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Arts and Culture

Whether it’s an evening at the symphony, a museum visit, dinner out, a civic concert, a fun-filled afternoon of swimming, shooting hoops, dance lessons, a morning workout or simply enjoying the abundance of nature, Skokie offers a host of recreational amenities, special events and a vast entertainment lineup sure to please the young, the young-at-heart and everyone in between. Visitors and residents enjoy a multitude of entertainment and recreational opportunities available throughout the year.

THEATER

Skokie prides itself on its dedication to arts and culture, says Michael Pauken, general manager of the world-renowned North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (NSCPAS), home to the award-winning Northlight Theatre and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. The two-theater complex designed by architect Graham Gund opened in 1996.

“Skokie’s diverse and eclectic entertainment venues appeal to all types of audiences and draw patrons from throughout the Chicagoland area, thanks in part to its prime North Shore location bordering Chicago and immediately adjacent to the Edens Expressway,” Pauken says. “We’re thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant community with such diverse tastes.”

NSCPAS hosts 175,000 annually for hundreds of events including entertainers Chris Isaacs, the Irish Rovers, Pink Floyd, Bob Newhardt, Queen Latifah, Bill Maher, the Joffrey Ballet, River North and Hubbard Street dance companies and a variety of local cultural and civics performances and events including college and high school plays, graduation ceremonies, dance academy recitals and lectures.

Among one of Skokie’s favorite entertainment venues is the landmark Skokie Theatre that is under the ownership of MadKap Productions. MadKap is led by partners Wendy Kaplan and Wayne Mell. They both have a wide breadth of experience bringing dynamic and quality entertainment to the northern suburbs over the past decade. The program schedule for the Skokie Theatre features a variety of exciting and eclectic productions, including intimate musical performances, theater, comedy, movie presentations, children’s theater and more. Be sure to visit www.skokietheatre.org to check out some of the exciting offerings that they are bringing to our community.

MUSUEMS

The Skokie Holocaust Museum & Education Center, a 65,000-square-foot building designed by renowned Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, also draws visitors from near and far and offers exhibits and educational programs. The museum’s permanent exhibition tells the story of the Jews and other minority groups who were persecuted in the Holocaust, with over 500 extraordinary artifacts, documents and photographs.

SCULPTURE

Another popular attraction drawing visitors outside is the NorthShore Sculpture Park, a magnificent open-air art exhibit of more than 70 sculptures situated along landscaped pathways adjacent to the north channel of the Chicago River.

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