once again for their annual summer walking tour. The show will go through the historic venue itself, followed by a walk through the picturesque Old Town neighborhood. Times vary, tickets $20, Chicago, secondcity.com

Lady Antebellum
The country group is bringing some Nashville twang for their Ravinia debut this summer. Throw on your cowboy boots and don’t forget your lawn chairs. 7:30pm, tickets $54-$140, Highland Park, ravinia.org

Diana Ross
Grammy Award-winning artist Diana Ross is coming to grace the stage of the Chicago Theatre. Let the diva bring you back to the ’70s while dancing the night away to some pop classics. 8pm, tickets $79-$689, Chicago, thechicagotheatre.com


Zoo Ball 2019: A Feathered Affair
Support the Lincoln Park Zoo’s initiatives while raising a glass of bubbly at its largest fundraiser of the year. 6:30pm, tickets $850-$1,000, Chicago, lpzooball.org

Sunset Baby
Dominique Morisseau’s heartfelt story about an independent woman and her estranged father, a former revolutionary in the Black Liberation movement, as they try to repair their broken relationship. In the process, burning truths are exposed. 7pm, tickets $20-$30, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, cityofevanston.org

The Righteous Brothers
The well-known duo of Bill Medley and Bucky Heard will soon make waves with their classic hits on the Skokie stage. 8pm, tickets $55-$90, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, northshorecenter.org

Chicago Water Lantern Festival
Document the picturesque moment when lanterns are set afloat in the Humboldt Park lagoon while treating yourself to food truck eats, live music and messages of love, hope and happiness. 5:30pm, tickets $30-$40, waterlanternfestival.com

Humana Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Lace up your running shoes and hit the Rock ’n’ Roll Windy City half-marathon. Runners from around the country flock to Chicago to participate in the traditional diverse road race. Times vary, tickets $62-$115, runrocknroll.com/chicago


Competitors create cocktails to delight all the senses at Highwood’s Bloody Mary Fest.

Highwood Bloody Mary Fest
Mixologists from near and far compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest at this popular annual event that includes live music, food vendors and more. 10am-5pm, free, Everts Park, celebratehighwood.org/bloody-mary-fest

Chicago Soul Jazz Collective
Enjoy classic jazz melodies at the Starlight Concert in Mason Park. 7-8:30pm, free, cityofevanston.org

Green Bay Trail Day
The Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Winnetka continue with the debut of this event, organized by Friends of the Green Bay Trail. Activities for all ages will line the trail, along with food and music. 8am–noon, free, Tower Avenue to Hazel Street, winnetka150.org

Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus
Get a close look at breathtaking artwork from the German Bauhaus school that launched a design movement. The exhibit showcases divine weaving work from influential artists. 10:30am-5pm, included with $25 admission, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, artic.edu


Holocaust Museum
In honor of the museum’s 10th anniversary, admission will be free on the 10th day of each month in 2019. On exhibit through 8/25: Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808 to 1865. Free, 10am, Skokie, ilholocaustmuseum.org

Northalsted Market Days
The largest street festival in the Midwest invites you to enjoy a weekendlong lineup of live music, unique vendors, gourmet cuisine and beautiful art. 11am-10pm, free, Chicago, chicagoevents.com

Family Golf Sundays
Play a round of golf with loved ones at the Deerpath Golf Course and have a hole-in-one type of day. 3-7pm, tickets $55, Lake Forest, deerpathgolf.com

John Mayer
Grammy Award-winning artist John Mayer will put you on cloud nine with his blissful melodies and down-to-earth performance. 7:30pm, tickets $59-$290, United Center, Chicago, unitedcenter.com

Curtis Anthony Bozif
Evanston Art Center welcomes the talented Chicago artist Curtis Anthony Brozif to its gallery, with his unique exhibit offering his abstract take on nature. 9am-4pm, free, Evanston, evanstonartcenter.org


Dance for Life 2019
Join supporters of the dance community at the annual gala and performance that showcases the city’s diverse talent, dance traditions and styles. All proceeds benefit individuals within the community who have been affected by critical health issues. 6pm, tickets $300-$650, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, chicagodancersunited.org

North Shore Venetian Night
Highland Park celebrates its 150th anniversary with a number of events, including this parade of themed boats decorated with festive lights.Free, Park Avenue Beach, cityhpil.com/hp150

Port Clinton Art Festival
Join more than 100,000 art-savvy enthusiasts at the 36th annual Port Clinton Art Festival and enjoy high-end work from 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists. 10am-6pm, $5 suggested donation, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park, amdurproductions.com


Photography by: lady antebellum photo courtesy of ravinia festival; zoo ball photo by alain milotti; Bloody mary fest photo courtesy of Celebrate highwood; engraving by William henry Brooke, photo courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection; dance for life photo by todd rosenberg