Evanston IL Streets Alive Celebration September 7th

On Sunday September 7th the City of Evanston is throwing a huge Block Party called “Street Alive”from 1:00 pm to 6:00 PM on Main street between Hinman and the Robert Crown center, there will be no cars allowed and it will be walking the streets with StreetsAliveLogomany events and activities planned.

Presented by the City of Evanston and environmental nonprofit Citizens’ Greener Evanston, the “open street” event will feature a variety of activities for all ages, including talent shows, limbo, hoola-hooping, sidewalk chalk art, basketball challenge games, badminton, a giant chess board, an imagination playground, local performing artists, food trucks, and much more. In addition to the activities, “Streets Alive!” will also feature plenty of car-free open space for all to enjoy.

“‘Streets Alive!’ gives Evanston community members an opportunity to experience our public streets like never before,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “This free event is a great way to enjoy our beautiful city, meet your neighbors, support local businesses, and celebrate car-free modes of transportation.”

This year’s event will feature a wide variety of activities, including:

  • Zumba classes at the McGaw YMCA’s Outdoor Fitness Center;
  • Putt Putt Golf at Grey Park, sponsored by Chute Middle School;
  • Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services firetruck and public information house;
  • A life-sized “Story Book Walk” created by the Evanston Public Library;
  • A “Bubble Science” lab with staff from the Evanston Ecology Center;
  • A “Transit Hub,” where community members can view and show off unique bicycles and learn how to load their bicycle onto a Pace bus;
  • Slam poetry by ETHS students.

Check out this Streets Alive web site to learn more

Evanston IL Ranked Among Top 25 Bike to Work Cities in the Country

Evanston is full of bike riders. Even in the middle of winter we see people slipping and sliding but still riding their bicycles around town. There have recently been changes in the bike lanes and on Davis street which runs through town. They have made the bike lanes inside the parking lanes which keeps the bikers out of traffic and required a complete reconfiguration of Davis street.

According to the City of Evanston and Bloomberg:

“Evanston is one of the nation’s top 25 cities for biking to work, according to a recent Bloomberg News report utilizing U.S. Census data.

With 5.3 percent of commuters pedaling to their jobs, Evanston ranks as number 15 on Bloomberg’s list. It is the only city in Illinois to make the top 25.

Other top bike-to-work cities include first-ranked Davis, California; Boulder, Colorado (2); Madison, Wisconsin (9); Minneapolis, Minnesota (20); and Bloomington, Indiana (25).”

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Evanston IL American Craft Exposition

Evanston IL American Craft Exposition

Evanston’s American Craft Exposition is going on August 22 through the 24th and open to the public.American Craft ExpositionThere are more than 40 new artist this year and it is a one of a kind special show that brings together some of the best and most unique artists coming from all across America. This is one of the best shows you could ever attend and I recommend you take a look if you can, I never miss it.

You can see wonderful basketry, ceramics, emerging artists, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, paper, wood and many other medias beyond your imagination. The location is The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Northwestern University 2311 N. Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 Lincoln St. at the Lakefront, East of Sheridan Road, the hours are:

  1. Friday  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  2. Saturday  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  3. Sunday  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you want to read more about the ACE, American Craft Exposition then click the link and become amazed with what comes from the mind of a talented artist. See you at the show.

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Evanston IL New Biscuit Lofts Historic Former Nabisco Factory

Lush GardenEvanston IL New Biscuit Lofts Historic Former Nabisco Factory

This is a wonderful very unusual  building located at 601 Linden, Evanston IL 60202 that was converted from a factory and is now a rock solid loft style condo property that people love. Completely remodeled with all the amenities. The property includes a beautiful courtyard, condominiums with central air conditioning and forced air heat, a roof top deck, fireplaces and a great location.

Interested to learn more? Click on the New Biscuit Lofts link and see what is available.

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This building features a wonderful courtyard

Courtyard 601 Linden PL Evanston IL 60202

With lush gardens and many trees

Lakeshore Arts Festival Evanston IL August 2 and 3rd

Lakeshore Arts Festival Evanston IL August 2 and 3rd

The Lakeshore Arts Festival is coming up and has been a staple of the city since 1973 at the EvanstonLakefront. This year the festival will be at Centennial Park because there is construction going on at the Arrington Lagoon which is in Dawes Park.CoE_250

This festival has over 100 artist in 211 categories. The festival offers live music of all types to enjoy as you are browsing the artwork and eleven different food vendors will be on site to supply the people with excellent variety of great culinary delights. There is also a Childrens tent with many crafts that kids will enjoy.

Check out this link for the music at the Festival

Here are the different artists

Also this link give you an idea of the restaurateurs at the show

Check ou tthe schedul of live music.

This will be a the place to be and always worth attending.

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Evanston IL 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Evanston IL 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

This year Evanston’s 4th of July fireworks celebration is going to be slightly different for this year only. The reason being that we are right in the middle of the Northwestern construction project located on the south campus. Next year, 2015 we will go back to the traditional set up, which has always been on a barge off of Clark street beach. fireworks

If you want to have some fun I suggest you come out and join the whole community for a great time marking the middle of the summer. How did we get to the middle so fast? The Evanston IL Fourth Of July celebration is very well organized and one of the best set ups in Chicago land. People come from all around and bring all their family and friends. I suggest clicking the Evanston 4th of July link here to see the complete schedule. Don’t miss out! Fireworks, a wonderful parade are among the activities that you will love.

Have fun, stay safe and please come up to me and say hi!

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Evanston IL Fountain Square Art Festival

Fountain Square Art Festival

The wonderful Fountain Square Art Festival is taking place June 28 & 29th and is an event not to miss. The City of Evanston and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce says:

“Now celebrating its 35th year, Fountain Square Art Festival features the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists. This sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.” EFSGM

The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children’s art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.

Besides the main attraction of world-class art, the Fountain Square Art Festival offers a vast array of entertainment. A main music stage features continuous live jazz. In addition, the festival boasts a vast assortment of the area’s best food and children’s art tent offering art lessons and projects for kids!”

This festival right in the middle of downtown Evanston is one of the most fun and entertaining events for the whole family and has something for everyone. I always attend and look forward to being there this year. See you at the Fountain Square Art Festival!”

From one of the best news sources in town the Evanston Now we are told:

“More than 200 artists are expected at the Fountain Square Festival in downtown Evanston on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, and there’ll be food and musical performances as well.

Strollers and serious buyers will have time and space to explore paintings, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry, glasswork, wood work, photography and mixed media.

The music lineup kicks off at noon on Saturday, with Fred Simon playing jazz piano, followed at 3 p.m. by boogie jazz/blues pianist Craig Brenner.

On Sunday the Etc. Music School will perform at noon, followed by BMR4 Jazz at 3 p.m.

Simon, on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, has a robust recording career and has composed for live performance, film, dance and television.

Brenner was called, “a fine and funky pianist” by Living Blues Magazine. He has recorded often as Craig and the Crawdads, and is a favorite in the college town of Bloomington, Ind., where he studied.

The Etc. Music School, founded by Evanstonian Mike O’Mara, offers a holistic approach to music and theater. And the group BMR4, often heard at Evanston’s Pete Miller’s Steakhouse, has many recordings.

The new FamilyFest Activity Area will feature several activities for children and adults. Evanston Art Center will oversee kid-friendly activities.

Adirondack chairs for lounging and a secret interactive art project with a surprise ending from Evanston’s Bottle and Bottega and Good’s of Evanston will keep fairgoers guessing.

In addition, “Selfies” featuring Evanston’s creative sculpture, The Encounter, will make for some never-before-imagined photos.”

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