CLICK HERE to visit the page where we have aggregated our businesses' class and workshop schedule pages.


    with Mayor Steve Hagerty

    November 14, 2019


    Temperance Beer Co.

    2000 Dempster St

    Community members are invited to join Mayor Stephen Hagerty for a Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will include a discussion of a variety of issues of interest to Evanston residents and there will be plenty of time given for residents to ask questions.

    For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.


    "Offstage" at

    Studio Mangiameli

    November 15, 2019


    Studio Mangiameli

    614 Dempster St

    OFFSTAGE: Evanston's very own monthly Flamenco show! Come experience the hypnotic power of Flamenco music and dance in an intimate, cabaret-like setting, just steps away from the Dempster El and top dining destinations. Bring your favorite beverage and watch some of Chicago's most accomplished singers, dancers and musicians. And be sure to watch for special guest appearances by some of the biggest international performers in flamenco today!



    Patricia Ortega, vocals

    Chiara Mangiameli, dance and vocals

    Diego Alonso, guitar

    Also featuring dancers from Studio Mangiameli


    Jason Narducy at The Wine Goddess

    November 16, 2019


    The Wine Goddess

    702 Main St

    As an adult musician, Jason has performed the national anthem at a Bulls game, sung a duet with jazz artist Patricia Barber on her Blue Note Records debut, and repeatedly lost guitar picks. When he’s not touring as bassist with Bob Mould or Superchunk, Jason focuses on his band Split Single, instead of his family and children. Split Single’s second album, Metal Frames, was released in November 2016. Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune called Jason a "first-rate songwriter' in his review of the record. Jason’s mom loves it, too. Jason writes and produces short comedy episodes called "The Sexiest Elbows In Rock" which feature Fred Armisen, Michael Shannon, Jeff Tweedy, Todd Barry, Margaret Cho, Tim Meadows, Dave Hill, and many more.


    A COP

    at Ten Thousand Villages

    November 19, 2019


    Ten Thousand Villages

    915 Chicago Ave

    "“Coffee with a Cop” builds on EPD’s community policing efforts while providing residents a space to talk with officers, ask questions, share concerns, or “simply talk about sports while sipping a ‘cup of joe’ or drink of their choice.”


    Cider & Donuts at Fusion Academy

    November 20, 2019


    Fusion Academy

    847 Chicago Ave, 2nd Floor

    Fusion is serving up cider and donuts and opening our doors for you to tour our unique campus! Learn more about Fusion’s personalized one-to-one teaching and if Fusion is the right fit for your child.
    You’ll get an inside look at how Fusion customizes curriculums and experiences for each student. Tour our Homework Café®, one-to-one classrooms, and our professional music and recording arts studios.


    Looking Glass

    Pet Shop

    November 23, 2019


    Looking Glass Pet Shop

    600 Dempster St

    Join us at this iconic 49 year old Evanston pet shop as we celebrate new ownership and rebranding as Looking Glass Pet Shop! Come see the renovations that are taking place (new fish and reptile tanks!) and bring your family and friends along for some activities. Check out the deets:


    ALL DAY: Adoption event and donation drive - your generosity helps us continue to offer animals for adoption - Wish List Items; paper towels, latex gloves, towels, baby blankets, newspaper, liquid dish detergent, clorox wipes, new and gently used small animal toys.


    First 100 people get a Betty Button to show how much we love our store tortoise!


    12:00pm: Get a Professional Photo with your Pet - first come first served, we will hand out tickets (photo will be distributed digitally)


    1:30pm: Chance to Win a Prize!


    2:00pm: Make a Bird Feeder or Bird Toy - all ages, first come first served


    3:00pm: Petting Zoo with fur babies and reptiles


    4:00pm: Chance to Win a Prize!


    4:30pm: Plants for Pets workshop - first come first served for 25 people to learn about different healthy plant snacks and pot up microgreens for free -great treat for dogs, cats, bunnies, and reptiles!


    Thanksgiving Mega-Tasting at the Wine Goddess

    November 23, 2019


    The Wine Goddess

    702 Main St

    If you’re in charge of procuring wine for Thanksgiving dinner this year, this one is not to be missed! We open up the good stuff-- a huge array of bubbles, whites, pinks and reds sure to pair deliciously with your holiday bird. (The bird that died for you. The least you could do is nail the wine pairing!)


    Taco Tuesday ...

    For a Cause!

    November 26, 2019

    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.


    OCTOBER - Hilda's Place

    AUGUST - Team To End AIDS

    JULY - United We Dream

    JUNE - Evanston Baseball & Softball Association

    MAY - ETHS Global Visionaries Summer Trip to Guatemala

    APRIL - COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston)

    MARCH - Family Focus

    FEBRUARY - Dewey PTA

    JANUARY - Dawes Elementary

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


    Poetry, Storytelling & Art

    November 29, 2019


    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.


    RSD Black Friday

    at Squeezebox

    Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019

    During Business Hours

    Squeezebox Books & Music

    743 Main St

    Everything besides RSD releases will be 20% off


    Record Store Day will once again hold an offshoot event on Black Friday (November 29th). Though the day doesn’t offer the number of releases as the main event in April, there are still plenty of exclusive, limited-edition slabs of vinyl to be had.


    Now, the full list of RSD’s Black Friday offerings has been unveiled.


    at Follow Your Nose

    Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 2019


    Follow Your Nose

    917 Chicago Ave

    Plus, they'll be collecting pet food donations for the Community Animal Rescue Effort (CARE).


