The final Thursday Night Live concert and Block Party Night gave Evanstonians and visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music and savor the beauty of a mid-summer evening.
High Hat Second Line Band, a New Orleans Brass Band, drew a lively crowd to an expanded pedestrian area in the renovated Fountain Square plaza. Orrington Avenue south of Davis Street to the end of the south plaza was closed to traffic. There was craft beer from Smylie Brothers for the adults, chalk arts and games for the kids, and maps of a walking tour of downtown Evanston to view 14 utility boxes designed and painted by One River School of Art & Design, 1033-35 Davis St. Designs were created by Humberto Saldana, Director of Education at One River School,
Friends and families socialized and took advantage of Thursday Night Live Dining Specials offered on concert nights. Chairs and tables were available for dining al fresco, or sitting down to relax and take in the sights and sounds of downtown Evanston.
The zero-depth fountain was a grand attraction for all who are young at heart. Residents and visitors of all ages splished and splashed in the bubbling fountain water that was too inviting to pass up on a balmy, moonlit evening.
New this summer, Downtown Evanston held the monthly Block Party Nights on June 27, July 25 and
Aug. 22, sponsored by Industrious Evanston, Byline Bank and Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.
The 10-concert Thursday Night Live series was free and open to the public every Thursday from mid-June to late August, from 7-9 p.m.