Business Resources

Downtown Evanston - Business Resources
Downtown Evanston provides a range of services to the downtown business district including marketing and advertising, special events, garbage removal and seasonal landscaping, holiday decor, business attraction and more. Below is a list of resources to help market and promote downtown businesses as well as information on snow removal. 

Street Pole Banner Program

Downtown Evanston operates a Street Pole Banner Program to help create a sense of place for the downtown Evanston business district. The banners add color, excitement and character to the streetscape while also calling attention to the healthy mix of businesses and services as well as the overall district. 

We are excited to share information about the 2018-2019 Banner Program. Please read the PDF below to learn about the program and submit and application by Friday, August 10. 

In addition, if you are interested in placing banners for a special event, please see the Special Event Banner application for more information. 

If you have questions, please email or call 847-866-6319.

Thank you!


Downtown Evanston sends out a monthly e-newsletter to approximately 5,000 subscribers the first Thursday of every month. The newsletter features information about Downtown Evanston special events, business events, sales, promotions, and community events. If you would for your business' event to be featured in the e-newsletter, please email the information with a weblink and photo or graphic to the Tuesday before the distribution date.

In addition to the monthly e-newsletter we send out special event newsletters throughout the year. Some of these include the Thursday Night Live concert series, Summer Stroll, Sidewalk Sale, Oktoberfest, Small Business Saturday and the Holiday Tree Lighting among others. If you are interested in learning more about any of these events, please email 

Social Media

Downtown Evanston manages Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for the business district. Share your business photos with us tagging @downtownevanston and using the hashtags listed below. Note that our Twitter handle is @downtwnevanston. 

All posts: #downtownevanston #evanston #chicagonorthshore #weloveevanston 

Restaurants: #evanstoneats #eattheburbs 

Shop: #shopevanston #shoplocal #smallbusinesslove #evanstonshops #golocal

Health/Fitness: #gethealthy #getfit 

Fountain Square: #dtefountainsquare 

Snow Removal

In the event of snow, please remember that it is the responsibility of businesses, residents and landlords to remove snow and ice from sidewalks after a snow event. Below is a summary of the City of Evanston's ordinance.

• Sidewalks should be completely cleared to allow everyone, including people with disabilities, children walking to school and the elderly, to travel freely using the sidewalks instead of the street.
• Businesses are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property; snow should be removed a minimum of 36” away from the building to avoid citation. 
• Snow should be removed as to not block any public right of way (alleys, sidewalks, fire hydrants and streets).

Please note that Downtown Evanston does not provide snow removal service. The contract with our landscape vendor includes garbage removal 5 days a week, seasonal flower plantings, ground level plants and shrub maintenance and grass mowing, and an annual sidewalk power washing.  

If you need assistance finding a company to clear snow for you, please give us a call at 847-866-6319 or email Thank you!
Evanston Facts
  • Borders Chicago on North
  • Population 74,486
  • Total retail expenditure $1,123,030,872 
  • Home to Northwestern University, purchasing more than $13.5 Million of goods and services 
  • Over 10,000 downtown employees