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Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2016 

Shoppers, get ready to hit the sidewalks of downtown Evanston and Main-Dempster Mile! Independent retailers and national chains will be ready to offer too- good- to- resist deals on the sidewalks of both districts. Expect to find great deals on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories, home goods and decorative arts, including the best in specialty and hand-crafted goods.  

Local artists have been invited to be a part of the action in downtown Evanston. Participating artists will be set up on Sherman Ave. between Church St. and Davis St., displaying paintings, jewelry, accessories, clothing and more for the public to peruse, enjoy and purchase! Artists will display their wares in downtown Evanston on Saturday and Sunday.   

In addition, Downtown Evanston is providing fun, free entertainment throughout the weekend. Challenge a friend to a game of ping-pong at the plaza outside of American Apparel on Friday or Saturday. Stop by Fountain Square on Saturday and Sunday to play big games (Jenga, Chess and Scrabble), and participate in a chalk party and Envelope Exchange, a creative way to spread positive messages.  

On Sunday at 2pm, LYFE Kitchen is hosting storyteller Lisa Dennison who combines a blend of original music with on-the-spot storytelling. Also at 2pm, Close Knit, located at 1630 Orrington Ave., is hosting a free pom-pom making workshop. Stick around for the Harry Potter celebration on Saturday, featuring a costume contest, readings and release party at Bookends & Beginnings and Barnes & Noble.  

On Saturday, the Main-Dempster Mile is hosting events at the parking lot just north of Chicago/Dempster. Grab a bagel and coffee from 9am to 12pm and enjoy live music by the School of Rock beginning at 1pm. Looking to get an early start? Secret Treasures will open at 7am!  

Get Around on Pedi-Cabs

Catch a free ride on a pedi-cab on Saturday, July 30 from 11am to 3pm. Pedi-cabs will take shoppers from downtown Evanston to Main St. and Dempster St., making one stop in each shopping district.   

Pick up and drop off locations are listed below and shown on this map. The pedi-cabs are first come, first serve and do not have specific pick-up or drop-off times.

  • Intersection of Church St. and Maple Ave. near American Apparel
  • Alley between Metra Station and CTA Station on Main Street
  • Parking lot just north of Dempster St. between Bagel Art and School of Rock

Shop, Eat & Drink, Be Entertained, Get Healthy and Freshen Up “Here” Photo Contest

While you’re out and about in downtown Evanston, take part in the “Here” Photo Contest! Look for these vibrant posters in stores, restaurants, salons, fitness studios and more to take a photo of the poster. Bonus points awarded to photos that feature an activity, product, food, or service you purchased! Tag @downtownevanston and share on Instagram or Facebook. Three winners will receive a $50 Downtown Evanston gift card.  

Don’t forget to fuel up at our restaurants, a perfect opportunity to Shop, Eat, Repeat!  

Deals & Discounts in downtown Evanston

Below are some of the deals being offered at stores in downtown Evanston.Check with your favorite stores as times will vary with each business. To view special offers from participating businesses in downtown Evanston go to www.downtownevanston.org. To view businesses in the Main-Dempster Mile district go to www.shopevanston.com.  

Bottle and Bottega 1016 Davis St.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase 16×20 original paintings for just $10! Stop by to browse the collection and check out the upcoming painting events for adults and a new art camp for kids!  

Uncle Dan’s – The Great Outdoor Store  901 Church St.

Save up to 50% off on past seasons’ outerwear, apparel, footwear and gear!  

Ayla’s Originals 1511 Sherman Ave.

Beads for $3 or 10 for $20. Shop items to support your beading, like racks and containers. Inside, take 20% off all products for your home.  

Asha SalonSpa 1604 Sherman Ave., 2nd Floor

Stop by for a FREE “mani touch-up” outside the salon and go upstairs for great deals on a variety of products. Treat yourself!      

Coucou & Olive 1716 Sherman Ave.

It’s more than just a sidewalk sale! Coucou & Olive will have spring and summer clothing accessories and jewelry at 50-75%, a selection of fantastic vintage finds and a full rack of gently used clothing ranging from $5-40! To top it all off, you can shop special purchase items from Coucou & Olive’s featured brands at greatly reduced prices!  

Gigi Bottega  612 Davis St.

Step inside of Gigi Bottega to shop 50-75% off select merchandise and $5 accessories!  

Urban Outfitters 921 Church St.

Take an additional 50% off of all marked sale items after downloading and creating an UrbanID on the Urban Outfitters app.

2nd Time Around

900 Church St.

Take advantage of the mid-season sale – 10% off new arrivals and 50% off everything else”.

Exhale Spa 1890 Maple Ave.

Exhale Spa is offering fantastic discounts on gear and classes. All retail items are buy 1 get the second for half-off, $99 summer membership, and 25% off all class packages. 

Benefit Cosmetics 1625 Sherman Ave.

Spend $75 on products and enjoy a free makeover and goody bag!  

Spice & Tea Exchange 1615 Sherman Ave.

Enjoy free Iced Tea Samples! Make a purchase of four 1 oz. blends or grinders, receive a 5th 1oz. blend or grinder for free.  

Close Knit 1630 Orrington Ave.

Stop by on Sunday at 2pm to learn how to make a pompom! Free and open to all ages — great kids’ activity!

Becky & Me Toys 620 Grove St.

Be sure to stop by on July 29 or 30 for great toys, books, games, novelties, and more marked down 20-50%! Plus, check out the $1, $2, $5, and $10 bins with items that are up to 90% off the original prices!  

Stepping Out on Faith 1632 Orrington Ave.

Take an extra 20% off everything inside and outside the store! Opening at 10am on Friday and Saturday and 11am on Sunday!  

Market Fresh Books 700 Church St. 

Stop by to check to stock up on books from the 99 cent tables!   

Oska 1590 Sherman Ave.

Select items will be priced at 70% off the outlet price! Note that items will be inside the store.   

Pure Barre 910 Church St.

Up to 50% off of accessories and apparel!  

Lemoi Ace Hardware 1008 Davis St.

Great deals on a variety of products for you garden, home repairs, and more!  

Getting Here
The Sidewalk Sale is accessible via public transit. To get to downtown Evanston take the CTA Purple Line “el” to Davis or the Metra to the Davis stop, to get to Main-Dempster Mile take the CTA Purple Line “el” to Dempster or Main or the Metra to the Main stop. Or, try out Divvy bikes to get you from downtown to Main and Dempster. Divvy stations are listed at divvybikes.com/Evanston.