There's more than enough going on right here in the neighborhood. You never have to leave!!


    Subject to change -- please check these business' website to confirm your event is happening!

    So many of our businesses have regular weekly and monthly events that we don't include them on this list. CLICK HERE to see a calendar listing.


    If the future of retail is in experience-building, the Mile is a leading edge community! So many of our shops have classes and workshops where you can learn, and then take home everything you need to keep things going! CLICK HERE to see a list of businesses offering classes and workshops.


    Drinks & Thinks at Reprise Roasters

    January 16, 2020


    Reprise Coffee Roasters

    710 Main St

    Come learn about the history of the Native Americans in Evanston with Northwestern University Professor, Patty Loew, Ph.D.

    Patty Loew is a Professor in the Medill School of Journalism and Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University.

    Drinks & Thinks is an open discussion at Reprise on ideas, thoughts, and passions in a place of inclusion.


    Whiskey and Laughs

    January 17, 2020


    Few Spirits Distillery

    918 Chicago Ave

    Seestandup.com has partnered with Few Whiskey for this event. Stomach crunching LAUGHTER and Whiskey is guaranteed or I will allow you to force me to drink a free shot.

    You will receive a shot of whiskey to evaluate. SHHH I hear it might be a mystery flavor.


    "Come as you are and stay as you like, enjoy a few with the FEW crew. The second Friday of each month December through March from 7pm-9:30pm we transform our Distillery and bar into a gathering place for crafted cocktails, live comedy and fun.


    All comedians are professional and will appear at one of the following- Comedy Central, Def Comedy, Comicview, Zanies, Laugh Factory, House of Blues, Seestandup.com,


    Musical Offering Faculty Concert

    January 18, 2020


    Music on Madison

    743 Custer St

    Join us for our first Music on Madison concert of the season.


    Performer: Ryan Senger

    We're kicking off the Music on Madison series with our very own piano teacher, Ryan Senger.


    Cultivate Plant Swap

    January 18, 2020


    Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery

    704 MainSt

    Bring any healthy indoor houseplants or rooted cuttings to exchange with fellow plant lovers. All are welcome; from new to veteran plant parents. Expect cool plants and cooler plant people!


    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration

    January 19, 2020


    Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center

    1655 Foster St

    Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre invites all Evanstonians to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through music, dance and a very special guest keynote speaker on Sunday, January 19, 3 p.m., at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

    The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, bringing people from all over Evanston together to demand equality for ALL people. Bring the entire family—young, old and in-between—for a show of Evanston unity! The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will provide light refreshments after the program. For more information, please call 847-866-5914.


    Soul Stories Live:


    January 19, 2020


    Firehouse Grill

    750 Chicago Ave

      As we embark on 2020, we all make promises - to ourselves (resolutions) and to others (trying to act right)! Every year, the promise of a literal and metaphorical Spring offers us hope for new possibilities/experiences/connections. Our funny and gifted storytelling artists will intrigue you with captivating tales about PROMISES kept, broken or otherwise. All of our tellers perform off-book. Starting with the written word, they craft memories into stories - launching them from page to stage . Many of them are also actors, comedians, writers, historical experts, and regular folks with fascinating experiences they long to share!


      Our venue, upstairs at the Firehouse Grill offers a dinner-theater vibe (at a matinee show!) with gorgeous decor, delicious food and a full bar. Fill your belly at the Soul Music Brunch, fill your soul and embrace community at Soul Stories Live. All of this for only $15 (food/drinks extra), and at a convenient Sunday afternoon time so you can get home and prep for the week ahead!


      Wine 101 with

      The Wine Goddess

      January 23, 2020


      The Wine Goddess

      702 Main St

      Come and swirl, swish, and spit (maybe not spit) your way to vinous enlightenment! Our Wine 101 is all about wine basics and we take it nice and slow, tasting and talking our way through seven different wine grapes and styles. We’ll put our noses and taste buds to the test, learning the basics of sensory evaluation: how to assess color, body, bouquet, palate, and finish. All will be revealed!


      Sensory Processing Sensitivity at the C.G. Jung Center

      January 24, 2020


      C.G. Jung Center

      817 Dempster St

      The Highly Sensitive Person, a documentary, will be shown and discussed. Participants will learn about the research on the HSP trait also called Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS, HSP, or Highly Sensitive Person). It is not a condition, a disorder, or a diagnosis. It is a neutral trait that evolved in 20% of the human population, and many non-human species, due to its survival advantage in some situations and not in others. Learn how to recognize this trait in a loved one, clients, or yourself. How the HSP trait compares to Myers Brigg Personality Types will also be explored.


      Adopt at Looking Glass Pet Shop

      January 25, 2020


      Looking Glass Pet Shop

      600 Dempster St

      Looking Glass Pet Shop proudly announces our next Pet Adoption Event for Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 12-6PM.

