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If Dad is the outdoors type, there are eco options at Uncle Dan’s. A lumbar or waist pack made from 100 percent-recycled PET fabric is ideal for hiking and other outings. Stop by the store at 901 Church St. ( for other gift ideas.

Even dads who are up on the latest high-tech gadget sometimes like to wax nostalgic at a store such as Vintage Vinyl at 925 Davis St. Whether he listens to classical or country; blues, jazz or soul; progressive or folk; VV ( can rock his world.

Speaking of vintage, Dad may enjoy the weekly wine tastings at Vinic Wine Co., 1509 Chicago Ave. (, held Fridays 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays 3-7 p.m. Some of the shop’s organic wines are sure to be offered, such as a Montinore Estate Pinot Noir 2008 from Oregon (, a Ca’ del Solo Muscat from California ( or a Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere 2009 from Chile ( Each of these organic wines is priced at less than $20 – so treat him to a bottle.

Dad’s family can provide him with his favorite brew or entice him to try something new with a bag of loose tea or ground coffee from Casteel Coffee at 2924 Central St. ( Fair trade coffee and teas are available. Those who live closer to south Evanston may enjoy a visit toTen Thousand Villages at 719 Main St. ( for a great selection of fair trade gift ideas, including coffee.

If he likes to read, downtown Evanston has two fine used bookstores: Amaranth Books, 828 Davis St., and Bookman’s Alley, 1712 Sherman Ave. (entrance off the alley). Though the store’s name is Chicago Rare Book Center, it is located in Evanston at 703 Washington St. ( New to the independent bookselling scene is Market Fresh Books, 602 Davis St. (, where used books are sold by the pound.

Evanston is home to the Chicago Main Newsstand at 860 Chicago Ave. A quote on the store’s website proclaims, “It’s like a candy store for your mind.” With scores of out-of-town newspapers and thousands of magazines, one couldn’t disagree. Dad is bound to find something to his liking at what is known as the best newsstand on the North Shore.

For a truly unique experience, take him to Dave’s Rock Shop at 704 Main St. ( The whole family can browse rocks, minerals, gems, Native American objects and more. Don’t forget to check out The Prehistoric Life Museum in the store’s lower level.

If Dad is always the one shooting video at family events and gatherings about town, sign him up for a video production class at the Evanston Community Media Center (ECMC) at 1285 Hartrey Ave. ( All classes are taught by ECMC staff.

A perfect family outing for Father’s Day weekend is the Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts ( Held this year on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., it is set along Main and Washington streets and Chicago and Custer avenues. “Green” themes will be evident again this year as makers of solar and wind energy devices, as well as purveyors of organic and fair-traded products, add to the 38th annual gathering.

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