Where’s Waldo? In Downtown Evanston, of course!
The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses in Downtown Evanston this July. Stop by any one of the local businesses listed below to pick up a Waldo Passport and start your hunt in Downtown Evanston! You can also download the Waldo Passport here and start at any business!

Once you get a passport, get it stamped or signed at each Waldo spot you visit. Collecting store stamps or signatures from twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent Waldo seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing at the celebration party at Bookends & Beginnings on Saturday, August 3, from 3-4PM. Turn in your stamped passports to Bookends & Beginnings located at 1620 Orrington Avenue by August 3 at 12PM to be entered in the raffle. The event is free and is a great way to explore Downtown Evanston's local retail shops!

This event is hosted by Bookends & Beginnings and Downtown Evanston, and is part of a nationwide “Shop Local” event
co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.


The Alley Gallery | 1712 Sherman Ave. (alley entrance)
Artem Pop Up Gallery | 1627 Sherman Ave.
The Basement | 1717 Sherman Ave.
Blick Evanston | 1755 Maple Ave.
Bookends & Beginnings | 1620 Orrington Ave.
Campus Gear | 1722 Sherman Ave.
cloth + home shop | 1503 Chicago Ave.
Coldstone Evanston | 1611 Sherman Ave. 
Comix Revolution | 606 Davis St.
Commonwealth Running Co. | 1631 Sherman Ave.
Crossroads Trading Co. | 1730 Sherman Ave.
Evanston Games & Cafe | 1707 Maple Ave.
Evanston Public Library - Children's Library | 1703 Orrington Ave.
Gearhead Outfitters | 1600 Sherman Ave.
High Touch Boutique | 1551 Sherman Ave.
Kilwins Evanston | 1724 Sherman Ave.
Madison Grace | 612 Davis St.
One River School | 1033 Davis St.
Plant Shop Evanston | 1549 Sherman Ave.
Saville Flowers | 1714 Sherman Ave.
Skylight Vintage | 1716 Sherman Ave.
Stepping Out on Faith | 1632 Orrington Ave.
Ten Thousand Villages | 1509 Chicago Ave.
Wheel & Sprocket | 1027 Davis St.

Please share your Waldo experience with us on Facebook and Instagram using
#DowntownEvanston and tag @downtownevanston and the participating businesses! 

If you're driving into Downtown Evanston, we recommend parking in the Sherman Plaza Self Park garage--it's only a block away from Fountain Square. More information about parking. Downtown Evanston is also easily accessible by bike, bus or train!