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

    Teacher Appreciation Weeks at Stumble & Relish

    August 15-31, 2017

    Stumble & Relish

    1310 Chicago Ave



    With a teacher ID, get 15% off and a free gift with purchase, while supplies last.


    Terrarium Building Workshop

    August 17, 2017


    Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery

    704 Main St

    Spark a brand-new passion: Learn how to design, build, and care for your very own terrarium. Do you get to take your new terrarium home with you? You betcha! Not only do you get to learn how to create beautiful treasures- you get to take them home, too! You’ll have gained new knowledge and insight, and possibly a favorite new hobby! All materials are provided. BYOB if you feel like sipping while you create!


    Kid's Stitch - Hand Sewing Basics for Life

    August 18, 2017

    Vogue Fabrics

    718 Main Street

    In this 3 hour workshop we will work on some of the most basic stitches that you will need as you go through life. You will learn how to sew on a button, adjust a hem, and you will even learn a blanket stitch. We won’t be surprised if your parents say they wish they could come to this class! One, 3 hour session. Instructor: Veronica Brackett.


    D21 Fit Studio Annual Picnic

    August 20, 2017


    Clark Square Park

    801 Sheridan Rd

    All are welcome to join us for our annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 20, at 11 AM. Invite your family and friends for a great time of fun! D21 provides water and some other refreshing summer drinks.


    Please bring your favorite homemade dish to share. All ethnic foods are welcome! Let's create the kind of picnic that will put the prepared food shops to shame. You also might want to bring some lawn chairs and maybe some card games, board games, and other outdoor games to play.



    Trad Tuesdays at Sketchbook Brewery

    August 22, 2017


    (Every Tuesday)

    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    Acoustic sets of Irish, Cajun, Brazilian. Our customers seem to love the sound of fiddle and guitar in our Tap Room. Check



    Ninth Ward Monthly Meeting

    August 24, 2017


    900 Chicago Ave

    (Main St Entrance)

    Laird Farm's microgreens, free range eggs & poultry now available at In Fine Fettle! Order by 6pm on Mondays for Tuesday delivery at In Fine Fettle.



    See Jane Sparkle: Starlet Appreciation Party

    August 24, 2017


    See Jane Sparkle

    1312 Chicago Ave

    Small bites, bubbly and local artisans and merchants share their wares. You get great deals and you have a great time. All you have to do is show up!

    Fusion Academy Coffee Chat

    August 24, 2017

    Fusion Evanston

    847 Chicago Ave

    Join our new Head of School, Amy Biasbas, and our Director of Admissions and Outreach, Loni Itah, for a cup of joe on campus and learn more about Fusion's revolutionary one-to-one education.



    Fundraiser Friday: Happy Hour for a Cause

    August 25, 2017


    See Jane Sparkle

    1312 Chicago Ave

    This month benefits the Evanston We Program


    Here's the link to check it out and shop at your leisure but don't miss the party at the end of the month.

    Taco Tuesday ... For a Cause

    August 29, 2017

    La Principal

    700 Main Street

    This month's Taco Tuesday benefits the Park School Playground project.


    Join us the last Tuesday of the month for another installment of our "Taco Tuesday...for a cause". Come out and show your support for a new cause each month, and we will donate $1 for every taco sold, to this worthy cause. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Check https://www.facebook.com/PrincipalOnMain/ to find out this month's cause.



    Few Fridays!

    Live Music in the Alley

    September 8, 2017

    FEW Spirits

    918 Chicago Ave

    (Alley Entrance)

    Come on out to the distillery for live music, food, and cocktails.

    • Free Admission
    • Food & Drinks for purchase
    • All ages welcome, 21+ to imbibe


    Brewery Tours at Sketchbook: Every Second Saturday

    September 9, 2017


    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

    Mindfulness Monday Workshops


    September 11, 2017


    Divine Creative Synergy

    707 Chicago Ave

    Mindfulness Monday is a 5-class series that provides participants with a creative and interactive experience to understand the benefits of Art Making in a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere.


    The use of the creative process allows participants to experience a level of mindfulness that can promote focus on the present moment, increase patience, create a sense of openness, foster acceptance, develop connections and increase self-compassion. The class will begin with a short meditation and will continue with an art activity to foster each element.


    All Materials Will Be Provided. NO ART MAKING EXPERIENCE NEEDED


    Watch the Artist Install the Dempster Street Mural!


    September 11, 2017

    Dempster Street

    Metra Underpass

    You can stroll by and watch muralist Ruben Aguirre install the new Dempster Street Mural, and we hope you do!  



    Recurring Events Calendar

  • 2017 district-wide events!

