Things to do around Wilmette this weekend, July 18-20

Spend the weekend doing something you’ve never done before, whether it’s canoeing to Steak n’ Shake or camping on the beach. Check out your options with our picks of the top 15 things to do around Wilmette this weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.

1. The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles, 5 p.m. Friday
A three-day festival of all things Greek. Food options include souvlaki, Athenian chicken, homemade pastitso, mousaka, tyropita and spanakopita, as well as pastries and much more. Professional dance groups are scheduled to perform and there will be a special kids section with a magic show, face painting, games and more. Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N. Caldwell Ave., Niles. $2 adults, $1 seniors, free for children under 12.

2. Let Loose on Lincoln Block Party, 2 p.m. Saturday
Join the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber for an evening of food, music and libations. Dick Holliday and the Bamboo Gang play a concert and food trucks are on hand. Station Park, 754 Elm St., Winnetka. Free.

3. Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, noon Saturday
Find visual art from more than 100 countries as well as live music, dance, craft activities and worldly cuisine. Centennial Park, 1821 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Free.

4. Family Campfire, 7 p.m. Friday
Stories, songs and s’mores are on tap for this night of outdoor family fun. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, as well as a flashlight for a hike around the lake. Wildwood Nature Center, 529 Forestview Ave., Park Ridge. $15 per family.

5. Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet, 7 p.m. Saturday
Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet perform in “Silk and Steel.” This performance features “Surge,” a world premiere collaboration between Elements and ADC. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $26-$46.

6. Palwaukee Squadron’s 1940′s style Hangar Dance, 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Join a 1940′s-style hangar dance featuring the Big Band Sound of Deerfield, a 17-piece swing orchestra. Vintage aircraft are on display and period attire is encouraged. Food and drinks are available for purchase. All proceeds go to support the Palwaukee Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Call or visit the website for more information. Hangar 16 at Chicago Executive Airport, 755 Sumac Road, Wheeling. $15 for singles; $25 for couples.

7. Canoe to Steak ‘n Shake, 10 a.m. Sunday
Canoe from the Ecology Center to the Steak ‘n Shake on Oakton Street for lunch. Fee does not include lunch. Trip will go on rain or shine, except in the case of lightning. Maximum two adults and two children per canoe. Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. $22 members, $26 resident, $28 nonresident, $10 children age 5-11.

8. CSO Live: West Side Story at Ravinia Festival, 3 p.m. Friday
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs a live score of the West Side Story which is shown on the Pavilion screens. The evening includes a buffet dinner. Pavilion at Ravinia Festival Grounds, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Park. $92.

9. Barbecue for the Troops, 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Evanston Subaru in Skokie hosts a USO fundraiser to help support U.S. troops and their families. Evanston Subaru, 3340 Oakton St., Skokie.

10. Big Run Wolf Ranch: Live Animal Show, 11 a.m. Saturday
Animal rescuer John Basile teaches about habitats, life cycles and natural defenses of several North American species, including a wolf. Must be 6 and up for lecture. Ages 3-5 will attend the Little Wolves Storytime next door, joining their families later to see the wolf. Supported by the Friends of the Glenview Library. Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Free.

11. Cory Chisel’s Soul Obscura, 8 p.m. Friday
The Wisconsin-based musician, who has performed for Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman and Conan plays soulful, earthy tunes. Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $15.

12. Garden Chef Series, 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Learn how to cook using ingredients fresh from the garden. Chefs from premiere restaurants around Chicago will give demonstrations in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first come, first served. Visit the website for the full lineup of chefs. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Free.

13. Activator Cycle Shop Ride, 7:30 a.m. Saturday
Road rides can be from 25 to 80 miles long. Rides start promptly at 8 a.m. Call for more information. Activator Cycles, 79 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff. Free.

14. The Hundred Dresses, 7 p.m. Friday
Based on the Newbery Award winning book by Eleanor Estes, “The Hundred Dresses” tells the story of Wanda Petronski, the new girl in room 13, who wears the same faded blue dress to school every day, but insists that she has a hundred bright, shiny new ones at home. Her classmates learn the secret of the hundred dresses and with it, a lesson in tolerance, in taking responsibility and in living with the consequences of actions. Performances at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July with an additional performance at 7 p.m. July 10. Northwestern University – Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston. $10; $8 for ages 18 and younger.

15. Walking Tour: Burnham in Evanston, 11 a.m. Saturday
Stroll through the neighborhood where architect Daniel Burnham chose to live, work and build. See his property, houses and schools he designed, and hear about the man and his love of “bucolic Evanston.” Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

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