Performing ensembles are the string quartet (2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello), string trio, and the violin-cello duo. Styles range from classical and jazz to current pop songs. Available for weddings and special events.
Classes in circus, aerial and theater arts: gymnastics, clowning, dance, drama, juggling, stage combat and magic for children and adults.
Produces original works, offers workshops, camps and classes throughout the year and provides event entertainment.
Custom Framing, fine art prints, posters and greeting cards since 1985. Artist owned and operated. Also home to “The Saw Room” Exhibition Space, dedicated to showing local original artwork.
7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Room A120
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Alliance for Lifelong Learning Evanston Township High School Office (Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-9 pm September – May):
Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave.,
Evanston, IL 60204
Offers a variety of classes for adults and young adults: ESL, GED, Test Preparation, Adult Basic Education, career and certificate training, personal development, foreign language, life skills, dance, fitness, recreation, technical skills, and computing.
Arts classes include: painting, drawing, photography, and other crafts.
Classes held at several locations including Evanston Township High School.
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL
Art Encounter is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting people of diverse ages and backgrounds through interactive encounters with visual art. We believe that there are many ways to see, and that art can be a powerful vehicle to better understand ourselves and the world around us.
AS YOU LIKE IT was created 1979 as an alternative store front art gallery for local artists, into which was incorporated a one-chair hair salon. Our space has grown and evolved, as has our commitment to local art. Since we began, we’ve featured continuous, large exhibits of a variety of styles and media, including: works on paper, painting, collage, quilts, photography, stained glass, wearable art, jewelry, prints and mixed-media.
Ryan Center for the Musical Arts: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL
The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University presents a wide variety of concerts and events at the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Ticket Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Saturday: Noon – 3 p.m.
Summer/academic break ticket office hours: 11 a.m.—3 p.m., Monday through Friday
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern University and its surrounding communities, featuring a global exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures and serves as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions. The Block mounts exhibitions; commissions new work; organizes lectures, symposia, and workshops; and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema. With over 5,000 artworks, the permanent collection of the Block Museum boasts rich and diverse holdings of prints, drawings, and photography and continues to expand its holdings of works in every medium that that support the museum’s global and interdisciplinary mission.
Always free and open to all.
Enjoy bluegrass and support our veterans! We are proud to present national touring bluegrass talent presented at Evanston’s historic American Legion Post 42, 1030 Central Street, Evanston. Presented for families, all ages are welcome and will enjoy the cozy setting of Legion which was founded in 1919. Please check our website for more information and contact us if any questions.
915 Foster St., Evanston, IL 60201
Bollywood groove combines joyous Bollywood music and extremely fun dance/cardio moves in a strenuous workout. Bollywood Groove Kids! program focuses on teaching the language, culture and history of various regions of India via the characteristic dance of that region.
Regularly scheduled classes.
Live music and storytelling in pub setting:
Mondays – Bluegrass/Roots music at 8 pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays – Moira’s Afternoon Tea (2 to 4 pm)
Saturdays – Live and Local Music at 9:30 pm
Sundays – Live Irish Music Session 3 pm to 6 pm
Second Sunday of the month – “Do Not Submit” (open mic storytelling) and “Fresh Meat” (long form storytelling)
First and Third Sunday of the month – Wild Comedy Club (stand up comedy)
Center offers many programs: after-school sports classes, girls’ youth basketball leagues, youth flag football leagues, preschool play groups, youth chess, adult/youth fencing, preschool development classes, youth gymnastics, adult/youth volleyball leagues, women’s basketball classes and more as well as summer day camps for school-aged youth and preschoolers.
Educational arts nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. In-school and after-school programs, community outreach progamming, professional development workshops and traveling exhibits. Formerly the Shanti Foundation.
A chamber ensemble featuring renowned Chicago professional musicians. Performs Sunday concerts in Evanston at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Online resource that lists events, classes, programs and other activities for Chicago area children and families. Use to find dance and art classes, coupons and deals, summer festivals, daycamps, sports and more.
Nonprofit orchestra of professional musicians dedicated to bringing the excitement and engagement of live music performances to audiences throughout metropolitan Chicago. Symphonic and chamber concerts are held at Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston, North Shore Center in Skokie, Harris Theater in downtown Chicago and City Winery in the West Loop.
Singing group for men and women age 55 and older. Practices are Fridays 10:30 a.m.- noon. Auditions every Friday at 12:00 p.m Meets at Levy Senior Center.
The Evanston Parks/Recreation and Community Services Dept. oversees a wide range of services: Cultural Arts, Ecology, Forestry, Parks, Recreation, Youth Engagement, Senior Services and Disability Services. The divisions offer a variety of programs for children, teens, adults, seniors, and people with special needs.
Cultural Arts Division: Promotes the arts in Evanston and provides information about the arts and arts events. Presents free events including Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Ethnic Arts festival, Starlight concerts, and Arts Week.
The Ecology Center: Strives to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment and our interdependence with it through educational programs and services.
