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.
Upcoming Events and meetings
Up next in the Main-Dempster Mile!
Mon. 12/12/2016 9:00am @ CoLab (900 Chicago Avenue)
Mon. 12/19/2016 9:00am @ The Collage Cafe (912 Sherman Ave)
Mon. 12/19/2016 2:30pm @ La Principal (700 Main St)
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
term expires: 2017
EVANSTON WARM BEVVY WALK 2016
Here's who's open late, offering warm beverages so you can Sip n' Shop in the Main-Dempster Mile
Sketchbook Brewing: CHECK-IN POINT
821 Chicago Ave
The Pot Shop: CHECK IN POINT
1224 Chicago Ave
The Collage Cafe
912 Sherman Ave
YoFresh Yogurt Cafe
635 Chicago Ave
See Jane Sparkle
1312 Chicago Ave
stumble & relish
1310 Chicago Ave
906 Sherman Ave
Squeezebox Books and Music
1235 Chicago Ave
In Fine Fettle Holistic Health Center & Wellness Boutique
900 Chicago Ave
Evanston Float Center
800 Dempster St
Cultivate Urban Rain Forest & Gallery
704 Main St
Bon Events at Vogue Fabrics
718-732 Main St
703 Main St
1304 Chicago Ave
Belgian Chocolatier Piron
509 Main Street
517 Dempster St
Open calls for proposals
Request for Proposals: Snow Removal
The Main-Dempster Mile Special Service Area is seeking a full-service snow removal company to clear all sidewalks, crosswalks and plazas in the Main-Dempster Mile SSA district of snow. Services will be provided during the length of the contract from November 15, 2016 to April 15, 2017.
Deadline: Wednesday, October12, 2016