Take advantage of the long weekend with our picks of the top eight things to do around Evanston on Labor Day weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Garden Chef Series, 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Learn how to cook using ingredients fresh from the garden. Chefs from premiere restaurants around Chicago will give demonstrations in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first come, first served. Visit the website for the full lineup of chefs. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
3. ‘Smash,’ 8 p.m. Friday
The political comedy is about a socialist millionaire who leaves his bride to continue his plan to overthrow the British government. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 11, with previews Aug. 29-31. Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St., Evanston. $11-$27.
6. ‘Clumsy Sublime,’ 8 a.m. Monday
Two unlikely people become friends– one sells magical objects to her neighbors and the other is having a mid-life crisis and still in bereavement ever since his mother died. Come watch this intuitive play with elements of art, language, seeing and aliveness. Curious Theatre Branch, 1337 W. Fargo Ave., Chicago. $12 in advance, $20 at the door.
7. Labor Day Food, 1 p.m. Saturday
Celebrate Labor Day and the beginning of the school year with $1 tacos, snow cones and grilled corn available in front of the store. Whole Foods Market, 840 Willow Road, Northbrook.
8. Michael McDonald, Toto, 7 p.m. Friday
McDonald has played with The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Kenny Loggins and has had a successful solo career. Gates open at 3 p.m. Pavilion at Ravinia Festival Grounds, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Park. $33-$55.
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