Coriolis was formed to provide classical choral music enthusiasts the opportunity to sing challenging a cappella compositions in a skilled, dedicated, high quality chamber ensemble. Coriolis performs regularly during the Christmas holiday season at local restaurants and clubs. Coriolis rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:45pm to 9:30pm in Evanston. For additional information or to make arrangements for an audition please use the contact form.
A progressive series of arts enrichment classes for children ages 6 months to 13 years. Classes for younger children include songs, dance, language activities, finger plays, large and small motor skill exercises, rhythm activities, puppetry, pantomime and group games. For 5-13 year olds, classes include dance, cooking, Chinese, and ballroom dance.
Summer programs offer a variety of arts and cooking themes with several attendance choices.
Offers custom children’s birthday parties.
Dance Center Evanston offers a progressive program in a variety of dance techniques: ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip hop.
Primary Classes, ages 3-7: Designed to engage the young child in the process of learning.
Student Classes, ages 7+ and young adult: The foundation for all future dance training. The Student Division emphasizes proper posture, placement and condition.
Academy Classes, Pre-professional program: Technically and artistically challenging, the Academy Program prepares dancers for training in a college program or a professional setting.
Adult classes: Ages 18 & up. The Open Adult division provides quality dance training in a positive and encouraging environment.
Chamber music organization with mission of bringing concerts of high quality and interest to the diverse population of Evanston. Concerts take place at S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Leading Chicago and internationally known musicians perform regularly with Dempster St. Pro Musica.
Dittmar Memorial Gallery, established at Norris University Center in 1972, is a student-operated gallery whose goal is to expose, enlighten and challenge the Northwestern University community with the emerging and underrepresented artists from the Chicago area and the Midwest. It seeks to provide well-deserved exposure to those outside or on the margins of the mainstream art world.
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – 7 Days a Week.
927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL
Holistic, team-centered approach to musical and theatrical education. Private lessons, ensembles, classes and original productions at every level involve and reflect the students’ interests. Programs offered include private lessons in several instruments, musical theatre ensembles for children K-3, 4-7 and gr. 8-12, a choir for young adults aged 13-19, Tween choir, and more. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/etcmusicschool
Annual lakefront celebration of the foods, crafts, music and dance of many world cultures; features live music, dance performances, art and craft work of juried artists. Held annually at Dawes Park in late July; sponsored by the city of Evanston.
Evanston Township High School’s Jazz Ensemble. Hosts an annual Jazz Festival, Jazz Cabaret, and other concerts throughout the year featuring professional as well as amateur musicians.
The Evanston Art Center (EAC) offers over 100 art classes multiple times per year for children and adults. Classes include: ceramics, drawing and painting, digital media and 3D printing, fiber, jewelry, metal sculpture, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking. The Art Center’s arts education programs provide art classes and summer camps to individuals 3 to 95 years old. EAC hosts numerous art exhibitions and programs each year in its gallery spaces, which are free and open to the public. EAC provides outreach programs to children in District 65 schools, seniors, and adults with mental and physical disabilities.
Hands-on, student-directed activities for children ages 6 to 15. Camps are offered during the summer and school holiday breaks. Most are held at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Mailing: P.O. Box 6013, Evanston, IL 60204
The Evanston Arts Depot is the newly restored 1908 Main Street Metra train station, home of the Piccolo Theatre and the Custer Fair. The Evanston Arts Depot is a project of Evanston Festival Theatre, Inc., a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization.
All facilities are available for rental.
The Evanston Children’s Choir provides first-rate choral music education and performance opportunities for young people of all ages, ability levels and voice types, emphasizing multiculturalism, inclusion and accessibility, and musical excellence through positive reinforcement. Groups include the Concert Choir (advanced), Youth Chorale (beginner-intermediate), Family Choir (all ages and voice types, including adults), and Story Choir (elementary). All choirs practice at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Studio 107, Evanston, IL 60201, 847-448-8620. Tuition starts at $215 per semester, but families in need pay only the portion of the tuition which they can afford, on an honors system basis. No family is turned away for inability to pay.
Presents annual spring and fall productions starring local youth ages 8-through eighth grade and on occasion members of the Levy Senior Center.
Rehearsals and productions are held at the Levy Senior Center.
Community cable for the public, education, and government access channels in and for the city of Evanston.
Located in the Civic Center Service Building, one block West of Ridge Avenue at the end of Leon Street or 1 block East of Green Bay Road off Simpson.
Channel 6: Public access programming produced by community members who have learned how to make television at our facility.
Channel 16: Government access programming produced by the City of Evanston.
Channel 19: Educational access programming produced by Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
In residence at Dance Center Evanston. The Evanston Dance Ensemble nurtures the power and artistry of talented young performers by creating inventive dance performances and programs of the highest quality, reflecting the diversity of our community and fostering inclusivity, colllaboration, and creative expression. Performances held at the Louis Theater at Northwestern University and Studio5.
Evanston Escola de Samba (EES) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the spirit of samba to the Chicagoland area through education and performance of Brazilian music and dance.
