• We're seeking partners for major initiatives in 2017.

  • Upcoming PUBLIC meetings

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 1/9/2017 3:00pm @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 1/17/2017 9:00am @ The Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)

    Placemaking Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 1/17/2016 2:30pm @ Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave)

  • 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 ) (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) 
    • 2/6/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes) 

     

    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.)(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)

     

     

    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)
    • 10/24/2016: 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) 
    • 2/21/2017 9:00am @Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(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

    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

    Resident Seat

    (vacant)

     

    term expires: 2017

  • extended holiday hours!

    Here's who's open late during the holidays and when:

    Follow Your Nose / The Alchemist's Wife

    917 Chicago Ave

    Open Thursdays until 8pm.

     

    Santa’s last visit will be Saturday 12/17 from 11am until 3pm for free photos.

    See Jane Sparkle

    1312 Chicago Ave

    Open every day until Christmas!

     

    Sip & Shops every Thursday in December 6-8pm

    Cultivate Urban Rain Forest & Gallery

    704 Main St

    Open until 8pm Tues, Thurs, Fri, Saturdays

    Open on Sundays 11am-6pm.

    Virag Jewelers

    703 Main St

    Open until 7pm on Thursdays

    Belgian Chocolatier Piron

    509 Main Street

    EXTENDED HOURS:

    Mon-Friday 10-7 

    Saturday 10-6

    OPEN SUNDAY 12/18 12pm-5pm

    The Collage Cafe

    912 Sherman Ave

    EXTENDED HOURS:

    Wed & Fri 12-6

    Thursday 12-7

    Sat & Sunday 12-5

    Marie Parie Boutique

    508 Main Street

    Open until 8pm through Christmas

    stumble & relish

    1310 Chicago Ave

    Open Every day until Christmas!
     

    Mon-Wed 10-6
    Thursday 10-7
    Friday 10-6
    Sat 10-6

    Sunday 10-6

    Vogue Fabrics

    718-732 Main St

    Open until 7pm on Thursdays

    Squeezebox Books & Music

    1235 Chicago Ave

    Open every day through Christmas!


    Sun-Wed 12-6

    Thu-Sat 12-7

    FEW Spirits

    918 Chicago Ave

    Mon-Fri 12-7 (Tastings & Retail)

    Saturday 12-2 

    Tours 2-5*

    *sign up online

    Trash & Treasures

    611 Dempster

     

    Mon-Sat 11-6

    Sunday 12-4

    Secret Treasures

    605 Dempster

    Open every day through Christmas!

     

    Mon-Sat 11am-5pm

    Sunday 12noon-4pm

    We close at 1pm on CHRISTMAS EVE

    Guitar Works

    709 Main Street

    Open 10-3 on Sundays until Christmas!

    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    HOLIDAY HOURS:

    12/24 - OPEN 12-11
    12/25-26 CLOSED
    12/27-29 OPEN 12-10

    12/30 OPEN 12-11

    12/31 OPEN 12-10

    1/1-2 CLOSED

  • 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.

  • Help Wanted

    Open calls for proposals

    Request for Proposals: Social Media Campaign

    DEADLINE: MONDAY JANUARY 16, 2017
     

    The Main-Dempster Mile Special Service Area is seeking a partner to manage a social media campaign to build awareness about the Mile and its benefits and services.

     

    View RFP
    Deadline: Monday January 16, 2017

    Request for Proposals: Event Planning Partner

    DEADLINE: MONDAY JANUARY 16, 2017
     

    The Main-Dempster Mile Special Service Area is seeking a partner to manage multiple events throughout 2017, most notably: Annual Sidewalk Sale (May), Charity Wine Walk (September), Annual Meeting (October) and various holiday related events running November-December.

     

    View RFP

    Deadline: Monday January 16, 2017