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Industrious Evanston Hosts Speed Networking Event on July 18

Industrious Evanston Hosts Speed Networking Event on July 18

Prepare to make 20 new contacts at this speed networking event hosted by Industrious Evanston and Evanston Woman. The event kicks off at 5:30pm with introductions followed by networking right at 6pm and then light bites and photo booth fun from 7:15 to 8pm. FREE event...and FUN! RSVP via link below.

Where: Industrious Evanston, 909 Davis St., Ste. 909
When: Wednesday, July 18, 5:30pm
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Downtown Evanston Sidewalk Sale

Downtown Evanston Sidewalk Sale

Get ready for a weekend of the best summer shopping! From July 27-29, independent retailers and national chains will set up shop with too-good-to-resist deals on the sidewalks throughout downtown. Find great deals on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories, jewelry, decorative arts and more! 

New this year Downtown Evanston is hosting a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest to add color and design to the downtown sidewalks and create a friendly, artsy competition between businesses, artists and families in Evanston! The sidewalk in front of storefronts will be decorated on Friday afternoon and evening. Come out on Saturday to view the outdoor art gallery while you shop and eat downtown. 

Join us on Saturday and Sunday from 1-2pm for buskers at Fountain Square! Aaron Smith will play banjo and guitar on Saturday and Alisa Rosenthal will play ukulele on Sunday. We'll also have big games and other activities during the weekend.

Take the CTA Purple Line or Metra UPN North line to Davis Street. Parking is available at three City of Evanston garages or on the street. Note that parking is FREE on Sunday and there are bike racks inside the garages! More
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Where: Downtown Evanston
When: July 27-29
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Frances Willard House Now Offers Tours on Thursdays, 1-4pm

Frances Willard House Now Offers Tours on Thursdays, 1-4pm


Starting on July 5th, the Frances Willard House is open for weekday tours on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m., in addition to our regular Sunday tours. A chance to get out of the house this summer with the kids (don't forget about our scavenger hunt), something different to do with your out of town guests, or something to spice up a Thursday lunch break!

Tours are at 1pm,  2pm and 3pm). Cost is $10 for adults, $ for students and children under 6 are free.

Where: Frances E. Willard House
When: Thursdays in July & August
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Find Waldo in Evanston throughout July!

Find Waldo in Evanston throughout July!

Where’s Waldo? In Evanston, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty plus local businesses in Downtown Evanston and The Main-Dempster Mile throughout July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community. 

Starting on July 1, anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local" passport at a participating business, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing at the celebration on Saturday, August 4 at 4pm at Bookends & Beginnings with the top prize being an eight-volume set of Waldo books. 


Where: Downtown Evanston & The Main-Dempster Mile
When: July
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Evanston Rocks Local Band Night Every Wednesday

Evanston Rocks Local Band Night Every Wednesday

Calling all local bands! Sign up to play a show at Evanston Rocks every Wednesday night! All genres welcome. Submit an email to stephanie@oshows.com. 


Where: Evanston Rocks | 1012 Church St.
When: Every Wednesday
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Evanston Games & Cafe Hosts Weekly Game Night on Tuesdays

Evanston Games & Cafe Hosts Weekly Game Night on Tuesdays

The demo library at Evanston Games and Cafe is always available and free to peruse, but Tuesdays bring our community together for our weekly board game meetup. Come by any time after 6 PM to learn a new game or meet a new friend - and bring your appetite! Our sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods are provided by the award-winning chef Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook.

Where: Evanston Games & Cafe | 1610 Maple Ave.
When: Tuesdays after 6pm
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