On Aug. 25 more than 10,000 people came out for the Big Evanston Block Party, a free street festival at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street Hosted by SPACE, a music venue located at 1245 Chicago Ave., the event was part of their “Out of Space” summer concert series.

Food trucks, beer and live performances from returning SPACE favorites and nationally touring bands, including the Waco Brothers (pictured), were part of a line-up that started with Evanston’s School of Rock at 1:45 p.m.

The first-of-its-kind event raised more than $20,000 in donations that will benefit Rainbows for all Children, a local nonprofit that provides free and effective support groups for grieving children who have experienced life-altering events.

“It’s so great that SPACE is willing to include us as a philanthropic partner, especially since it’s right here in our front yard, and part of the Main Dempster Mile,” said Stephanie Garrity, Executive Director of the organization.

More information about Rainbows for all Children is available by emailing info@rainbows.org.

Heidi Randhava

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.