The CTA Holiday Train is Coming to Evanston!

The Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Holiday Train will make stops on Evanston’s Purple Line on Wednesday, December 17; Friday, December 19; and Saturday, December 20. Each year, Santa rides in ...

Wards Features Evanston Businesses & Organizations Online and on ECTV

Evanston Community Television (ECTV) is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit television station and training center that broadcasts  on channels 6, 16 and 19 in Evanston. ECTV content is also available online through ...

Check Out Our #ShopSmall Video Series

Have you seen our #ShopSmall videos making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter? Starring Evanston business owners and aldermen, these short videos highlight many of the business districts, shops, and ...

Welcome to Evanston, Illinois, the unique, livable, and innovative city on the edge of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and the North Shore

Unparalleled connectivity, urban sophistication, natural serenity and entrepreneurial spirit come together in Evanston. Home to top ranking Northwestern University, a strong business community, thriving urban downtown, picture perfect neighborhoods and exceptional talent all make Evanston a truly livable city with something for everyone. An honor that Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top 25 Towns to Live” agrees with. Whether you are simply visiting or call Evanston home, school, work, or you plan to soon, we welcome you to explore our city and discover what gives Evanston its edge!

Evanston Spotlight

#GivingTuesday in Evanston

GivingTuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday in the seemingly ever-growing list of holiday observances. Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday is intended to encourage philanthropy and generosity in response to the consumerism of its more shopping-focused predecessors in the holiday calendar. In…

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Mini Abe Visits Evanston!

Meet #MiniAbe! Since his arrival in town earlier this week, Mini Abe has been having a blast experiencing all that Evanston has to offer.  As the icon and spokes-doll of the Illinois Office of Tourism and Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, he’s been pretty busy, getting to know Evanston’s exceptional aldermen at a…

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Downtown Evanston Tree Lighting on Small Business Saturday!

Support local businesses and get your holiday shopping started in Downtown Evanston with the Holiday Tree Lighting on Small Business Saturday on Sat., Nov. 29! Take advantage of special offers, discounts and more in shops, cafés and restaurants in Downtown Evanston throughout the day, and then stay downtown and kick off the holiday celebrations with…

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Small Business Saturday Returns November 29th!

Small Business Saturday is  back, and this year it’s bigger than ever! Observed annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a day where holiday shoppers are encouraged to support the small, independent businesses that help make their communities special. Shopping at these local retailers ensures that the money you spend stays in…

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Evanston Entrepreneurship Week Brewery Tour

In honor of Evanston Entrepreneurship week, join Downtown Evanston and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, November 20 for a tour of Evanston’s many craft beer and spirits establishments. Travel to Evanston’s distillery and breweries throughout the evening to sip craft brews and spirits, network, and see why beer means business. The tour includes…

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