What To Do in The North Shore This September and October

Tiffany Goldstein | September 3, 2019 | Lifestyle

Nineteen things to do in the North Shore this September and October to kick off fall.


EXPO Chicago celebrates modern and contemporary art at Navy Pier.

Grinning From Fear to Fear
The Second City e.t.c.’s latest sketch comedy show will make you laugh—or cry. A team of talented performers join forces to share tales of psycho killers and other modern frights. Times vary, tickets $32-$64, Chicago, secondcity.com

Through 9/22
Into the Woods
Familiar fairy-tale characters face unexpected circumstances at Writers Theatre. The musical follows a childless baker and his wife as they set out on a voyage through the woods to lift their family curse. It’s not just kid stuff. Times vary, tickets $35-80, Glencoe, writerstheatre.org

Bright Futures
Join The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center for its 2019 fall benefit. The evening will consist of live entertainment, delightful cocktails and festivities to help spread its mission to provide health care to underserved Chicago communities. 6- 11pm, tickets $225-$2,000, Theater on the Lake, Chicago, thewomansboard.org


Bright Futures co-chairs Colby Gaines, Susie Healey and Buffy Maier

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Chicago Luncheon
Support the cause at the fall U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum luncheon and help put an end to hate and antisemitism. Noon, tickets $250, Sheraton Grand Chicago, ushmm.org

9/12- 10/20
Mother of the Maid
A bold and deeply moving drama is stealing the spotlight at Northlight Theatre, glorifying the challenges of raising an extraordinary child from an unexpected perspective. Times vary, tickets $30-$89, Skokie, northlight.org

9/13 - 11/3
The Color Purple
Follow the early 1900s journey of Celie as she juggles the love that she has for her family and the fight against an abusive relationship. Times vary, tickets $55-$70, Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace, drurylanetheatre.com


EXPO Chicago
EXPO Chicago returns to Navy Pier to celebrate modern and contemporary art with more than 135 international galleries, diverse film and audio programs, and many educational events. Times vary, tickets $30-$50, Navy Pier, Chicago, expochicago.com

Lake Forest Symphony Opening Night
Enjoy light fare and libations at the reception before the symphony kicks off its 62nd season with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf followed by Tchaikovsky’s landmark Concerto for Violin. Reception 6pm, tickets $75, concert 7:30pm, tickets $29-$49, Lake Forest, lakeforestsymphony.org

Andersonville Arts Fest
Dive deep into the art and music scene at the Andersonville Arts Fest and enjoy smooth sounds from musicians like David Dallison and Ron Steta, incredible artwork and an array of delectable bites from local restaurants. 10am-6pm, free, Winona and Clark streets, Chicago, amdurproductions.com


Pop América, 1965-1975
The Block Museum presents the first cutting-edge display that illustrates Latin America’s point of view on pop art. The exhibition explores how bold and colorful imagery reflects mass culture. Times vary, free, Evanston, blockmuseum.northwestern.edu

Oktoberfest Chicago
Kick off October by sipping on local ciders, noshing on fall-inspired eats and clapping along to Bavarian music at Chicago’s popular Oktoberfest. Break out the dirndls and lederhosen for a weekend full of festivities. Times vary, tickets $5-$10, St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Chicago, oktoberfestchicago.org


Holmes and Watson’s Mystery of the Woods
The Morton Arboretum brings back its famous Walking Plays, which allow visitors to embrace the beautiful outdoors while getting an exclusive and unforgettable theatrical experience. Times vary, tickets $20-$55, Lisle, mortonarb.org

Hugh Jackman
Warm up your vocal cords because The Man. The Music. The Show., starring Hugh Jackman, is coming to the United Center. The performance will include hits from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and a never-before-seen tap-dancing number alongside a live orchestra. 7:30pm, tickets $30-$445, Chicago, unitedcenter.com

A Tribute to The Beatles
A premier tribute to The Beatles is coming to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, thanks to BritBeat’s multimedia concert that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the great Abbey Road album. Spend the night dancing to classics like “Here Comes the Sun” and learning about the band’s early days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. 8pm, tickets $28-$44, Skokie, northshorecenter.org


The Galaxy’s Greatest Hits
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents The Galaxy’s Greatest Hits, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, at the Symphony Center. The company will perform space classics from Star Wars and E.T. that will make you skyrocket right out of your seat. 7:30pm, tickets $27-$122, Chicago, cso.org

Chicago International Film Festival
The 55th annual film festival allows you to choose from over 150 short and full-length pictures from 50 countries, plus attend an entertaining panel discussion and mingle among the best in the industry at the opening-night party. Times vary, tickets $110-$265, AMC River East 21, Chicago, chicagofilmfestival.com


Making Strides of Chicago
Take steps to end breast cancer with the American Cancer Society at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Get ready for a 3- to 6-mile walk to help raise money for innovative research, celebrate survivors and, most importantly, remember loved ones. 10am, donation, Soldier Field Stadium Green, Chicago, acsevents.org/donate

Solti Night 2019
Raise a glass of bubbly at the annual Solti Foundation U.S. gala and support talented young American conductors. While taking in world-renowned melodies, hear from successful conductor Yaniv Dinur and support the foundation’s mission to create a substantial impact on the future of classical music in America. 6pm, tickets $350, Casino Club, Chicago, soltifoundation.us

10/31- 11/1
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Chicago Philharmonic performs the score alongside this Tim Burton classic. The family affair has something for everyone to enjoy, from trick-or-treating in the 130-year-old theater lobby to spooky Halloween activities and the competitive costume contest. 7:30pm, tickets $30-$89, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, auditoriumtheatre.org

Photography by: EXPO Chicago Photo by Justin barbin; mother of the maid actor Kate Fry photo by Greg india; Woman’s Board of Rush University medical center Bright Futures Photo by Mary Rafferty; courtesy of the second city; Walking plays photo courtesy of morton arboretum; The Auditorium Theatre presents Disney Live in Concert photo courtesy Of disney; solti photo by dan rest