The North Shore Center in Skokie is truly excited to welcome back all our artists, friends and family!

The Feature Series at the North Shore Center is your spot on the map to get a broad spectrum of
top-notch theater, comedy, music, dance and family entertainment. We offer a variety of performing arts
representative of every genre and mix in world-class artists with local productions and flavor.

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Health Safety Measures & Policies

Health Guidelines as of April 11th!

The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers and visiting artists. Please be patient, understanding and kind to others in this health safety environment.

Feature Series performances including Lindsey Buckingham (April 21) and Ryan Hamilton (May 13), face masks are welcome, but not required. Audiences should expect that most productions will be seated at full capacity. As always, policies can change based on health guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Health.

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We continue to follow health guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Health. The 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. An inherent risk of COVID-19 transmission exists in any public place where people are present. By attending, participants assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


New Show!
Ryan Hamilton

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 8pm

Ryan is back with his hilariously clean act after a sold-out show in 2019! He released his first stand-up special, Happy Face, in 2017, and continues to take the comic world by storm with a wealth of television appearances and a non-stop headlining tour. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, Ryan’s one-of-a-kind. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch, and recent appearances include The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and opening spots for Jerry Seinfeld as well as Gad Elmaleh at Carnegie Hall. Ryan is endearing stand-up lovers, and his future is bright.



New Show!
Ensemble Español presents
Flamenco Passion

Friday, June 17, 2022 & Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 3pm

The elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture is showcased by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in Residence at Northeastern Illinois University, with their annual American Spanish Dance & Music Festival. The Festival culminates with three crowd-pleasing “Flamenco Passion” live music and dance performances which include world premieres, as well as audience and company favorites. This must-see event features forty leading dancers, singers, musicians and guest artists who bring the magic of Spain to Chicago through their exciting fusion of traditional, classical, folkloric, Flamenco, and dramatic theatrical productions.



New Date!
Steven Wright

Thursday, October 06, 2022 at 7:30pm

One of the true visionary and widely influential stand-up comedians, Academy Award winner, Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. Wright and his deadpan delivery were an unexpected revelation when he hit stages in the 1980s and quickly rose to star comedian status.



Past Performances:

Chicago Tap Theatre
Tap Secret!

Saturday, July 10 at 3pm & 7pm

Chicago Tap Theatre is a young and vibrant dance company with a unique mission to preserve the quintessentially American dance form of tap and to take tap to the next level of creativity and innovation.



Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8pm

Best known for their catchy alternative rock single, “Closer to Free,” BoDeans have a remarkable thirty-year musical career of compelling songs, high energy performances, and a loyal and unpretentious fan base.



The Robert Cray Band
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 8pm

Nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album! Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades. With five Grammy wins, a Blues Hall of Fame induction, and an Americana Lifetime achievement award winner, Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar.



Maz Jobrani
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8pm

Maz Jobrani is an Iranian American comedian, actor and co-star in the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts. Also a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Maz is known for comedy that focuses on his family, the topic of race and the misunderstandings surrounding Middle-Easterners in America.



Herman’s Hermits
starring Peter Noone
Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 8pm

The iconic rock group Herman’s Hermits and lead singer Peter Noone were a vital part of the British Invasion music transition into the United States.



Justin Willman – Magic for Humans
Magic in Real Life Tour
Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 7pm

Magician, comedian and star-creator of the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans, Justin Willman presents an intimate evening of mind-blowing magic, comedy and unexpected surprises that will leave the whole family wonderstruck.



An Evening with Linda Eder
Featuring Musical Director Billy Stritch
Friday, October 01, 2021 at 8pm

Linda Eder returns in support of her new album, Retro Volume Two—a deft mixture of Broadway, popular standards and select cover songs. The album further expands her repertoire of broad powerhouse songs and ballads with all the sweeping melodies and emotionally soaring notes that define Linda’s signature style



Boz Scaggs
Out of The Blues Tour
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 at 7:30pm

Boz Scaggs is known for his 1970s solo hits “Lido Shuffle,” the Grammy-winning “Lowdown,” and his early work with the Steve Miller Band. In a career that has spanned five decades, Boz returns to his blues roots and the North Shore Center with his latest Out of the Blues Tour.



Chris Thile
Live in Concert
Thursday, October 07, 2021 at 7:30pm

Chris Thile—just his voice and mandolin. In support of his new solo album, Laysongs, the Grammy-winning mandolinist from Punch Brothers, The Goat Rodeo Sessions and NPR’s Live From Here captivates with an intimate concert displaying his unique virtuosity with new original songs and covers that contextualize his ideas about spirituality.



Jake Shimabukuro
Friday, October 08, 2021 at 8pm

The world’s most recognized master of the ukulele, an acoustic music icon and even declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, Jake Shimabukuro has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one has gone before, performing awe-inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues and rock to bluegrass, classical and folk. Jake’s live concerts are a blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and display of showmanship.



Taj Mahal
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:30pm

This performance has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances related to a non-life threatening injury. We are currently working with artist management to reschedule this performance. Existing ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund; no further action required.



Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery
Two Lost Souls
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 8pm

This performance has been cancelled due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict. There is no rescheduled date planned at this time, but we hope to work with artist management to get a new date in the future. Existing ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund; no further action required.



