Chicago's North Shore Illinois
Luscious landscapes at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe
Purple blossoms frame the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette
Lake views from the Arts Circle at Northwestern University
House of Nobel Peace Prize winner Charles Gates Dawes in Evanston
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
Thousands of priceless collectibles at the Halim Time & Glass Museum in Evanston
Reflecting at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie
Photo opportunities on Evanston's Lake Michigan waterfront
Browsing Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie
- Major Airports:
- Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
- Chicago Midway (MDW)
A lovely excuse to escape the city
World-class Culture and Attractions
Your trip begins in Evanston, home of the Halim Time & Glass Museum. Nearby, visit the Charles Gates Dawes House, the historic home of the former vice president. Continue with a leisurely stroll through Northwestern University’s ivy-lined campus. Continue north with a relaxing drive along the region’s famed Sheridan Road, which hugs the lakefront. This gorgeous, winding stretch of road offers the most spectacular views of gracious homes, famed architecture and the bounty of nature. Just north, you will find the Grosse Point Lighthouse, built in 1873 and designated a National Historic Landmark, and the Bahá’í House of Worship, the only one in North America.
The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country’s most-visited public gardens. You can explore dozens of natural gardens from the brightly colored and whimsical to the peaceful, subtle and serene. Nearby, the Ravinia Festival offers world-class performing arts throughout the summer in a lush outdoor setting.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum, the third largest holocaust museum in the world, brings a unique cultural experience to the Midwest where visitors can explore important issues of tolerance and be inspired to take a stand against hatred, prejudice and indifference. The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is the premier entertainment venue of the North Shore, presenting world-class theater, dance, music and comedy.
At The Grove in Glenview, explore the 60-hectare prairie grove first settled in 1836. Included are two historic homes, a Native American village, log cabin, schoolhouse, greenhouse and many interpretive trails. Children love Kohl Children’s Museum, also in Glenview, which allows kids from birth to age 8 hands-on play in interactive exhibits. Kids can get a taste of yesteryear at Wagner Farm. Milk a cow, hear a rooster marking time and see how bread is made in a wood burning stove at this genuine American farm.
Spectacular Shopping and Dining
Chicago’s North Shore has become a foodie destination with new additions of hot restaurants in Downtown Evanston. A stop at Wheeling’s famed Restaurant Row is a must. World-class shopping centers such as Westfield Old Orchard, The Glen Town Center and Northbrook Court are retail favorites, while the downtowns of Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka offer cosmopolitan boutiques with genuine neighborhood flair.
Wilmette’s Baha’i House of Worship is the oldest Baha’i temple in the world, and the only one in the U.S.
Many famous beloved American movies have been made on the North Shore including "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" and "Home Alone."
Alcohol was prohibited in Evanston until the 1970s because one of the founders of the Women's Christian Temperance Union lived there.
Chicago's Exciting Attractions
Chicago's Famous Magnificent Mile
City Tour - Chicago, Illinois
Ask a Local About Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois: Neighborhood Food Culture
Route 66: Leaving Chicago
7 Festivals to Boogie to the Blues
The Orchid Show
Custer Street Fair
American Craft Expo
Open House Chicago Architecture Event
Antiques and Modernism Show
Evanston History Center House Walk