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In town for the inauguration of President Schill? Things to do during the week

When you’re not attending one of the many official events, check out art shows, student entrepreneurs in action, walking tours and baseball
There is plenty to see and do in Evanston and Chicago during inauguration week. And, closer to campus, there are several tours you can take to learn more about Northwestern.

Are you visiting from out of town during Northwestern’s presidential inauguration week? Are you looking for a fun group activity for family and friends?

In between official inauguration events, which kick off Tuesday, May 30, you can explore Evanston and Chicago to take in art exhibitions, local theater, tasty restaurants and baseball on both sides of town.

Northwestern Now has curated a brief list to give you some inspiration along the way.

Northwestern tours

Explore the Northwestern campus at your own speed through a series of tours.

Taste of Evanston

Looking for a place to grab coffee and a quick bite or enjoy a long and relaxing meal? The list of extraordinary Evanston restaurants goes on for days. Try Cupitol Coffee & Eatery, Koi Fine Asian Cuisine and Lounge, Taco Diablo, Lou Malnati’s, Bat 17, Bluestone and many more. Or, let lead the way.

World-class art at The Block

Noon – 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2, and noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, The Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Stop by The Block to see the exhibit “The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto,” which delves into the histories of medicine, biomedical engineering, sound recording and space exploration.

Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood

10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago; admission fee required

On this walking tour of historic Old Town, learn stories about the city’s recovery after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and how the neighborhood became a cultural focal point in the 1960s and ’70s.

White Sox and Cubs

1:10 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels, Guaranteed Rate Field; and 1:20 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Wrigley Field

There are big league games on both sides of town. The White Sox and Cubs are both hosting day games, so choose your allegiance and jump on the CTA Red Line.

Dazzling local theater

Various times, June 1–3, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

Music Theater Works, a nonprofit theater company dedicated to inclusion and diversity, presents PIPPIN, a play “imaginatively presented through multiple revivals of a young person’s journey to self.”

Student entrepreneurs make their pitch

6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, Kellogg Global Hub, 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston

VentureCat is Northwestern’s annual student startup competition when promising teams look to take their ventures to the next level. Watch them pitch their ideas and vie for more than $325,000 in prize money.

‘The Bean,’ and more

Noon, Saturday, June 3, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, advanced registration required

This docent-led, 45-minute walking tour at Millennium Park will highlight seven iconic works of public art, including Cloud Gate, affectionally known as “the Bean.”

Fireworks over Navy Pier

10 p.m., Saturday, June 3, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Head on down to Navy Pier and pick any spot you can find before the night sky — and skyline — explodes in color and light.

Check out the official Inauguration Visitors Guide to access a Google Map with the locations and websites for several other tips and ideas.