5 Things to Do: June 23-25

Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest (Photo courtesy of Special Events Management.)

Summer officially arrived June 20, but there have already been quite a few summer events in the past few weeks. The summer fun continues this weekend as Chicago hosts the NHL Draft for the first time ever as well as these five can’t-miss events.

“The Faculty Lounge”

"The Faculty Lounge" at Oil Lamp Theater

Photo courtesy of Oil Lamp Theater.

Opens June 22

Oil Lamp Theater’s newest production, “The Faculty Lounge” by Teri Foltz and directed by Keith Gerth, follows five teachers facing budget cuts at their school and answering a question posed by a journalism class for the school paper: Why did you become a teacher?

Winnetka Music Festival

5 Things to Do: Winnetka Music Festival

Wild Belle (Photo courtesy of The Billions Corporation.)

June 23-24

With more than 40 performances in 13 locations, this new festival will be the “the community’s hottest summer music event.” Wild Belle, who has performed at Lollapalooza and on “Conan,” will headline the festival, which will even feature a family music stage for the youngest festival attendees. Plus, enjoy craft beer, wine, and a variety of dining options from local food trucks.

  • The North Shore Art League’s Art in the Village will also take place June 24-25 just north of the Winnetka Music Festival in Hubbard Woods Park.

Trolley Tour: Wilmette Celebrities

5 Things to Do: Wilmette Historical Society Trolley Tour

Ann-Margret (Photo courtesy of the Wilmette Historical Museum.)

June 24

The Wilmette Historical Museum will host a guided trolley tour of Wilmette homes where celebrities like Ann-Margret, Bill Murray and Jens Jensen once lived. Tickets are still available for the 11:30 a.m. tour and can be purchased here.

Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest

5 Things to Do: Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest

Photo courtesy of Special Events Management.

June 24-25

Formerly known as Fountain Square Art Festival, this juried fine arts fair will feature works from more than 100 artists as well as 30 more artists showcasing pieces made from recycled and found materials. There will also be free educational workshops, craft beer and wine tastings, street musicians, a kids area and more.

Family Program: “The Children’s Tree of Terezin” Book Launch

June 25

Visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum on June 25 for the book launch of “The Children’s Tree of Terezin.” Kids will decorate a flower pot to take home and “tree’ts” will be provided. Reserve your spot here.


  • Glenview’s annual Summer Fest will return June 24 at Lehigh Avenue and Jackman Park. Enjoy live music, family activities, shopping and more with local businesses and civic organizations.

Looking Ahead

5 Things to Do: Inferno Fest in Highwood

Photo courtesy of Inferno Fest.

  • Celebrate Highwood’s Inferno Fest returns June 28 in Everts Park (130 Highwood Ave.). Try the hottest and spiciest food and beverage offerings from local vendors or challenge yourself to compete in the Inferno Fest Eating Contest. Learn more here.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, she loves cheering on the Cubs and Blackhawks and also fears she watches too much Netflix.