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Evanston's Right at School Makes "Crain Chicago's Fast 50" List 

right at school

Evanston's own Right at School, which offers in-school child care and extracurricular programs, made Crain's Chicago annual ranking of the area's fastest-growing companies.


Evanston Featured in Verily Magazine


Evanston was featured in a "Travel with a Local" insider guide to the City, highlighting the many diverse local businesses, sites, and activities that make Evanston a great place to visit.


Vote for Evanston Bike-friendly Businesses, June 14-28

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To recognize the important role businesses play in supporting biking as a convenient transportation option, people who ride a bike can nominate their favorite businesses for Evanston's inaugural Bike-friendly Business Award. To vote, visit through June 28.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Evanston

4th of july

Community members and visitors can enjoy fun activities, a parade, fireworks and much more on Thursday, July 4 as part of the Evanston Fourth of July Association's Independence Day celebration.


Final Week for Evanston Made June Events

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This is the final week for June events - attend the Sipn'Shop, SIDE/Lot Filmmakers & Curators Night, Boundary Issues Group Show & the Evanston Made Closing Party and Reception. The Evanston Made Group Show and Pop Up Show at the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St., closes June 30.


FJT's 'The Mountaintop' Open Through June 30


Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (FJT) kicked off its 2019 Summertime Season with "The Mountaintop," by Katori Hall. Remaining performances are Sat., June 29 at 7 p.m. and Sun., June 30 at 3 p.m. at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes.

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Free Seminar: Google Analytics Decoded

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A free educational seminar on "Listening to Your Audience - How to simplify and use Google Analytics to help your small business" will be held Wed., July 17, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston, 750 Chicago Ave.


Downtown Evanston's First-Ever Block Party Thursday, June 27

Thrusday Night Live

Come out for the first-ever Block Party Night! There will be live music in Fountain Square Plaza, Smylie Brothers will be selling beer, FlowersFlowers will have bouquets for sale, Wheel & Sprocket and Working Bikes are collecting old bikes to be reused and sponsors Industrious Evanston and Byline Bank will have fun activities! 

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2019 Starlight Concert Series

starlight concert series

The concert series will feature nine free outdoor concerts at park locations throughout the City, June 4 through July 30. Enjoy a wide range of talented artists and musical genres, from Latin funk to classic soul, to Southern rock, boogie and blues.

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Business Highlights

Meet Our Sustain Evanston Businesses

assembly creators

A curation of jewelry, accessories, and home and beauty products from small business owners, Assembly Creators is comprised of designers and creators assembled from all over the United States. Assembly Creators purchases 100% recycled paper products, uses homemade cleaning products to create a healthier space for employees and customers, and uses LED lighting to save energy.

Dream to Product

Dream to Product is an Evanston Contract Manufacturer that designs and makes products. As manufacturers who have incorporated sustainability into their business plan, they are always finding creative ways to reuse materials, repair broken products that would otherwise go to a landfill, and design innovative products.


A merchant processing company, Electronic Processing of North America (“EPNA”) offers the full array of payment-acceptance solutions and equipment to businesses and merchants of all sizes and from all industries. The only business in this industry to be a certified Women Business Enterprise, EPNA implemented changes to reduce their energy usage and the amount of waste they send to the landfill.

hip circle

A nonprofit bellydance and fitness studio, Hip Circle Empowerment Center aims to empower all women and girls to believe they are strong, beautiful, and worthy of attention. HCEC has completely eliminated disposables like single-use plastic bags, disposable cups, and paper towels and offers a senior discount to show their commitment to Age-Friendly initiatives.

in fine fettle

A holistic health center and wellness boutique, In Fine Fettle is expertly trained in acupuncture, herbs, massage, and high quality supplements and wellness products. In Fine Fettle purchases 100% renewable energy, strives to reuse and recycle as much as possible, and is constantly working to promote energy efficiency in their own operations.


A contemporary women’s clothing and gift store, Notice is a small family business that has been on Central Street for almost 10 years. At Notice, all of their employees are Evanston residents and they work with local businesses who they can return packaging to for reuse.

Become a Sustain Evanston Business

Looking to make your business greener? Sustain Evanston recognizes businesses that take actions to reduce their environmental impact. Eligible Evanston businesses must implement at least 10 of the sustainable actions listed in the program checklist. Participating businesses also receive a cash incentive!


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Business Resources

Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development (LEND)


LEND is a student-run, microfinance organization that empowers entrepreneurs in Evanston to build businesses, create jobs, and reach financial self-sufficiency. Learn more about this organization and how it can help your business!

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Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave


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If you provide paid family leave and medical leave for your employees, you may be eligible for a tax credit. For more information, click below.

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Harper College and the Illinois Small Business Administration


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.

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SCORE at the Evanston Public Library


Let a SCORE mentor work with you one-on-one to help with your business challenges. Register in advance at 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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