Visual Arts

Wilmette Arts Guild (WAG)

Members’ Spring Showcase – Paintings, Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Works

Wilmette Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road (at Skokie Blvd.), Wilmette

Sat. March 30 – Tuesday, April 30, First Floor Hallways

WAG is celebrating 30 years of service to the community.


Wilmette Arts Guild

Photographers’ Show

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Monday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 30, Auditorium


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maxwell Street: Many Cultures, Many Dreams, and One Street

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium 

Lori Grove, president of the Maxwell Street Foundation, chronicles the history of Maxwell Street, its neighborhood and market, using rich visual images, interpretation, and anecdotes.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Etch a Mug

Monday, April 8, 7:00-8:00 pm, Teens Only; Youth Program Room

Hot chocolate, coffee, and tea taste so much better in a mug you’ve designed yourself.  Using WPL’s vinyl cutter and special software, design a stencil and use it to etch your own mug. Please be aware this program meets in the Youth Program Room and not the Teen Room. Please register in person at the Youth Services Desk or call 847-256-6945.  .


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Kids’ Library Council:  Reading Booth Design

Monday, April 8, 7:00-8:00 pm, Grades 5-8, Teen Room

Reading Booth Design, Teen Room

Be a part of Wilmette tradition to help plan the design for WPL’s beloved Summer Reading Club booth, which the Kids’ Library Council will paint in May. Registration required.  Register in person at the Youth Services Desk or call 847-256-6945. 


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Special Program for Parents & Educators

Flannel Board Workshop 

Thursday, April 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, Adults ages 18+, Youth Program Room

Calling all teachers, parents, and caregivers.  Join WPL staff for a crafty workshop to make portable flannel boards, stories and games. Flannel boards make wonderful teaching aids as well as great tools for imaginative, independent play. Registration required. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents beginning Thursday 3/28; non-residents Thursday 4/4.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) Lab: Catapults! 

Thursday, April 11, 4:00 – 4:45 pm, Grades K-2, Youth Program Room 

Design, test, and battle catapults with different materials like marshmallows, cardboard tubes, and more.

Registration required, beginning Thursday 3/28 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; non-residents 4/4.   Register in person at the Youth Services Desk or call 847-256-6945.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Women of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition:

Showcasing the Fair’s Woman’s Building 

Sunday, April 14, 2:00-4:00 pm, Auditorium

Chicago Architecture Center docent Kathleen Carpenter discusses how the World’s Columbian Exposition served as a showcase for the women who created, managed, and decorated the Fair’s Woman’s Building, detailing some of the women as well as their challenges and achievements.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

April Showers

Monday, April 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, All ages — Teens, kids, adults; Auditorium

Make the most of rainy weather by personalizing umbrellas, crafting rain sticks, and making rain gauges and other rain accessories. Registration opens Monday, April 1.  Register in person at the Youth Services Desk or call 847-256-6945. 


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Kindness Club 

Friday, April 19, 2:30-4:30 pm, Youth Program Room; All ages

Drop in for a new service project each month.

This month, celebrate our community helpers by preparing thank you cards and gifts for International Firefighters Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, and National Police Week.


Maker After Dark: Decorated Umbrella

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, for Adults 18 and older; Youth Program Room

Decorate an umbrella with your own design using WPL’s vinyl cutter and design software. Materials provided. Registration opens Wednesday, April 10.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

The Impact of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on Architecture and Landscape Design

Sunday, April 28, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium

Architectural historian and historic preservationist Timothy Wittman offers insight into the multiple ways that the World’s Columbian Exposition influenced the future of architecture, urban planning, and landscape design throughout the U.S. and the world.


Driehaus Museum TourWednesday, May 1, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Adults meet at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette for bus transportation.

A tour of Chicago’s historic Driehaus Museum, which explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a focus on the Gilded Age. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the Library. In-person registration is required, and the fee of $25.00 is due at time of registration. Priority registration for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents begins Monday, April 1. Non-residents may register beginning Monday, April 8. No refunds, and seating is limited.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!