It is the outreach initiative of the Orquestra de Samba. Offers workshops and residencies. Ongoing classes are held at the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston campus.
Mailing: 3234 North Southport. Chicago, IL 60657
A Fairytale Ballet introduces children to dance, costumes, music and more. Classes blend dance, drama, music, costumes and storytelling. Week-long Fairytale Princess Camps throughout the summer.
Community organization that presents professional world music performances in each Evanston/Skokie District 65 school and two Evanston parochial schools twice a year, immersing students in the joy, appreciation and diversity of music. EISMA musical enrichment programs and community concerts (in collaboration with the Evanston Public LIbrary) are funded solely by donations from individuals, local businesses, community organizations, participating school PTAs, foundations, and grants.
The Evanston Jazz Festival (EJF) is a non-competitive event that emphasizes performance experience and clinic time for every participating ensemble.
Folk dancing every Monday, 7:30-10:30pm; Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St. (corner of Lake St and Chicago Ave., enter courtyard door on Chicago Av); $5.
Group is not affiliated with Lake Street Church.
The Evanston North Shore Community (ENSC) Mass Choir consists of adult singers from various churches throughout the North Shore community who celebrate through the rich tradition of African American religious music, ranging from inspirational spirituals to contemporary gospel tunes.
Ballet classes for children age 6 to adult. The school, directed by Kerry Hubata, was founded in 1968 by Kerry Hubata and Phyllis Wills. It is dedicated entirely to education in classical ballet and offers classes from pre-ballet through professional levels.
Suzuki violin lessons for ages 3-adult. Certified in Suzuki books 1-7.
Group lessons offered at 1417 Hinman Avenue, Evanston IL (1st Congregational Church)
A highly accomplished, nonprofit, volunteer community orchestra. Annual programming includes 4 concerts and holiday benefit concert.
Concerts are held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University.
High quality productions in Dance, Music, Speech Arts, and Visual Arts throughout the academic year. Open to the public. Call the Box Office 847-424-7848 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Fine Arts Calendar
725 Pine St.
Parents, caregivers and children, ages 6 months to 4 years, participate in an hour-long class of creative movement, singing and dancing. Early childhood movement and music program features autoharp, scarves, balls, hoops, stories, puppets, instruments, and free play. See this link for classes.
A community recreation facility with programs for adults and children, including a fitness center, dance studio, regulation gymnasium, and auditorium space. Provides extensive after-school and summer programs for children, School Day Off programs and Senior Lunch, served every Wednesday.
Presents community-centered theater arts programming with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence highlighting African American and African Diaspora-centered storytelling. Provides hands-on training for directors, set, light and costume designers, performers, and theatre enthusiasts in its full stage productions. Performances take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Classes and programs for teens, adults, and seniors.
Two-track program with first track geared towards the student who is considering a career in dance and the second track is for kids and adults who like to dance for enjoyment. Offers exceptional dance education to train healthy dancers, and to encourage all students to achieve their personal dance goals.
Full range of dance instruction for ages 3-18, including creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, contemporary, musical theater and hip hop.
Adult classes include ballet, jazz, dance-based conditioning and Zumba.
Gather is a drop-in art and playspace in downtown Evanston for parents and children through age 8. Hours for open play are Monday through Friday 9am – 3pm, Sat and Sun 9am – 12pm. In addition, we have registered music and language classes during and after open play hours – Classes and events. Parents with pre-walkers can relax in a private room with comfy couches, soft toys, books and puzzles and complimentary coffee, tea and water. Monthly guest artist exhibits featuring the work of Illinois artists. Pricing. Available for private events.
The Gillock Gallery advocates for young artists by showcasing and promoting their developing work, traditional representational painting to mixed media works and photography.
Great Lakes Art Studio is a Midwest leader in fabrication, fine art casting, restoration, and innovative design. This company offers a full range of services: fabrication, casting, and restoration of stair railings, furniture, antiques, architectural elements and sculpture. They are equipped to handle a simple repair as well as a site-specific public sculpture.
Visitors are welcome at their studio.
A music retail store specializing in the selling and repair of guitars, amplifiers, mandolins, ukuleles and banjos. Offers one-on-one instruction in acoustic or electric guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin. Instruments may be rented.
Monday and Thursday: 12 PM to 8 PM ; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 12 PM to 6 PM ; Saturday: 10 Am to 6 PM ; Sunday: Closed
Gallery offers a variety of original work, ranging from sculpture and stained glass to photography and oil painting. Also sells archival quality historic posters, handmade clocks, and mosaic tables. The majority of the items are created by Chicago and Evanston-based artists.
Hip Circle is a vibrant Bellydance and Fitness Studio created to make health and wellness accessible to women of all ages, shapes, and ethnicities. If you identify as a woman you are welcomed and accepted here. Our studio was founded by Malik Turley in 2010, with a focus on Bellydancing, Zumba, and Fitness. We have since expanded to offer a broad variety of classes, workshops and community events.
