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 at right for a more detailed view of SSA boundaries.
The SSA board meets on the first Monday of each month in room 2402 of the Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge Road).
Meets 2nd Monday of the month at CoLab; 9-10:30am unless otherwise noted
Meets at La Principal at 3pm on various Mondays.
Marketing & Events
Meets 3rd Monday of the month at Hip Circle Studio, 9-10:30am
SSA Board Members
term expires: 2018
Sara Jane Abbott
term expires: 2018
Open calls for proposals
Catering for the Annual Meeting on 9/15/2016
The Main/Dempster Mile is looking for an accountant
Main Dempster Mile seeks a quote to provide catering services for its annual meeting to be held at newly-completed Main and Chicago building on September 15, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm. Attendance is estimated at 100 guests.
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Design Print Materials for the Annual Wine Walk
Main-Dempster Mile (MDM) seeks a vendor for the creation of the October 13, 2016 Evanston Wine Walk collateral material.
Marketing & Communications Services
The Main-Dempster Mile (MDM) is seeking a marketing/communications vendor for a three-month contract to provide support for print and online social media, including press releases, content for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and web