North Shore Feature Series

The Feature Series at the North Shore Center is your spot on the map which 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.


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Robert Klein
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8pm

For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film.



TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band
Thursday, September 07, 2017 at 7:30pm

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band brings these two blues titans together on-stage with an all-star band for an exciting night of music, performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album.



Visceral Dance Chicago
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30pm

Visceral Dance Chicago presents its fifth season. Showcasing this innovative, diverse company, the program will feature new and reprised works from the company’s striking repertoire “expertly devised and stylish as they come” (Chicago Tribune).



Garrison Keillor: Just Passing Through
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8pm

Widely known as the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor captivates with his signature blend of humor, charisma and wisdom as he shares his journey to becoming one of America’s greatest storytellers.



An Evening with Chris Thile
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:30pm

Multiple Grammy Award-winner, MacArthur Fellow and new host of A Prairie Home Companion, Chris Thile takes an empty stage with just a mandolin in hand, captivating audiences with an intimate solo concert and displaying his unique virtuosity. As a soloist, Thile has released five albums including his most recent, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1, which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer.



Mary Chapin Carpenter
Full-Band Show!
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8pm

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to the Center with her full band configuration to present her expansive catalog and new songs from her latest record, The Things That We Are Made Of.



Dudu Fisher
Please Note: “Dudu Fisher’s North American Fall Tour dates have been cancelled due to travel conflicts, including his October 22 performance at the North Shore Center. All existing ticket holders will receive a full refund. We are currently seeking a replacement date. When a future date is secured, initial ticket buyers with be the first notified and given the opportunity to purchase tickets. We apologize for any inconvenience.”



Inaside Chicago Dance
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30pm

Inaside Chicago Dance launches its fifteenth season with an exciting night of dance. Pulling from ballet, ballroom and jazz, Inaside exudes versatility and grace.



Paula Poundstone
Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 8pm

A master of observational comedy, Paula Poundstone is a rare comedic talent that engages her audience with witty impromptu dialogue and produces rapturously roaring results. Each one of Paula’s shows is completely unique and unrepeatable.



Lily Tomlin
Two shows!
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4pm & 8pm

Lily Tomlin is a versatile performer, comedian, writer and producer who has touched some of the most beloved American comedy institutions. Don’t miss seeing one of the great legends of American comedy.



Linda Eder
Holiday Show
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 8pm

Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Now, Eder will delight audiences with her latest holiday concert tour presenting music from her successful holiday albums, plus other regular fan favorites.



Shawn Klush

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Friday, December 01, 2017 at 7:30pm

Come toast Elvis Presley’s 83rd birthday with the annual concert of music performed by multiple tribute artists celebrating the era-by-era highlights of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Presented by OMAR Presents.



Rufus Wainwright
Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 7:30pm

Rufus Wainwright is one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation. He has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums and collaborated with a large range of artists, such as Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach. At the age of fourteen he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. His album Rufus does Judy, recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006, was nominated for a Grammy.



Chicago Tap Theatre
Tidings of Tap!
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3pm

Your family will love tapping into this charming new celebration of the holiday season by Chicago Tap Theatre that features all live music and rhythm and whimsy-filled dance interpretations of your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs.



Salt Creek Ballet’s
The Nutcracker
December 16 & 17, 2017 | Sat 1pm & 5pm | Sun 2pm

Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with a gift for families: 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.



David Broza & Friends
Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:30pm

Israeli superstar David Broza is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers. From his whirlwind finger picking to Flamenco percussion and rhythm, to a signature rock and roll sound, David Broza’s charismatic and energetic performances have delighted audiences throughout the world.



The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2pm & 7:30pm

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! returns to the North Shore Center for two shows filled with amazing new illusions! Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.



The Capitol Steps
Orange is the New Barack

January 25-28, 2018
Thu 7:30pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 5pm & 8pm | Sun 2pm

The Capitol Steps are taking on the new Trump administration and you’ll laugh ‘til it hurts. Trump, Bannon, Spicer, Conway, Schumer, Pelosi and Putin—no one is safe from the Steps’ skewering musical parodies.



