Chicago's North Shore Concention and Visitors Bureau Mini Abe
     September 2015 e-newsletter Mini Abe

Chicago's Big Ten Team - the Northwestern Wildcats
Chicago's Big Ten Team - the Northwestern Wildcats
College Football at its very BEST!
Are you ready for some football? The Wildcats season is about to begin! Following is a list of home games, which are all on Saturdays. Be sure to check Northwestern's website for kick-off times and special promotions: September 5 vs. Stanford, September 12 vs. Eastern Illinois, September 26 vs. Ball State, October 3 vs. Minnesota, October 17 vs. Iowa, November 7 vs. Penn State, November 14 vs. Purdue, and November 28 vs. the Illinois Fighting Illini. For tickets and more information, click here.

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Evanston Streets Alive!
Evanston Streets Alive!
Featuring the Evanston Green Living Festival
Sunday, September 13
Main Street, Evanston
From 1 to 6 pm, Evanston's Main Street will be packed with fun activities, performances and demonstrations for people of all ages including live music, theater, dance, arts and crafts, poetry, and more! This year, the theme is "Just Move - Walk, Run and Bike for a More Sustainable Life," featuring the Green Living Festival with many local businesses and organizations exhibiting their sustainable products, services and ideas. Main Street will be closed to motor vehicles from Hinman Avenue to Crown Park during the event. Bring the entire family for a fun-filled day, which is free for all! Refreshments will be available. For more information, click here.

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Family Fall Festival
Family Fall Festival
Sunday, September 13 (9 - 11:30 a.m.)
Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Celebrate the changing of the season with a Museum full of fall fun for all ages at this extra-special event during kick-off week of Kohl Children's Museum's 30th anniversary. During this event, enjoy kiddie train rides through the 2-acre outdoor Habitat Park exhibit, experience a farm animal petting zoo, take unlimited rides down our giant inflatable slide, test your skill and luck at old-fashioned carnival games, decorate an apron with paint and sliced veggie prints, sit back and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides courtesy of our friends at Wagner Farm, crank an old-fashioned apple cider press from the early 1900's to make and taste fresh cider and enjoy all Museum exhibits (except Adventures in Art) without the crowds. Tickets are $24 per person (ages 12 months and up). For more information, click here.

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Live Theater Options are Plentiful on Chicago's North Shore!
Live Theater Options are Plentiful on Chicago's North Shore!
The North Shore has no shortage of live theatre options! From dramas to musicals, and everything in between, here are just some of the shows taking center stage: Writer's Theatre presents Marjorie Prime (10/21 - 2/21/16), click here for more information, Piccolo Theatre presents The Outfit (Now through 10/10) and Clara & The Nutcracker (11/6 - 12/20), click here for more information, Oil Lamp Theater continues with Bleacher Bums (through 9/20) and Just a Second (9/24 - 11/8), click here for more information. The Skokie Theatre presents Next to Normal (9/11 - 9/27), click here for more information and the Northlight Theatre presents Funnyman (9/11 - 10/18). For more information and tickets, click here.

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2nd Annual Evanston Charity Wine Walk
2nd Annual Evanston Charity Wine Walk
Thursday, September 17
Start at Vinic Wine
1509 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
The Chicago Dempster Merchants Association and Vinic Wine are hosting a lively neighborhood shop-for-charity event from 5 to 8 pm. More than 20 local businesses will pour samples of Chilean wine or provide palate cleansers at this 2nd annual event. Tickets are $30 and include a marker for a bottle of wine from the wine walk to be redeemed at Vinic. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Rise and Shine Networking Event
Rise and Shine Networking Event
Illinois Nut and Candy
3745 W. Dempster Skokie
Thursday September 17
8:00 - 9:30am
As a special treat this month join us at Illinois Nut and Candy recently named Village of Skokie Merchant of the Year. This family owned business has a large selection of sweets including nuts, popcorn, candy, chocolate, taffy and so much more. Come see what all the buzz is about! Sample some tasty treats while networking with your fellow CNSCVB members. Lite breakfast fair and coffee will be provided. This event is open to all members and is free to attend however please RSVP by Friday, September 11 to Jennifer Engel (CNSCVB Manager of Membership and Advertising) at (847) 763-0011 x22 or e-mail her at jengel@cnscvb.com Street parking available on both Hamlin and Ridgeway Ave.

