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Small businesses provide our communities with good jobs, quality customer service, and the character that makes our city feel like home. As most of our local retailers and service providers have been temporarily closed under the shelter in place order since March 1 we want to highlight their online shops and encourage everyone to purchase a gift card to use at a later date.

In addition, while Governor J.B. Pritzker has extended the shelter in place order through May 31, under the new order non-essential retail businesses are able to reopen on May 1 to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery. Read more here.

Join us on Saturday, April 25 for a Shop Local Gift Card! Purchase gift cards online at your favorite local businesses to show your support! You can also purchase gift cards from restaurants here.

Below is a list of businesses with online gift cards followed by essential businesses that are still open for business. Click on links below to view businesses in other districts.

Main-Dempster Mile
Central Evanston Business District
Central Street Evanston
Chicago's North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau Business List
Evanston Edge 


Below is a list of businesses with online shops to purchase items to be shipped or gift cards to use at a later date. You can also purchase gift cards for local restaurants here.

Accents Plus

Accents Plus has gift cards available. Please email to purchase. 

The Alley Gallery

Offering gift cards, prints, and virtual frame design! Click below to shop and email or call 847-475-1535 for inquiries. 

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Artem Pop Up Gallery

Shop for locally made artist goods at the new online shop. You can also purchase $50 or $100 gift cards available online or by sending a message on Facebook or Instagram. 

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Assembly Creators Market

Clothes, candles, jewelry, gift cards and Instagram live classes to keep the creative spirit going! Follow @assemblycreatorsmarket on Instagram to view the live videos. 

Assembly Creators Market also has a GoFundMe page to help the business get through this time and continue to share this creative space in the future. Click here to learn more.  

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Ayla's Originals

Offering DIY kits and other beading supplies available online or purchase a gift card for a later date. 

Purchase a $100 gift card for $80! Call 847-328-4040 to order or click here to purchase.

Join Ayla on Facebook Live events to see new beads, techniques and more! Click here to view the schedule.

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Beck's Book Store

Northwestern gear, text books and more.

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Becky & Me Toys

Toys, games, puzzles and more for kids and adults! You can also purchase a gift certificate to use at a later date! Visit Becky & Me Toys Facebook and Instagram for updates on special toys and games including Easter baskets! 

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Blick Evanston

Art supplies, kid activities and more. Check out some ideas for home and family craft projects as well as their Spring Sale: Online ordering only. 

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Bookends & Beginnings

Purchase books online or buy a gift card for a later date. Gift Cards are located under the "Offerings" tab on the website.

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Campus Gear

Northwestern gear, Chicago sports gear and more athletic wear! Buy online or get a gift card for your sports fan! 

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CloseKnit Yarn Store

CloseKnit Yarn Store is closed but you can order yarn supplies or send questions to Lucie via email at 

Finally, CloseKnit is hosting a Quarantine Blanket Project where you can knit or crochet panels that the CloseKnit team will sew together to create a blanket to donate to charity. View more details here!

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Comix Revolution

Comix Revolution is available on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm for deliveries and curbside pickup.  Email orders to Click on link below for gift cards! 

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Commonwealth Running Company

Running shoes and apparel. Free shipping on orders over $99. Free virtual shoe fittings available by emailing


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Dream About Tea

Open from 11am to 3pm for tea supplies. Gift cards and phone orders available. Call 773-456-9108. 

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Egea Spa

While we may have hit pause on life right now, you can't quarantine kindness and love. Events will still happen, people will still have birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and special occasions. Give Egea E-Gift Cards to use at a later day or to brighten someone's day! 

On Saturday, April 25, Egea Spa is offering 10% Off Online Gift Cards with code STARMOM

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Evanston Games & Cafe

Shop for games for all ages. Shipping available. Email with questions.

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Support FlowersFlowers by purchasing a gift card for yourself to buy a beautiful bouquet or gift to someone else when we can get back in our local shops again! Click on the link below and indicate that you'd like to purchase a gift card and Joanne will mail it to you.  

FlowersFlowers will be open for deliveries starting Monday, April 27. Visit the website or call 847.328.7110.

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Clothing, accessories available online. 

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Saville Flowers

Saville Flowers is now open for local contactless delivery & curbside pick up from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Shop online or give us a call at 847-864-0632 to add some floral joy to your life!

