Let’s face it—navigating all the North Shore has to offer families requires a certain amount of research, insider knowledge or a lot of savvy girlfriends. For Megan Weisberg, who moved here with her family from San Francisco six years ago, and Maggie Storino, who came from Atlanta five years ago, it was a bit overwhelming at first. “We didn’t really have a community of friends to find all the best things to do with our kids,” says Weisberg, who met fellow transplant Storino when they were volunteering at their kids’ preschool. “Simple things like where to take your kid for a haircut were challenging.” It was out of this problem that North Shore Newsletter—a monthly curated list of family activities for the grade-school set—was born. With Weisberg’s background in PR and wedding planning, and Storino’s in software engineering and robotics, this duo created a powerful resource for parents.
What are some things on the North Shore that even longtime residents might not know about?
MW: We realized early on that the North Shore seems siloed at times—people don’t know what’s happening in the neighboring community. For example, if you live in Wilmette, you might not know about the Winnetka Children’s Fair, which is held on the Village Green every year and features old-school carnival games, a Ferris wheel, a giant slide and even camel rides.
MS: Or you might not know that Ravinia does food truck Thursdays, which is a great way to enjoy an easy-breezy dinner, or that Green Bay Cycles offers bocce balls that you can use for free in Hubbard Woods’ bocce court. Or that the Winnetka Park District offers Wednesdays in the Woods with food, drink and live music.
Describe a perfect summer day with the kids.
MW: Hop on the Metra to Lake Bluff, grab burritos at The Other Door, then ride the train to Hubbard Woods, walk the secret path on Scott Avenue to the north end of the Tower Beach, commence sea-glass hunt until you hit the south entrance where you can refresh at the concession stand and play on the beach. Finish your day at Grateful Bites in Hubbard Woods.
MS: Bike the Green Bay Trail with a stop at the Wilmette French Market, sip coffee while the kids watch their fresh doughnuts being made, continue to the sailing beach and rent paddleboards and kayaks. If we run out of supplies (sunscreen and snacks), Conney’s (our very own Postmates) will deliver them. End the day with ramen and bao at Torino, ice cream at Homer’s and catching fireflies with the neighbors.
Any new businesses that you’re both excited about?
MW & MS: Homemade Juice Co. just opened inside Glencoe’s renamed Bake Homemade Pizza, and The Well North Shore (offering wellness workshops, events and classes) just opened in Wilmette.