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Get HYGGE with us! Pronounced "hue-gah," this Danish expression is an attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments. Rather than drudge through the winter, hygge is about celebrating coziness, warmth and family, as well as practicing mindfulness. 

Downtown Evanston is hosting a series of hygge events kicking off on Saturday, February 16 at Bookends & Beginnings with a lesson on hygge. From February 16 to 22, local businesses will host a range of special in-store events to promote the idea of coziness, mindfulness and overall well-being. See below for specific events and to RSVP. Note that some events are free and others require a ticket. More events coming soon! 

February 20, 12 - 4pm | Fika Break at Other Brother Coffeebar

February 20, 12 - 4pm | Fika Break at Other Brother Coffeebar

You may already incorporate fika into your daily routine, but if not, you ought to try it out. As it is explained in "Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break,"

“Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.”

To help you experience fika, Other Brother Coffeebar will have a special pies from 12 to 4pm! And, they'll highly encourage you to slow down and take a break. 

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February 20, 5-8pm | Wine & Game Night at Vinic Wine

February 20, 5-8pm | Wine & Game Night at Vinic Wine

Get your friends or just show up for game night at Vinic Wine with games provided by Evanston Games & Cafe. Vinic Wine has a cozy cafe area and lounge chairs that are perfect for wine, cheese and games. FREE to attend but purchase of drinks and food is highly recommended! 

VInic Wine is located at 1509 Chicago Ave. 

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February 21, 5:30pm | Cozy Up Your Space with a Hygge Floral Arrangement

February 21, 5:30pm | Cozy Up Your Space with a Hygge Floral Arrangement

Interested in learning how to put together a cozy floral arrangement? FlowersFlowers will show you how. Each participant will design and take home a spring time garden-y arrangement, in a small vase, to bring the garden feel indoors. Joanne Leiman, owner of FlowersFlowers, and her team will lead the class in the cozy shop. BYOB.

The workshop costs $50 and includes the vase and flowers and one hour of instruction. Call 847-328-7110 to reserve your spot! Limited to 10 people. 

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February 21, 7-9pm | Euchre Night at Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

February 21, 7-9pm | Euchre Night at Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Join Euchre Club of Chicago for their first event in Evanston! Bring your friend to hang out, eat food, drink beer and play Euchre. No experience necessary, in fact it's a great way to learn a new game and have fun. Cost is $5 plus food and beverages. And the winner gets a prize! No RSVP but let us know you're coming using the link below. 


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February 16, 4pm | Hygge 101 with Anne Petersen

February 16, 4pm | Hygge 101 with Anne Petersen

Kick off the week-long Hygge Fest with a gathering at Bookends & Beginnings to learn more about Hygge while enjoying warm beverages. Anne Petersen will lead a discussion about the Danish concept of hygge and ways to incorporate hygge into your day-to-day life. Bookends & Beginnings will showcase a selection of books on hygge and have a few other hygge items available. The presentation starts at 4pm. Come get cozy!

About Anne Petersen
Anne Petersen (they/them) spent a year in Denmark, learning Danish and enjoying the welcoming hygge of the historic seaport of Køge, a town just south of Copenhagen on the island of Sjælland. Anne’s father was born in Denmark, and they have many historic relatives from Køge, including a few that lived in the oldest half-timbered house still standing in Denmark there, which was built in 1527. Once hygge started becoming popular in the US and UK, Anne started taking every opportunity to talk about what hygge is like in action in its home milieu. 

Bookends & Beginnings is located at 1712 Sherman Ave., entrance in the alley. 

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February 16, 2:30-3:45pm | Grateful Yoga "Restorative Yoga"

February 16, 2:30-3:45pm | Grateful Yoga "Restorative Yoga"

Join C.J. Riley for this special afternoon of deep breathing, stretching, meditative awareness and restorative yoga postures. This class is appropriate for all levels. If you register, you can bring someone along with you for only $20! A code will be sent to you in your registration email. 

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February 16 | Assembly Creators Market Hosts Candle Making Workshop

February 16 | Assembly Creators Market Hosts Candle Making Workshop

Make your own scented candle with a mix of essential oils. You can even print out your fragrance name on our logo. The class will be led by Atelier 880, a Chicago-based company that hand pours candles in small batches using 100% domestically grown soy wax.  More info at https://atelier-880.com/

Email info@assemblycreators.com or call 847-859-6031 to reserve your space and time slot (11am-1pm or 2-4pm) or Assembly Creators Market is located at 1642 Orrington Ave. 

