• COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

    Spring Fling at Ten Thousand Villages

    March 25, 2017

    12-9pm

    Ten Thousand Villages

    719 Main Street

    Noon-4pm: Hands to Hearts trunk show featuring brand partner Nancy Benston. Get 15% of all Hands to Hearts merchandise

     

    6pm-9pm: Fashion show featuring students and instructors from Hip Circle Studio that will be performing yoga and dance moves. Clothing featured will be Hands to Hearts, Mata Traders and Ten Thousand Villages

    Spring Break Screen Break

    March 27 - April 1 2017

    Fonseca Martial Arts

    832 1/2 Chicago Ave

    Put down that phone, stash your controllers, hide your remotes, and do something in the real world. From March 27 to April 1st, Fonseca Martial Arts is offering FREE classes to the Evanston community. All ages and skill levels welcome!

    Cents & Sensibilities: A Customer Service Workshop

    April 6, 2017

    8:30am-10:30am

    Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston

    1515 Chicago Ave

    Join Downtown Evanston and Chicago's North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau for

    this 75-minute workshop, which will cover the following topics and set the tone for an active spring and summer season.

    * How to apply customer service best practices
    * Improve the customer experience
    * Improve interpersonal communication skills
    * Assist with stress management

    "Unfurling Tender Vitality"

    Art Opening

    April 8, 2017

    6pm-8pm

    704 Main Street

    As part of their gallery series, Cultivate presents this exhibit featuring macro photography by Ilze Arajs. The exhibit runs through June 4 and includes a gallery talk with the artist on May 4th at 6:30pm.

    Tastin' at Temperance ... to benefit Mudlark

    April 9, 2017

    4:30-6:30pm

    Temperance Beer Co.

    2000 Dempster Ave

    This is a casual, fun late afternoon event that serves two purposes: raise friends and raise funds.

    Mudlark will also announce our plans for our annual benefit Larkabout 2017 on September 22 and promote the Community Leader and Business Event at Mudpie 2017, of which the Main-Dempster Mile is a sponsor!!!

    Mother / Daughter Bellydance

    April 9, 2017

    1pm-2pm

    Hip Circle Studio

    709 Washington St

    Open to daughters 4 and up, this workshop focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Bellydance started, historically, as a dance done by women, for women and is a wonderful art form to share with our daughters.

    2017 Entrepreneur and Leadership Women's Conference

    April 10, 2017

    8am-5pm

    Holiday Inn North Evanston

    1501 Sherman Ave

    2017 Entrepreneur & Leadership Women’s Conference is a one-day empowerment event that will provide local women entrepreneurs and leaders the opportunity to add tools to their business and leadership toolbox.

     

    Keynote Speaker
    Maudlyne Ihejirika is a Northwestern graduate, and an award-winning Chicago Sun-Times Urban Affairs reporter/columnist with nearly 30 years of experience in newspaper journalism, public relations and government.

    Camp Local! Summer Youth Program Expo

    April 15, 2017

    Fusion Evanston, 847 Chicago Ave

    Looking for Evanston-based summer programs for your kids? The Main-Dempster Mile is partnering with Fusion Academy Evanston to show you some of the amazing stuff going on right in your own back yard.

    Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Rug Event

    April 20-24, 2017

    Ten Thousand Villages

    719 Main Street

    Have you ever wanted an Oriental rug? Not just any rug, but one with the quality to last a lifetime and the fair trade labor standards you demand? Explore over 300 Tribal, Bokhara and Persian rugs, from Classic to Contemporary in sizes from 2'x3' to 10'x14' and runners. You can even take home on approval before purchasing.

    50 Tips to Help Build Profits

    May 1, 2017

    1pm-3pm

    Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston

    1515 Chicago Ave

    Open to all small businesses, specifically retailers, service providers and restaurants - learn 50 Tips to Build Profits from a retail consultant!

     

    Participants in the seminars learn the latest retail technologies and techniques to maximize their businesses and receive a binder with check lists and forms to implement new procedures.

    Community & Business Leader Event at Mudpie

    May 18, 2017

    5:30pm Reception

    7:00pm Show

    927 Noyes Street

    The Main-Dempster Mile is proud to be the sponsor of 2017's Mudlark Mudpie! We hope you'll join us at the reception celebrating local community and business leaders, and stay for this amazing show, original works written and performed by Mudlark's young ensemble.

  • 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. 3/20/2017 3:45pm @ Cultivate Urban Rainforest (704 Main Street)

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 3/21/2017 9:00am @ The Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 4/10/2017 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)

  • 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) 
    • 2/27/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 
    • 3/27/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Ste 104) Special Meeting
    • 4/10/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue, Suite 104)(Agenda & Packet)(Minutes) 

     

    Placemaking

    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)

    Marketing & Events

    Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at Collage Cafe, 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
    • 2/15/2017 9:00am @Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)(Agenda)(Packet)(Minutes
    • 3/21/2017 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

  • 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.

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