Looking to explore downtown Evanston? Check out these insider tips!

Discover Vintage & Thrift Stores in Downtown Evanston

Discover Vintage & Thrift Stores in Downtown Evanston

Downtown Evanston has become quite the mecca for vintage enthusiasts, bargain hunters, and collectors alike. A stroll through downtown will reveal antique shops, second-hand stores, and consignment boutiques, each offering its own unique treasures waiting to be discovered. 

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Burger Time: Where to Find the Best Burgers

Burger Time: Where to Find the Best Burgers

Whether you want meat or beyond, classic or over the top, feed your burger fix in Downtown Evanston. It’s no surprise that burgers are one of Americans’ most loved foods, ranking 8th out of nearly 4,000 foods and beverages. Good news is that we've got them on almost every block in our downtown district! Read more to find out where to get your next burger. 

Pictured here is the bacon cheese burger from Five & Dime. 

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Dine Outside in Downtown Evanston

Dine Outside in 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. Check out these restaurants or grab 'n go from any restaurant to enjoy a meal at Fountain Square or the lakefront (just a half mile away!) If they aren't set up quite yet, they will be soon!

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Guide to the Perfect Cup

Guide to the Perfect Cup

Looking for an iced latte to sip on while exploring Downtown Evanston? Or maybe a place to crash and study for a few hours? We've got you covered! Check out our recommendations for where to find a cup of joe.


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Kid-Friendly Activities

Kid-Friendly Activities

Whether the kids have a day off or you're visiting from out of town, we've got a few ideas about where to go, what to eat and what to do in downtown Evanston! 

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Support & Celebrate Women-Owned Businesses

Support & Celebrate Women-Owned Businesses

Downtown Evanston is filled with businesses owned and operated by amazing women! From destination bookstores to reknown steakhouses to one-of-a-kind jewelry shops and one-on-one fitness studios, we invite you to explore and support all of these women-owned businesses!  

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Got Boba Tea? We Sure Do!

Got Boba Tea? We Sure Do!

Whether you're a seasoned boba aficionado or a curious newcomer eager to sample this beloved beverage, Downtown Evanston's boba tea spots promise an unforgettable experience, with each sip transporting you to a world of delightful flavors and refreshment. Embark on a tasty journey through downtown to try the best boba tea havens - you don't have to do it all in one day! 





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A Venue for Every Summer Party Vibe

A Venue for Every Summer Party Vibe

The summer is upon us which means that you probably have a party to plan for family, work or friends. Downtown Evanston is home to several outstanding and unique locations for events of all sizes and styles including a few amazing outdoor spots! 

Take a look at the venues below to see what best fits your summer party vibe. 

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Date Night in Downtown Evanston

Date Night in Downtown Evanston

Whether you're in the mood for a festive ladies night, low-key dinner with friends or romantic, fine-dining experience with your partner, you can find the perfect night out in downtown Evanston. Check out these restaurants offering a range of cuisines, craft cocktails and beer, unique ambiances and more!  

Pictured here are delicious cocktails at The Barn Steakhouse.

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Brunch Happens Here

Brunch Happens Here

It’s breakfast and lunch and more important - it means the weekend is here! Brunch is breakfast without the alarm clock! We suggest you spend a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday soaking in these much needed moments to relax with friends and eat well. 

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Shop Local this Holiday Season

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Good things come in small (retail) boxes! Our small independent stores are what makes Downtown Evanston special! Spend the day discovering new finds and new friendly store owners and be sure to tell your friends about your great experience in Downtown Evanston.

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Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month!

Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month!

Celebrate Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander American (ASPA) Heritage Month throughout May by supporting ASPA-owned businesses and attend Evanston ASPA Umbrella Arts Festival on Saturday, May 11, 12-4pm at Fountain Square. 

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