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February 16, 4-6pm | Happy Beading at The Snug Room

February 16, 4-6pm | Happy Beading at The Snug Room

Get cozy and creative  in The Snug Room - the cozy private room at Celtic Knot Public House. Ayla's Originals will lead a jewelry making class to make a bracelet. No experience necessary...just a willingness to create and have fun! Tickets are $25 and include materials, instruction and a beverage. Other food and drink sold separately. 

Celtic Knot Public House is located at 626 Church St.  

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February 16, 10am - 4pm | Uncle Dan's Hosts Merrell Arctic Grip Demo & Special Promotions

February 16, 10am - 4pm | Uncle Dan's Hosts Merrell Arctic Grip Demo & Special Promotions

Uncle Dan's can help you get cozy in many ways--fleeces, sweaters, socks, thermals, hats and more, so you stay warm when the outside temps are freezing. 

Hygge is also about embracing winter and getting outside, which Uncle Dan's can help with, too. The store has invited Merrell to demonstrate Merrell's Arctic Grip Technology, a special cold weather gripping system. Plus, they'll offer a gift with purchase (insulated Merrell tumblers), other freebies, and run a raffle for a free pair of Merrell shoes with the Arctic Grip. Coffee and hot chocolate available, too! 

And, if that isnt' enough, Uncle Dan's will have some Fjallraven beanies for a gift with purchase and a raffle for a free Men's Greenland Down No. 1 jacket or Women's Kiruna Parka. Talk about getting cozy. 

Uncle Dan's is located at 1600 Sherman Ave. 


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February 16 & 23 | Evanston Public Library Teen DIY: Create a Custom Mug

February 16 & 23 | Evanston Public Library Teen DIY: Create a Custom Mug

Hygge is for everyone! The Evanston Public Library is hosting "Teen DIY: Create a Custom Mug" as part of Hygge Fest! All teens are invited to create a personalized mug with sharpies and stencils to enjoy those warm winter drinks. 

There are two opportunities to create a mug - Saturday, February 16 & 23 from 1-3pm in The Loft at The Main Library (1703 Orrington Ave.) Teen DIY is for grades 6012. 

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February 16 | Evanston Public Library "When She Had Wings" Event

February 16 | Evanston Public Library "When She Had Wings" Event

2-3pm | When She Had Wings: Theatre and Stem Event 
NU's Imagine U Theater wills hare a scene from their upcoming play When She Had Wings, about a young girl who dreams of flight and idolizes Amelia Earhart. Then work with your elementary school student to do some quick challenges that will enhance you knowledge of flight technology. More info here.

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Feb. 17, 1pm | Intro to Knitting at CloseKnit Yarn Store - SOLD OUT

Feb. 17, 1pm | Intro to Knitting at CloseKnit Yarn Store - SOLD OUT

It's easy to get cozy when you're surrounded by spools of yarn and learning how to create something warm! Lucie Sinkler, owner of CloseKnit Yarn Store will teach you all you need to know to knit, one of the most hygge activities that you can take anywhere!  

All materials, instruction and hot chocolate, and cookies are provided! Cost is $25 per person and class is limited to 8 people. Please reserve online or call 847-328-6760. 

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Monday, February 18 | Hygge Storytime

Monday, February 18 | Hygge Storytime

The Evanston Public Library is hosting a storytime to help families experience hygge together! 

6:30-7:15pm | Family Storytime and Craft: Hygge time

Come hear cozy stories read by Ms. Martha and make family love notes together. For older kids, they'll be some candle-making supplies (no heat). Registration is not necessary; just come at 6:30pm. Feel free to wear pj's or other cozy warm clothes! More info here.

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February 19, 5:30pm | "Hygge & Relationships" Talk by Monica Isaac

February 19, 5:30pm | "Hygge & Relationships" Talk by Monica Isaac

Come hear Monica Isaac, a family, marriage and individual counselor, talk about how to Hygge your relationships and enjoy snacks and hot cocoa.  

Not satisfied with your relationships? Come learn about Hygge, a Danish concept difficult to translate in English, that is quickly becoming a trend in America. Why are Danes considered the happiest people in the world according to the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark?  At its core it is about intimacy and trust in relationships. In practice it includes warm lighting and good food. Intrigued? Join us as we look at the practices and the psychology behind hygge and how it could change your life for the better in 2019. 

The talk takes place at Industrious Evanston, 909 Davis St., Ste. 500. Event is free but please RSVP at link below. 


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Feb. 16-22 | dragonfly-df offers special sale on candles & throws

Feb. 16-22 | dragonfly-df offers special sale on candles & throws

Walking into dragonfly-df is a hygge experience with all the cozy home decor, candles, comfy clothes and simple styles. From February 16-22 the store is offering 20% off Capri Blue candles and Fairbault throws to help you add more hygge to your life. 

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