The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore, Inc. (JLE-NS) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Each year, League members commit thousands of volunteer hours to improving the community. In particular, they focus on advancing employment and supporting families for those in need across Chicago’s northern suburbs. Founded in 1924 as the Junior League of Evanston, JLE-NS now has approximately 350 active and sustaining members. They reach out to all women regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteering.
On Friday, May 6, JLE-NS will sponsor the 2016 Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Kitchen Tour. In its 6th year, the Kitchen Tour raises significant revenue to fund its important programs.
“We chose specific kitchens that have been renovated in the last five years,” explains chair Melissa Frick, who is organizing the event with subcommittee chairs Corey Marchetti, Grace Flatt, and Karen O’ Grady.
“We’ve also selected kitchens with varied design elements—not all of the kitchens are white this year.” Tour attendees are asked to pick up their guidebooks, which serve as the ticket to to the event, at the Winnetka Community House. “A unique aspect of this tour is that guests will have the opportunity to speak with the kitchen designers themselves as they tour the homes,” adds Frick. “It’s a great chance to be inspired and pick the brains of the design experts themselves.”
The home tour features kitchens from Glencoe to Evanston, a 15-minute drive from end-to-end. “We’re hoping for a beautiful day where our guests can take in the beauty of these special kitchens on the North Shore,” Frick says.
To purchase tickets, visit jle-ns.org/kitchentour. Early Bird ticket pricing is $40 per person through April 29, then $55 per person thereafter. Tickets are also available for purchase the day of the event in the lobby of the Winnetka Community House (620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka) between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.