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Downtown Evanston is the perfect place to getaway for the day or weekend! Located just a half-mile from the lakefront you can spend the morning shopping at one-of-a-kind shops, grab lunch outside or to-go and walk to the lakefront. Head back downtown for a early drinks and apps outside. Click here to view outdoor dining options! 

Staying the night? Plan to spend the day exploring some of these Evanston gems that are in or nearby downtown Evanston! 


Evanston Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 7am to 1:30pm through November 7. Over 60 vendors, some offering online ordering for pickup. Click here for vendor list.

Lakefront Walks & Picnics
Enjoy a walk or run along the lakefront or grab a to-go meal to enjoy at the lakefront park. 

Starlight Concerts & Movies
The City of Evanston is hosting outdoor concerts and drive-in movies at parks throughout the City. 

Historic Walking Tours
Evanston History Center has several themed-walking tours this fall. Tickets are $20. Masks required. 
Mural Treasure Hunt 
Art Encounter has created a socially-distant, mural scavenger hunt so you can view all the murals in Evanston. Download the form here.

Block Museum Campus Art Walk
Explore Northwestern University's campus and find 16 outdoor sculptures. Listen to an audio guide and view a visual map here.

Merrick Rose Garden
Located a couple of blocks from downtown Evanston, the garden features hundreds of beautiful rose bushes and the historic Fountain Square Centennial Fountain. 

Grosse Point Lighthouse
Walk, rent a Divvy bike or drive to Grosse Point Lighthouse, a national landmark located on Evanston's lakefront just north of Northwestern University.

Park at one of the 3 downtown garages (first hour is free) if you plan to stay longer than 2 hours. Click here for details on parking.

We can't wait to welcome you to downtown Evanston! 


Downtown Evanston is lucky to have so many restaurants with outdoor seating whether you are grabbing coffee with friends, taking a colleague to lunch, enjoying a special date night or toasting a beautiful summer evening. You can also grab lunch or dinner to go and walk to the lakefront. Check out all the restaurants open for inside, outside and to-go options at

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Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston

Book now at the Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston, and save up to 17% on stays through September!  

You won't want to miss this special offer for your summer Chicago North-Evanston road trip!  

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Hyatt House Evanston

Book a night at the Hyatt House and you'll enjoy:

  • $50 Giordanos Gift Card per Room per Stay
  • Kids Activity Books and Crayons per Stay
  • 1 Complimentary Beverage per guest per Room per Stay (limit to up to 5 adults per stay)

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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago NorthShore/Evanston

Visa Gift Card Package
Prepaid reservation for minimum of 2 nights and receive ONE $50 Visa gift card

Flavors of Evanston Package
Book with us and get a $15 gift per night to one of your choice of restaurants:  Koi, Temperance or Hecky's BBQ

Hilton Long Weekender
3 night stay minimum between Thursday and Monday and receive 40 - 50% off of Sunday night

Hilton Dream Away
Take an extra 10% off our best available rate on any day and any stay!

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