    Keep watching for details

    Charity Wine Walk

    September 14, 2017

    2nd Annual Meeting / Party

    October 19, 2017

    Trick or Treat the Mile

    October 28, 2017

    Small Business Saturday

    November 25, 2017

  • Upcoming PUBLIC meetings

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Mon. 8/7/2017 10:30am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street) - AGENDA & PACKET

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 8/21/2017 3:00pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)

    Placemaking Committee

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 8/14/2017 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Tues. 8/15/2017 9:00am @ La Principal (700 Main St, coffee window entrance)

  • Board Meetings

    The SSA board meets on the first Monday of each month at Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street)

  • Committees


    Meets 2nd Monday of the month at CoLab; 2:00-3:30pm unless otherwise noted

    • 10/23/2016, noon @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
    • 11/9/2015, 9:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)(Agenda) (Packet)(Minutes)
    • 12/3/2015, 1:00 @ Good's of Evanston (714 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 12/14/2015 9:00 @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.) CANCELLED due to lack of quorum
    • 1/11/2016 @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
    • 2/8/2016 @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)(Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/22/2016; 9:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 3/21/2016
      CANCELLED due to lack of quorum
    • 4/18/2016; 11:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave) (Agenda)  CANCELLED due to lack of quorum
    • 4/25/2016; 2pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
    • 5/9/2016; 9am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/13/2016
    • 7/18/2016; 2pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 8/8/2016
    • 9/12/2016
    • 10/10/2016
    • 10/31/2016 9:00am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104 ) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes
    • 11/14/2016 9:00am @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 12/12/2016 9:00am @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 1/9/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 2/27/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 3/27/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Ste 104) Special Meeting (Minutes
    • 4/10/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes
    • 5/8/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 6/12/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104) (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes
    • 7/17/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104) (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes
    • 8/21/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104) (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes



    Meeting times and locations vary on the 2nd Monday of the month. See below for details

    • 10/20/2015; 9:30 am, @ Brothers K Coffee (500 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 11/16/2015: 3:00 pm, @ Brothers K Coffee (500 Main St.)(Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 12/7/2015; 8:00 am, @ Civic Center Parasol Room (2100 Ridge Ave.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 1/11/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/8/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 3/21/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
      (Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 4/18/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 5/16/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/20/2016; 3:00 pm @ Sketchbook Brewing Co. (821 Chicago Ave. ) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 7/25/2016; 9:00am @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
    • 8/22/2016; 3:00 pm @ Sketchbook Brewing Co. (821 Chicago Ave.)
    • 9/19/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
    • 10/17/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
    • 11/21/2016; 2:30 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)(Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 12/19/2016 2:30 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 1/16/17 2:30pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 2/13/17 3:45pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 3/20/17 3:45 @Cultivate (704 Main St)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 4/17/17 2:30pm @Protex (603 Dempster Street) (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 5/15/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 6/19/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 7/24/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 8/14/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)

    Marketing & Events

    Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month, 9-10:30am, See below for details.

    • 10/20/2016 @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 11/16/2015; 9:00 am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 12/21/2015; 9:00 am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 1/11/2015; 7:45 am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/1/2016; 10:30 am @ Civic Center rm 2402
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/16/2016; 9:00 am @ Hip Circle Studio 
      (Agenda) (minutes)
    • 3/21/2016; 9:00 am @ See Jane Sparkle
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 3/25/2016; 9:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 4/18/2016; 10 am @ Civic Center rm. 2402
      (Agenda)(Packet) (Minutes)
    • 5/16/2016; 9am @ See Jane Sparkle
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/3/2016; 9am @ Civic Center rm 2404
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/20/2016; 9am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St. ) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 7/18/2016: 9am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.)(Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 7/28/2016; 8am @  Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave.) (Agenda)
    • 8/15/2016; 9am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave.) (Agenda)
    • 9/19/2016; 8:15am @ Evanston Civic Center 2nd Floor (2100 Ridge Ave.) (Agenda)
    • 10/24/2016: 11:15am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.)(Minutes)
    • 11/7/2016 8:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)
    • 11/21/2016 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)(Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 12/19/2016 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 1/17/2017 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes
    • 2/15/2017 9:00am @Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes
    • 3/21/2017 9:00am @Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(Agenda)(Minutes
    • 4/18/2017 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main Street)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 5/16/2017 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main Street)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 6/20/17 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main St) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 7/25/17 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main St) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 8/15/17 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main St) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)


  • 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.


    Malik Turley

    Board President

    Hip Circle Studio


    term expires: 2017

    Jessica Oldani

    Vice President

    Oldani Entrepreneurial Law, P.C.


    term expires: 2017

    Eric Young


    Lucky Platter & La Principal


    term expires: 2018

    Jaime Leonardi


    Stumble & Relish


    term expires: 2018

    Alice George

    Placemaking Committee Chair

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.


    term expires: 2018

    Bob Amado

    Area Landlord


    term expires: 2018

    Sara Jane Abbott

    See Jane Sparkle


    term expires: 2017

    Resident Seat



    term expires: 2017

  • 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.