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  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    What's going on in the district? See below! CLICK HERE to see monthly and weekly recurring events.

    Taco Tuesday ... For a Cause

    July 25, 2017

    La Principal

    700 Main Street

    This month's Taco Tuesday benefits the Park School Playground project.

     

    Join us the last Tuesday of the month for another installment of our "Taco Tuesday...for a cause". Come out and show your support for a new cause each month, and we will donate $1 for every taco sold, to this worthy cause. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Check https://www.facebook.com/PrincipalOnMain/ to find out this month's cause.

     

     

    Trad Tuesdays at Sketchbook Brewery

    July 25, 2017

    7:00pm

    (Every Tuesday)

    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    Acoustic sets of Irish, Cajun, Brazilian. Our customers seem to love the sound of fiddle and guitar in our Tap Room. Check

     

     

    Third Ward Town Hall Meeting

    July 27, 2017

    7:00pm-8:30pm

    Chiaravalle Montessori

    425 Dempster

    Join Alderman Melissa Wynne at the next Third Ward town hall meeting on Thurs., July 27, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Chiaravalle Montessori School, 425 Dempster St. Please note the location change for this meeting. Our 3rd Ward Town Hall Meetings will return to Lincoln Elementary School, 910 Forest Ave., starting with the Oct. 26 meeting.

    See Jane Sparkle: Starlet Appreciation Party

    July 27, 2017

    6:00pm

    See Jane Sparkle

    1312 Chicago Ave

    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!

    Vinyl Nights at Few Spirits, featuring Squeezebox

    July 27, 2017

    Few Spirits

    918 Chicago Ave

    (Alley Entrance)

    Vinyl Nights are a cool way to spend your early Thursday evening: listening to good music crackling along to a nostalgic sound and sipping on Evanston's finest whiskey. What goes better together than records and whiskey?

    Sip & Shop!

    July 27, 2017

    5:00pm-7:00pm

    Chicago & Dempster Street Merchants

    Join us every Thursday in July! We'll have a special Thursday Sale all day, delicious wine to sip on from 5:00-7:00 and we'll be donating 10% of sales to Evanston School Children's Clothing Association (http://www.escca.org/)!ESCCA - Evanston School Children's Clothing Association

    Thursday, July 6: Stumble & Relish SALE 30% OFF Ali's Collection- 1 day only: One of our favorite local lines, A customer favorite and nows your chance to get some extra sparkle!

    Plus, stroll the neighborhood and stop by See Jane Sparkle , Threads Boutique , Squeezebox Books & Music & Homestead Meats Evanston * for more sipping & shopping!

    *Please note Homestead Meats will close at 6:00 but they'll be serving up some tasting brews 5:00-6:00!

     

     

    Fundraiser Friday: Happy Hour for a Cause

    July 28, 2017

    6:00pm-8:00pm

    See Jane Sparkle

    1312 Chicago Ave

    This month benefits Curt's Cafe South!

     

    Here's the link to check it out and shop at your leisure but don't miss the party at the end of the month.
    https://www.indiahicks.com/event/fundraiser-friday-happy-hour-for-a-cause/shopping

    Civics Bites with Mayor Steve Hagerty

    July 30, 2017

    11:00am

    Jennifer's Edibles

    1623 Simpson St

    Meet Mayor Hagerty and Alderman Robin Rue Simmons at Jennifer's Edibles for Sunday brunch and conversation! A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Work Ethic Program.

     

    Civic Bites is a series of events intended to showcase Evanston restaurants, breweries, bars, and businesses. Once every month or two, Mayor Hagerty will choose a space and invite people to meet him there to discuss local issues, ideas, and concerns. A portion of proceeds from the sales of each event will go toward a non-profit of the establishment owner’s choosing. Civic Bites is a way to combine some of many good things in Evanston – business, philanthropy, and civic engagement.

    "What's It Worth?" Free Appraisal Event to benefit Soup at Six Soup Kitchen

    August 5, 2017

    11:00am-3:00pm

    Secret Treasures Antiques

    605 Dempster St

    Bring your vintage items to Secret Treasures and discover the value of your heirloom. At this one-day only event, expert art and antiques appraiser Gary Piattoni will apply his more than two decades of appraisal experience evaluating your items and determining its potential market value.

     

    Mr. Piattoni has regularly appeared on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow" and has been a guest expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in addition to being a specialist at Christie's New York.

     

    No jewelry, firearms, stamps or coins please. Suggested donation of $5.00 to benefit Soup at Six

    Few Fridays!

    Live Music in the Alley

    August 11, 2017

    FEW Spirits

    918 Chicago Ave

    (Alley Entrance)

    Come on out to the distillery for live music, food, and cocktails.

    • Free Admission
    • Food & Drinks for purchase
    • All ages welcome, 21+ to imbibe

     

    Brewery Tours at Sketchbook: Every Second Saturday

    August 12, 2017

    3:00pm

    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    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 or online) 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.

    All tour participants must be 21+; everyone will be carded before the tour. Limited tickets available. Please enter through the taproom.

     

    CLICK HERE to reserve tickets

    Ninth Ward Monthly Meeting

    August 24, 2017

    7:00pm-8:30pm

    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.

     

     

  • HAPPENING EVERY WEEK, EVERY MONTH ON THE MILE

    Recurring Events Calendar

  • 2017 district-wide events!

    Keep watching for details

    Custer Fair

    June 17-18, 2017

    Sidewalk Sale

    July 29-30, 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

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 7/24/2017 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) - AGENDA & PACKET

    Marketing Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Tues. 7/25/2017 9:00am @ La Principal (700 Main St, coffee window entrance) - AGENDA & PACKET

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Mon. 8/7/2017 10:30am @ Hip Circle Studio (709 Washington Street)

    Governance-Audit Committee Meeting

    Subcommittee Meeting

    Mon. 8/21/2017 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; 2:00-3:30pm 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 (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) 
    • 6/12/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104) (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes
    • 7/17/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104) (Agenda & Packet)(Minutes
    • 8/21/17 3:00pm @CoLab (900 Chicago Ave, 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)
    • 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)
    • 6/19/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 7/24/17 4:00pm @Sketchbook Brewery (821 Chicago Ave) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 8/14/17 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) 
    • 6/20/17 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main St) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 7/25/17 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main St) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)
    • 8/15/17 9:00am @La Principal (700 Main St) (Agenda & Packet) (Minutes)

     

  • SSA Board Members

    If you would like to apply to serve on the Main-Dempster Mile Board of Directors, CLICK HERE. Eligibility requirements: Serve on a committee, attend three committee meetings and one Board of Directors meeting.

     

    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

    Bob Amado

    Area Landlord

     

    term expires: 2018

    Sara Jane Abbott

    See Jane Sparkle

     

    term expires: 2017

    Resident Seat

    (vacant)

     

    term expires: 2017

  • About

    CONTACT:

    Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director

    katherine@maindempstermile.com

    773-960-8490 (M)

    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.