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Shop Downtown Evanston this Holiday Season! 

We Love Downtown Evanston and we know you do, too! Join fellow Evanstonians this holiday season in supporting our local shops and Keeping Evanston Awesome! As a reminder, when you shop and dine at local establishments, you automatically give back to our community.

One of our favorite things about Evanston is the great civic pride and an extremely strong sense of community. So, let us remind you why it so important to support our downtown businesses: 

- Local shopping helps keep a community authentic and unique.
- Local merchants support local non-profit organizations.
- Supporting your local economy supports your neighbor; small businesses hire from within the community. 
- Brick and mortar stores pay taxes that provide services to your community.

With all of this in mind, here are some local shopping suggestions for everyone on your holiday list. 

For the active folks, Uncle Dan’s and Wheel and Sprocket provide service and knowledge of their products you just can’t get on-line. For health nuts, consider a gift card for a class or lesson at our many unique fitness studios such as The Barre CodePure Barre, Cycle Bar, TruFit Personal Training Studios and Title Boxing Club.  

Finding something for the book, music and art lovers in your life is easy at The Alley Gallery, Bookends and Beginnings, Comix Revolution, Amaranth Books and Vintage Vinyl. For the DIYers and crafters, give the gift of a class or supplies from Ayla's Originals or CloseKnit Yarn Store and you can always find a gift for anyone creative at Blick Art Materials.  

Looking for home accessories, jewelry and unique clothing? Try dragonfly. Know someone getting engaged this holiday season? Suggest Eve J. Alfille for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring or pick out a gift for that extra special someone. Give the gift of jewelry or the experience of jewelry making from Ayla’s OriginalsAssembly Creators Market offers with unique small batch jewelry, clothing, home decor and more and don’t forget to stop in at Artem Pop Up Gallery offering locally-made jewelry, art, bags, accessories and home decor! 

Have a few holiday parties coming up? Find a classy, festive outfit at CouCou and Olive, gigi BOTTEGATalia, Accents Plus. Stepping Out on Faith and Crossroads Trading have a funky and vibrant selection of second hand and consignment apparel and accessories. Pick up the perfect hostess gifts at Vinic Wine, Spice and Tea Exchange, Bloom 3, Saville Flowers and Flowers Flowers or create a basket with products from each business! 

Freshen Up for holiday parties at Egea Spa, Ergo Salon, Salon Roula, or Salon Texture. And, as the holidays can be stressful, we recommend visiting Grateful Yoga and Bikram Yoga Evanston

Last, but of course not least at all, the kids! Treat your kids to creative play experiences at Gather or art classes at One River School and pick up educational and fun toys at Becky and Me Toys.

If you really can't decide on something to give, you can always give the gift of dining in downtown Evanston! When you purchase a gift card of $100 at the following restaurants, you receive a gift card, too! 

Farmhouse Evanston 
Lulus/Taco Diablo/Five & Dime 
Koi Evanston  
Prairie Moon  
The Barn  
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Happy Holidays!