Folk music store offering private lessons to children, age 8 and up, and adults in banjo, bodhran, ukuleles, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and tin whistle. Instruments, sales, rentals and repairs, “Chicago’s largest dealer of folk music books and recordings.”
Professional-level private and group instruction, ensemble coaching, audition preparation, music education and training programs for clarinet, saxophone and flute to students of all ages and abilities.
Organization promoting a cultural understanding of the Indonesian traditional arts and culture. With dance and musical performances in theaters, universities, schools, libraries, and festivities, IDI spreads awareness of Indonesia’s rich culture to the public. Free music and dance lessons.
Creating artistic work out of primal human behavior. “I love the stripped-down-to-the-bone jazz-rhythm-driven, blues-rhythm-driven, and funk-rhythm-driven music and movement because it’s all built around …call and response…it embraces constant communication, only some of it verbal, among performers, and between performer and audience.” – Billy Siegenfeld
Offers classes for dancers of all ages and abilities in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap and Modern. Small class sizes allow dancers to receive personal attention. Offers a variety of camps and classes throughout the summer months.
Founded by Ken Arlen, Arlen Music is a Chicago-based entertainment company that specializes in providing live customized music for special events. Winner of the 2015-2019 Best Band by Make It Better Magazine, Arlen Music is recognized as the leader and trendsetter within the Chicago special event industry. Its premier band, the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, has also developed a nationwide presence with performances ranging from New Year’s Eve at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, to a Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.
Dawes Park is the site for 125 juried regional and national artists, fabulous food, fantastic entertainment, and family fun.
The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival is a program of the City of Evanston and is supported
by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Held in early August.
Choral ensemble dedicated to bridging the worlds of classical and popular choral music by presenting a wide range of musical styles in dynamic holiday concerts. Evanston location:
Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.
Variety of programs geared for ages 55 and over. Programs include health/exercise, dance, sports, arts, trips, and concerts.
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fitness Room For Levy Center members,hours are Mon.-Fri.,7am to 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2pm. For non-members,hours are Mon.-Fri., 7am-9am and 5-9pm; Sat. and Sun.9am-2pm.
Little Beans is a family café and an imaginative playspace for kids of all ages. Little Beans Playspace includes an imaginative village and age appropriate toys great for kids 0-6 years and an additional recreation based space for kids 5-12 years as well).Open play, camps, music gymnastic, dance, drumming and music classes, events, parties and workshops are all offered for children and adults.
Community-based group of opera lovers who meet to enjoy lectures, musical performances, special events, and each other’s company. In an environment dedicated to the art of opera, they learn about Lyric’s opera season and take advantage of numerous volunteer and leadership opportunities. Free ticket exchange among members.
Mail: 2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
The Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center is a state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility that contains two dance studios used for productions and classes. It forms part of the Theatre and Interpretation Center. Hosts exciting master classes and performance residencies by alumni and visiting international artists as well as student performances.
Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps
MYAC is a full-curriculum pre-college music school which has garnered a reputation among professional musicians and educators as a place for students to:
- enjoy and nurture their passion for classical and jazz music
- discover the joy of teamwork
- develop a disciplined work ethic
- become exceptional young musicians
- perform the world’s finest music
- participate in world-class competitions
- study with master teachers
- have fun and tour the world!
MYAC performs throughout the Chicago and Northshore area.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of the few museums in the United States focused exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the Native people of the United States and Canada. It uses its collection of over 10,000 objects as well as temporary exhibits to tell the story and promote a deeper understanding of America’s native people. Membership and volunteer opportunities available.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10a.m. – 5p.m., Thursday 10a.m. to 8p.m., Sunday 12noon to 4p.m.
Closed: Mondays, and the following holidays – New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.
Weekend Crafts: Saturdays 11:00am – 12:00pm, Sundays 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
Umbrella organization comprised of 6 ethnic music bands:
Jutta & the Hi-Dukes – Greek, Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy, French, Scandinavian, American. An Earwig Music Company label recording artist.
Ensemble M’chaiya – Klezmer, Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew
Razzemetazz – Swing, Tin Pan Alley, Bluegrass, Dixieland
Terran’s Greek Band – Rembetica, Laïki, Demotiki, Eipirotika
Nordland Band – Scandinavian
Les Beaux Chemins – French and French-Canadian
Presents library concerts/lectures; school assemblies, workshops, and residencies; university concerts/lectures; dance programs for the Special Needs community; and corporate team-building projects. These bands perform internationally at festivals and fine arts programs as well as at family and community events.
Music classes for newborns through preschool and the adults who love them. Music Together® class is not a “music lesson.” It is not performance based, nor is it a model for musical perfection. It is a relaxed, playful, exploratory musical experience for both child and caregiver.
Mudlark Theater is a not-for-profit organization where
children are taken seriously as artists, and learn theater by making it. As a rule, the general public expects little of children’s theater. Mudlark’s goal is to raise that expectation and keep it there. By holding children to a higher standard and empowering them to make strong artistic choices, Mudlark creates the possibility for great theater—vibrant, funny, compelling shows that erase the boundary between youth and professional theater.
