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Get HYGGE with us throughout the month of February! 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 is organizing a series of virtual hygge events in January and February because let's face it, we can all use a little more cozy and warmth and calming activities this year! Local businesses will host a range of special events online such as beading and wine tastings, knitting lessons, candle-making, baking and more - to promote the idea of coziness, mindfulness and overall well-being. Some events are free and others are ticketed to cover costs of supplies. A full calendar of events is coming soon! 

Hygge Events



Mini Crochet Driftwood Wall Hanging on February 28

Mini Crochet Driftwood Wall Hanging on February 28

Add a new decorative item to your home -- made by you! Love Lo Knitwear (etsy.com/shop/LoveLoKnitwear) is hosting a two-part crochet workshop that will leave you with a driftwood wall hanging. The first part is a pre-recorded instructional video to learn the basics of crocheting. The second part is a live zoom class to make the wall hanging.

Tickets include a kit with the materials and access to the instructional video and zoom link. On February 1, the kit will be available for pick-up at Artem Pop Up Gallery (where Love Lo Knitwear sells her designs) located at 1627 Sherman Ave. Please pick up and complete the Intro to Crochet video by February 27.

Class is limited to 15 attendees. Workshop is $50. Link to registration below. 

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Ayla's Originals Hosts BeadTV Throughout February

Ayla's Originals Hosts BeadTV Throughout February

Ayla's Originals has a variety of BeadTV to learn about and purchase different types of beads and learn about beading. You can also purchase DIY Bead Kits from Ayla's to enjoy with a mug of hot cocoa or wine with friends over zoom. Check out the BeadTV below.

February
Saturday, 2/13, 5pm: All Things Pink
Sunday, 2/14, 5pm: All Things Red
Thursday, 2/18, 5pm: All Things Yellow & Brown
Saturday, 2/20, 5pm: All Things Picasso
Saturday, 2/27, 5pm: Organizational Solutions

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Virtual Abstract Painting Workshop with Artist Sam Lynn Arnold on Feb. 27

Virtual Abstract Painting Workshop with Artist Sam Lynn Arnold on Feb. 27

Sam Arnold works primarily with acrylic paints, watercolor, and mixed media in an abstract, almost cartoon-like style. The bright-colored, bold characters in her works use various lines to show movement and emotion in their expressions.

Sam's 90-minute workshop Introduces you to basic mixed media techniques while Sam guides you through creating your very own abstract duo to hang side by side.

You can purchase one workshop or a bundle of 3 workshops of your choice and save. We can't wait to paint with you. We wish for you to paint with quality materials to have the best results. Please consider purchasing your supplies from your local art supply store and not Amazon. 

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Evanston Public Library Hosts "Virtual" Fika Every Mon-Fri, 9-10am

Evanston Public Library Hosts "Virtual" Fika Every Mon-Fri, 9-10am

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude... It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.”—John Duxbury, Swedishfood.com

While physical distancing is necessary during a global pandemic, making social connections is still essential. So why not take a virtual coffee break with folks across the country to share thoughts and ideas, and gain different perspectives? Join some friendly Mainers Monday through Friday at 9 AM (Central Time) for coffee, tea, and engaging conversation over Zoom.

No agenda, just connecting with other human beings. Please register here at http://www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org/fika/ and we’ll email you a link and instructions on how to join us!

Feel free to write Olivia at omo@cityofevanston.org with any questions. Co-hosted by the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and the Evanston Public Library.

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Hygge Eats



Celtic Knot "Knotty Cocktails" To Go

Celtic Knot "Knotty Cocktails" To Go

A hygge food experience is comfortable and warm. It is casual, rustic, and slow. This experience can be enjoyed at home or at your favorite cafe, coffeehouse, or pub (or any other establishment where the atmosphere is cozy and the music isn’t too loud for conversation). - We can't go to pubs right now, but you can bring that cozy pub food and drink home! 

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Newport Coffee Hygge Special - Saturdays, 7am-10am

Newport Coffee Hygge Special - Saturdays, 7am-10am

Newport coffee is offering a special for Hygge Fest in January and February. Receive a free 12oz drip coffee when you purchase a Swirly Bun - Saturdays between 7am and 10am.  

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High Tea at Home

High Tea at Home

crustless finger sandwiches, macarons, madeleines, petit fours and more plus tea. Order 24 hours in advance and enjoy at home with your family or pod family. 

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Hygge Products & More



Cozy Items at Artem Pop Up Gallery

Cozy Items at Artem Pop Up Gallery

Several Cozy Items available at Artem Pop Up Gallery - tea sets, coffee mugs, candles, pillows, hats, slippers and more! 

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Holiday Inn "Quiet Evening In" and "Snack and Stay" Offers

Holiday Inn "Quiet Evening In" and "Snack and Stay" Offers

Holiday Inn Evanston is offering special packages now through March 2021 to create a cozy, relaxing experience. 


Quiet Evening In
Enjoy a quiet evening in with overnight accommodations & your choice of a bottle of red or white wine and a box of chocolates from a local Evanston Chocolatier valued at $50. Must be 21 years of age to purchase. 48 Hour Advance Booking Notice Required. 

Snack and Stay
Satisfy your cravings for snacks during your stay with $20 Sundry Voucher to compliment your stay. 

Call (847) 491-6400 or click on link below to make your reservation. 

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