Save the date to support local businesses with us on Saturday, November 30! Small Business Saturday is the nation-wide movement to support local businesses. When you shop and dine in Evanston, you automatically support the Evanston community. Every year Downtown Evanston organizes special shopping and dining promotions. This year we are hosting the "Keep Evanston Awesome" Shopping Passport where shoppers that spend $100 or more receive a gift from Downtown Evanston. Click here to find out more.
Sip and shop your way throughout downtown Evanston during the 5th Annual Warm Bevvy Walk on Thursday, December 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Enjoy an evening stroll with friends and family, stopping at stores to try tasty beverages and shop for the holidays.
Check-in at Newport Coffee House (622 Davis St.) to pick up a map of the stops and get wristband with ID if you'd like to enjoy "spiked" beverages. Commemorative mugs are available for a donation of $5 of more that will benefit Connections for the Homeless. Event is free, but RSVPs required. Special thanks to The Brown Team at Baird & Warner and Beth Lewis of CIBC for sponsoring this event!
Holiday Tree Lighting | Saturday, December 7, 5-7pm
Celebrate the holiday season at the Evanston Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 7, 5-7pm. Join Mayor Hagerty, Santa and Mrs. Claus to light up the live tree at the south end of Fountain Square plaza!
The Evanston Children's Choir will perform at 5pm followed by a holiday greeting from Mayor Hagerty who will then light the tree at 5:30pm.
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 and local businesses will host a range of special in-store events to promote the idea of coziness, mindfulness and overall well-being throughout the month of February! More information coming soon!
Every summer we host a free, outdoor music series called Thursday Night Live! We'll return in 2020 with another great lineup of bands. Join us every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm to enjoy live music ranging from jazz, classic rock, rockabilly, blues and swing more. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. 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.
The 2020 schedule will be announced in May 2020. Stay tuned! If you are a band interested in playing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Downtown Evanston Sidewalk Sale & Chalk Art Contest, July 24-26
Save the dates for the Downtown Evanston annual Sidewalk Sale! From July 24-26, shops in downtown Evanston will set up racks and tables filled with too-good-to-resist deals on clothes, shoes, accessories, outdoor gear, decorative arts, jewelry and more!
Downtown Evanston will host the 3rd annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest to add color and design to the sidewalks and create a friendly, artsy competition between businesses, artists and families in Evanston! The sidewalk in front of businesses will be decorated on Friday evening by 5pm so come out to see the artists in action.