• About


    Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director


    847-448-0748 (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.

  • 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


    La Principal


    term expires: 2019 (non-renewable)

    Alice George

    Vice President, Placemaking Committee Chair

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.


    term expires: 2019 (non-renewable)

    Rogie Sussman


    Vogue Fabrics


    term expires: 2019

    Gail Horvath



    term expires: 2019

    Yun Park

    Barb Cascio

    Firehouse Grill


    term expires: 2020

    Carl Ginsberg



    term expires: 2020

    Hunter Owen

    Reprise Coffee Roasters


    term expires: 2020

All Posts