• Friday June 16, 2017

    Coffee, treats and tune-ups on your ride to work!


    What's going on in the district? See below!

    La Principal: Taco Tuesday for a Cause!

    May 30, 2017


    700 Main St

    Join us Tuesday, May 30 for another installment of our "Taco Tuesday...for a cause". This month's beneficiary - Lincoln School PTA. Come out and show your support, and we will donate $1 for every taco sold, to this worthy cause. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

    Nichols PTA Buy-In Party: FEW Distillery

    June 3, 2017


    918 Chicago Ave

    (Alley Entrance)

    If you didn’t make it to the Grown Up Lounge at Family Fun Night, you can still sign up for some terrific Buy-In Parties! Grab your friends and come meet some new ones. Enjoy drinks and snacks at FEW Distillery, Evereve, Benefit & Boltwood, See Jane Sparkle; or do candlelight yoga. For all the details, contact Susan Rohrback at susanerohrback@gmail.com.

    C.G. Jung Center: Defining Your Purpose

    June 4, 2017


    817 Dempster St

    One of the key factors in increasing happiness is living a life of purpose. But how do you identify your purpose? In this interactive workshop, you will learn a step-by-step process, based on the best purpose research, to identify how you are meant to spend your time and energy. You will become clear on what matters to you, what your talents are, and what passions you wish to pursue. You will come out of this workshop with a personal mission statement that will guide your decisions moving forward and empower you toward meaningful and purposeful action.


    *This session includes an individual 30-minute follow up session with the instructor.

    Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery: Terrarium Workshop

    June 4, 2017


    Cultivate Urban Rainforest

    704 Main St

    Spark a brand-new passion: Learn how to design, build, and care for your very own terrarium. Do you take home with you? Yes, you take home your terrarium and have a fun experience. 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!

    Thermal Imaging Clinic: By Appointment

    June 5, 2017

    By Appointment

    In Fine Fettle

    900 Chicago Ave

    (Main Street Entrance)

    We're excited to announce that In Fine Fettle will be teaming up with the Longevity Center to offer quarterly thermal imaging clinics beginning on June 5. Because it allows health practitioners to "see" inflammation, thermography is a very effective tool in the early detection of breast disease, some cancers, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure.To schedule a thermography appointment at In Fine Fettle, please follow these instructions:


    Create an account and log in at www.longevitythermography.com


    Select the service you would like (e.g. First Breast Scan)


    Select staff members (In Fine Fettle, Evanston)


    Select the date of the clinic and your preferred time.

    Networking for Professionals who Work with Teens

    June 8, 2017


    Fusion Academy Evanston

    847 Chicago Ave

    Suite 200

    Join us for a Happy Hour at our very own building, The Main, on the beautiful outdoor terrace! Let’s enjoy the views, summer weather (finally!), and network with one another! This will be a great opportunity to learn about all the wonderful resources available to our teenage population in the Evanston community and surrounding areas. Please come ready with business cards, flyers, and other materials! We can’t wait to see you there!

    C.G. Jung Center Movie Night: "A Monster Calls"

    June 9, 2017


    C.G. Jung Center

    817 Dempster St

    The movie “A Monster Calls” is a visually stunning depiction of the relationship between a young boy and a very tall monster. The monster, resembling a tree, comes along at just the right time after events in the boy’s family result in his feeling lost and alone. The connection that occurs between the boy and the monster illustrates how one soul can encourage and support another when the need is the greatest. Themes of the supernatural, dreams, grief and truth emerge throughout. This film is directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson.


    June 9, 2017

    Few Spirits

    918 Chicago Ave

    (Alley entrance)

    Admission is free, cocktails and food for purchase. All ages are welcome to attend. 21 + to imbibe.


    Second Saturday Brewery Tour

    June 10, 2017


    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    Join us for our montly second Saturday brewery tours! Meet at the taproom and travel behind-the-scenes to the brewery.

    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) 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.



    TRUNK SHOW: Sip, Savor and Shop at Evanston Eye Wellness (ft Stumble & Relish)

    June 13, 2017


    Evanston Eye Wellness

    716 Main Street

    Join us for an exclusive trunk show, featuring special guests Etnia Barcelona and Stumble & Relish! Spanish refreshments will be served.

    See Jane Sparkle: Starlet Appreciation Party

    4th Thursdays, Monthly

    1312 Chicago Ave

    Click here for Details on the Next One!

    Small bites, bubbly and local artisans and merchants share their wares. You get great deals and you have a great time. All you have to do is show up!


    Click here for Details on the Next One!

    Order from Laird Farms, Pick up at In Fine Fettle

    Every Tuesday

    In Fine Fettle

    900 Chicago Ave

    (Main St Entrance)

    Laird Farm's microgreens, free range eggs & poultry now available at In Fine Fettle! Order by 6pm on Mondays for Tuesday delivery at In Fine Fettle.



  • 2017 district-wide events!

    Keep watching for details

    Custer Fair

    June 17-18, 2017

    Sidewalk Sale

    July 28-30, 2017

    Charity Wine Walk

    September 14, 2017

    2nd Annual Meeting / Party

    October 19, 2017

    Trick or Treat the Mile

    October 28, 2017

    Small Business Saturday

    November 25, 2017

  • Upcoming PUBLIC meetings

    Placemaking Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 5/15/2017 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) -- AGENDA & PACKET

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Tues. 5/16/2017 9:00am @ La Principal (700 Main St, coffee window entrance) -- AGENDA & PACKET

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Mon. 6/5/2017 10:30am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street)

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 6/12/2017 3:00pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)

  • Board Meetings

    The SSA board meets on the first Monday of each month at Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street)

    9/24/2015 (Agenda) (Minutes)

  • Committees


    Meets 2nd Monday of the month at CoLab; 2:00-3:30pm unless otherwise noted

    • 10/23/2016, noon @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
    • 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.)
    • 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.)
    • 5/9/2016; 9am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Ave.)
      (Agenda) (Minutes)
    • 6/13/2016
    • 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 ) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes
    • 11/14/2016 9:00am @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 12/12/2016 9:00am @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 1/9/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 2/27/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 3/27/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Ste 104) Special Meeting (Minutes
    • 4/10/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 5/8/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 



    Meeting times and locations vary on the 2nd Monday of the month. See below for details

    • 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.)(Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 12/19/2016 2:30 pm @ La Principal (700 Main St.)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 1/16/17 2:30pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) (Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 2/13/17 3:45pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes)
    • 3/20/17 3:45 @Cultivate (704 Main St)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 4/17/17 2:30pm @Protex (603 Dempster Street) (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 5/15/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)

    Marketing & Events

    Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month, 9-10:30am, See below for details.

    • 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)
    • 10/24/2016: 11:15am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington St.)(Minutes)
    • 11/7/2016 8:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)
    • 11/21/2016 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)(Agenda)(Minutes)
    • 12/19/2016 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Avenue)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 1/17/2017 9:00am @ Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes
    • 2/15/2017 9:00am @Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes
    • 3/21/2017 9:00am @Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(Agenda)(Minutes
    • 4/18/2017 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main Street)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes)
    • 5/16/2017 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main Street)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 


  • 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


    Lucky Platter & La Principal


    term expires: 2018

    Jaime Leonardi


    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

    Resident Seat



    term expires: 2017

  • About


    Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director


    773-960-8490 (M)


    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.