Da Manitowoc Minute’s
Charlie Berens
Midwest Survival Guide Tour
Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8pm

Comedian, host, actor and Emmy-winning journalist Charlie Berens is a dynamic talent in the comedy world. Charlie’s career extends beyond creating and staring in the viral sensation, the Manitowoc Minute. From creating content for Funny or Die, TBS Digital and Fox Sports 1, to hosting shows for Fox, CBS Sports Network and Variety, Berens’ skill set proves invaluable in a rapidly changing media landscape.



ICON Concerts presents
MODI – Know Your Audience

Tuesday, November 09, 2021 at 7:30pm

Called “the next Jackie Mason” by The New York Times and voted one of the top ten comedians in New York City by The Hollywood Reporter, MODI is one of the comedy circuit’s most sought after performers. Featured on HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, and E!, MODI has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Time Out NY and The New York Post.



Sam Bush

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:30pm

We have been unable to finalize a replacement date for Sam Bush. We do not wish to hold customer money and will refund our ticket holders while we continue to seek another Sam Bush concert date for next season. As an existing ticket holder, no further action is required on your part. You will be contacted by the box office to process a full refund and to confirm your method of payment.



The Rocket Man Show
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 8pm

Hand-picked by Elton John himself as his official body double for Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour media production, Rus Anderson is the world’s premier Elton John impersonator—with the chops to prove it. This concert recreates the magical live persona of a young Elton like no other with the actual flamboyant costumes, his fierce piano playing and live spot-on vocals.



An Evening with Leo Kottke
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30pm

Blending folk, jazz and blues influences into a signature fingerpicking style of syncopated and polyphonic music, Leo Kottke is a legendary acoustic guitar virtuoso who has developed a cult following of fellow guitarists and fans over a recording and performing career spanning nearly fifty years.



Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 1pm & 5pm
Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2pm

Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! Salt Creek’s production is the perfect way to introduce children to the power and beauty of dance.



Kevin Nealon
Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 7pm

This performance has been cancelled due to unforeseen tour issues. Existing ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund; no further action required.



Patty GriffinPatty Griffin
Friday, January 21, 2022 at 8pm

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together.



Giordano Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 05, 2022 at 7:30pm

In fifty-nine years as an artistic leader and innovator, Giordano Dance Chicago—America’s original jazz dance company—has contributed greatly to the health of Chicago’s performing arts community. With a vast repertoire of original works, Giordano Dance Chicago’s imprint on the art form of jazz dance is far-reaching and significant.



Music of the Baroque presents
The Chevalier
Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 7:30pm

The Chevalier is a new concert drama with symphonic music about the first major Black classical composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Audiences discover his true friendships with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Marie Antoinette, and his unknown contribution to the abolishment of slavery.



An Evening wtih Keb’ Mo’
Friday, March 11, 2022 at 8pm

This performance has been cancelled due to unforeseen pandemic-related tour issues. We are currently working with artist management to reschedule this performance. Existing ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund; no further action required.



New Show!
Storm Large
Friday, March 18, 2022 at 8pm

Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author and awesome. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.



New Show!
Dog Man: The Musical
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11am & 2pm

Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!! Recommended for grades 1st to 5th.



New Show!
Jesse Cook
Tempest II Tour
Friday, April 01, 2022 at 8pm

Back by popular demand, Jesse Cook is one of the most influential artists in the world of nuevo flamenco. Cook fuses his virtuosic flamenco guitar techniques with jazz, rock, rumba, gypsy, tango, salsa and other forms of world and popular music. Cook has been a leading proponent of the genre since bursting onto the world music scene with his 1995 album, Tempest.



New Show!
Classical Kids Live! & Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 3pm

An educationally entertaining theatrical symphony concert unveiling the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to children and their families. Mozart’s music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer’s life. Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal addition to any children’s music education. Approximately 50 minutes in length and recommended for audiences ages six and up.



New Dates!
DC’s Reflecting Fools
Featuring Members of the Capitol Steps
Friday, April 08, 2022 at 8pm |
Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 2pm & 8pm | Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2pm

A peaceful transfer of power from the Capitol Steps! The stairway to heavenly political satire originally laid by the Steps continues upward with DC’s Reflecting Fools— the new musical parody group created by the performers and co-writer from the Capitol Steps. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of burned 2020 presidential ballots, DC’s Reflecting Fools hold up a mirror to our crazy political culture, providing hilarious song parodies and “foolish reflections” that continue to inspire your belly-laughter.



New Show!
Lindsey Buckingham
Thursday, April 21
, 2022 at 7:30pm

Lindsey Buckingham, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame former lead guitarist and singer of Fleetwood Mac, gives an intimate concert in support of his new self-titled album Entertainment Weekly noted has “all the recognizable elements of his sound: melodic hooks, intricate production, multilayered vocals, and shimmering guitar.”



Buyer Assurance Program – Be Safe, Be Confident

Please know that for North Shore Center ticket purchases:

  • We will automatically transfer your tickets to the rescheduled performance date. If you cannot attend the show on the new date you will be entitled to a credit towards another performance prior to April 30, 2022.
  • If we are unable to reschedule an event, you will automatically receive a full refund.
  • If your event is cancelled due to a governmental restriction that prohibits events or event capacities, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you’ve been ill, around another ill person, or measured a high temperature within two weeks before the event, just let us know. You’ll receive a credit towards another North Shore Center event prior to April 30, 2022.
  • Health and safety come first! If you are feeling uncomfortable about event attendance, just let us know. You’ll receive a peace of mind along with a credit towards purchase of another North Shore Center event ticket prior to April 30, 2022.

Please stay safe and healthy! We hope to see you soon at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.