• COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

    Photos With Santa at Follow Your Nose /

    The Alchemist's Wife

    December 16, 23

    11:00am-3:00pm

    Follow Your Nose / The Alchemists' Wife

    917 Chicago Ave

    Santa Claus will be at Follow Your Nose / The Alchemist's Wife on Small Business Saturday (and every Saturday during the holidays) from 11am-3pm taking free photos! Kids and pets welcome!

     

    Enough said.

    Santa comes to The Wine Goddess

    December 23, 2017

    1:00pm-4:00pm

    The Wine Goddess

    702 Main St

    The most non-scary Santa, our very own DJ Tony Vick dressed head-to-toe in North Pole finery, will be at The Wine Goddess once again on Saturday, December 23rd to spread cheer and spin tunes.

    Bring the wee ones, snap a pic, and stay for the wine tasting at 4 p.m.!

    Saturday, December 23rd, 1-4 PM FREE

    First Saturday:

    High Tea and Live Music at YoFresh!

    January 6, 2017

    11:30am-1:00pm

    YoFresh Evanston

    635 Chicago Ave

    An afternoon leisurely gathering of friends enjoying a lite buffet of finger sandwiches, pastries and teas. First Saturday of each month.

    Second Saturday Brewery Tours

    January 13, 2018

    3:00pm

    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

  • HAPPENING EVERY WEEK, EVERY MONTH ON THE MILE

    Recurring Events Calendar

  • 2018 district-wide events!

    Keep watching for details about these community events.

    Evanston Summer Camp Fair

    January 23, 2018

    3:30pm-5:30pm

    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

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 12/4/2017 10:00am @La Principal, 700 Chicago Avenue (coffee window entrance) - AGENDA & PACKET

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Mon. 12/4/2017 10:30am @ La Principal, 700 Chicago Avenue (coffee window entrance) - AGENDA & PACKET

    Placemaking Committee

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 12/4/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) - AGENDA & PACKET

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Tues. 12/19/2017 9:00am @ La Principal, 700 Main St (coffee window entrance)

  • Board Meetings

    The SSA board meets on the first Monday of each month at 10:30am. See below for locations of upcoming meetings.

    2018

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

    • 1/8/2018 @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 2/5/2018  @Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 3/5/2018 @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 4/2/2018 @ Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 5/7/2018 @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 6/4/2018  @Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 7/9/2018 @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 8/6/2018 @ Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 9/10/2018 @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 10/1/2018  @Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 11/5/2018 @La Principal, 700 Main St, coffee window entrance (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 12/32018 @ Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 

    2017

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

    2016

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

    2015

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

  • Committees

    Governance

    2017

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

    2018 preliminary meeting dates

    1/22/18

    2/19/18

    3/19/18

    4/16/18

    5/21/18

    6/18/18

    7/23/18

    8/20/18

    9/24/18

    10/22/18

    11/19/18

    12/17 TBD

    Placemaking

    2017

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

    2018 preliminary meeting dates

    1/22/18

    2/12/18

    3/12/18

    4/9/18

    5/14/18

    6/11/18

    7/9/18

    8/20/18

    9/10/18

    10/22/18

    11/12/18

    12/17/18

    Marketing & Events

    2017

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

    2018 preliminary meeting dates

    1/23/18

    2/20/18

    3/20/18

    4/17/18

    5/22/18

    6/19/18

    7/24/18

    8/21/18

    9/25/18

    10/23/18

    11/20/18

    12/18 TBD

     

  • 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

    President

    Lucky Platter & La Principal

     

    term expires: 2018

    Alice George

    Vice President, Placemaking Committee Chair

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.

     

    term expires: 2018

    Rogie Sussman

    Treasurer

    Vogue Fabrics

     

    term expires: 2019

    Jaime Leonardi

    Secretary

    Stumble & Relish

     

    term expires: 2018

    Gail Horvath

    Resident

     

    term expires: 2019

    Sara Jane Abbott

    See Jane Sparkle

     

    term expires: 2019

    Yun Park

    Ben Schapiro

    Everyday Cycles & Motion

     

    term expires: 2019

  • About

    CONTACT:

    Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director

    katherine@maindempstermile.com

    773-960-8490 (M)

    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.