      Our new arrivals are traveling here from a rural kill shelter in the South and are very eager to find their forever homes. There are 13 cats and 6 dogs.

      While we are getting everyone acclimated, you are welcome to stop by and meet our new friends starting Thursday, January 16th, but adoption applications will not be accepted until the date of the event.

      Stay tuned for their bios, photos and more information.


      Beer Sensory Workshop

      January 25, 2020


      Sketchbook Brewing Co.

      821 Chicago Ave

      Come and refine your palate by exploring the most common flavors found in beer, lead by our Head Brewer and Beer Judge, Cesar Marron. Learn to differentiate between varieties of hops. Learn about the complexities that malt brings to a beer. And most importantly, have a few beers with us.

      In order to get the most out of this sensory experience, please refrain from smoking or eating any strong flavored foods (ie. garlic, mints, or coffee) one hour before class.

      Please do not wear any strongly scented lotions, perfumes or colognes.

      This is a 21+ event. Please bring photo ID with you to class. Anyone without a government issued photo ID will not be able to participate in the class.

      Seating is limited!


      Intro to Strength Training

      January 25, 2020


      Kratos Strength Systems

      1310 Sherman Ave

      Research continues to show the importance of strength training and its role in living a healthy, fulfilling life. Here at Kratos Strength Systems, we pride ourselves on offering a safe, simple, and effective method of strength training for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.


      Join us on Saturday, January 25th at 1:30pm for a free introduction to our method of strength training. We'll talk about the myriad benefits of an effective strength training program, and you'll also have an opportunity to learn the basic exercises we use.


      For more details or questions regarding this introductory class, contact us at info@kratosstrength.com. See you there!


      3A.M. Saints at Reprise Coffee Roasters

      January 25, 2020


      Reprise Coffee Roasters

      710 Main St

      I’ll be returning to my favorite coffee shop in Evanston on Jan. 25. I’ll have CD copies of my album “So Long, Lonesome Drunk” available, and new songs to show off. Come out and celebrate the Lunar New Year with me.


      at Firehouse Grill

      January 25, 2020


      Firehouse Grill

      750 Chicago Ave

      Sing your winter blues away and let your inner Rock Star come out!


      Join us for this family fun event!


      Ticket price includes an unlimited buffet of Pizza, Chicken Tenders, Salad, Dessert and Soft Drinks!


      *Adult tickets include 1 drink ticket for select beer or wine


      **Limited number of tickets available! Get in on the family fun before it's too late!


      Free Kick-Off Event

      January 26, 2020


      Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center

      1655 Foster St

      Kick off this exciting initiative with Mayor Hagerty and the leaders of other organizations, and join in community art-making for all ages, plus food, drinks and music. All are welcome!


      Evanston residents, artists, and leaders from community organizations, youth groups, and educational institutions have collaborated to shape this initiative. Through a yearlong series of arts-based programming and events, the initiative focuses on ways to increase awareness around the roots of violence, and draw on the existing strengths in our community to empower its members to take action. Recognizing and enacting kindness within our community are important ways to respond to the concerns we identify. By empowering our citizens to engage in nonviolent action, we contribute to lasting change that is built from the courage and strength of our community.


      Taco Tuesday ...

      For a Cause!

      January 28, 2020

      All Day!

      La Principal

      700 Main Street

      Support local charities with your appetites! For every taco we sell on Taco Tuesday for a Cause, La Principal will donate $1 to a different worthy group.

      Tacos purchased during regular dining room hours, whether dine-in, carryout or delivery, will count towards the total.


      JANUARY - Jump for Joy


      Be sure to check back for more Taco Tuesday for a Cause events, occurring the last Tuesday of every month.


      Best Wines of 2019

      at Binny's

      January 31, 2020


      Binny's Evanston

      1111 Chicago Ave

      Spark a brand-new passion: Learn how to design, build, and care for your very own terrarium. Do you get to take your new terrarium home with you? You betcha! Not only do you get to learn how to create beautiful treasures- you get to take them home, too! 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!


      Poetry, Storytelling & Art

      January 31, 2020


      Divine Creative Synergy

      707 Chicago Ave

      Join us for an evening of sharing stories, poetry and art. Read your own work, or from your favorite author, or just come to listen.


      Second Saturday Brewery Tours

      February 8, 2020


      Sketchbook Brewing Co.

      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


      Terrarium Building Workshop

      February 9, 2020


      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 get to take your new terrarium home with you? You betcha! Not only do you get to learn how to create beautiful treasures- you get to take them home, too! 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!


      "Evanston Laughs" at Gibbs-Morrison

      February 22, 2020


      Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center

      1823 Church St

      Experience live comedy featuring comedian Ben Noble who has performed at Jokes and Notes and the Laugh Factory. Don’t miss the headliner, veteran stand up comedian, Lawrence Owens.

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