What's going on in the district? See below!
Fusion Academy presents
"Being Mindful for Joy in School and Harmony at Home" with Dr. Shefali
April 26, 2017
610 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605
FREE EVENT: Join us for renowned author and speaker Dr. Shefali Tsabary's presentation, focused on finding and using mindfulness to stay grounded in the present. She will also guide us to use that grounding to promote emotional intelligence which can be used at home or in the classroom to encourage joy and harmony.
See Jane Sparkle Starlet Appreciation Night: Beads, Bubbly & Beauty with The Alchemist's Wife
April 27, 2017
1312 Chicago Ave
Join us at See Jane Sparkle from 6-8pm Thursday April for her monthly Starlet Appreciation Nite. I'll be there to help celebrate and create Make & Take Facial Masks. Get your goody bag of our newest serums to try while you shop & sip. Can't wait to see you there!
Third Ward: Quarterly Town Hall Meeting with Alderman Melissa Wynne
April 27, 2017
910 Forest Ave
Dear Third Ward Friends:
I've decided to hold established quarterly Third Ward Town Hall Meetings on the fourth Thursday of April, July, October, and January. The next Town Hall meeting is Thursday, April 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm at Lincoln School.
Nichols PTA: Buy-In Party at See Jane Sparkle!
April 30, 2017
See Jane Sparkle
1245 Chicago Ave
If you didn’t make it to the Grown Up Lounge at Family Fun Night, you can still sign up for some terrific Buy-In Parties! Grab your friends and come meet some new ones. Enjoy drinks and snacks at FEW Distillery, Evereve, Benefit & Boltwood, See Jane Sparkle; or do candlelight yoga. For all the details, contact Susan Rohrback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
50 Tips to Help Build Profits
May 1, 2017
Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston
1515 Chicago Ave
Open to all small businesses, specifically retailers, service providers and restaurants - learn 50 Tips to Build Profits from a retail consultant!
Participants in the seminars learn the latest retail technologies and techniques to maximize their businesses and receive a binder with check lists and forms to implement new procedures.
Joint Third/Fourth Ward Town Hall Meeting: The New residential building on Sherman
May 2, 2017
1502 Sherman Ave
Aldermen Wynne and Wilson will hold discussion concerning the new residential building on Sherman Ave north of Dempster.
Dreams and the Poetic Imagination
May 5, 2017
C.G. Jung Center
Everyone who has ever awakened from a nightmare– or enjoyed a dream vision of delight– knows that the images in dreams are emotionally powerful. In our dreams we are all great poets, conjuring up images of great emotional depth. Naturally, our great poets have also contemplated the power of images in their work. The English Romantics, Wordsworth and Coleridge in particular, focused on the power of contemplating images from waking life. Sometimes they were emotionally positive (a “host of daffodils”), sometimes hauntingly frightening (the sight of a drowned man’s face pulled from the water). Either way, such images can have healing properties. The same is true of the images in our dreams. We will explore how such images work to restore the impaired imagination and bring us into a sacred encounter in our dreams.
Dempster Street Mural Artist Selection: Community Input Night!
May 11, 2017
Bagel Art Cafe
615 Dempster Street
A new mural is scheduled to be installed on Dempster Street this fall. Six potential artists' work will be showcased for discussion and rankings. Those rankings will be used as an important part of final artist selection. This is a drop-in event, open to the public. All are welcome!
Free Massages for National Bike Month!
May 13, 2017
Everyday Cycles & Motion
941 Chicago Ave
We're celebrating National Bike Month at Everyday Cycles and Motion by giving out free massages! Complete Chiropractic will be onsite starting at 11:00am. Bring your bike, enjoy a massage and grab some great deals for National Bike Month!
Main-Dempster Mile: Quarterly Meet & Greet!
May 18, 2017
1245 Chicago Ave
Mayor-Elect Steve Hagerty and Alderman Melissa Wynne will greet the merchants of the Main-Dempster Mile and talk about small business in Evanston. They'll also participate in a Q&A along with other city officials that touch the Mile (we'll update this event as others confirm). Coffee and refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us!
Community & Business Leader Event at Mudpie
May 18, 2017
927 Noyes Street
The Main-Dempster Mile is proud to be the sponsor of 2017's Mudlark Mudpie! We hope you'll join us at the reception celebrating local community and business leaders, and stay for this amazing show, original works written and performed by Mudlark's young ensemble.
Upcoming PUBLIC meetings
Board of Directors Meeting
Mon. 5/1/2017 10:30am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street)
Governance-Audit Committee Meeting
Mon. 5/8/2017 3:00pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)
Marketing Committee Meeting
Mon. 5/16/2017 9:00am @ La Principal
Placemaking Committee Meeting
Mon. 5/15/2017 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)
The SSA board meets on the first Monday of each month at Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street)
Meets 2nd Monday of the month at CoLab; 2:00-3:30pm unless otherwise noted
Meeting times and locations vary on the 2nd Monday of the month. See below for details
Marketing & Events
Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month, 9-10:30am, See below for details.
SSA Board Members
term expires: 2018
term expires: 2017
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.