Out Back Summer Sessions
Outdoor Concerts at the North Shore Center

Come back out and go out back at the North Shore Center in Skokie for a fun and safe outdoor summer concert series in our rear parking lot. With official guidance from the Village of Skokie Health Department, we’ve been approved to hold outdoor concerts throughout the summer. These concerts will provide much-needed support for our local artists and musicians while providing a night of great entertainment to our wonderful supporters. These concerts are sure to be popular; with a capacity of 200 people, you’ll want to get your tickets now! 


Even if you can’t attend, consider making a donation to our
North Shore Center Foundation
to support the Center’s programming and arts education initiatives.
Click Here to Support the Foundation!

How Do the Out Back Summer Sessions Work?

Michael Lerich Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, October 07 at 7pm

Rain Date: Thu, 10/08

Influenced by the great past players like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, local clarinet virtuoso Michael Lerich brings his swinging jazz ensemble for a night of exceptional music.




BritBeat: A Tribute to The Beatles
John Lennon 80th Birthday Celebration
Friday, October 09 at 7pm

Rain Date: Sat, 10/10

To help us conclude our Out Back Sessions, BritBeat: A Tribute to The Beatles is going to Get Back for some Instant Karma inspired by an 80th Birthday concert for John Lennon. Take a trip back to Beatlemania with a live concert experience of Beatles music history that highlights the contributions of the great John Lennon.




Chicago Philharmonic
Chicago Phil Brass Ensemble
Sunday, October 11 at 4pm

Rain Date: Mon, 10/12

Get out back at the North Shore Center for a delightful evening of inspiring music performed by the Chicago Philharmonic brass chamber ensemble. Program to include Leonard Bernstein’s Suite from West Side Story, selections from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, and Brass Quintet No. 1 by Russian Romantic composer, Victor Ewald. 

Past Performances include:

BritBeat: America’s Tribute to The Beatles
Saturday, August 01 at 7:30pm

Rain Date: Sun, 8/02

Come Together (socially distanced) on a delightful summer evening for a trip back to Beatlemania with a live concert experience of Beatles music history. Buy your Ticket to Ride and celebrate one of the greatest groups in history with America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles.




Guy King
Saturday, August 08 at 7:30pm

Rain Date: Sun, 8/09

A 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee! Guy King plays fresh and unique music that displays his natural musical abilities and one-of-a-kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B.




The Four C Notes
Recreating the Music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Thursday, August 13 at 7:30pm

Rain Date: Fri, 8/14

Pioneered by Skokie’s John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in Chicago’s long running production of the Broadway smash hit Jersey Boys, The Four C Notes are the Midwest’s only tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons!




Fareed Haque & The Secret Tango Society
Saturday, August 22 at 7:30pm

Rain Date: Sun, 8/23

Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso raised in Chicago who is steeped in both classical and jazz traditions. His hip new project widely appeals to audiences by featuring stunning jazz arrangements of classic Latin American songs.




Sons of the Never Wrong
Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm

Rain Date: Sun, 8/30

Sons of the Never Wrong is a folk trio from Chicago that has been creating original “turbo-charged folk music” for 28 years to a cult-like national following.




Music Theater Works
Richard Rodgers’ Greatest Hits
Saturday & Sunday, August 29 & 30 at 7:30pm

Rain Date: Mon, 8/31

Richard Rodgers’ contributions to musical theatre were extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre genre is without comparison. Sit back and enjoy this concert full of Richard Rodgers’ greatest hits.




Michael Ingersoll’s Artists Lounge Live Presents
Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul
Starring Donica Lynn
Saturday, September 05 at 7:30pm

Rain Date: Sun, 9/06

Award-winning star of Dreamgirls and Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoan of the Year, Donica Lynn triumphs in an uplifting homage to the legendary Aretha Franklin.




Michael Ingersoll’s Artists Lounge Live Presents
We’ve Only Just Begun
Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter
Tuesday, September 15 at 7pm

Chicago’s favorite leading lady lends her signature warmth to the beloved hits of Karen Carpenter. Multi-award-winner Kettenring starred as Nessrose in the blockbuster musical Wicked and Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (National Tour). Songs to include “For All We Know,” “Superstar,” and “Close To You.”




Chicago Philharmonic
Chicago Phil Chamber – String Quartet
Romantic Strings
Sunday, September 13 at 6pm

Rain Date: Mon, 9/14

Let’s grab a date, some tasty picnic fixings and a comfortable camping chair to get out back at the North Shore Center for a delightful summer evening of romantic classical string quartet music by our friends at Chicago Philharmonic.




Music of the Baroque
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm

Rain Date:  Thu, 9/17

Concertmaster Gina DiBello leads the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons, an evocative musical journey through the different times of year. Join Music of the Baroque in this one-hour concert for its very first live performance of its 50th season! 





Michael Ingersoll’s Artists Lounge Live Presents
Lean On Me: The Brotherhood of Rock and Roll
Starring Michael Ingersoll & Christopher Kale Jones
Thursday, September 24 at 7pm (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 25 at 7pm

NEW Rain Date: Sat, 9/26

Fellow PBS favorites (Under the Streetlamp) and former Jersey Boys co-stars Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones unite for an uplifting evening of inspirational rock anthems by The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Beatles, and more. Songs include “Bye Bye Love,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and “Lean On Me.”




