• About

    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.

  • Upcoming Events and meetings

    Up next in the Main-Dempster Mile!

    Governance-Audit Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 12/12/2016 9:00am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)

    Marketing Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 12/19/2016 9:00am @ The Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)

    Placemaking Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 12/19/2016 2:30pm @ La Principal (700 Main St)

  • Local shops will be open late, and offering warm beverages in Evanston-themed mugs. Join the fun!

  • Board Meetings

    The SSA board meets on the first Monday of each month in room 2402 of the Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge Road).

  • Committees

    Governance

    Meets 2nd Monday of the month at CoLab; 9-10:30am unless otherwise noted

    • 10/23/2016, noon @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 11/9/2015, 9:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)(Agenda) (Packet)(Minutes)
    • 12/3/2015, 1:00 @ Good's of Evanston (714 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 12/14/2015 9:00 @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.) CANCELLED due to lack of quorum
    • 1/11/2016 @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 2/8/2016 @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
       (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/22/2016; 9:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 3/21/2016
      CANCELLED due to lack of quorum
    • 4/18/2016; 11:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave) (Agenda)  CANCELLED due to lack of quorum
    • 4/25/2016; 2pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 5/9/2016; 9am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/13/2016
      (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 7/18/2016; 2pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 8/8/2016
    • 9/12/2016
    • 10/10/2016
    • 10/31/2016 9:00am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104 )
    • 11/14/2016 9:00am @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)
    • 12/12/2016 9:00am @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)

     

    Placemaking

    Meets at La Principal at 3pm on various Mondays.

    • 10/20/2015; 9:30 am, @ Brothers K Coffee (500 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 11/16/2015: 3:00 pm, @ Brothers K Coffee (500 Main St.)(Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 12/7/2015; 8:00 am, @ Civic Center Parasol Room (2100 Ridge Ave.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 1/11/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/8/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 3/21/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
      (Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 4/18/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 5/16/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/20/2016; 3:00 pm @ Sketchbook Brewing Co. (821 Chicago Ave. ) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 7/25/2016; 9:00am @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
    • 8/22/2016; 3:00 pm @ Sketchbook Brewing Co. (821 Chicago Ave.)
    • 9/19/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
    • 10/17/2016; 3:00 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
    • 11/21/2016; 2:30 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)
    • 12/19/2016 2:30 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)

     

     

    Marketing & Events

    Meets 3rd Monday of the month at Hip Circle Studio, 9-10:30am

    • 10/20/2016 @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 11/16/2015; 9:00 am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 12/21/2015; 9:00 am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 1/11/2015; 7:45 am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/1/2016; 10:30 am @ Civic Center rm 2402
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 2/16/2016; 9:00 am @ Hip Circle Studio 
      (Agenda) (minutes)
    • 3/21/2016; 9:00 am @ See Jane Sparkle
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 3/25/2016; 9:00 am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Packet) (Minutes)
    • 4/18/2016; 10 am @ Civic Center rm. 2402
      (Agenda)(Packet) (Minutes)
    • 5/16/2016; 9am @ See Jane Sparkle
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/3/2016; 9am @ Civic Center rm 2404
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/20/2016; 9am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St. ) (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 7/18/2016: 9am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.)(Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 7/28/2016; 8am @  Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave.) (Agenda)
    • 8/15/2016; 9am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave.) (Agenda)
    • 9/19/2016; 8:15am @ Evanston Civic Center 2nd Floor (2100 Ridge Ave.) (Agenda)
    • 10/25/2016: 11:15am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.)
    • 11/7/2016 8:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)
    • 11/21/2016 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)
    • 12/19/2016 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)

     

  • SSA Board Members

     

     

    Malik Turley

    Board President

    Hip Circle Studio

     

    term expires: 2017

    Jessica Oldani

    Vice President

    Oldani Entrepreneurial Law, P.C.

     

    term expires: 2017

    Eric Young

    Treasurer

    Lucky Platter & La Principal

     

    term expires: 2018

    Jaime Leonardi

    Secretary

    Stumble & Relish

     

    term expires: 2018

    Alice George

    Placemaking Committee Chair

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.

     

    term expires: 2018

    Lindy Stockton

    Marketing Committee Co-Chair

    Collage Cafe

     

    term expires: 2017

    Bob Amado

    Area Landlord

     

    term expires: 2018

    Sara Jane Abbott

    See Jane Sparkle

     

    term expires: 2017

    Ellen King

    Hewn Bakery

     

    term expires: 2017

    Resident Seat

    (vacant)

     

    term expires: 2017

  • EVANSTON WARM BEVVY WALK 2016

    Here's who's open late, offering warm beverages so you can Sip n' Shop in the Main-Dempster Mile

    Sketchbook Brewing: CHECK-IN POINT

    821 Chicago Ave

    The Pot Shop: CHECK IN POINT

    1224 Chicago Ave

    Follow Your Nose / The Alchemist's Wife

    917 Chicago Ave

    Trash and Treasures

    611 Dempster St

    Evanston Eye Wellness

    716 Main St

    The Collage Cafe

    912 Sherman Ave

    YoFresh Yogurt Cafe

    635 Chicago Ave

    See Jane Sparkle

    1312 Chicago Ave

    stumble & relish

    1310 Chicago Ave

    Evanston Stitchworks

    906 Sherman Ave

    Squeezebox Books and Music

    1235 Chicago Ave

    In Fine Fettle Holistic Health Center & Wellness Boutique

    900 Chicago Ave

    Evanston Float Center

    800 Dempster St

    Cultivate Urban Rain Forest & Gallery

    704 Main St

    Bon Events at Vogue Fabrics

    718-732 Main St

    Virag Jewelers

    703 Main St

    Threads Boutique

    1304 Chicago Ave

    Belgian Chocolatier Piron

    509 Main Street

    Frio Gelato

    517 Dempster St

  • Help Wanted

    Open calls for proposals

    Request for Proposals: Snow Removal


     

    The Main-Dempster Mile Special Service Area is seeking a full-service snow removal company to clear all sidewalks, crosswalks and plazas in the Main-Dempster Mile SSA district of snow. Services will be provided during the length of the contract from November 15, 2016 to April 15, 2017.

     

    View RFP
     

     

    Deadline: Wednesday, October12, 2016