Evanston Restaurants Dominate Dining Best-of

Make it Better Magazine announced the winners of their 2014 Best of the North Shore poll this week, and Evanston dominated the dining category, with over a dozen local eateries ...

In Case You Missed It: Social Media Webinars Now Available on YouTube

The City’s Economic Development Division recently partnered with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce to offer two live webinars on how Evanston businesses can use social media to promote their products and ...

COMING SOON: Evanston’s First Parklet!

Thanks to your support, the parklet project exceeded it’s funding goal on kickstarter and construction is currently underway! Working with the City of Evanston and local architects at Petrick Architecture, ...

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

A Guide to Ribbon-Cuttings by Evanston RoundTable

Here’s a visual look at the many ribbon-cuttings in Evanston by Natalie Wainwright for the Evanston RoundTable. (PDF version)

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Back to Back Sidwalk Sales: Chicago-Dempster and Downtown Evanston

Brace yourselves for two consecutive sidewalk sales in Evanston! The Chicago-Dempster sidewalk sale will be going on July 18-20, followed the next weekend with the Downtown Evanston sidewalk sale  July 25-27. The Chicago-Dempster merchant’s association invites you to their annual sidewalk sale July 18-20. The Chicago/Dempster neighborhood is packed with a wonderful variety of unique…

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Tell Us What You Want – Take the Retail Recruitment Survey!

Furniture? Ice cream? Maker spaces? Indoor inflatable playgrounds? Bowling? Tell us what types of businesses would you like to see in Evanston. The economic development staff has been deployed to recruit independent retailers from Chicago neighborhoods and neighboring communities to expand into Evanston to complement our existing businesses.   Tell us what businesses and neighborhoods you…

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Meet Evanston’s First Nanobrewery

Sketchbook Brewery, Evanston’s first nanobrewery, plans to open its orange door behind 825 Chicago Avenue later this summer.  Spearheaded by Samuel Adams Longshot contest winner Caesar Marron and Evanston artist Shawn Decker, Sketchbook will look to build community through their eco-friendly craft brew. Similar to community-supported agriculture where subscribers receive shares of local produce, Sketchbook’s…

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Shop Local at the Central Street Sidewalk Sale July 10-13

The Central Street Business  Association’s annual Central Street Sidewalk Sale starts this Thursday, July 10 and will run through the weekend, with many area merchants offering sales and specials, including some up to 90% off. The sidewalk sale is a great opportunity to get to know area shops and support local businesses. Central Street was…

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