Evanston residents of all ages are invited to celebrate the back to school season at the ‘Kits, ‘Cats and Kids Block Party,  followed by an ETHS home football game and a primetime Big 10 football game at Ryan Field.

The 2015 Block Party will be held on Thursday, September 24 from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on the block of Sherman Avenue between Church and Davis Streets. After closing Sherman Avenue to cars, there will be games, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities filling the street!

The ETHS and NU Marching Bands will invigorate the crowd. Come hungry, as the following food vendors are scheduled to be on site: Babycakes, Beavers Donuts, Cheesie’s, Grill Chasers, Krave, La Cocinita, Pierogi Wagon, and Sweet Ride Chicago. The first 200 hotdogs will be free, thanks to sponsorship by First Bank & Trust.

Note: Parking on Sherman Avenue between Church and Davis Streets will not be allowed after 3 p.m.; signs will alert people who park their cars earlier that afternoon. The block will be closed from 3 p.m. to no later than 8 p.m.


On Saturday, September 26, Northwestern University and the City of Evanston are teaming up to host Evanston Day at Ryan Field as the NU Wildcats take on the Ball State Cardinals. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Discounted tickets will be available for Evanston residents at the Block Party, so please help fill the stadium with a sea of purple and come out to cheer for the Wildcats! Tickets may also be purchased at NUSPORTS.com with the code PURPLE until Sept. 25.


On game day, be sure to visit Wildcat Alley, the FREE NU Fan Fest area. Open three hours before each home game, Wildcat Alley is fun for all ages and features games, face painting, autographs, giveaways…even a performance by the Northwestern University Marching Band.

The ETHS football game that weekend will be a home game against New Trier High School on Lazier Field at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the varsity game is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25.