Evanston residents and visitors are encouraged to kick off the holiday shopping season by supporting the city’s small, local shops and business districts on national Small Business Saturday, November 25.

Special holiday deals and events can be found at shopevanstonfortheholidays.comEvanston shopping districts include Downtown Evanston, Central Street, and the Main-Dempster Mile

Observed annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to support the small, independent businesses that help make their communities special.

New this year, shoppers can pick up a “We Love Evanston” Passport at participating downtown Evanston businesses. Those who spend at least $75 will get a “We Love Evanston” tote bag, coffee mug and phone stand, and will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card to a downtown Evanston restaurant. Passports can be picked up at any of the participating retail stores. “We Love Evanston” giveaways can be redeemed at Vinic Wine, 1509 Chicago Ave., with proof of $75 purchase on Saturday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Shoppers can fuel a great day of Small Business Saturday shopping by taking advantage of brunch and lunch specials at restaurants throughout the city, as well as enjoying free cookies at participating businesses. Visit downtownevanston.org/smallbusinesssaturday for more information.

The City will offer free evening and weekend parking in downtown self-park garages and several business district parking lots starting Thursday, November 23, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. Free holiday parking will be provided in the Sherman Plaza, Maple Avenue and Church Street parking garages on weekdays, between 5 p.m. and midnight, and all day on Saturdays. Additionally, City Lot 60 (1234 Chicago Ave.), Lot 4 (Central Street and Stewart Avenue), Lot 15 (720 Main St.) and Lot 24 (727 Main St.) will provide free two-hour parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays and between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. It is always free to park in Evanston garages and lots on Sundays.