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Now in its 20th year, Thursday Night Live returns with an exciting 10-concert series to Fountain Square plaza this summer! Join us every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm to enjoy live music ranging from jazz, classic rock, rockabilly, blues and swing more. 

June 13  Sam Fazio | Jazz Standards & Pop Classics 
Come out at 6:30pm for a special opening by Mudlark Theater performing a few scenes from As You Like It, which is playing June 21-23.

June 20  Maracujaz | Brazilian, Latin & American Jazz & Pop
June 27**  Second Hand Soul Band | Motown, Soul, Rock ‘N Roll
Come out for the first-ever Block Party Night! Smylie Brothers will be selling beer, FlowersFlowers will have bouquets for sale (cash only), Wheel & Sprocket and Working Bikes are collecting old bikes to be reused and our sponsors Industrious Evanston and Byline Bank will have fun activities! 

July 4   NO CONCERT – Happy 4th of July! 
July 11  Chip Ratliff & the Dirty BluCrue! | Funk and Soul  
July 18  Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones | Rockabilly, Blues & Roots 
July 25**   Chicken Bone | Classic Rock Covers
August 1  Kaleidoscope Eyes | Beatles Tribute Band
August 8  The Friends Band | Motown, Jazz, Funk
August 15  The Flat Cats | Swinging Jazz & Blues
August 22**  High Hat Second Line Band | New Orleans Brass Band

New this year, Downtown Evanston is having a block party on the last Thursday of each month, indicated by the asterisk above (June 27, July 25 and August 22). Orrington Avenue south of Davis St. to the end of the south plaza will be closed off for pedestrians.  

Check out these Thursday Night Live Dining Specials offered only on concert nights at some of our favorite restaurants!

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge | 624 Davis St.
Thursday Night Live Grab 'N Go Menu with Chinese Kitchen combos ($8), Sushi Bar with 2 Maki ($12) and Sushi Bar with 2 Maki & 2 Nigiri ($15) Click here for the full menu!

Whiskey Thief Tavern | 616 Davis St.
Enjoy dinner before and come back after the concert to enjoy half-off a beer, glass of wine or signature cocktail! Must present dinner receipt).

Pete Miller's | 1557 Sherman Ave.

Half Price Angus Steak Burger, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Viet Nom Nom | 816 1/2 Church St.

Free side dish with any purchase of an entree or free order of summer rolls with purchase of any 2 entrees

La Cocinita | 1625 Chicago Ave.
Free side with any entree purchase.

Celtic Knot Public House | 826 Church St.

Half-priced appetizers on Thursdays, 4pm to 10pm

Next of Kin Restaurant & Cafe | 625 Davis St.
Every Thursday, Chef Marco prepares a Chef Specialty Burger, different every week and available for $12. 

There are folding chairs and cafe tables and chairs, but feel free to bring your own chairs. In the event of rain, Downtown Evanston will cancel the show by 4pm. Please check Facebook, Instagram and our website for updates. 

The concerts are accessible via public transit by taking the CTA Purple Line “el” to the Davis; or take Metra to the Davis stop. Parking is available in the Sherman Avenue Garage located on Davis St. 

Special thanks to the generous sponsors of the 2019 Thursday Night Live concert series! 


Byline Bank

Byline Bank

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Industrious Evanston

Industrious Evanston

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Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

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Midwest College of Oriental Medicine

Midwest College of Oriental Medicine

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