Music Theater Works
Richard Rodgers’ Greatest Hits
Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm

Rain Date: Wed, 9/30

Back by popular demand! Richard Rodgers’ contributions to musical theatre were extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre genre is without comparison. Sit back and enjoy this concert full of Richard Rodgers’ greatest hits.




Thursday, October 01 at 7pm

Friday, October 02 at 7pm

Tributosaurus is a group of the finest musicians in Chicagoland. They’re musical anthropologists. As songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted, they replicate the original with proper reverence and stunning detail. They aren’t a tribute band—they’re every tribute band. With their cool grooves, psychedelic splashes and all the signature harmonies, Tributosaurus becomes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young!




The Flat Cats
Saturday, October 03 at 7pm

Rain Date: Sun, 10/04

Hot socks and no phonus balonus! Break out your dancing shoes and out of your crib to cut a rug out back with these Chicago-grown hep cats blowin’ vintage hot swinging jazz and blues.




How Do the Out Back Summer Sessions Work?

Tickets & Seating

We brought our concert operation out back to our 31,000 square-foot parking lot and set up a stage. We can have only a limited capacity of 200 total people in separate and socially distant spaces. Buy early and often!

We sell tickets for your group—two (2) minimum and up to six (6) maximum—consisting of persons from your same household or accepted health safety bubble.

All tickets are sold as general admission reservations, like a restaurant, and your group will be seated upon arrival in designated spaces at the discretion of on-site management based on date of purchase and group size while maintaining proper health safety distances. If you would like to be seated nearby another attending group, contact the Box Office: (847) 673-6300.

♪ All Out Back Summer Session concerts start at their scheduled time and will have scheduled rain days.

Health Safety Measures & Rules

The health and safety of our patrons, artists and employees are the priority! BUT we need your help! We must all be mindfully cautious, wear face masks, and maintain proper social distance spacings in a fresh evening environment outside. We thank you for your cooperation in following our safety measures outlined here and that comply with official guidance allowing these events to happen.

The North Shore Center has taken enhanced health, safety and cleaning measures to protect artists and patrons, and reduce transmission risks of the coronavirus. Please understand your own personal health risks and take proper precautions in your exposure decisions. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending, participants assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Please bring a face covering. We will require the wearing face coverings and observation of proper social distancing.

Following official guidelines, you may remove your face mask while socially distanced and/or eating or drinking in your performance viewing space. However, we will require face masks while visiting our restrooms and concessions, speaking with staff and other attendees, and when moving through the performance area.

We ask patrons limit overall movement within the concert space and to stay in their assigned seating space when not visiting the restrooms or concessions.

♪ We ask that our concert patrons limit the projection of any respiratory droplets by consistent mask use at the concert and by refraining from shouting and singing.

♪ Patrons that do not wish to comply with standard health safety measures proven effective to keep others safe should not attend. Patrons must comply with concert guidelines or they will be removed from concert site without a refund.

♪ A buffer space between stage performers and audience will be established and maintained.

♪ All personnel will wear face coverings and safety gloves, when appropriate.

♪ The North Shore Center will have security personnel enforcing our event health safety measures.

Concessions & Amenities

This is not a drive-in. Patrons should bring their own chairs and blankets to set up in assigned parking spots.

Patrons are also welcome to bring coolers, non-alcoholic beverages and food.

Cold soft-drinks, beer, wine, and pre-packaged food items will be available at an outdoor concession stand with plastic safety barriers installed between patrons and service staff.

♪ Due to the nature of our liquor license, outside alcohol and liquor is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased from the concession stand. All alcoholic consumption must take place within our concert venue borders.

Indoor restrooms will be available for all concerts with social distancing guidelines in place.

♪ Our assisted listening devices do not work outdoors and will NOT be available.

Jameson’s Charhouse, located next-door of the Center, will be receiving carryout food orders that patrons may bring into the concert area to eat. For menu and all orders, please directly contact Jameson’s:
Call – (847) 673-9700
Visit Online: http://www.jamesons-charhouse.com/locations/skokie/

Jameson’s Charhouse,  starts every day to create the flavors that you want. Best known for steaks, chicken and seafood, Jameson’s also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. New creations are made daily using only the highest quality ingredients.

 Kneads & Wants, Artisan Bakery Cafe will be on site the night of the event with a variety of items available for purchase. Check out their menu here.

You can even order ahead of time. Click here to place your order. Be sure to choose “Pick Up”, the date of the performance, and choose 6:45pm.

Kneads & Wants is a family owned small batch scratch bakery and cafe, located in downtown Skokie. Their menu aims to be seasonal and inventive and their flavors rotate and change frequently. Fresh baked goodness, best coffee ever.

Please Do Not Bring

NO…grills or stoves, tents or canopies of any size, items requiring ground staking, or large umbrellas.

NO…throwing balls, frisbees or drones.

NO…outside alcohol, liquor, wine, or kegs of beer.

NO…bikes, scooters or skates. Covered bike racks are located in the bottom level of the parking garage.

NO…smoking or vaping in the concert area. Please smoke only in designated smoking area provided.

NO…pets or animals, except federally licensed service animals.

NO…weapons, audio/video recording equipment or stereos.


Even if you can’t attend, consider making a donation to our
North Shore Center Foundation
to support the Center’s programming and arts education initiatives.
Click Here to Support the Foundation!

Out Back Summer Sessions
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