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Talia recently launched a new online shop. Check it out at the link below! 

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Uncle Dan's Outdoor Store

Shop for clothes, shoes, outdoor gear and more. 

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Vintage Vinyl

Browse this extensive collection of records and purchase directly from the site. Not sure what to get or want the perfect gift for a vinyl fan, order a e-gift certificate! 

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World Market

Grocery items available online only. 

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This list of businesses are considered essential under Governor J.B. Pritzker's "Stay at Home" order. Customers can enter the store to shop or go online or call to request curb side pickup. 

Aligned Modern Health - Pain Relief for Working from Home

During these times we’ve all had to adapt to a lot of different changes. For those working from home, you might already be experiencing higher levels of back, neck and shoulder pain. This is true if your work space at home lacks the ergonomic support, especially if you are working from the couch! 
Our friends at Aligned Modern Health are here to offer some tips and advice to work safer from home. Click below to learn more and schedule a virtual 
appointment with one of the specialists. Please note that the Aligned Modern Health offices are closed but you can still schedule an appointment with a specialist.

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We Remain Open to Serve You In Illinois!  
Athletico is safely providing physical and occupational therapy treatment options in-clinic and online during COVID-19. Delaying treatment could mean additional expenses and prolonged pain. Request an appointment in-clinic or virtually through a secure online video chat via FaceTime or Zoom today and start feeling better tomorrow.

As a reminder, Athletico has these physical therapy options in the area to serve you:

•         Athletico Evanston:  909 Davis, suite 220.  847-733-7906
•         Athletico Evanston South:  522 Main.  847-475-1630
•         Athletico Kenilworth:  554-B Green Bay.  847-256-3500
•         Athletico Winnetka:  852 Green Bay.  847-441-5788

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Best Care Cleaners

Open regular hours. Please call 847-866-6270 or email

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Cornerstone Health

Cornerstone Health is open for essential care and accepting new patients. If you are experiences any issues relating to suspected fractures, sprains, whiplash, migraines, sciatica, muscle weakness, numbness or tingling activity-related injury, Cornerstone Health can help so you do not have to go to the ER and take the burden off the healthcare system.  The staff is available to examine, triage, treat or refer acute injuries.

Please call 847-868-9609 or book online to schedule a NO-WAIT APPOINTMENT in a private treatment room to comply with all of the CDC recommendations. You can also schedule a telemedicine appointment if you feel more comfortable with that option. 

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Evanston 1st Liquors | 1019 Davis St.

M-Th: 10:30am to 10pm
F & Sa: 10am to 10:30pm
Sunday: 12 to 8pm  

Call to place orders: (847) 328-9651

Bramer Animal Hospital

The Bramer Animal Hospital is open as an essential business to take care of your pets. Call 847-864-1700 to book an appointment. 

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Lemoi Ace Hardware

Home goods, cleaning supplies and much more.

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Simply PureRX

Monday - Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: Closed  

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The Spice & Tea Exchange

The Spice & Tea Exchange is considered essential because it offers food products - teas, spices, cooking kits. The store is closed but they offer free local shipping on all orders over $20 and curbside pick up available. Call 847-859-6469 or email to place orders. Please note The Spice & Tea is closing permanently on April 26.

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Target | 1616 Sherman Ave.

Senior-only shopping on Tuesdays from 7am to 8am. 

Sun:8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon:7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am - 9:00 pm

(847) 448-1816

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CVS Pharmacy | 1711 Sherman Ave.

Monday through Friday: 7am to 8pm (pharmacy opens at 8am)
Saturday: 7am to 6pm (pharmacy opens at 9am)
Sunday 7am to 6pm (pharmacy opens at 10am)

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Vinic Wine

Vinic Wine is open for walk-up and pick-up orders from 12pm-5pm and will be doing deliveries from 5-7pm (you can call during the day but deliveries are only during this time.) Please call 847-733-7000 or email to place an order. 
If you aren't quite sure what it is you'd like we're happy to walk you through making a selection by phone. 

We will be delivering to Evanston, Wilmette, Skokie, and Rogers Park for deliveries over $30 the delivery fee will be waived

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Wheel & Sprocket

Wheel & Sprocket Evanston is open and here for you as part of an essential service during the Illinois shelter-in-place order. In addition to our extensive sanitization, we are also adhering to government social distancing guidelines to include no more than 10 people in our stores.    

