Top things to do in North Shore Suburbs

Bakery in North Shore Suburbs

Hewn

Handcrafted baked goods and naturally fermented breads are an increasingly rare commodity in the convenience-loving US. Not so at this Evanston charmer, where old-school, labor-intensive pastries such as croissants …
Museum in North Shore Suburbs

American Toby Jug Museum

In case you're wondering, a Toby jug is a ceramic pitcher shaped like a chubby old guy wearing a tri-cornered hat and 18th-century garb. Or at least that's how they looked originally. Over the centuries the jugs too…
Religious Site in North Shore Suburbs

Baha'i House of Worship

The striking white temple, surrounded by public gardens, was completed in 1953 and is one of eight Baha'i temples worldwide. Guests are free to explore the peaceful grounds inside and out. The visitor center explain…
Museum in North Shore Suburbs

Illinois Holocaust Museum

This is the third-largest holocaust museum in the world, after those in Jerusalem and Washington, DC. Besides its haunting, Nazi-era rail car and its videos of survivors' stories from WWII, the venue contains though…
Gifts & Souvenirs in North Shore Suburbs

Stumble & Relish

Owned by a mother–daughter team, this shop is an excellent spot to pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs by independent artisans, many of whom are locally based. Take your pick from handmade metal earrings, sassy letterpr…
Bakery in North Shore Suburbs

Bennison’s Bakery

Family-run Bennison’s has been tempting Evanstonians since 1938. Follow your nose into the retro building for éclairs, red velvet cupcakes, ham-and-cheese croissants and much more.
Gardens in North Shore Suburbs

Chicago Botanic Garden

The garden has hiking trails, 255 bird species and weekend cooking demonstrations by well-known chefs.
Microbrewery in North Shore Suburbs

Temperance Beer Company

The name of this laid-back brewery is a waggish reference to Evanston's legacy as a teetotaling stronghold: the town's dry spell outlasted US Prohibition by 40-odd years, ending in 1974. Fast-forward another four de…
Books in North Shore Suburbs

Bookends & Beginnings

Its hidden alley location gives this Evanston bookshop a magical feel, and inside the wonders continue: a deceptively tiny storefront unexpectedly expands far back inside with tables and shelves stacked with new and…
Museum in North Shore Suburbs

Block Museum of Art

A glassy departure from the standard campus architectural vernacular, Northwestern University's art museum hosts diverse, sometimes provocative exhibitions by artists such as Julie Green and Paul Chan. The compact s…