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ARTS, MUSEUMS & ENTERTAINMENT

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

 

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES:

Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
60208
(847) 491-4000
The Block Museum of Art houses several temporary galleries, exhibiting works of all genres from all over the world. Constructed of glass and limestone, the museum is home to the Theo Leffman Gallery, which displays the textile works of Theo Leffman, as well as Block Cinema, which screens experimental and classic films throughout the year.
Museum Admission is FREE. A $5 donation is appreciated.
Block Cinema prices vary by film series.
Summer Hours, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; Mon, Closed

Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road
Evanston IL 60201
(847) 475-5300
One of the of the oldest and largest visual art centers in Illinois, The Evanston Art Center has been bringing all forms of visual art to the Evanston community. The Evanston Art Center is comprised of galleries, studios, and classrooms which encourage the public of all ages to engage in courses, exhibitions, lectures, family programs, and special events.
Admission is FREE.
Mon-Thurs, 9am–10pm; Fri, 9am–5pm; Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 1pm-4pm.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 448-8260

Houses art galleries and a theatre, as well as organizes arts festivals, concerts and art camps in the community.
Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, 10am-6pm

Deering Library
1935 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

Dedicated in 1933, the Deering Library is built in Collegiate Gothic style and was inspired by King’s College in Cambridge. Deering houses the University’s Art, Music and Special Collections, as well as the University Archives. Visit the expansive music listening library for anything from classical to rock. The stain glass windows provide unique, beautiful lighting during the day. Main library hours: Daily, 8:30am-10pm

Evanston History Center & Charles Gates Dawes House
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 475-3410

The former home of Charles Gates Dawes (1925 Nobel Peace Prize winner; 30th US Vice President under Calvin Coolidge; General during World War I; Ambassador to Great Britain) is a stunning piece of French Chateaux-style architecture overlooking Lake Michigan. Located inside the historic Charles Gates Dawes house, the Evanston History Center showcases permanent and rotating exhibits about the history of Evanston, and offers tours of the house as well as walking tours of the city.
Tue-Sun, 1pm-4pm
Dawes House Tours: Thurs-Sun, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
See website for other scheduled tours

Frances Willard House
1730 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-7500

Frances Willard was an author, activist and president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in the late 19th century. Her home, which became a museum in 1900, serves as a window into the life of one of the most prominent social reformers in 19th century America.
Adults, $10; Children, $5
Guided tours are offered the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month between 1pm-4pm

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Founded in 1977, the Mitchell Museum focuses exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the North American native people through hands-on exhibits, rotating gallery exhibits, poetry readings and live concerts.
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am–8pm; Sun, 12pm-4pm

American Toby Jug Museum
910 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL  60202
(
877) 862-9687
The American Toby Jug Museum is a rare, unique exhibit of hundreds of, well, Toby Jugs. For most of you who don’t know what a “Toby Jug” refers to, it is a ceramic pitcher modeled in the form of a popular character. Dating back to the 1760s, jugs from all over the world range from a portly, beer guzzling sailor to figures such as JFK. The museum was founded, and is run by Stephen Mullins, who began collecting Toby Jugs over 60 years ago at age 13. Mullins is considered the world’s leading expert on Toby Jugs, and will be happy to show you around!
FREE Admission
Tue & Thur, 10am-4pm, or by appointment

Dearborn Observatory
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-7650
Built in 1859 and brought to Northwestern in 1889, the Dearborn Observatory lens was, at the time, the largest lens in the world. The current aluminum dome covering the lens was constructed in 1997. Read about the complete history of the lens here.
Open to the public from 9pm-11pm every Friday night. Reservations are required from 9pm-10pm. Walk-ins are welcome from 10pm-11pm, but space is limited.

Grosse Point Lighthouse
Central Street and Sheridan Road
(847) 328-6961
Constructed in 1873, the Grosse Point Lighthouse is often considered the symbol of Evanston. Over the summer, the Lighthouse offers a tour of the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and a chance to climb up the 141 steps to the top of the light tower.
Adults, $6; Children, $3
Grounds are open daily. Call or check website for updated information. Guided tours are held June-September on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

 

THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

Northwestern University School of Music
Enjoy performances by the numerous ensembles within the NU School of Music, such as Symphonic Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Choral Groups.
See website for performance calendar 

Northwestern University Department of Theatre
A slightly different approach to performing, the Department of Theatre (which includes Dance) is housed within the School of Communications.
See website for current production schedule

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Office: (847) 491-5441
Tickets: (847) 467-4000
Opened in 1975, and located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall serves as the main performance facility for the Bienen School of Music ensembles, as well as theater productions, festivals and visiting guest artists from around the globe.
See website for current schedule and tickets

Evanston Symphony Orchestra
(847) 864-8804
The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra that strives to “provide local, convenient and affordable opportunities for community members of all ages to hear fine classical music from locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists.”
See website for concert schedule and tickets

Piccolo Theatre
600 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 424-0089
A small venue producing the best in on-stage comic theatre.
See website for show schedules and tickets

Next Theatre Company
927 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 475-1875

Founded in 1981, the Next Theatre Company is “Evanston’s resident professional theatre” that produces “socially provocative” and “edgy” theatre. With 167 seats, the venue is intimate and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
See website for show schedules and tickets

Actor’s Gymnasium
927 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-2795

Primarily a school best known for their circus and aerial arts classes, the Actor’s Gymnasium produces thrilling shows for the public made up of both professional and student performers.

Pete Miller’s
1557 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

Many come to Pete Miller’s Steakhouse for the live jazz as much as the food. Enjoy the music while sipping a martini and dining on bacon wrapped scallops, filet mignon, bison and lobster tails.
Live Jazz Tue-Sat nights. See website for music schedule. Reservations are recommended. 

SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 492-8860
SPACE is Evanston’s premier small, intimate venue for live jazz, contemporary, blues and indie music. Tables can be reserved ahead of time, or get there early for a seat (there is only seating for about 250). Order dinner from the Union Pizza, attached to SPACE.
Mon-Sat , 7pm-12am; Sun, 7pm-11pm

The Rhythm Room
1715 Maple Avenue #2
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 491-9723
Connected to the lobby of the Century Cinemas Theatre, you can enjoy live jazz while dining on classy appetizers and sipping signature cocktails on comfy leather couches. The billiards room is open for play, and is free all day on Sunday.