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     June 2015 e-newsletter Mini Abe

Wednesdays on the Green
Wednesdays on the Green
Kick Off Event - Wednesday, June 3
Village Green
5187 Oakton Street, Skokie
Back for its fifth year, Wednesdays on the Green is bigger and better than ever! Skokie is thrilled to bring another summer of FREE fun on Wednesday nights starting at 7 pm from June 3 to August 19 - rain or shine! Be sure to bring a folding chair or a blanket, so you can kick back and enjoy the festivities. Upcoming events include Good Noise Skokie (June 3), The Hot Club of Berwyn (June 10), Spoken Four with Kaleidoscope Dance (June 17) and Animal Quest - Kids and Family Night (June 24). For more information, click here.

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Walking Tours: Architectural Evanston
Walking Tours: Architectural Evanston
Beginning Saturday, June 6
Evanston History Center
All Tours Start at 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
The Evanston History Center's popular walking tours begin in June, offering docent led tours showcasing the work of Evanston's noted architects including Daniel Burnham, William Holabird, Myron Hunt, Dwight Perkins, and Thomas Tallmadge. The tours provide fascinating insights into the history and development of Evanston including Evanston's Lakefront (July 18, August 15 and October 3), Architectural Evanston (June 6 and September 19) and Evanston Women's History (August 1). For more information and a complete list of tours, click here.

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3rd Annual Open Studios Evanston
3rd Annual Open Studios Evanston
Saturday, June 6
Various Evanston Art Studios and Galleries
The public is invited to enjoy a citywide tour of Evanston's magnificent art studios and galleries from 12 noon to 6 pm. Open Studios Evanston is an initiative that engages the arts community of Evanston, and the public, through free events that showcase Evanston artists creating their work in the City of Evanston. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Evanston's thriving art community and the people and places behind it. For more information, click here.

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Light Opera Works Presents The Fantasticks!
Light Opera Works Presents
The Fantasticks!

June 6 - June 14
Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street (at Sheridan Road), Evanston
Light Opera Works presents the long-running hit about a boy, a girl, and their fathers who plot to get them together by keeping them apart. It includes such song classics as Try to Remember, Soon It's Gonna Rain, They Were You and Never Say. The Fantasticks began as a summer theater production at Barnard College in 1959. In May of 1960 it opened Off-Broadway, and afterward it went on to become the longest-running production in the history of stage and one of the most frequently produced musicals in the world. You won't want to miss it! For more information and tickets, click here.

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Block Party @ St. Norbert
Block Party @ St. Norbert
Saturday, June 13
St. Norbert's Church
Corner of Walters and Meadow, Northbrook
Now in its 10th year, the Block Party @ St. Norbert is one tasty event! Fun for the entire family, this this much anticipated event appeals to families of all ages. The day begins with the 5K fun run and walk at 8am (registration for the 5k includes admission to the Block Party). Gates open at 3 pm, where attendees will find a Kids Zone including loads of games and inflatables, as well as a fabulous food/beer garden (so come hungry!) Entertainment includes a DJ and live entertainment throughout the day including the very popular MR BLOTTO on the main stage. Tickets are only $5 per person from 3 to 7 pm, admission after 7 pm is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information, click here.

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Shining Lives: A Musical
Shining Lives: A Musical
Now through June 14
Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
It's 1922 and the young women of Chicago's Radium Dial Company are living a dream; earning good wages and beaming with new-found independence. After years of hand painting watch dials, the so-called "harmless" radium leads to devastating results. Four courageous women upend their lives with a determination to change the future in this compelling new musical, the transcendent tale of heroic lives that glowed with promise. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Custer Fair
Custer Fair
Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21
Main Street & Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Custer's Fair (formerly known as Custer's Last Stand) celebrates 43 glorious years when the city of Evanston hosts the area's largest, oldest and most anticipated outdoor event in its history! In addition to viewing incredible art from 350 artists across the nation, those attending Custer's Fair will also enjoy an old fashioned Sidewalk Sale (featuring 150 local businesses), food from over 30 different restaurants and vendors, and non-stop entertainment including jazz, folk music, bluegrass and an authentic Native American Pow Wow (on both days) by The Native American Dance Troupe. Custer's Fair is open each day from 10 am to 9 pm, and you can now search for vendors or shopping categories in advance to create a "Must See and Do" list before coming to the fair! For more information, click here.

