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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We continue to follow health guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Health. Please understand your own personal health risk 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. We place great importance on the health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers and visiting artists. Read more about our Health & Safety Procedures.

Out Back Summer Sessions 2021

Back by demand! This summer, we will relaunch our popular outdoor concert series Out Back Summer Sessions in the back parking lot. We have great local artists to support and a variety of offerings, including concerts specifically for kids and families. Go to our Out Back Summer Sessions page for full details.





New Date!

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.




FALL 2021

New Show!
Kevin Nealon
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8pm

The veteran Emmy-nominated comedian and Saturday Night Live alum is back to his first passion of making a room of people laugh during his stand-up concerts.



New Date!
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.



New Show!
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.



New Show!
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.



New Show!
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.



New Date!
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



New Date!
Steven Wright

Sunday, October 03, 2021 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.



New Date!
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.



New Show!
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.



New Show!
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.



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

The three-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist expanded the borders and boundaries of the blues music genre by sprinkling in his own world music influences that combine the blues sensibility with the music from Africa, the Caribbean, India, Hawaii, the South Pacific, and others.



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

Two lost souls, Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, Glee) and Kate Flannery (The Office) find themselves together for an entertaining and slightly twisted night of song and comedy. “Life is a cabaret, my friends”—so come to the anti-cabaret!



New Show!
Sam Bush

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:30pm

An originator of the progressive bluegrass movement and member of the ground-breaking band New Grass Revival, Sam Bush is an International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and multi-Grammy-winning mandolin player.



New Show!
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.



New Date!
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.


Past Performances:

New Show!
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.



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 refund or credit towards another performance.
  • 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 full refund or credit towards another North Shore Center event.
  • 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 full refund or credit towards purchase of another North Shore Center event ticket.

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