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Smylie Brothers Celebrates 5 Years with Weekend Specials!

Smylie Brothers Celebrates 5 Years with Weekend Specials!

Happy 5th Birthday to Smylie Brothers! As a token of their appreciation for everyone's support, this weekend (Friday 7/19 to Sunday 7/21) they are having most excellent and LIMITED in house specials:  
- $5 Select House Drafts (Happy Hour still applies on Sunday)
- $5 Flagship Beer Flight
- $5 Food Specials (watch for updates on those)
- $5 Sangria
- Firkin tappings on Friday & Saturday

Once again, thank you all. It feels great to have been a part of the Evanston community for 5 years and we're looking forward to many more!

Where: Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. | 1615 Oak Ave.
When: Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21
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Vintage Garage Chicago at 1800 Maple Ave. Garage on July 21

Vintage Garage Chicago at 1800 Maple Ave. Garage on July 21

Vintage Garage Chicago is a vintage explosion featuring merchandise from antiques to vintage, the 1880's through the 1990's in all categories! Vintage clothing, jewelry, decor, vintage kitchen, paper, postcards, vinyl, vintage coats, vintage holiday and more.

Vendors will be set up on the fifth floor and there is FREE parking on the floors below. Admission is $6 and then you can head out to enjoy lunch or dinner in downtown Evanston! 

Where: 1800 Maple Ave. Parking Garage, 5th Floor
When: Sunday, July 21, 10am to 5pm
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Thursday Night Block Party & Pride Fest on July 25

Thursday Night Block Party & Pride Fest on July 25

Join us for the second Thursday Night Block Party at Fountain Square Enjoy classic rock covers by Evanston band Chicken Bone  from 7pm to 9pm while you dance, play and hang out in the street! Beginning at 6pm, Orrington Avenue between Davis Street south to the end of the south plaza will be closed. 

Better yet, the inaugural Evanston Pride Fest will take place that same evening, kicking off at 6:30pm with a Welcome Statement & Proclamation Reading. From 7-8:30pm there will be lots of activities including a “Let’s Play” Mobile Recreation Trailer, Chalk Art Activity by One River School, Button Making by niceLena & Friends, Wax Hand Making by Waxed Hands, Evanston Pride Selfie/Photo Area.


Say hello to some of the vendors and sponsors of the event including:
  • Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. serving beer (YES, BEER!) for sale. Cash or credit. Must present a valid ID.  
  • Industrious Evanston to keep your kids busy with coloring and popcorn. 
  • Byline Bank to meet and greet with fun giveaways. 
  • Midwest College of Oriental Medicine to learn about acupuncture treatments for anxiety/stress treatments. 
  • Wheel & Sprocket to share info about their summer biking challenge for kids and ask any questions about bike safety and riding.  
  • FlowersFlowers to offer one-of-a-kind bouquets and succulents to take home for the weekend. Cash only. 

Where: Orrington Ave. between Davis & Grove
When: Thursday, July 25, 7-9pm
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Downtown Evanston Annual Sidewalk Sale, July 26-28

Downtown Evanston Annual Sidewalk Sale, July 26-28

Get ready for a weekend of the best summer shopping! From July 26-28, independent shops and national retailers 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! 

For the second year in a row, Downtown Evanston is hosting a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest to add color and design to the downtown sidewalks and create a friendly, artsy competition. The sidewalk in front of storefronts will be decorated on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and the winners will be announced Friday evening. Thanks to First Northern Credit Union for sponsoring the Chalk Art Contest and to Blick Art Materials for providing chalk materials. 

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Where: Downtown Evanston
When: July 26-28
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Find Waldo in downtown Evanston this July!

Find Waldo in downtown Evanston this July!

Where’s Waldo? In downtown Evanston, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting over fifteen local businesses in Downtown Evanston 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 including Bookends & Beginnings, the local bookstore sponsor, and all businesses listed at the link below.

Where: 21 Businesses in downtown Evanston
When: July 1-31
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Becky & Me Toys Hosts Back Back Drive in July

Becky & Me Toys Hosts Back Back Drive in July

Purchase a new backpack to donate for kids that need them for the new school year! Purchase the backpack at Becky & Me Toys (or elsewhere) and drop it in the donation bin at Becky & Me Toys.  

Where: Becky & Me Toys | 620 Grove St.
When: July 1-31
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