Startups Wanted: Pitch Your Business at the Startup Showcase November 18

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 16th through the 22nd, the City of Evanston is hosting the Evanston Edge Startup Showcase.  The next Evanston Edge Startup Showcase is Wednesday, ...

VIDEO: Evanston Businesses Named “Best of the North Shore” for 2015!

Make it Better Magazine announced the results of it’s annual Best of the North Shore readers’ poll, and plenty of new and old Evanston favorites made the cut. Evanston restaurants ...

“Think Outside the Bag” With Reusable Shopping Bags

Beginning August 1, 2015, large Evanston retailers will no longer provide free, point-of-sale disposable plastic shopping bags to customers making purchases at their stores. This change is in support of ...

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!

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Evanston Oktoberfest October 11

  Join local Evanston breweries at the first-ever Evanston Oktoberfest event on Sunday, October 11, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at University Place and Oak Avenue in Downtown Evanston. Get your tickets today! Ticket prices vary from $10 to $50. To purchase, please visit

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Celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Evanston October 2

On Friday, October 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Evanston manufacturing professionals and neighbors are invited to celebrate National Manufacturing Day by attending the networking breakfast for manufacturers, supporting partners, legislators, sponsors, and community leaders at Ward Manufacturing, located at 2230 Main St., in Evanston. To register for the breakfast, click here >>> Beginning at…

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Chicago Dempster Wine Walk Returns September 17

The Chicago Dempster Merchants Association and Vinic Wine will host a lively neighborhood shop-for-charity event on September 17 from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm. More than 30 local businesses will pour Chilean wine samples at this second annual event to benefit local programs for people with disabilities. Ticket sales, raffle and a portion of merchant sales…

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Where’s Waldo? Find Him All Over Evanston Through July 31!

  Kids under 15 are invited to find Waldo in Evanston as he hides in 24 independent Evanston Businesses throughout the month of July. Participants can win prizes by spotting the famous animated character at local businesses and logging their Waldo sightings in a Where’s Waldo passport, which can be printed at home or obtained at participating…

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Two New Grocery Stores in Two Weeks

It’s a great time for grocery shopping in Evanston! Valli Produce will hold a ribbon cutting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 22 to mark the opening of its newest store in the Evanston Plaza shopping center at the intersection of Dempster St. and Dodge Avenue. One week later, Evanston’s third Whole Foods will open…

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