Half-day workshops and summer camps available: http://www.mudlarktheater.org/training
Muse of Fire is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing great plays to the widest possible local audience.
We choose plays that are classics — plays that ask important questions and encourage audiences to come up with their own answers; plays with characters as complicated and flawed as we all are; plays that love language and provide our company the opportunity to create the kind of intimacy between performers and audience that is the hallmark of our approach to theatre.
We believe that no one in the community should be excluded from such an experience, and we strive to make each play we present understandable and engaging for everyone who comes to see it. We also make our plays broadly inviting by performing in found spaces, rather than stately theatre venues that might intimidate newcomers. We play without microphones or other distancing technology. And all our performances are free.
Sing a variety of classical and ethnic music from America and around the world while improving your singing voice. Special performances in winter and spring. Rehearsals start first week of teach new quarter (see calendar for specific days). All singers are welcome.
Tuition: $80 per quarter
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
High-quality musical instruction with faculty from the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. Private and group lessons for children in piano and strings, and adult voice, chorus, and piano classes. Special Kindermusik classes for young children. Financial aid is available to make music study available for all children.
1702 Sherman Avenue; Evanston, IL
Performance and Rental Space:
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL
Offers concerts, private and group instruction in voice and all musical instruments for all ages and levels of ability at several locations. Community performing groups include Community Symphony, Chorale, New Horizons Band and several other string and voice ensembles for children, teens and senior adults. Financial aid available. Online registration at www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.
Summer Camps include Art of the Jazz Band, Musical Theater, Duo Piano Festival, Chamber Camp for Winds and Musikgarten classes for parent and young children together.
Professional not-for-profit music theater in Evanston, Illinois, founded in 1980, offering three annual main-stage productions at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street (at Sheridan Road), Evanston. All productions presented with large cast and full orchestra.
The company also presents concerts and outreach programs at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, civic organizations, festivals and other community events. Offers five one-week Summer Kids Workshops for students age 8 to 13.
Offers group and private music instruction to preschoolers through retirees in piano, voice, violin/viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, guitar (all styles–acoustic and electric), electric bass, rock and blues (“Plugged In And Live”), Brazilian Choro (The Chicago Choro Club), chamber music, composition and Scratch Orchestra. Also hosts the Music On Madison concert series. Scholarships available.
Award winning youth gospel choir, for children 8-18. Performs throughout the Chicago area. Call 847-494-7131 to arrange an audition or for bookings.
Inexpensive, non-degree classes and workshops for the general public in arts and crafts, social dance, music, photography, foreign language, yoga, massage, wines and beers, and other topics. Open to teens and adults. Classes offered four times a year, beginning in October, January, April, and July.
Mini Course Schedule
The North End Mothers’ Club, founded in 1911, supports educational, charitable, civic, health and welfare activities in Evanston and organizations dedicated to these purposes. Members are women from all over Evanston. The Club provides three scholarships to seniors graduating from Evanston Township High School: The NEMC Senior Girl’s Award, the Nursing Scholarship and the Joanne Murphy Trautwein Music Award.
The primary fund raiser for the Club is the Fortnightly Dance Classes open to all Evanston 6th and 7th graders.
The North Shore Chamber Orchestra Society is a group of non-professional, volunteer musicians whose mission is to perform music concerts and programs of music education for the public. Concerts take place at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
A community chorus performing classical choral works with professional orchestras and soloists. Produces three major concerts each year including a holiday concert.
New group of beginning and advanced ukulele players from the Chicago area. Monthly meetings are on the first Sunday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library. Each meeting will consist of learning a topic facilitated by one of the members, playing session and occasional guest speakers.
The focus of MASTERCLASS is process: artists and students discussing, demonstrating and celebrating the artistic process. Aspiring artists see how Northlight’s top artists approach the creation of a production, a script and/or a character.
MASTERCLASS events are tied into mainstage programming and scheduled on a seasonal basis.
The non-profit Northshore Concert Band has brought music to the Chicago metropolitan area since 1956. Performing up to 15 concerts a year and reaching over 20,000 people annually, the NCB’s season includes a four-concert subscription series held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University., educational outreach programs at area schools, summer concerts, and professional band festivals and conferences. They are deeply rooted in the concept of “community” and in encouraging involvement in music for people at all stages of life. Part of their mission is to foster and promote wind music and the adult band concept and to assist in the music education of young people. Northshore Concert Band’s engaging music education programs demonstrate to younger musicians that there are opportunities for them to play and enjoy their instruments their entire lives, regardless of whether they choose a musical vocation
Intensive summer residential program for gifted high school students in journalism, music, theatre arts, film and video, forensics, and debate. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students. Attendees are called Cherubs.
Features changing exhibits of artists from the Chicago area. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tours are available and admission is always free.
Located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Located near the Noyes Street “El” station, the Center houses an art gallery which features exhibits by local artists, theatre space available for use by amateur and professional companies and 28 studios leased to professional arts organizations and local artists. The Center also offers art classes in all artistic disciplines and the Evanston Arts Camp for students is located here.
