• Community Calendar:

    Special Events Coming Up Soon!



    NEWLY ADDED! A Recurring Events Calendar: Weekly/Monthly events



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

    Ten Thousand Villages: Fair Trade Fashion Show

    June 23, 2017


    Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Arts Center

    1823 Church Street

    Evanston’s World Arts & Music Festival

    and Ten Thousand Villages-Evanston

    will be hosting a Fair Trade Fashion Show!

    Free to the public, this is an opportunity

    to have a first look at some of the Fair Trade

    Fashions being featured at the Fair Trade

    selection of the World Arts and Music Fest

    held on July 15–16 at Dawes Park.


    Intro to Holistic Wellness

    June 24, 2017


    Divine Creative Synergy

    707 Chicago Ave

    We will discuss the basics of Reiki, Chakras & Aromatherapy beginning with a short guided meditation. Each participant will receive an essential oil blend inhaler.

    Space is limited, please RSVP by 6/22/17
    This is a free event.

    Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest

    June 24-25, 2017

    Sherman Ave b/t

    Davis and Clark St.

    The North Shore's largest and oldest art fair will feature a fresh, new mix of over 100 juried, traditional and re-cycled art booths. Re-cycled art is born from artists who make eco-friendly art from recycled and found materials. Many of these artists have been showcased at Remix Chicago.

    Visitors will be delighted and surprised by strolling street musicians and performers, small bites of food, and a children of all ages urban street art installation project that will be completed during the two-day event.




    June 26, 2017


    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    First you helped us choose Ruben Agguire, the artist who will install a mural on Dempster Street in fall of 2017. Now you can help us choose from three different designs that Ruben will present to the Mile's Placemaking Committee. Join us and give your input!


    Taco Tuesday ... For a Cause

    June 27, 2017

    La Principal

    700 Main Street

    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.



    Trad Tuesdays at Sketchbook Brewery

    June 27, 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



    Fusion Academy: Meet the New Head of School

    June 28, 2017

    Fusion Academy

    847 Chicago Ave

    2nd Floor

    Great things happen over coffee, and this cup is on us. Join our NEW Head of School, Amy Biasbas, and our Director of Admissions and Outreach, Loni Itah, for a cup of joe at Fusion Evanston. Get to know Amy, tour our space, ask questions, and learn more about Fusion’s unique one-to-one educational model!



    Fundraiser Friday: Happy Hour for a Cause

    June 30, 2017


    See Jane Sparkle

    1312 Chicago Ave

    This is our first Fundraiser Friday, so let's pack the house for Malik Turley and her newly established Hip Circle Empowerment Center for women. Through dance, fitness, and community they empower ALL women to believe they are strong, beautiful, and worthy of attention.

    For all India Hicks purchases I am excited to offer 25% (my whole commission) towards this wonderful new non for profit.

    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.

    Terrarium Building Workshop

    July 2, 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 take home with you? Yes, you take home your terrarium and have a fun experience. 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!




    July 7, 2017


    Divine Creative Synergy

    707 Chicago Ave

    Enjoy refreshments and view works from local artists.

    Wine Goddess & Homestead Meats: Pink Wine & Swine Party!

    July 15, 2017


    Wine Goddess

    702 Main Street

    We’re teaming up with Homestead Meats for this year’s celebration of two of God’s greatest gifts: Rosé and Pork! Homestead Meats will be at the grill; the Emory Gap Band will supply the live bluegrass music; and The Wine Goddess staff will sling the season’s best dry Rosé (and Frosé too!). Mark your calendars, as last year sold out quick!


    Please note: there is a one week cancellation policy.

    See Jane Sparkle: Starlet Appreciation Party

    July 27, 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!

    Order from Laird Farms, Pick up at In Fine Fettle

    Every Tuesday

    In Fine Fettle

    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.




    Recurring Events Calendar

  • 2017 district-wide events!

    Keep watching for details

    Custer Fair

    June 17-18, 2017

    Sidewalk Sale

    July 29-30, 2017

    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

    Placemaking Committee

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 6/26/2017 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) - SPECIAL MEETING TO CHOOSE DEMPSTER STREET MURAL DESIGN

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Mon. 7/10/2017 10:30am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street) - SPECIAL JOINT BOARD/COMMITTEE MEETING to consider 2018 budget

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 7/17/2017 3:00pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Tues. 7/25/2017 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.