• COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    What's going on in the district? See below!

    Taco Tuesday ... for a Cause

    February 28, 2017

    La Principal, 700 Main Street

    Dine with us the last Tuesday of every month, and we will donate $1, for every taco sold, to a worthy cause. The first beneficiary is the ACLU. Bring your appetites out on 2/28/17, grab a taco (or many tacos) and help a worthy cause. $1 for every taco sold - dine-in, take-out and delivery - will be donated to the ACLU.

    Farewell to Storyville:
    Commemorating the Cradle of Early Jazz

    March 4, 2017

    Musical Offering's

    The Madison Room

    New Orleans-based clarinet crusader Evan Christopher returns to Chicagoland to team up with ragtime authority and MacArthur Fellow Reginald R. Robinson. Together, they will commemorate the centenary of the closing of Storyville, the fabled district where pioneers of traditional New Orleans music transformed the popular ragtime of the day.

    Education Innovation Resource Fair

    March 8, 2017

    Fusion Evanston Campus, 847 Chicago Ave

    You will have an opportunity to see our new space, learn about Fusion and meet some of the outstanding and innovative student offerings in Evanston and the surrounding areas.

    International Women's Day: A Conversation with Women Entrepreneurs, Artists and Law Enforcement

    March 8, 2017

    Evanston Township High School

    A conversation about women's economic progress and the journey ahead. Featuring Keynote speaker Evelyn Diaz, President of Heartland Alliance, and a special performance by "Louder Than a Bomb"

    Whole Foods "Thank you Evanston" Farewell party

    March 11, 2017

    1111 Chicago Ave

    Enjoy snacks, entertainment, prize giveaways, and a free lunch as Whole Foods celebrates 20 years of support from the Evanston community.

    Opus 327 Concert

    March 12, 2017

    St. Luke's Church, 939 Hinman

    Charles Metz - Fortepiano Recital in the St. Luke’s Lady Chapel

    • Sonata in F major, Hoboken XVI:23 Joseph Haydn
    • Variations in f minor, Hoboken XVII:6 Joseph Haydn
    • Sonata in G major, K. 283 W.A. Mozart
    • Nine Variations on “Lison dormait” by Dezède K. 264 W.A. Mozart
  • 2017 district-wide events!

    Keep watching for details

    Sidewalk Sale

    July 28-30, 2017

    Charity Wine Walk

    September 14, 2017

    Trick or Treat the Mile

    October 28, 2017

    2nd Annual Meeting / Party

    October 19, 2017

    Small Business Saturday

    November 25, 2017

  • Upcoming PUBLIC meetings

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 2/27/2017 3:00pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)

    Placemaking Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 3/20/2017 3:45pm @ Cultivate Urban Rainforest (704 Main Street)

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 3/21/2017 9:00am @ The Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)

  • Board Meetings

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

  • Committees

    Governance

    Meets 2nd Monday of the month at CoLab; 9-10:30am unless otherwise noted

    • 10/23/2016, noon @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 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.)
      (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 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.)
      (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 5/9/2016; 9am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/13/2016
      (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 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) 

     

    Placemaking

    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)

     

     

    Marketing & Events

    Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at Collage Cafe, 9-10:30am

    • 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)(Packet)(Minutes) 

     

  • SSA Board Members

     

     

    Malik Turley

    Board President

    Hip Circle Studio

     

    term expires: 2017

    Jessica Oldani

    Vice President

    Oldani Entrepreneurial Law, P.C.

     

    term expires: 2017

    Eric Young

    Treasurer

    Lucky Platter & La Principal

     

    term expires: 2018

    Jaime Leonardi

    Secretary

    Stumble & Relish

     

    term expires: 2018

    Alice George

    Placemaking Committee Chair

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.

     

    term expires: 2018

    Lindy Stockton

    Marketing Committee Co-Chair

    Collage Cafe

     

    term expires: 2017

    Bob Amado

    Area Landlord

     

    term expires: 2018

    Sara Jane Abbott

    See Jane Sparkle

     

    term expires: 2017

    Resident Seat

    (vacant)

     

    term expires: 2017

  • About

    background

    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.

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