'Lunch on the Lake' and 'Summer Cinema' at Norris

Summer at Norris includes 'Lunch on the Lake' concerts Wednesdays at Noon.

Hot rhythms, BBQ favorites and a side of cool lake breezes will be on the menu when Norris University Center holds its “Lunch on the Lake” concerts.

The Northwestern University series starts June 27 with the modern mariachi music of Cielito Lindo. The fiesta continues at dusk with free face painting and churros and a free screening of Disney Pixar’s “Coco,” the first of four films in the “Summer Cinema” series.

“Lunch on the Lake” and “Summer Cinema” events continue Wednesdays through July 25 (except the July 4 holiday) on the East Lawn of the Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus. 

Rounding out Summer at Norris are the summer mini courses beginning June 27. Offerings include introduction to Latin ballroom, introduction to sketchbook, beginning ceramics and ceramic sculpture. Registration is available in person at ARTica Studios on the underground floor at the Norris Center. Phone registration is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment email [email protected]

The full Summer at Norris schedule follows:

Lunch on the Lake 2018 concerts

Concerts begin at noon. Free watermelon and picnic pads are provided. Picnic lunches are available for $11 and include entrée, side, dessert and beverage. The Lunch on the Lake concert schedule and menu is available online.


  • Cielito Lindo

            Thursday, June 28

This nine-piece modern Latino mariachi style band was formed by the Lucero family. They perform traditional music of Mexico as well as a cappella and English pop songs.


  • Soul 2 the Bone Band

            Wednesday, July 11

Soul 2 the Bone Band performs Motown, R&B, neo soul, disco, light rock, contemporary and traditional jazz with a sprinkle of blues.


  • Morry and the Special 20s

            Wednesday, July 18

Taking their inspiration from Muddy Waters, Louis Jordan and Junior Wells, Morry Sochat (pronounced Socket) and the Special 20s mix classic Chicago blues with swing and rock n’ roll from the 1950s.


  • Chicago Soul Revue

            Wednesday, July 25

The Chicago Soul Revue offers an authentic tribute to the classic soul of Motown, Memphis, Philly and Chicago.  


Summer Cinema 2018

Movie goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, food, beverages (alcoholic beverages are prohibited) and an environmentally friendly insect repellent. Pre-movie events begin at 7:30 p.m., and films are screened at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.).


  • Coco
  • Wednesday, June 27

Kids will enjoy free face painting and churros before viewing this Disney Pixar animated feature about aspiring musician Miguel who enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Runtime is 109 minutes.


  • Ready Player One
  • Wednesday, July 11

This screening will be held in the McCormick Auditorium, on the first floor of the Norris Center. Free glowsticks will be provided. When the creator of the virtual reality world OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Runtime is 140 minutes.


  • Babe
  • Wednesday, July 18

Enjoy balloon art before this Oscar-winning film about Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, who learns to herd sheep. Runtimes is 91 minutes.


  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Wednesday, July 25

Free ice cream will be served before this reboot of Roald Dahl’s beloved story about a young boy who wins a tour through a world-famous chocolate factory, led by an unusual candy maker played by Johnny Depp.


For more information about the Summer Season including Mini Courses at Norris, visit the Norris Center website.

Inclement Weather

In the event of rain, the scheduled concert or film will be moved indoors to the Norris Center.


Public parking is available in the Segal Visitors Center Garage, 1847 Campus Drive, Evanston. Parking is $8. Free parking is available after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Jun 28 2018 - 12:00pm
Jul 11 2018 - 12:00pm
Jul 18 2018 - 12:00pm
Jul 25 2018 - 12:00pm
Jun 27 2018 - 7:30pm
Jul 11 2018 - 7:30pm
Jul 18 2018 - 7:30pm
Jul 25 2018 - 7:30pm