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The Feature Series at the North Shore Center offers a broad spectrum of top-notch theater, comedy, music, dance and family entertainment. Each season, we strive to offer a variety of productions representative of every performing arts genre and to mix world-class artists with local productions and flavor. As always, we will continue to add productions throughout the season as we go. Join our email list to be kept up-to-date on our current schedule.


The RidesThe Rides
Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd &
Barry Goldberg with very special guest Beth Hart
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7:30pm

The new all-star blues-rock supergroup formed by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer from CSN, CSN&Y and Buffalo Springfield, Stephen Stills; fellow guitar-slinging prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd; and venerable Electric Flag keyboardist and Chicago native Barry Goldberg. Rising singer-songwriter Beth Hart joins as a very special guest and the tour’s opening act.


Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn ColvinAn Acoustic Evening with
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 7:30pm

Acclaimed songwriters and longtime friends Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin share the stage as an intimate duo, performing material spanning their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs.


Lewis BlackLewis Black
The Rant Is Due
Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8pm

Lewis is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sold out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.


Paula PoundstonePaula Poundstone
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8pm

After unforgettable sold-out performances in past seasons, audiences consistently clamor for Paula’s return to our intimate stage. If you like intelligent, philosophical comedy, you’ll love Paula.



Lovett & HiattAn Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt
Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:30pm

Like two long-time buddies on the front porch plucking, grinning and swapping tales and songs on a Saturday night, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt meet up on our intimate stage for an unforgettable night of up-close and personal acoustic music.


John Lithgow_300x300John Lithgow – Stories by Heart
Sunday, November 03, 2013 at 2pm

Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winner John Lithgow performs his critically acclaimed one-man theatrical memoir, Stories By Heart. Lithgow offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity and performs the text with zany abandon and portrays multiple outrageous characters. He intersperses his own story with two great stories that were read to him as a child: “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G. Wodehouse and “Haircut” by Ring Lardner.


Linda EderLinda Eder
Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 8pm

Linda Eder is one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time whose diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz.



Siegel Schwall Blues BandSiegel-Schwall Blues Band
With Harmonica Legend, Corky Siegel
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8pm

Corky Siegel – harmonica & piano
Jim Schwall – guitar
Sam Lay – drum
Rollo Radford – bass

One of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians, Corky Siegel blows into the North Shore Center for a rare appearance with his legendary blues band. The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band played a lead role in The Great Blues Revival of the 1960s. They backed the greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Willie Dixon. Along with their peers, Paul Butterfield and Charlie Musslewhite, Siegel-Schwall introduced the Chicago blues to a larger international rock audience.


Salt Creek Ballet's The NutcrackerSalt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Artistic Directors, Sergey Kozadayev & Zhanna Dubrovskaya
December 14 & 15, 2013 |Sat 1pm & 5pm |Sun 2pm

Bring your whole family to the affordable holiday tradition performed by Salt Creek Ballet with guest soloists in the grand Russian style—an annual holiday experience worth sharing!



Elvis Tribute Artist SpectacularElvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 7:30pm

For the eighth consecutive season, celebrate the King’s 79th birthday with a night of music performed by multiple tribute artists representing the different eras of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Presented by OMAR Presents.



Capitol StepsThe Capitol Steps
January 23-26, 2014
Thu 7:30pm |Fri 8pm |Sat 5pm & 8pm |Sun 2pm

Fiscal Shades of Gray is the Capitol Step’s newest album and live show featuring a collection of songs devoted to that crazy bipartisan spirit in Washington. The Capitol Steps put the “Mock” in Democracy!



America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles
Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 8pm

Twist and Shout with us on the 50th Anniversary of the momentous British Invasion with a flawless recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show performances by BritBeat: America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles.



Thodos Dance ChicagoThodos Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8pm

This acclaimed contemporary dance company with a distinct American choreographic voice and vibrant, award-winning style presents an exhilarating evening of premiere works and favorite pieces from their repertoire.



Spyro GyraSpyro Gyra
Morning Dance
35th Anniversary Album Tour
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8pm

Jay Beckenstein – saxophones
Tom Schuman – piano, electric piano, keyboards
Julio Fernandez – guitars
Scott Ambush – bass
Lee Pearson – drums, percussion

Spyro Gyra is a jazz-fusion juggernaut and one of the most prolific and commercially successful groups in their genre. They present a never-before-seen event for its fans by performing their entire Morning Dance album in sequence for the first time ever on its 35th Anniversary.


Colin Quinn UnconstitutionalColin Quinn Unconstitutional
Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 8pm

On May 25th, 1787, fifty-five delegates in wigs and tights sat down to create a country from scratch. In 2013, comedian and satirist, Colin Quinn tackles 227 years of American constitutional calamities in 70 minutes in his hit one-man show, Colin Quinn Unconstitutional. Quinn offers his unique comedic perspective on our national character in a blazing fast and hilarious US history lesson. From predator drones to the Kardashians, Quinn doesn’t pull any punches in asking if this is really what the founding fathers had originally planned.


Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield
Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 7:30pm

Rick Springfield will treat fans to an intimate solo music performance with storytelling! You do not want to miss your chance to see Rick perform ‘Stripped Down’ and get up close and personal with the man and his music!



Celtic FireMichael Londra’s Celtic Fire
Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8pm

Famed Irish tenor, Michael Londra created a blazing hot show with Celtic Fire that features completely live traditional music, dance and song that beautifully sweep audiences off to Ireland.



Clint Black AcousticClint Black Acoustic
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8pm

Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black is one of country music’s brightest stars. Don’t miss this amazing music legend with just his acoustic guitar, harmonica and penchant for great storytelling. In the intimate North Shore Center, take in a mixture of Clint solo acoustic and re-arrangements of old tunes with Clint’s three-piece backing band.


Los LobosLos Lobos: Disconnected
40th Anniversary Tour
Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8pm

After nearly four decades defining America’s musical melting pot with their eclectic mix of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country and Mexican folk music; Los Lobos remains one of the most significant groups in American music. Los Lobos celebrates their 40th Anniversary with their Disconnected concert tour.  Experience your favorite Los Lobos tunes with these intimate and compelling “acoustically-unplugged” re-arrangements. Disconnected samples tunes spanning the band’s long career and gives fans a raw dose of what makes Los Lobos so great.



Madeleine PeyrouxMadeleine Peyroux
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8pm

Madeleine Peyroux is known for her intimate interpretations of the early American blues and jazz repertoire. On her latest effort, The Blue Room, she creates a unique hybrid nexus at the juncture of jazz, with a touch of pop and country and a healthy dose of the blues.



Robert RandolphRobert Randolph & the Family Band
Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8pm

The first new album tour in over three years brings the party back and gets you dancing Lickety Split! Led by the virtuosic pedal steel guitarist, Robert Randolph & the Family Band generate soulful funky music that’s pure energy and joy.