Evanston in the News, Summer Employment, Film Festival, and More!

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The Jewish Film Festival is Coming to Downtown Evanston

Jewish Film Festival

Now in its 6th year, the festival, which runs through March 17, features 43 films at venues across the city and suburbs. This year, there are 30 screenings at Century 12 Evanston and CineArts 6 theaters in downtown Evanston including 11 insightful talkbacks by those instrumental to the films.

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Downtown Evanston Thursday Night Live Call for Musicians!

Thursday night call for artists

Thursday Night Live will transform the newly renovated, world-class Fountain Square plaza into an outdoor family-friendly music venue. Crowds gather at 6:30 p.m. and live music plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday Night Live is a free event and all ages are welcome to attend. This series typically brings 300 residents, office workers, NU students and visitors from surrounding communities to enjoy the music and explore the many unique restaurants and shops in downtown Evanston. 

For more information visit www.downtownevanston.org.

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Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program


The 2019 Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program job fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sat., March 16 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. Doors will close at noon. Those interested in participating in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program are required to attend this year's job fair for eligibility for employment through the City and affiliated organizations. 

Registration is required.


DekaLash Ribbon-cutting on 3/29

Deka Lash


Join DekaLash and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon-cutting on Fri., March 29, 4:30 p.m., at 816 1/2 Church Street.

WEBINAR: Create an Opt-In Your Ideal Clients Will Find Irresistible


In this free webinar, the moderator will help you connect the dots on how monetize your social media efforts. And it begins with creating the perfect opt-in your potential clients are WAITING FOR YOU TO OFFER! You'll learn: What is an opt-in, lead magnet, freebie and why you need one; the 3 key elements that make for an irresistible opt-in; knowing what your ideal clients want,; different types of opt-ins you can use for your business; using your opt-in to grow your list.

The webinar will be held on Thurs., March 14. Registration is required.


Tour de Noir and Business Expo on 3/24


Join the Black Business Consortium of Evanston North Shore on Sat., March 30 for its annual bus tour of black-owned businesses and "Small Business, Big Impact" Business Expo at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

Registration is required.

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SCORE Chicago Offers Small Business Counseling


Let a SCORE mentor work with you one-on-one to help with your business challenges. Register in advance at https://northchicago.score.org or by calling 224-372-3432. Mentoring is available on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., West Conference Room.

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Sit Down One-On-One with a FREE Business Adviser

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College provides no-cost confidential consulting for small and home-based businesses. Schedule an appointment to receive expert help an advisor. The Illinois SBDC has also partnered with local firms in Law, Accounting/Tax and Prototyping to offer you free expert help.



Changes to Parking Rates


Changes to street parking and surface lot rates in Evanston changed as part of the City's 2019 adopted budget. The cost of parking at a two-hour meter or pay station are now $1.50 per hour. Payment is also required on Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Drivers can get $5 of free parking by using the Park Evanston mobile app. Now through May 31, app users who load $20 into their mobile wallet will receive $5 in free parking. 

Apply to Evanston's Cultural Fund Grant Program by April 1


Arts organizations are invited to apply to the City of Evanston’s Cultural Fund Grant Program. The Cultural Fund, administered by the Evanston Arts Council, supports artistic excellence throughout the community by providing financial assistance to not-for-profit arts organizations for operational costs or projects. Applications must be submitted online at cityofevanston.org/culturalfund by Mon., April 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

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Ald. Rue Simmons Reappointed to National League of Cities and Economic Development Committee


The National League of Cities (NLC) has announced the reappointment of Evanston 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons to its Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee.


Best of Evanston 2019

Best of Evanston 2019

The votes are in, and this year’s Best of Evanston have been crowned. Click below to check out which places won.

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Evanston Named One of 30 Most Affordable Liberal College Towns

Affordable College Towns

Evanston was ranked #18 by College Values Online as one of the Most Affordable Liberal Colleges.

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Age-Friendly Evanston Launches New Business Initiative

Age friendly Evanston

Age-Friendly Evanston has launched an Age-Friendly Business campaign to recognize businesses that are making an extra effort for their older adult customers. Business owners are invited to become one of the first businesses in your community to be recognized as Age-Friendly!

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Evanston Black Business Owners Supporting Each Other and Feeding the Community


Photo Credit: The Daily Northwestern

"Nearly a quarter of Evanston businesses were minority-owned in 2012, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. These businesses have a supportive relationship with one another, as well as the larger Evanston business community, according to Hecky Powell. Powell opened Hecky’s Barbecue in Evanston nearly 36 years ago, and as a black business owner, he emphasized the supportive relationship he had with other business owners in the city."

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Evanston Remains Among Nation's Best Suburbs For Food Lovers

Found Kitchen

Photo Credit: Huge Galdones

Evanston was identified by Thrillist as one of 11 suburbs around the country distinguished by food that's truly worth a trip to town. This made Evanston the only suburb in Illinois to be on the list.