The Noyes Cultural Arts Center, owned by the City of Evanston, is a lively home to over 20 artists and arts organizations offering music, theater, and visual arts programs and studios.
There is a full stage at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center that seats 190 people and two galleries. The galleries exhibit local artists, with exhibitions changing every two months. The building is home to many arts organizations and artists.
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Open Books is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote literacy by operating a bookstore, tutoring and mentoring, sponsoring educational programs and community events. Open Book Buddies, a reading mentoring program, operates in several local elementary schools. Volunteers are always needed. Open Books also offer Book grants where they give away kids and adult books. Open Books’ colorful River North bookstore and Literacy Center are available for rental and private events.
Open Books accepts donations of:
- All Children’s Books
- Books in almost all genres that are in good, resellable condition
- CDs, DVDs, and LPs in playable condition
The following items cannot be accepted as donations:
- Older Textbooks
- Books with significant damage
- VHS Tapes or Audio Books on Cassette
See https://www.open-books.org/donate-books/ for more information on book donations.
Book store is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., noon-6 p.m.
A non-profit arts and social service organization offering workshops, classes, exhibitions, and community outreach activities as means of bringing the creative process to individuals of all ages and backgrounds to inspire personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and social change. Community outreach programs include:
Art and Action free year-round after school and summer programs for 8-18 year-old at-risk youths, Art and Wellness a program for adults working towards maintaining mental health and personal growth and Art and Envisioning program which offers the OSP process as a tool for business, leadership, and decision-making.
Gallery 901 Exhibits of community artists and groups which celebrate the affirmative impact of the creative process, and which encourage positive social change.
Additional contacts: email@example.com(gallery exhibition and community outreach information)
Cooperative, community-based fine art photography gallery featuring photographers from Evanston and other Chicago communitites. Offers group exhibitions, individual shows, workshops, youth programs and juried invitational shows.
Grassroots community dance company founded in 2002. The company is composed of community dancers from various nationalities and ethnicities of all ages who volunteer their time to learn, perform and teach Peruvian dances to the community. Their performances may include poetry, song and video in a family-friendly setting.
Classes are held at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, on Saturdays from 2-3 PM, for ages 8-adult. Visitors welcome.
Located inside the Main Street Metra Station in the South Evanston community, Piccolo Theatre, Inc. (PTI) offers accessible and dynamic programming for all ages using the universal medium of the comedic arts, in order to strengthen and engage shared experiences in artforms that transcends social, racial, and economic boundaries. Find out more about our Youth Classes & Camps, our Theatre Ensemble & Productions, or our annual celebration of local and regional artists, Custer Fair.
Founded by Byrne and Joyce Piven in 1973, PTW is a not-for-profit professional theatre and actor’s training center. The Workshop produces critically acclaimed professional theatre works, focusing on adaptations and story theatre. The actor’s training center provides classes for youths in 4th grade through high school, and adults. Students at Piven discover the value of improvisational thinking, the training of impulse and instincts, the power of truth and honesty in performance, and the importance of effective communications skills. Piven Theatre Workshop has helped thousands of students celebrate play and unlock their own unique artistic voice. Located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Notes: Summer camps and classes available, as well as school session classes. Visit Piventheatre.org/classes to learn more.
Educational theatre company dedicated to providing young people with quality theatre training implemented by professionals in a creative and nurturing environment with a focus on development of the student as individual and artist.
Provides party and corporate event activities, school workshops and classes, community outreach opportunities.
Classes throughout the year and summer programs.
Pottery classes for adults, and for children age 6 and up.
Gallery features handmade functional and decorative pottery, hand carved wooden boxes and blown glass, and hand-painted ceramics from Italy, jewelry, candles, frames, and other gift items.
Purple Crayon Players is a Northwestern student-run theater company committed to creating high quality productions, events, and educational materials regarding all aspects of theatre for young audiences. Stages plays, annual festival and special projects.
Presents independent films and videos to foster a dialogue between audiences, artists and guest speakers. Programs are developed in collaboration with diverse groups to reflect community concerns and perspectives.
Programs take place at the Evanston Public Library. DVD’s shown are purchased by Reeltime for the Evanston Public Library and are available for checkout.
The Renovo String Orchestra is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the arts by
engaging and educating new audiences and communities through string orchestral repertoire, developing innovative forms and styles of programming, serving communities without significant access to the arts, and promoting leadership. Concerts are held at Nichols Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave | Evanston, IL 60201
Poetry Forum for working poets and serious beginners who are ready to hear feedback on a specific poem. Hosts community poetry readings and workshops.
RHINO Poetry is an award-winning literary annual journal which invites traditional or experimental work for submission.
Meets on the fourth Sunday of every month (except August and December) at Evanston Public Library from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is free to the public, though a donation is encouraged. Bring 17 copies of a poem to be critiqued.
Monthly Open Mike readings at The Brothers K, 500 Main Street, 847-328-7940.