Thank you for your patience and we are happy to serve you with our in-store, enhanced services and on-line shopping.

Updated Store Hours
Monday-Friday: 12-6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12-4pm

Our Enhanced Services 

Scheduled Appointments - Sales or Service
Curbside Pickup - Will bring the bike and/or accessories to your car.
Delivery Assistance during the COVID-19 Emergency 

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Whole Foods

Whole Foods is open every day from 9am to 8pm. The store has senior hours every day from 8am to 9am. 

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Chiropractic First

If you would like to do a consult remotely, please email Dr. Meggie at for exercises, stretches and even show family members how to massage or make gentle contacts on your body.

Keep checking for updated videos and resources. If you are on social media, follow us at @Chiropractic.first on Instagram and @Chiropractic1st on Facebook.  

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Academic Tutoring Center

Academic Tutoring Center, located in Creative Coworking, is offering free "Spring Break electives" this week. As many students are in need of mental stimulation, the tutors volunteered to teach free workshops--some academic, others more fun--to keep students engaged this week. 

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Evanston Public Library Online Resources

Thanks to the EPL, you can get a temporary online library card, access books online and participate in different activities online. 

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First Northern Credit Union Free Financial Wellness Workshops

First Northern Credit Union has been selected by the City of Evanston to lead a series of free financial wellness education workshops and seminars for Evanston residents. First Northern Credit Union (FNCU) will deliver the first series of monthly workshops beginning Wednesday, April 8.

April 8   - Are You Financially Healthy?
April 15 - Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis
April 22 - Understanding Credit
April 29 - Ten Steps to Financial Success

Evanston residents can register for these workshops at or by calling FNCU at 847-332-0240 ext. 421 or 454. 

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One River School Virtual Studio

Classes are offered for ALL AGES and provided LIVE ONLINE, with real-time group and individualized guidance. Our program includes CUSTOMIZED PROJECTS and INNOVATIVE TOOLS including offline exercises and art-making opportunities for independent work.  We also provide SIMPLE MATERIAL LISTS to make the experience easy and turnkey for parents and students.

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Minuteman Press

Minuteman Press is open for business and ready to help out local businesses. Bounce Back Evanston serves to offer two free services to support Evanston and surrounding communities as we all find a way through these unprecedented times. First, we are distributing a COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster at no charge to all businesses in Evanston. Second, we are providing a free local advertising forum to stimulate business as we overcome the economic effects.

Please call 847-866-9777 to order a poster for contactless delivery or discuss other projects with Minuteman Press.  

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Gather is hosting a series of virtual drop in music classes, a premium concert, and yoga and character activities by beloved partners to help your kids stay busy this week! 

Become a member or pay what you can to join us. Full scholarships available! Click on link below and visit

Monday 3/30
9:30am Drop in music w/ Nicole - pay what you can / members free
10:30am Drop in music w/ Nicole - pay what you can / members free
3pm Buddha Belly Kids Yoga (Partner, pay what you can) *P*

Tuesday 3/31
9:30am Drop in music w/ Liana - pay what you can / members free
3:30pm Miss Jamie from the farm visits Gather concert ($10, members $3)
5pm Stages Presents Evenings w/ Elsa (Partner, free, no preregistration required - FB Live) *P*

Wednesday 4/1
7:30am Stages Presents Wake up early with Anna - (Partner, free, no preregistration required - IG Live) *P*
10:30am Drop in music w/ Nicole - pay what you can / members free
3pm - Buddha Belly Kids Yoga (Partner, pay what you can) *P*
7:30pm - Buddha Belly Parent's Peace of Mind Worshop (Partner, pay what you can) *P*

Thursday 4/2
9:30am Drop in music w/ Liana - pay what you can / members free
10:30am Drop in music w/ Nicole - pay what you can / members free

Friday 4/3
9am - Buddha Belly Kids Yoga (Partner, pay what you can) *P*
4pm Drop in music w/ Liana - pay what you can / members free
6:15pm Stages Presents Bergen Town Bedtime Stories (Partner, free, no preregistration required - IG Live) *P*

To make sure you're ready, register in advance and you'll get the zoom links to attend. Please join for as much as you can, and above all have a smooth upcoming week.  

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