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Wondering What To Do This Mother's Day?
Wondering What To Do This Mother's Day?
We've Got You Covered!

Mother's Day brunch? A fabulous dinner? A day at the spa? Shopping to your heart's content? Special events just for mom? We've got you covered! Whether you're looking for a traditional Mother's Day buffet or a day of pampering to celebrate the important women in your life, you'll find numerous options on Chicago's North Shore! For a variety of things to do this Mother's Day, click here.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter with Special Guest Lunasa
Mary Chapin Carpenter with Special Guest Lunasa
Friday, May 1
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Five-time Grammy winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to the Center for an intimate, acoustic evening and with special guest, LĂșnasa. Over the course of her acclaimed career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records. Don't miss this incredible evening! For tickets and more information, click here. If you're a Wynton Marsalis fan, get your tickets soon, as this show is sure to sell out. He, along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will be performing on Friday, July 10th. Click here for details.

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Pompeii: A New Jewelry Collection
Pompeii: A New Jewelry Collection
Saturday, May 2
Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio
623 Grove Street, Evanston
In the late summer of 79 A.D., fire and ash rained down from Mount Vesuvius and onto the Roman town of Pompeii, sealing its residents and their secrets away into a perfect time capsule of beauty, art, and destruction. Nearly two thousand years later, while revisiting Italy, Evanston artist Eve Alfille was able to visit the famously rediscovered ruins of Pompeii and create a series that utilizes her medium of art jewelry to give form to both the Pompeii of today and the gilded Pompeii of Ancient Rome. Eve reveals her exciting ew pieces at a special event which includes champagne, sinfully delicious treats, live music and phenomenal jewelry runs from 1 to 7 pm. For more information, click here.

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Dedication and Open House for the New Welcome Center
Dedication and Open House for the New Welcome Center
Sunday, May 3
Baha'i House of Worship
100 Linden Ave, Wilmette
The public is invited to a dedication of the new Welcome Center at the Baha'i House of Worship for North America. The Welcome Center is the first major architectural addition to the landmark building since it opened to the public in 1953. The Baha'i House of Worship, or the Baha'i Temple, is one of the Illinois Office of Tourism's "Seven Wonders of Illinois." It is one of only seven Baha'i Temples and the only one located in North America. The dedication events, which begin at 12:30 pm, will include a program of prayers and choral music, followed by words of welcome from local dignitaries and representatives of the Baha'i Faith. Refreshments will be served during the Open House reception from 2 to 5 pm. For more information, click here.

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VIP Pink High Tea at The Cube
VIP Pink High Tea at The Cube
Sunday, May 3 - 1 to 3 pm
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
It's tea time! Join us for a classic "high tea" at Westfield Old Orchard in celebration of Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. This exclusive experience offers an afternoon seating at 1:00 pm, and will feature a selection of artisanal teas, and an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts to fuel your shopping trip afterwards. Swag bags with loads of goodies for all who attend. Tickets are $25 each. For more information, click here

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Chicago's North Shore Celebrates Travel & Tourism Week
Chicago's North Shore Celebrates Travel & Tourism Week
Tuesday, May 5 (8 to 10 am)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center
9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Please join the Chicago's North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau as we celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week. Network with other leaders in the travel and tourism industry to learn more about the sales and marketing initiatives that are underway to bring increasing numbers of visitors to Chicago's North Shore. During the breakfast (which takes place from 8 to 10 am), our keynote speaker, Cory Jobe, the newly appointed Director of Tourism for the State of Illinois, will share his plans for promoting the state - and our region - as exciting visitor destinations. Tickets are $35 per person and can be ordered today (deadline May 1) on line by clicking here. For more information, contact Jennifer Engle at 847-763-0011 x 22 or jengel@cnscvb.com. We hope to see you!

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Oleanna
Oleanna
Now through May 10
Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
One of the greatest plays of 1992, according to Time Magazine, Oleanna is not to be missed! A female student visits a male professor to discuss how she failed his course, but the discussion takes an awkward turn when accusations of sexual exploitation are raised, threatening her future and his chances for tenure. Tickets, which are general admission, are $28 ($24 for seniors and $18 for students). For more information and other performances including a Judy Garland Tribute on Wednesday, May 20, click here.

