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Boredom is not an option when summer comes to the sunny beaches, quiet parks and bustling business districts of Evanston.
In the 11 short weeks between the opening of the beaches and the beginning of another school year, the community hosts concerts and festivals, water sports, outdoor fairs and markets.
The season lights up with al fresco dining, colorful theater and one of the top-rated Fourth of July parades in the state.
Even dogs can have their day at Pooch Park and the dog beach.
Here is a sampling of summer fare. The magazine “Evanston Is … All About Fun,” included with this issue, has details and more ideas to make the summer sizzle.
Farmers’ Markets: Fresh produce and flowers are already available at the downtown, Ridgeville and West End markets.
Art Fairs: Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts (June 19-20); Fountain Square Art Festival (June 26-27); Ethnic Arts Festival (July 17-18); Lakeshore Arts Festival (Aug. 7-8).
Music: Starlight Concerts (June 17- Aug. 17); It’s Thursday! Let’s Dance! (July 15-Aug. 19); Gospel Fest (Aug. 7).
And: North Shore Channel Celebration (June 26); Keep Evanston Beautiful Garden Walk (July 11); Grosse Point Lighthouse tours (Sat. and Sun. afternoons).