• Browse a dozen different summer camp options in one visit!

    Tuesday, January 23rd, 3:30pm-5:30pm

    Lincoln Elementary School (Art Room)

    910 Forest Avenue



    What's going on in the district? See below! CLICK HERE to see monthly and weekly recurring events.

    "Smart Phones, Smarter Parenting: Raising Confident, Competent Kids In The Age Of Social Media"

    January 17, 2018


    Fusion Academy

    847 Chicago Ave

    Despite its links to rising mental health problems among youth, social media is here to stay. This talk aims to empower parents with a greater understanding of our kids’ experience of social media and proactive parenting strategies for fostering the healthy social and emotional development at a time when it’s never been more complex to grow up.

    Four Finches presents

    "Colorful YOU"

    Saturday, January 20 2:00 PM

    Four Finches

    Flowers & Gifts

    1320 Sherman Ave

    Studio 105


    Did you know colors have meaning? You can change the forecast for your day by the colors surrounding you - who knew? The best color to wear for a productive day? Find out!


    90 minute class session includes demo and discussion, activity, light refreshments, materials, and take home a book on the meaning of color.


    Perfect thing to do this January... Grab a friend, warm up Four Finches style and take home considerations for a fabulous, colorful year ahead!

    200 page bound book included with $75 class fee. Class sizes are limited.

    Call the shop to register (847) 328-4836.

    Camp Local! Evanston Summer Camp Fair

    January 23, 2018


    Lincoln Elementary

    910 Forest Ave

    Camp Local! showcases hyper-local, Evanston-based summer camps and programs that are wonderful alternatives to the City's larger, more established camps. Come browse a dozen of these programs at the same time and learn what they're all about!

    Evanston Chamber of Commerce

    Networking Breakfast

    January 23, 2018


    AMLI Evanston

    737 Chicago Ave

    Get your morning started with a high-energy meet & greet breakfast hosted by fellow Chamber members in the community. Held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:45 a.m., expand your network before you even get to the office!

    • Get in on the action early in the morning.
    • Bring plenty of business cards to hand out.
    • Bring marketing materials.

    You'll never know what networking format we will use but it will be fun, challenging and productive—be ready to grow your business.

    Fonseca Martial Arts: Parents Night Out

    January 26, 2018


    Fonseca Martial Arts

    823 1/2 Chicago Ave

    Drop off your kids from 6-9pm for fun filled night at the dojo. Members and non-members are invited. Dinner, Movie and Games are included. $30 for your first child, $20 for second child.


    Pre-registration is required. Call 847-866-0200 ext 2 with questions or to register.



    Face a Face Paris Eyewear Trunk Show

    January 30, 2018


    Evanston Eye Wellness

    714 Main St

    Free single vision lenses with purchase of featured frames.


    $25 credit for trade-in of old glasses, which will be donated to the Lions Club.


    Refreshments provided. Stop by!

    Viewing & Discussion

    "The Gambler"

    February 2, 2018


    C.G. Jung Center

    817 Dempster St

    In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shootings, a critically acclaimed yet under-appreciated film came to mind: The Gambler with James Caan.


    The original story was written by James Toback, a college professor with a gambling addiction. Toback went on to become a writer, director and producer in Hollywood, making many more films. Of note, the recent reports of sexual harassment shed new light on the psychological pedagogy of the film we intend to talk about.


    After viewing the film, there will be a brief presentation to discuss the underlying Jungian concepts about the nature of the unconscious, the archetype of initiation and the complexes that keep one in a provisional existence.

    New Photography:

    "One Sixth of a Second" & "Chimeric"

    Perspective Gallery

    1310 1/2B Chicago Ave


    Opening Reception

    February 3, 2018



    Artist Talk / Discussion

    February 8, 2018


    "One Sixth of a Second"

    Steve Geer


    Half of the images in Geer’s series are single exposures. In the other half he has created a time-collage by combining two or more images from a single tripod-mounted sequence.



    Anthony Iacuzzi


    The images in Iacuzzi’s series, Chimeric, all began as digital color photos of architectural details. The photos in the series were selected using one or both of two criteria: (1) their inherent aesthetic composition; or, (2) their potential for revealing the underlying essence or structure of their subject.

    B Sharp Cocktail Hour

    February 3, 2018


    The Musical Offering

    743 Custer Ave

    The MO Board of Directors and our parent-driven Fundraising Committee will be hosting this gathering with the goals of raising funds for the MO and providing an opportunity for us to spend time together, get to know one another, and share our love of The Musical Offering and what is means to our families.

    Second Saturday Brewery Tours

    February 10, 2018


    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    Learn about brewing from one of our head brewers, while enjoying samples of three beers. Hear more about Sketchbook’s commitment to sustainability, and our community-supported brewery model. Questions welcome!

    The $10 fee (pay at the taproom or online) includes an up-close-and-friendly one-hour tour at Sketchbook’s small production brewery, free samples, a 12-oz. Belgian glass to take home, and one FREE full pour in the taproom.

    All tour participants must be 21+; everyone will be carded before the tour. Limited tickets available. Please enter through the taproom.


    CLICK HERE to reserve tickets


    Recurring Events Calendar

  • 2018 district-wide events!

    Keep watching for details about these community events.

    Evanston Summer Camp Fair

    January 23, 2018


    Lincoln Elementary School

    910 Forest Ave

    Get a look at some of the great Summer Program options that are created and run right here in Evanston! Watch for more details.

