Experience Cold-Cut Culture in Chicago’s North Shore

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If you’re a foodie or interested in Jewish history or both, plan to explore “I’ll Have What She’s Having,” a six-month exhibition opening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum on Oct. 22. The exhibit, organized by L.A.’s Skirball Cultural Center, takes a look at the history of Jewish delicatessens in the U.S. through neon signs, menus, uniforms, film clips and more.

From the 1880s to the 1920s, waves of Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, flooded into America. Naturally, they brought foods and traditions with them from their home cities and countries, such as bagels, pickles, smoked fish and meats, babkas and more. These foods collectively formed the Jewish deli cuisine we know today. The delis also inspired generations of artists, writers, filmmakers and other creatives. (The exhibit’s title, for example, is taken from a famous line in the movie “When Harry Met Sally.”)

Plan to spend about an hour exploring the exhibit, where you’ll also learn how these delis were instrumental in aiding the Holocaust survivors and refugees who later came to the U.S. Don’t skip the interactive displays, one of which allows you to build your own deli sandwich. And make sure to save time to check out the museum’s other exhibits, such as “The Journey Back,” a virtual reality experience where you travel back in time with Holocaust survivors. The interactive holograms allow you to listen to survivors tell their harrowing stories. ilholocaustmuseum.org


Check out these exciting shows coming up.

Music Theater Works

“Brigadoon,” Oct. 20–Nov. 12

A Lerner and Loewe musical set in Scotland.

“Shrek: The Musical,” Dec. 2–31

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.

Northlight Theatre

“Birthday Candles,” Sept. 7–Oct. 8

A poignant and funny Broadway hit about extraordinary moments in one woman’s ordinary life.

“Dial M for Murder,” Nov. 30–Dec. 31

The new version of celebrated murder mystery that inspired Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

Writers Theatre

“Eurydice,” Sept. 21–Oct. 22

By Pulitzer- and Tony-nominated playwright and North Shore native Sarah Ruhl.


“Baked! The Musical,” Sept. 7–Oct. 8

All-new, all-Asian musical about failure, family and weed.

“Assassins,” Oct. 27–Dec. 17

The Multiple Tony Award-winning musical about nine individuals who assassinated, or tried to assassinate, the President of the U.S.


Attend a Northwestern Wildcats home game this fall.

  • Sept. 9: vs. University of Texas at El Paso
  • Sept. 23: vs. Minnesota
  • Sept. 30: vs. Penn State
  • Oct. 7: vs. Howard
  • Oct. 28: vs. Maryland
  • Nov. 4: vs. Iowa (Wrigley Field)
  • Nov. 18: vs. Purdue

For more information, visit nusports.com.

Plan your visit at visitchicagonorthshore.com

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