Evanston’s community concert band, composed of 35 music lovers ranging in age from 12 to 80 with a wide range of musical performance experience. Provides an easy-going, fun and supportive environment in which to play. All performances are free and open to the public. New members are welcome and auditions are not required.
Rehearsals are held most Tuesday evenings at the David Wood Field House in Kamen Park East, (South Boulevard and Barton Avenue), in South Evanston from 7:30 to 9:30PM.
Seven parks, covering over 14 acres of parkland in south Evanston.
Ridgeville is a park district and public agency in south Evanston, Illinois. Named after a historical settlement around present-day Ridge Avenue, Ridgeville is dedicated to enriching the lives of its residents and neighbors through a variety of services:
The Ridgeville district in southeast Evanston is bounded on the south by Howard St., on the east by Chicago Ave., on the west by the North Shore Channel and on the north by Greenleaf St. It includes parks, sponsors free public events, camps and classes, and has its own farmers’ market.
Tot and Youth Classes, Teen and Adult Classes, Winter & Spring Camps, Summer Camps, and T-Ball.
Rental space in the Ridgeville Community House or the David Wood Field House; call 847-869-5640 for more information about rentals.
The Community Center offers sports programs, classes in the visual and performing arts, after-school program and Preschool Programs for ages 2 to 5.
Dance classes include ballet, tap, ballroom and creative movement.
The Ice Complex provides ice skating, figure skating, hockey, speedskating and broomball. Skates may be rented to attend the public skating sessions and may be rented for use during skating classes.
Party rentals available.
Organization devoted to enriching the quality of life of pre-adolescents and adolescents through academic, social and cultural programs. Tutoring, dance/drama classes, performances and programs available for schools or other institutions individual families.
Soul Experience is an arts-in-education enrichment program combining history, music, dance, composition, narration, and performance for 3rd through 12th grade students.
Performance venue designed by musicians hosts a variety of musical shows. It’s housed under the same roof as Union Pizzeria, as well as the League of Creative Musicians, a membership club for musicians that has a state-of-the-art recording studio, rehearsal space and offers other services.
Mailing: P.O. Box 126, Evanston, IL 60204
Evanston’s Gilbert and Sullivan theater company, founded in 1964. Performance annually in October at Chute Middle School auditorium.
Students receive private lessons in vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, saxophone and songwriting and are placed in a band/group with other students at similar skill levels; live performances take place throughout the year. A separate 12-week Adult Rocker program is offered.
Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 8pm
Saturdays: 10am – 4pm
Irish dance lessons for children.
Sheila Tully Driscoll, TCRG, ADCRG is a Registered Member of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha,(the Irish Dance Commission), the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North American, and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America which allows students of the Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance to compete in Regional, National and World Championships.
Mailing: P.O. Box 1894, Evanston, IL, 60204
Founded on June 6, 2002, Shorefront Legacy Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to recording, studying and preserving the experiences of African Americans living in Chicago’s North Shore communities, particularly Evanston, Glencoe and Lake Forest. Publishes Shorefront Online Journal.
The Legacy Center, a museum and research center, is open to the public for research initiatives, exhibits and various public programs.
Hours: Weekdays by appointment, Saturdays, 9 am.-2 pm.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
This award winning facility houses a DCFS licensed preschool program, private music lessons, children’s theatre, dance classes, enrichment programs, culinary arts, visual arts classes, performing arts camps and is home to the Skokie Art Guild and Devonshire Community Playhouse.
Provides youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special needs a creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities. Special Gifts Theatre’s creative drama classes and theatre programs utilize the special skills of occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists, as well as special education teachers and theatre arts professionals.
After our patron, Saint Luke, we seek to proclaim the love and healing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our ministry and mission.
10:00 am Said Eucharist (Lady Chapel)
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Lady Chapel)
9:30 am Sung Eucharist (Great Hall)
Music Program: Performing/touring groups include the Choir of Men and Boys, the Girls Schola and the Saint Luke’s Singers. Contact Andrew Lewis, Choirmaster.
Parish House Office Hours
Monday 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am–1:00 pm
The Talking Pictures Festival presents independent films from around the world mixed with brand new offerings by local filmmakers. The annual festival features animated films, documentaries, fiction films and shorts that entertain, engage and challenge.
The Talking Pictures Festival is organized by Percolator Films. For the festival, Percolator Films has partnered with local businesses and organizations as well as the Evanston Public Library.
Mailing: 927 Noyes St., Rm. 213, Evanston, IL 60201
Theatre Zarko explores puppetry as an innovative, developing art form. In addition to developing a repertoire of experimental puppet theatre for both adult and family audiences, the group intends to establish a school of puppetry arts that will provide training in the building and manipulation of various types of puppets within the context of contemporary theatre. Currently offering Classes/Workshops.
Thin Ice Theater is Evanston Home Educator’s very own theater company for children age 7 and up. Classes in scene study, props and costume production are open to the general public. All classes have final presentations.
Students receive an in-depth literary and theatrical experience through immersion in classic plays.
