Four churches and the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) will host music and entertainment for First Night Evanston, a New Year’s Eve celebration for the entire family. The Second City Improv All-Stars, Corky Siegel and Chamber Blues, Patrice Michaels, Wa-muu, Stewart Figa’s “Fifty Shades of Yiddish,” Donovan Mixon’s jazz guitar, Howard Levy and Acoustic Express, Alfonso Ponticelli, Doum Sound, Fred Simon, David Yonan, Ingrid Graudins and Steve Dawson, Willa Moore and David Davis and the Warrior River Bluegrass Band can be found variously at First United Methodist Church, Lake Street Church, First Presbyterian Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and MIC.  

Food trucks, dancing  – an old-fashioned barn dance and a Motown and soul music sock hop;  poetry from Ralph Hamilton and the poets of Rhino; teen talents – improv, poetry slam and battle of the bands; and singing “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight will complete the evening.

 Family entertainment takes place 1-4 p.m. at Lake Street Church, and teen programs will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church from 7 p.m. till midnight.

Tickets are $10 per child for the afternoon family entertainment, and accompanying adults are free. Tickets/wristbands are available at