Evanston’s annual, free Streets Alive festival will for one day transform Main Street into a mile-long public park, featuring fun family activities, delicious food, street art and a green market showing residents new ways to live a healthier, greener life.
Streets Alive, featuring the Green Living Festival, will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Sept. 9 on Main Street from Chicago Avenue to Crown Park. This open streets festival, which will be held rain or shine, is organized by Citizens’ Greener Evanston, the Evanston Environmental Association and the city of Evanston. NorthShore University HealthSystem is once again the Presenting Sponsor this year.
“The City of Evanston is very excited to be part of a fun, free community event like Streets Alive,” said Erika Doroghazi, a program coordinator at the Ecology Center and one of the principal planners of the event. “As you stroll up and down Main Street with your neighbors, you can enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, arts and culture, environmental awareness, public health, and local pride.”
The Evanston Environmental Association again will present the Green Living Festival as a featured part of Streets Alive. The green fest gives local businesses and organizations the opportunity to present their green products, services and ideas to attendees and inspire them to live a healthier, greener life.
Family-friendly activities this year include live music, kids crafts, giant Jenga, bean-bag toss, limbo, bubbles, chalk art, painting, a bike safety course, sports demonstrations/activities, and delicious food from street vendors.
The festival is part of the national “livability cities” movement. The basic idea of the movement, which was sparked by Jane Jacobs’ work “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” is to create healthy urban citizens and sustainable environments. In this vision, streets are not just for traveling but for lingering, shopping, meeting friends or strolling.
In that spirit, during Streets Alive people will be free to walk, bike, scooter and skate up and down Main Street.