Shoppers, neighbors and anyone looking to share some seasonal cheer should check out the “Evanston West Village Holiday Walk” beginning Friday, December 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and continuing Saturday, December 3 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, December 4 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Organized by the Evanston West Village Business Association, this free event gives people a chance to visit the unique businesses, artists and craftspeople in the area. The Holiday Walk features onsite tours of several organizations, special offers and gift certificates, a tasty farmer’s market and pop-up art gallery.

Open-house doings, such as stress relief sessions from Heartwood Center practitioners and conversations with local artists and business owners, are planned throughout the weekend in businesses at the hub of the Dempster-Dodge intersection and in the neighborhood nook on Florence between Crain and Greenleaf. Fourteen artisans will be showing their wares along the Florence corridor. The Home Grown Holiday Bazaar — with its gallery and market just “popping up” for a day — runs only on Saturday in the southeast corner of the center section of the Evanston Plaza shops, 1152 Dodge. Enjoy free parking and refreshments throughout the weekend.

The following area businesses are participating. Hours of operation may vary for each business; check with each location for specific times or watch for signs.

  • Building Vision, 1129 Florence: Remodeling contractor
  • Defining Moments, 1127 Florence: Custom paper craft store
  • Evanston Dance Center, 1934 Dempster: Dance, yoga, zumba and more
  • Evanston Print and Paper Shop, 1125 Florence: Custom letterpress and stationery
  • Evanston West Village Home Grown Holiday Bazaar, Evanston Plaza at Dempster and Dodge
  • H&H Chicago Printers, 1800 Dempster: Full service printing
  • Heartwood Center for Body Mind Spirit, 1818 Dempster: Holistic healthcare
    (Saturday, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm only)
  • Just Builders, 537 Custer: General contractor
  • PerficalSense Studio and Gallery, 1123 Florence: Monthly art openings and workshops
  • Perla Café, 1813 Dempster: Coffeehouse and entertainment

Cindy Jevon, board member of the Evanston West Village Business Association and owner of PerficalSense Studio and Gallery, is excited to show off this vibrant community: “We want to throw our doors open and invite people to experience all our neighborhood has to offer. Using available spaces for a pop-up art gallery and touring local studios, shops and cafés gives us all a chance to meet our neighbors, introduce people from outside our neighborhood to our unique local businesses and shop!”

The area’s various neighborhood groups — such as Dewy-Dodge Neighbors, Florence-Crain Neighbors, Greenwood-Darrow Neighbors — have been active for many years. Business owners in these areas now work together as Evanston West Village Business Association.

ABOUT EVANSTON WEST VILLAGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

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. The area served falls between Asbury Avenue (east) to Dodge Avenue (west) and Lake Street (north) to Greenleaf Street (south). For more information, call Cindy Jevon at 847-316-1900. Find us on Facebook as “Evanston West Village Business Association” and on the web at www.evanstonwestvillage.com.