• CONTACT the main-dempster mile

    Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director


    847-448-0748 (M)

  • SSA Board Members

    To serve on the Main-Dempster Mile Board of Directors, you must meet the eligibility requirements:
    • Live, work or own commercial property in the neighborhood -- Greenwood to South Blvd, Ridge to Lake Michigan.
    • Attend one Board Meeting prior to being voted on (all MDM Board meetings are open to the public)
    • Agree to an informal meetup and information sharing session with a current Board Member prior to being voted on

    CLICK HERE to apply to serve on the MDM Board of Directors.

    Yun Park


    Soapie's Dry Cleaning & Tailoring


    term expires: 2021 (non-renewable)

    Hunter Owen

    Vice President

    Wine Goddess


    term expires: 2020

    Barb Cascio

    Firehouse Grill


    term expires: 2020

    Gail Horvath



    term expires: 2021 (non-renewable)

    Bill Coyne

    Kratos Strength Systems


    term expires: 2021

    Claire Kettelkamp

  • history and 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 business and commercial 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.

  • Documents

    Governance Documents that guide the activities and decisions of the Board of Directors of the Main-Dempster Mile

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