    Earth Day Planting Event

    April 22, 2018

    Help us make our little corner of the planet a little greener.

    NEW! Art & Dessert Crawl

    May 17, 2018

    Celebrate this creative district with equal helpings of fine art and fine dining.

    Evanston Sidewalk Sale

    July 27-29, 2018

    The best deals of the year. Period.

    Evanston Charity Wine Walk

    September 13, 2018

    Stroll the Mile, sipping great wine, checking out unique experiences, and getting great deals.

    Third Annual Celebration!

    October 18, 2018

    Meet your neighbors, and neighboring merchants, and hear how the Main-Dempster Mile helps the neighborhood.

    Spooky Saturday on the Mile!

    October 27, 2018

    Enjoy Evanston Public Library stories and crafts, and trick or treat the merchants!

    Small Business Saturday

    November 24, 2018

    Over 100 shops on the Mile are independently owned, so kick off the holidays by shopping small!  

    Evanston Warm Bevvy Walk

    December 6, 2018

    Grab some mulled wine or hot chocolate while visiting with your local shopkeepers!

  • Social Feed

    Check out our latest updates from Twitter and Instagram! Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MainDempsterMile.

  • Upcoming PUBLIC meetings

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Tues. 1/16/2018 9:00am @ La Principal, 700 Main St (coffee window entrance) - AGENDA & PACKET

    Placemaking Committee

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 1/22/18 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)

    Executive Committee Meeting

    Tues. 2/6/2018 9:30am @ La Principal, 700 Chicago Avenue (coffee window entrance)

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 2/20/2018 10:30am @Location TBD

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Mon. 3/5/2018 10:30am @ La Principal, 700 Chicago Avenue (coffee window entrance)

  • Board Meetings


    Don't see the proceedings you're looking for? Check the archive.

    • 1/8/2018 10:30am-12:00pm @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 3/5/2018 10:00am-11:30am @Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 5/7/2018 10:00am-11:30am @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 7/2/2018 10:00am-11:30am @Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 9/3/2018 10:00am-11:30am @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 11/5/2018 10:00am-11:30am @Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)  


    Don't see the proceedings you're looking for? Check the archive.


    Don't see the proceedings you're looking for? Check the archive.


    Don't see the proceedings you're looking for? Check the archive.

  • Committees

    Exec Committee

    Exec Committee consists of Officers & Committee chairs.


    2018 meeting dates

    2/6/18 9:30am-11:00am

    4/3/18 9:30am-11:00am

    6/5/18 9:30am-11:00am

    8/7/18 9:30am-11:00am

    10/2/18 9:30am-11:00am

    2/6/18 9:30am-11:00am


    Oversees finance and infrastructure

    Don't see the minutes you're looking for? Check the archive.


    2018 meeting dates

    2/20/18 10:30am-12:00pm

    4/17/18 10:30am-12:00pm

    6/19/18 10:30am-12:00pm

    8/21/18 10:30am-12:00pm

    10/16/18 10:30am-12:00pm

    2/20/18 10:30am-12:00pm




    Oversees public art and placemaking initiatives

    Don't see the minutes you're looking for? Check the archive.


    2018 meeting dates

    1/22/18 4:00pm-5:30pm

    3/12/18 4:00pm-5:30pm

    5/14/18 4:00pm-5:30pm

    7/23/18 4:00pm-5:30pm

    9/24/18 4:00pm-5:30pm

    11/26/18 4:00pm-5:30pm



    Marketing & Events

    Oversees community events and social media

    Don't see the minutes you're looking for? Check the archive.


    2018 meeting dates

    1/16/18 9:00am-10:30am



    3/20/18 9:00am-10:30am

    5/15/18 9:00am-10:30am

    7/17/18 9:00am-10:30am

    9/18/18 9:00am-10:30am

    11/20/18 9:00am-10:30am



  • SSA Board Members

    If you would like to apply to serve on the Main-Dempster Mile Board of Directors, CLICK HERE. Eligibility requirements: Serve on a committee, attend three committee meetings and one Board of Directors meeting.


    Eric Young


    Lucky Platter & La Principal


    term expires: 2018

    Alice George

    Vice President, Placemaking Committee Chair

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.


    term expires: 2018

    Rogie Sussman


    Vogue Fabrics


    term expires: 2019

    Jaime Leonardi


    Stumble & Relish


    term expires: 2018

    Gail Horvath



    term expires: 2019

    Sara Jane Abbott

    See Jane Sparkle


    term expires: 2019

    Yun Park

    Ben Schapiro

    Everyday Cycles & Motion


    term expires: 2019

  • About


    Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director


    773-960-8490 (M)


    In 2014, over 60 small businesses located in Southeast Evanston signed a petition in support of investigating the creation of a Special Service Area for the commercial districts that currently make up the Chicago/Dempster business district and the Main Street business district. A Special Service Area (SSA) is defined by Illinois State Statute as a contiguous area within a municipality or county in which special services are provided in addition to those services provided generally throughout the municipality or county. Special services include things like landscaping, advertising, public art, and extra garbage collections. The special services are paid from revenues collected from taxes levied or imposed upon property within that area.

    A steering committee made up of area business and property owners worked with consultant to hold a series of 3 public meetings to seek feedback from the community about the proposal. Based on the feedback by residents, businesses, and property owners, a proposed budget and tax cap were developed and presented to the Evanston City Council. The City Council adopted the ordinances establishing the SSA during the summer of 2015.


    Click on the map for a more detailed view of SSA boundaries.