The mission of Thin Ice Ensemble Theater is to provide students of all abilities with a comprehensive, collaborative, and confidence-building theatrical experience through immersion in great plays, while providing the community with affordable, high-quality theater.
Tibetan Alliance of Chicago (“TAC”) is a registered 501 3(c) not-for-profit organization seeking to preserve Tibetan heritage and serving the needs of the Tibetan community in Chicago.
TAC was established in March 1992, initially as Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago, to resettle 100 Tibetans in Chicago who came from various parts of India and Nepal. For background, the invasion of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China beginning in 1949 displaced nearly 100,000 Tibetans who followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959, predominantly settling in India and Nepal. The passing of the Immigration Act of 1990 resulted in the US government issuing 1,000 visas to Tibetans in exile to resettle in various US cities and towns. Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago resettled 100 Tibetans between 1992-1993 and currently, we have about 300 Tibetans residing in Chicago. TAC remains indebted to the original founders and supporters of the Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago.
Our main objective now is to:
- To continue to strengthen the Chicago Tibetan Community internally and externally and promote His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of interdependence, global peace and compassion within the broader Chicago community
- To revive, preserve and promote Tibet’s unique religious and cultural heritage and educate the younger generation of Tibetan-Americans and the broader Chicago community about Tibetan history, religion, and culture
- To liaise with Office of Tibet and other North American Tibetan organizations as well as work closely with other communities in Chicago and develop mutually beneficial relationships
Tibetan Alliance 2019 – 2020 Executive Team and Board Members
President: Mr. Lhakpa Gyaltsen / (773) 470-8917
Vice President: Mr. Tenzin Phuntsok / (773) 732-3021
Treasurer: Mr. Sonam Tsering / (224) 522-1442
Secretary: Ms. Tenchoe Wangyal / (312) 607-8956
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenzin Jampa, Tashi Dolker, Dhondup Gyatso, Phurbu Lhamo, Dekyi Kunzom, Tseten Wangyal Drongpa, Pema Rinzin, Karma Tsering, Nawang Thinley, Tenzin Chemi, Kelsang Bapu, Tsering Tashi, Dolma Tsering
Verhoog Piano Institute is an intensive music program with a neuroscience focus. Students aged nine to 13 can participate in the intensive program, where up to four years of piano can be learned in only nine months. The second part of the program focuses on students of all ages who have brain damage, teaching them to think in new ways. Students play by ear, and also improvise music in the style of the composer they are studying
Local fabric store offers sewing classes for adults and children (ages 9-14), beginners through advanced. Workshops on tailoring and fitting, bridal sewing, silk painting, design and home decorating, sewing machine lessons and repairs.
Music and movement program for children from 6 months to 3 years. In each Wiggleworms® session, children sing, play finger games, do circle dances, and play rhythm instruments. Program is occasionally offered in French and Spanish.
Classes meet weekly for 45 min. at 7 locations:
Lincoln Square Lincoln Park Evanston Western Springs Glencoe Hyde Park Instituto Cervantes
Once a year, on the third Saturday in May, YEA! showcases the visual art work and performances of aspiring young Evanston Artists in Raymond Park. It strives to reflect the diversity of the City of Evanston and is committed to celebrate it via the arts. Community initiatives like YEA! teach the value of art and teach our youth to thrive. YEA! provides a forum for exhibition and performance of art for the students of Evanston with the help and support from the public, private schools, their respective art teachers, and PTA’s, the City of Evanston, the business community, individuals and the families of YEA! It explores and develops relationships with organizations whose purpose are compatible with YEA! whose visions support and encourage arts education.
P.O. Box 128
We are Chicago’s pre-eminent, most adventurous choral organization, dedicated to helping kids grades PreK-12 find their voice and make a difference in our world. We know that our world is really big. And the people who share it speak hundreds of languages and sing thousands of songs. By singing each other’s songs, we learn that, although we are different, we are all truly beautiful. And if we, the children of the world, learn to value all other children as beautiful people, we make our world a better place. This is what we believe. This is why we sing.
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201 (east of Ridge Ave.)
An intergenerational theatre-based program that seeks to bridge the gap between senior citizens and community youth, ages 12-19; participants share life stories, then write and present an original one act play based on these stories.
Arts & Minds Academy provides engaging, in-home instrument lessons to students of all ages in the Evanston area. New students can schedule a free, private in-home lesson to try one of our teachers with no strings attached. We work hard to make learning fun and engaging to ignite our student’s passion for music!
Chicago Ballet Arts (CBA) has been offering high quality, dance training for over 30 years, specializing in classical ballet. Its primary program focuses on ages 3-18. In addition, CBA is home to two performance ensembles, offers adult ballet classes and presents community master classes and events. Training opportunities are available year round.
Discover Evanston Art Events. Discover Evanston Artists.
We are the home for discovering Evanston artists through our commitment to producing exhibition opportunities and promoting Evanston Art Events.
Evanston Made produces art events throughout the year. Most of these events are open to the public but we also host members only events.