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The Evanston West Village Business Association and the City of Evanston will host “Makin’ It Happen in the West Village” from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 20 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21 in Evanston Plaza, Dempster Street at Dodge Avenue.

The event will highlight West
Evanston’s unique businesses, artists and craftspeople and its strong residential community. The family-friendly festival will have a block-party feel and will feature live music and dance, performances and interactive sessions.

Makin’ It Happen in the West Village will take place inside available retail spaces and outside in the parking lot facing Dodge and will give people the chance to meet and greet merchants and neighbors in this vibrant community.

The area’s neighborhood groups, including Dewey-Dodge Neighbors, Florence-Crain Neighbors, Greenwood-Darrow Neighbors, have been active for many years, but the introduction of the Evanston West Village Business Association represents the first time area merchants have come together formally.

The City of Evanston has provided guidance and support as this project gets under way. Second Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite says he is excited about “the positive presence that the festival and the West Village Business Association are creating.”

Evanston West Village Business Association is a nonprofit entity created to support and promote the community and improve local commerce. Officially founded in 2010, the group works to create and promote the West side of Evanston as a vibrant destination filled with a thriving arts enclave, health and wellness centers, shops, restaurants and services for home-and business-owners.