    Small Business Saturday 2019

    November 30, 2019

    During Business Hours

    Click the Link for Details


    Best way to kick off the holiday shopping season? How about getting a gift of your own? Spend $100 on the Mile on Small Business Saturday and then bring your receipts to us at Amanda Evanston Art between 2pm and 4pm. We'll give you a goody bag full of holiday swag, courtesy of MDM businesses, while supplies last. This is our way of saying thanks for shopping local!



    9a-3p, Saturday and Sunday at La Principal: Special brunch menu, bottomless mimosas, special brunch cocktails, and free reusable shopping totes (while supplies last). In a hurry? Get a free small coffee with purchase at Hewn.

    CLICK HERE to see announcements about the Deals & Events in stores on the Mile on Small Business Saturday.


    Jay Wolke

    December 1, 2019


    Perspective Gallery

    1310 1/2 B Chicago Ave

    Most viewers expect photographs to reveal a lens-based, visually “accurate” representation, one that reconciles perception with memory. However, the characteristics that distinguish acts of documentation, abstraction, appropriation and materiality are complicated and as an artist, Jay Wolke scrutinizes the potential intersections that connect them. By experimenting with strategies that alter the cognitive cues of photographic representation, Jay has generated images that hover between multiple readings and contexts. In this presentation, Wolke will present examples of his current projects and discuss their intent and production.


    Annual Holiday Trunk Show at Virag Jewelers

    December 5, 2019


    Virag Jewelers, Ltd

    703 Main St

    • Meet local artists and shop their full collection of handcrafted jewelry
    • Shop our affordable designer jewelry from Uno de 50, Freida Rothman, and Zina Sterling
    • Great discounts on all in-stock jewelry and watches with gift ideas for any budget!
    • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & beverages


    "A Bright Night for the Arts"

    December 5, 2019


    Northwestern University Block Museum of Art

    40 Arts Circle Drive

    Community members are invited to recognize and celebrate all those who help make Evanston a vibrant and creative community at the annual “A Bright Night for the Arts” celebration.


    Making this year’s event even brighter, admission is free and open to all.


    Mayor Hagerty will present the Mayor's Awards for the Arts to honorees selected by the Evanston community and the Evanston Arts Council. An individual and an organization will be honored.


    “Bright Spots” on view for this event include a performance by Identity Dance, featuring students from Family Focus. Evanston Made will provide a slideshow highlighting work created by Evanston artists, and Evanston's Terrain Biennial will showcase the outdoor art installations for this year’s citywide exhibition.


    The free celebration will include treats and soft drinks, as well as a stroll through the Block Museum’s current exhibition, Pop América, 1965–1975.


    Free parking is available for this event.



    Champagne Gala

    December 6, 2019


    Binny's Evanston

    1111 Chicago Ave

    Join us for our annual holiday tasting of sparkling wines. This includes a wide array of choices for every occasion, with all types of domestic and imported bubbles. We will also feature plenty of Champagne, including samples of Dom Perignon and Cristal. Attendees receive a 10% discount on wines in the tasting. Open house, but reservations are recommended.


    Kid's Shopping Day (hosted by our neighborhood Fairies!)

    December 7, 2019

    During Business Hours

    Click the Link for

    Locations & Details

    When parents take kids shopping, sometimes there's not much in it for the kid. Enter NiceLena & Friends! Lena has invited a huge family of fairies to the neighborhood, and made fairy doors for them to use to get in and out of the local shops. These fairies want to meet all the kids in town, so here's a message from them!

    "Calling all kids! You are formally invited to bring your parents holiday shopping on the Main-Dempster Mile! We're sending a human-sized fairy to give you a map of our doors. Meet her at our friend niceLena & Friends! (And when you stop into any place that has a fairy door along the way, see if you can find the tiny fairy that lives inside the business!) Some shops will even have fairy-themed gifts to give you!"


    Holiday Pop-Up Events at Evanston Eye Wellness

    December 7, 2019



    December 21, 2019



    Evanston Eye Wellness

    716 Main St

    Join us for our first Holiday Pop-Up Shop featuring the colorful l.a. Eyeworks and sister brand Fiction!


    FREE lenses ($225 value) in featured frames during the event (YES, you can still use insurance on the frame!)


    A portion of the day's sales will benefit Rainbows For All Children.


    2nd Annual MDM Holiday Treat Walk

    December 12, 2019


    Click the Link for

    Locations and Details

    Bring the kids with you on this family-friendly stroll through the Main-Dempster Mile, stopping at shops all along the way to enjoy a traditional (or not so traditional) holiday treat.

    Tickets are free. However, we will be collecting donations for charity at check-in stations. A donation of any amount (suggested $10) when you check in will get you a souvenir mug, and 100% of your donation will go to our 2019 Charity Partner, Rainbows for All Children.


    Second Saturday Brewery Tours

    December 14, 2019


    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


    Pictures, Brunch and Pizza with Santa Claus!

    December 15, 2019

    9:30- 11:00am, 11:30-1pm or 1:30-3pm​

    Firehouse Grill

    750 Chicago Ave

    Join us at Firehouse Grill on Sunday, December 15th for pictures with Santa! The ticket includes a visit with Mr. Claus and a brunch / lunch buffet!  


    There will also be a craft project available for the kids if they would like to partake!


    Santa will be available for photos, so make sure you bring your camera.


    There are three different time slots for this event: 9:30- 11:00am, 11:30-1pm or 1:30-3pm! Please make sure you are selecting the right time for your visit when you purchase your tickets!


    Limited space for each time slot, so get your tickets today!

    Tickets: $20 per adult, $15 for the first child, and $10 each additional child (kids 3 and under free).


    *This event is in our upstairs party room and unfortunately that space is not handicap accessible, we apologize for the inconvenience.

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