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40th Annual Mother's Day House Walk
40th Annual Mother's Day House Walk
Sunday, May 10
Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Come celebrate 40 years of Evanston history and architecture during the Annual Mother's Day House Walk presented by the Evanston History Center. The walk takes place on Mother's Day with houses open from 12 noon to 5 pm. In addition to exploring the homes, those attending the walk will discover historical styles and how they have been updated to reflect current lifestyles. Intriguing stories of the people who lived in the houses and the architects who designed them are also highlighted. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 on Mother's Day. For more information and tickets, click here.

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First Annual Evanston Literary Festival
First Annual Evanston Literary Festival
Monday, May 11 - Monday, May 18
Three Locations
Northwestern University, Bookends and Beginnings Bookstore and the Evanston Public Library
The first annual Evanston Literary Festival is a celebration of Evanston's authors and literary community, and will feature presentations and events with such notable authors as Garry Wills, Stuart Dybek, Roxane Gay, Eula Biss, Richard Cahan, and many more. Organized entirely by volunteers, all activities are free and open to the public. The festival is a joint production of Chicago Book Expo, Northwestern University's Creative Writing Program, Bookends & Beginnings bookstore, the Evanston Public Library, and Northwestern University Press. For more information and a schedule of happenings, click here.

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Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures
Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17
Oakton Park
4701 West Oakton Street, Skokie
Since its inception in 1991, the Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than 450,000 visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. Referred to by many as a "Tour of the World," you and your friends and family will enjoy two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food, unique arts and crafts, a beer tasting, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays. The Skokie Festival of Cultures, which is a FREE event, is a winner of state and national art event programming awards. For more information, click here.

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A.R. Gurney's Later Life
A.R. Gurney's Later Life
Now through June 14
Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025
What would you do if you were given a second chance? A real chance to recapture something wonderful that you'd let slip away long ago? Would you be brave enough to take it? Would you be willing to risk everything for a chance at the happiness you once might have had? These are some of the questions facing Austin, the stoic middle-aged Boston banker at the center of A.R. Gurney's Later Life, a warm-hearted comedy being performed at the Oil Lamp Theater through the middle of June. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Did You Know They're Native?
Did You Know They're Native?
Temporary Exhibit - Through August 2015
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street, Evanston
Many famous and prominent people in the United States and Canada are Native, or have Native ancestry. Most of these people are household names or have done incredible things, but some are less commonly known. Come learn more about the famous people you might already know who are Native, and about other Native people who have led fascinating lives! While individuals featured in this photo exhibit have varying percentages of Native ancestry, they have all celebrated this important part of their heritage. Explore our genealogy resources to learn more about how to trace your own heritage! For more information, click here.

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CNSCVB After Hours Networking Event
CNSCVB "After Hours" Networking Event
Thursday, May 28 - 5 to 7 pm
Grandpa's Place
1868 Prairie Street, Glenview
Join us at Grandpa's Place for May's "Business After Hours" event where you will find a delightfully warm, cozy, friendly environment along with nick-knacks dating back to 1891! Be sure to bring extra business cards and get ready for some expanded networking because this month's event is co-hosted with the Glenview Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy small bites and beverages while chatting with fellow industry professionals. As always, CNSCVB networking events are open to all CNSCVB members and there is no charge to attend. Please RSVP by Friday, May 22 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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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Gusto Italiano
Gusto Italiano
1834 Glenview Rd., Glenview
847-729-5444
Since 1985, Gusto Ristorante Italiano has provided customers in the heart of Chicago's North Shore community with excellent Mediterranean cuisine, outstanding service, and unsurpassed hospitality. They have earned a loyal customer following and numerous community and culinary awards. Now serving the best pizza in town! Wine selections offer a diverse range of choices for any taste. Open daily at 4:00pm. An elegant party room can accommodate up to 100 guests for any event.

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