Presidents Day Weekend Events in Evanston

Looking for something to do over the long weekend? We’ve rounded up a number of Presidents Day weekend events for kids and adults in Evanston.

‘The Pajama Game’ at Northwestern
Feb. 15 – March 3, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Dr., $30
The Pajama Game tells the story of a union leader and factory superintendent who fall in love during a strike at a Pajama factory. The play is based on the novel 7 ½ Cents by Richard Bissell, and was made into a 1957 movie starring Doris Day.

Escola de Samba Carnaval Celebration
10 a.m. Feb. 16, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., $5
Families will enjoy this event from the Evanston Escola de Samba, which includes crafts, face painting and dance and drum lessons followed by a concert. 

‘Air Raid’ at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
10:30 am. Feb. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Dr., $4 - $6
This musical event is designed for kids, demonstrating the sounds made when you blow air into a blade of grass, kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone, garden hose, flute, seashell and other instruments. 

‘Skooled’ at Actors Gymnasium
Feb. 16 – March 23 at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., $15-$20
Chicago clown Dean Evans stars in this circus production set in the classroom. Expect aerial acrobatics from the cast and some eccentric clowning from Evans, who has performed with Second City and Improv Olympics, among other local groups.

Trina Hamlin at S.P.A.C.E.
7:00 p.m. Feb. 16, S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., $20
Trina Hamlin sings ballads, folk-rock and blues combined with piano, guitar and harmonica. She has performed on The Late Show With Conan O’Brien, and her songs have been featured on the shows Dawson’s Creek and Real World, among others.

Presidents Day Tour of Dawes House
7 p.m. Feb. 18, Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., $15 ($5 members); e-mail khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org or call 847-475-3410.
A Dawes House docent leads this tour of the lakefront home of Charles Dawes, 30th Vice President of the United States under President Calvin Coolidge. Dawes was born in Ohio but moved to Evanston in 1909, where he purchased the home at 225 Greenwood Street. Built in 1895, the three-and-a-half story mansion has 25 rooms and sits on two acres.


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