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Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
Friday through Sunday, September 18-20
800 Church Street, Downtown Evanston
In addition to the incredible artwork of 130 artists, the festival will feature live music and fun art projects for adults and kids all weekend long. The art is available at all price points so that everyone (from college students to long time collectors) will find something right for them including paintings, sculpture, photography, handmade jewelry, one-of-a kind furniture, home accessories, mixed media work, wearables, and art made from recycled materials. The event runs from 4 to 9 pm on Friday, 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available in nearby commuter lots. For more information, click here.

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37th Annual Shermerfest
37th Annual Shermerfest
Sunday, September 20
Village Green Park
1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook
Old fashioned food and fun for the entire family, Shermerfest is back for its 37th year featuring live music, loads of activities for kids, and plenty of food and drinks. Take a step back in time at this fun-filled community fall festival, which promises something for everyone including a collectible and antique car show, a bake sale, a flower sale, games, and a silent auction. Presented by the Northbrook Historical Society, the event runs from noon to 4 pm. For more information, click here.

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American Craft Exposition - New Dates/New Location!
American Craft Exposition - New Dates/New Location!
Friday through Sunday, September 25-27
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the acclaimed American Craft Exposition, one of the most renowned craft shows in the nation this prestigious exposition showcases the work of the country's finest craftspeople (over 150 artisans!) and features one-of-a-kind pieces, museum-quality collections, and uniquely creative artwork. Hours are Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. The exclusive sneak peek Benefit Preview Party takes place on Thursday, September 24. A 3-day admission for the show is $13 for Chicago Botanic Garden members and $15 for non-members. Other ticket packages with parking are available. For more information, click here.

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Flight Fest
Flight Fest
Gallery Park
Lehigh Ave. and Chestnut Ave., Glenview
Saturday, September 26 (2-8p.m.)
Celebrating all things related to flight and Glenview's aviation history Flight Fest offers live music, kid activities, model air plane demonstrations, and opportunities to learn about Glenview's aviation history. Kids activities include roaming entertainers, Glenview Jr. Flight Academy kid activities, inflatables, kite flying, and model air plane demonstrations. There is plenty of Glenview history as well, including historical photos, naval base museum memorabilia, and a screening of the feature film "Wings Over Glenview." For more information click here.

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One State Together in the Arts Conference
One State Together in the Arts Conference
Monday and Tuesday, September 28 and 29
Hilton Orrington
1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
More than 300 artists, arts managers, and arts supporters will come together in Evanston for the biennial One State Together in the Arts conference. Co-convened by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, One State is the only statewide, multidisciplinary conference for arts leaders and practitioners in Illinois. Since 1999, One State has served as a forum for creative professionals and arts-passionate people from across the state to come together to network with peers, discover resources, and gain new insights. The 2015 conference theme is FLOURISH, during which attendees will explore how artists, community builders, and social entrepreneurs are engaging in creative activity to promote positive change on personal, community, and global levels in order to flourish. The line-up of presenters will speak about the value of creative expression, how the arts help communities large and small to thrive, and the ways the arts connect Illinois to our global community, among many other current topics. The CNSCVB is a proud supporter. For more information about the conference and speakers, click here.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Glenview Grind
Glenview Grind
989 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, Illinois 60025
847-729-0111
Gotta have your cup of Joe? Then consider visiting the Glenview Grind! Offering locally sourced, high quality private label roasted coffee and gourmet pastries, which are baked fresh daily, the Glenview Grind features a convenient and comfortable meeting spot to enjoy great conversation and beverages. In addition, customers are sure to enjoy powerful Wi-Fi, Flat Screen TV monitors, and an environment with a modern design. More good news; they now serve beer and wine! All profits generated from the Grind are used to support local community organizations and events. C'mon in!

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