Retail Therapy Night
1800-2000 Central Street, Evanston
The shops on Central Street, from 1800 to 2000, will stay open late so shoppers can come in for wine, appetizers and surprise gifts. Participating businesses will offer special discounts, raffles, refreshments and giveaways.
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
$20, free for Hemingway Foundation members
Friday@Hemingways takes place the third Friday of each month, starting this month, and running through November, with an emphasis on the arts including literature (poetry, prose, reading), performance (music, dance, theatre) and the visual (drawing, painting, photography). Cocktails are served. The April performing artist will be Cara Schlecker, acclaimed violinist and Oak Park native.
Indoor Farmers’ Market
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake St., Evanston
Favorite vendors from Evanston’s Summer Farmers’ Market will be open for business at the final winter market before the summer market starts up again in May. Both organic and conventionally grown vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, fish and baked goods will be for sale. Curt’s Café Pop-up Kitchen will serve breakfast.
Diabetes Fair 2018
Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights
People interested in diabetes management and healthy living are invited to a day of professional presentations about diabetes education, healthy eating, the benefits of aquatic exercise and other topics. Registration is required. Call (708) 226-2300 or go to paloshealth.com/classes-events.
Building Bridges for a Better Tomorrow
Muslim Education Center, 8601 N. Menard Ave., Morton Grove
Women of all faiths are invited to get to know their Muslim neighbors during an afternoon of henna tattoo tutorials, cultural display, headscarf tying instructions, cooking demonstrations and tastings and calligraphy lessons. RSVP at (312) 858-6969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Wine Walk & Shop
Madison Street, Downtown Forest Park
Check in between 12:15-3 p.m. at Forest Park National Bank, 7348 Madison St., and then explore the unique shops on the street. Visit more than 15 locations while tasting wine and locally prepared small bites. A bottle of wine of your choice is included in the ticket price. Pay for reservations online at exploreforestpark.com, by calling the Chamber office at (708) 366-2543, or at Famous Liquors, 7714 Roosevelt Road, Forest Park.
Tapestry: The Carole King Concert Experience
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 West Campbell St., Arlington Heights
$40, $45 for stage tables
The show is a re-creation of the Carole King songbook performed with live band and multimedia images. Jeannie Austin and her band perform a tribute to King, who has had 400 compositions recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Tickets can be purchased at MetropolisArts.com or by calling the box office at (847) 577-2121. Street and free garage parking are available.
Lincoln-Way Foundation Half Marathon
5:30-6:45 a.m. Registration and packet pick-up
7 a.m. Race start time
Through Frankfort’s Historic Downtown
This chip-timed half marathon will begin and end in the historic district of downtown Frankfort at the Breidert Green. The race will raise money for the Lincoln-Way High School 201 Foundation. Register at raceroster.com.
Party for the Planet
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
Regular zoo admission
This day of fun-filled environmentally-friendly activities features animal Zoo Chats, recycling and planting opportunities, and an Eco Expo, where easy tips to help save the planet will be given. At 11 a.m., the public may join the grounds staff in planting a tree on the south mall. Download a tree guide from the zoo’s website at czs.org/TreeGuide to identify trees along the walkways. The zoo will hold collect recyclable items in the North Parking Lot from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Computers, peripherals, office equipment, small appliances and home entertainment items and textiles will be accepted.
–Cook County Calendar of Events April 18 – April 22–