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The professional instructors at Actors Training Center at the Wilmette Theatre empower all types of dramatis personae with targeted acting training. Boasting more than 20 years of stage and screen experience, instructor Ryan Kitley leads aspiring actors on a six-week introduction to lifting the spirits of audiences more effectively than Mary Tyler Moore tossing a puppy into the air. Students dissect individual scenes for both the stage and taped on-camera scene work, working together while they forge the communication skills and confidence needed to thrive as performers. The session concludes with a film screening during class, following by a performance of onstage scenes for a live auditorium full of supportive friends, family, and ionic columns.

1122 Central Ave
Wilmette,
IL
US

Renovated in 2006, the nearly century-old Wilmette Theatre entertains theatergoers with a rotating slate of current and classic offerings, including Hollywood blockbusters and niche art films. Cylindrical light from a whirring projector flickers across two auditoriums, where movie-going duos can snack on buttery tubs of popcorn while sipping a soda and whispering spoilers into the facility’s pristine Soundfold curtain. The Wilmette underwent a key renovation in 2006, fortifying the century-old venue’s commitment to quality art with fresh coats of paint, an overhauled concessions center, and screenings of feature-length still lifes.

1122 Central Ave
Wilmette,
IL
US

The staff members at The Rock House wouldn’t lavish their attention on any old beans picked out of a wholesale catalogue—they needed a more personal experience with the coffee-growing industry. To guarantee the wholly non-exploitative origins of each cup of java served at their shop, the coffee brewers partnered with growers in Sri Lanka to develop their very own crops and went the extra mile to ensure quality by roasting all the beans in-house. As the staff brews single cups with an artisanal pour-over method, customers can sift through rock-’n’-roll-inspired merchandise under the light streaming from naked light bulbs, chandeliers, and disco balls.

1150 Central Ave
Wilmette,
IL
US

Cuisine Type: American tavern fare

Most popular offering: Giant German pretzel

Reservations: Optional

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 25?50

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2013

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Enjoy great craft beer, tavern fare, sports, and live music.

Q&A with Chris Ciezak, General Manager

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our tavern fare complements the quality of our craft beer and spirits. We start with classic comfort foods, combine them with traditional bar offerings, and give them a contemporary spin. The portions are ample and the flavors are bold. Taste, savor, and enjoy.

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?

My passion for food, craft beer, hospitality, and entertainment has been evolving since an early age. With 17 years of experience in the industry, I continue to have a passion for taking care of people and making sure they are having a good time.

1601 Sherman Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

The Next Theatre Company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, stages relevant, boundary-pushing performances in a cozy, 142-seat space. Adam Rapp, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, loosely based The Metal Children on his personal experience as an author. The story, which is set in a small midwestern town, follows a young adult novelist who is forced to defend his writing to the conservative townspeople by showing them an 18-hour PowerPoint presentation. The play had a successful Off-Broadway during its run not on Broadway.

927 Noyes St
Evanston,
IL
US

Founded by Dance Legend Gus Giordano, Gus Giordano Dance School offers a wide range of dance and fitness classes for All ages & levels. DISCOVER DANCE (age 2-12), DANCE ED (high school - adult students) Scholarship Program, & Giordano Juniors Performing Company Program.

Amy Giordano, School Director

614 Davis St
Evanston,
IL
US

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