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CNSCVB After Hours Networking Event
CNSCVB "After Hours" Networking Event
Thursday, June 25 ~ 5 to 7 pm
Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling
Are you ready "fore" a good time? Then, be sure to join us at the newly renovated Chevy Chase Country Club for this month's business after hours. Not only will you mix and mingle with your fellow CNSCVB members, but you'll have an opportunity to network with those from the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce as well. Enjoy a variety of small bites and beverages, while building relationships with other local business professionals. As always, our monthly networking events are open to all members and are free to attend, but you must RSVP by Friday, June 19th to Jennifer Engel (CNSCVB Manager of Membership and Advertising) at (847) 763-0011 x22 or e-mail her at jengel@cnscvb.com. We look forward to seeing you!

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Fountain Square Art Festival
Fountain Square Art Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28
Downtown Evanston
Church and Sherman Streets, Evanston
Now celebrating its 35th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan" and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from Fountain Square, and also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, plenty of food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup. For more information, click here.

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Wednesdays in the Woods
Wednesdays in the Woods
Wednesdays in June and July
Hubbard Woods Park
1065 Gage Street, Winnetka
There's a great line-up of live music during the Wednesdays in the Woods Summer Concert Series! Be sure to bring a picnic basket, blankets and some chairs to enjoy a variety of music under the stars from 7 to 8:30 pm including Basement Jacks (June 3), Jonny Russler and the Beach Bum Band (June 10), Final Say (June 17) and 7th Heaven (June 24). For more information and a complete entertainment line-up, click here.

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The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of US Death Row Inmates
The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of US Death Row Inmates
Now through August 9
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
For 15 years, Julie Green has painted images of death row inmates' last meal requests in cobalt blue mineral paint onto second-hand ceramic plates. She intends to continue making 50 plates per year until capital punishment is abolished. Every plate in "The Last Supper" is accompanied by a description of the meal request, the date and state, but nothing more. Without naming the inmate or the crime, the meals highlight the human dimension of capital punishment. The plates function as anonymous portraits that when grouped together suggest a memorial to lost life on a mass scale. As prisoners condemned to death, Green's subjects are deprived of the most basic right to life. In illustrating their final opportunities to exercise their free will, Green represents a glimmer of humanity in the midst of a seemingly austere criminal justice system. For more information, click here.

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Doubt: A Parable
Doubt: A Parable
Now through July 12
Writers Theatre
644 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe
Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest's conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Three Years, Eight Months and Twenty Days
Three Years, Eight Months and Twenty Days
The Cambodian Atrocities and the Search for Justice
Now through March 20, 2016
Illinois Holocaust Museum
For three years, eight months, and twenty days, the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot ruled Cambodia, enacting a program of harsh internment and torture and subjecting the Cambodian people to inhumane living conditions, starvation, forced labor, forced marriages, and execution. An estimated 1.7 million people perished under this regime. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, created by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations, became fully operational in June 2007 to bring to justice senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime and those who were most responsible for international crimes and violations of Cambodian penal law from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.This panel exhibition examines both the history of that period and the on-going trials. For more information, click here.

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Ravinia - The Beautiful Sounds of Summer
Ravinia - The Beautiful Sounds of Summer
Another spectacular season of Ravinia kicks off this month with must see performances that cannot be missed! Whether you're sitting in the Pavilion or lounging under the stars, an evening at Ravinia is sure to make your summer complete. Among this month's highlights are Gipsy Kings (Wednesday, June 17), Alan Cumming (Friday, June 19), Sheryl Crow (Thursday, June 25), Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27), and the Doobie Brothers (Tuesday, June 30). For more information and tickets, click here.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Maze Home
Maze Home
735 Elm Street, Winnetka
847-411-1115
Since opening in 2009, Maze Home has quickly become a premier home and design gift destination on the North Shore. The beautifully appointed store is a natural extension of the owner, Cindy Bardes Galvin's interior design business, providing a comfortable, loft-like environment for sharing her extensive collection of lamps, tables and unique finds from around the world. Whether you are looking for something special for a milestone birthday, an enduring present for a new bride, or a last minute hostess gift, Maze Home's selection is sure to delight.

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