BritBeat: America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles
Saturday, February 03, 2018 at 8pm

BritBeat is going to Get Back to the Center for a brand-new, theatrical, multi-media concert recreation produced to feature an accurate live concert experience through each era of Beatles’ music. BritBeat pays homage to George Harrison’s 75th birthday! To commemorate, BritBeat will feature and highlight select George Harrison songs from throughout his Beatles career.



Lewis Black
The Joke’s on US Tour
Fri & Sat, February 16 & 17, 2018 at 8pm

Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.



Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30pm

Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is rooted in traditions of African-American dance, storytelling and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide.



The Irish Rovers
Friday, March 02, 2018 at 8pm

The Irish Rovers have charmed and entertained audiences around the world with their exciting stage shows for nearly fifty years. The days of the long tours are coming to an end for these Irish lads as they are now completing one last world tour. After that, they will rove again only for special events, festivals and longer stays.



Ahmed Ahmed
Please note: This concert with Ahmed Ahmed has been cancelled due to artist international tour and travel conflicts. There is currently no rescheduled date. All existing tickets holders will receive a full refund. For additional information, please call the North Shore Center box office at (847) 673-6300.  We apologize for any inconvenience.



Classical Kids Music Education & Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
Classical Kids LIVE!
Gershwin’s Magic Key
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2pm

Premiering with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gershwin’s Magic Key is the first-ever educationally-entertaining theatrical symphony concert exposing children and their parents to the extraordinary life and musical masterpieces of one of the greatest American composers of all time!



Louie Anderson
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 7pm

With a career spanning over thirty years, iconic comedian Louie Anderson is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics. Louie was named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” A three-time Emmy Award winner, Louie most recently won an Emmy in 2016 for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Christine Baskets in the FX comedy series Baskets.



An Evening of Songs & Stories with Graham Nash
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8pm

The legendary, Grammy award-winning artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee—with Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN.



An Evening with Bruce Hornsby
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:30pm

Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, the singer, pianist, composer and bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. Hornsby has always maintained the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that have been hallmarks of his work from the start.



Inaside Chicago Dance
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

Celebrating its 15th Season, Inaside Chicago Dance is excited to perform their Spring Concert on the North Shore stage.  It will be an exciting night of dance featuring a world premiere by Ricky Ruiz that invokes both nostalgia and relevance, a world premiere by Artistic Director Robert McKee that provokes intricate detail, and a tender and private duet by Wade Schaaf.  The night will also feature audience favorites such as Six Stevie’s with the soulful sounds of Stevie Wonder, relativity. a percussive contemporary jazz work by Joe Musiel (CSE winner 2014), and Inaside’s Youth Training Program.



John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8pm

As one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is an artist with fan bases in many camps, firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer. Known for both small and large group ensembles, Joe Lovano stands out as one of the most successful saxophonists in jazz today and a living bridge to the icons of the previous generations. Scofield and Lovano lead a dynamic new ensemble featuring Ben Street on bass and Bill Stewart on drums for an unforgettable tour.



Indigo Girls
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30pm

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are Indigo Girls. Rolling Stone describes them as the “…ideal duet partners. Their voices soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing. When they sing together, they radiate a sense of shared purpose that adds muscle to their lanky, deeply felt folk-tinged pop songs”.



Curious George
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10am & 12pm

That lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show returns to our stage with this delightful musical adventure.
(Recommended for ages 4 to 9)



Kathleen Madigan – Boxed Wine and Bigfoot
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8pm

The Detroit Free Press noted about comedian Kathleen Madigan, “She’s described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now, but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”



Chicago Philharmonic & Visceral Dance Chicago
The Dream
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3pm

By overwhelming demand, Chicago Philharmonic and Visceral Dance Chicago bring back, this time at the North Shore Center, the acclaimed The Dream. In this sensational production, which the Chicago Tribune called “a joy”, dance, literature and music converge to create an unforgettable experience.



Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
June 15-17, 2018: Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday 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. 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.