National Night Out activities are scattered across Evanston on Tuesday night. And you’ll find music, movies and two different Shakespeare plays the rest of the week.
Here’s what’s happening:
Join friends and neighbors for National Night Out activities on Tuesday.
At Penny Park, at Lake Street at Ashland Avenue, fencing and tai chi demonstrations start at 6:15 p.m. followed by the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at dusk, part of the Starlight Movies in the Park series. Food vendors will be on site as will Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward.
From 6 to 8 p.m. there will be craft activities focusing on STEM and STEAM outside the Church Street entrance of the Evanston Public Library at 1703 Orrington.
Take your pet over to the Evanston Animal Shelter, 2310 Oakton St. starting at 6:15 p.m. for various activities and refreshments.
Twiggs Park at Dodge Avenue at Simpson Street will be the site of an event co-hosted by aldermen Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, and Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. there will be local DJs, the Let’s Play Mobile trailer, Evanston Public Library STEM and STEAM craft activities, and food vendors.
Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, and neighbors will enjoy camaraderie and food vendors at Kamen Park, 908 Seward St., from 6 to 8 p.m.
Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, and the Brummel Park Neighbors will start a Howard Street Walk at the corner of Howard and Ridge at 5:30 p.m. The group will walk east to Custer Street and join there with members of the Chicago Police Department and residents.
The National Night Out Block Party starts at 6 p.m. at 1504 Washington St.
Then on Wednesday, stop by Fountain Square between noon and 2 p.m. to meet muralist Jeff Zimmermann, one of the artists creating two new murals on the Church Street Metra underpass as part of the Evanston Mural Arts Program.
Wander back to Fountain Square on Thursday night at 7 p.m. for rockabilly, blues, roots and more as performed by Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones, part of the Thursday Night Live Concert Series.
The film Kuba and the Two Strings will be shown Saturday at Robert Crown Park, 1701 Main St. at dusk as part of the Starlight Movies in the Park series.
Enjoy a Shakespeare-filled weekend outdoors with The Merry Wives of Windsor performed by the Arc Theatre at Ridgeville Park, on Ridge Avenue between Seward Street and South Boulevard, on Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. The performances are free and picnics are encouraged.
Shakespeare’s Richard III will be presented by the Muse of Fire Theatre Company at Ingraham Park, just behind the Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave., on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. These performances are also free.