Get in touch with the community’s creative scene.
The Evanston Art Center combines a sophisticated art gallery with experienced art instruction and community events, meaning there are many opportunities to engage with the local art scene under one roof. Many of the events and all of the galleries are free and open to the public.
The Mitchell Museum is a great place to celebrate and learn about American Indian and First Nation culture, art, and history. There are great exhibits for kids and adults alike with insights from the perspective of the native people of America and Canada. It is one of only a few museums of its kind and is an invaluable resource in Evanston that can educate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds.
World-class acting instruction and performances.
Piven Theatre Workshop is a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed theatre with a unique take on training—their Piven technique is “a combination of improvisation exercises designed to bring truth and honesty to an actor’s performance of scripted work.” Piven was founded by the parents of the Golden Globe-winning actor Jeremy Piven and for more than 40 years they have offered stellar performances as well as acting and improv training for children and adults. Piven encourages individual creative exploration through performance in an accepting, community-oriented atmosphere.
Unique museum for a unique city.
This free museum is one of Evanston’s quirkiest hidden treasures and features the world’s largest collection of Toby and Character jugs. You can get a free tour of the impressive collection from experts and even hear a lecture about the jugs, some of which date back to 1760.