Main-Dempster Mile
Holiday shoppers attend the Main-Dempster Mile open house Dec. 9 (Photo credit: Sam Stroozas)

Residents gathered on the Main-Dempster Mile Thursday evening for the area’s holiday open house. Many businesses had extended hours where they welcomed holiday shoppers.

At 718 Main St., the former location of Vogue Fabrics, a holiday window installation was unveiled by interior designer Jackson Adams, the Main-Dempster Mile Marketing and Event Planning Director.

“Main Street, Sweet Main Street” installation. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Adams, a resident of the Main-Dempster Mile area, said like others he noticed a large absence when Vogue Fabrics moved locations. He contacted Katherine Gotisck, Executive Director of Main-Dempster Mile, to brainstorm a project to celebrate the neighborhood.

Passers-by can follow the story “Main Street, Sweet Main Street,” about holiday shopping, with photos of multiple local businesses.

“Main Street, Sweet Main Street” installation. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

“Vogue Fabrics was a dominating presence on Main Street and it just looked stranded. Jackson offered to do an installation and I was able to get a little funding and we are really happy with the result,” Gotsick said. “We hope people enjoy it and walk by and think it is a charming neighborhood.”

Guests enjoyed free hot chocolate at Reprise Roasters and Blind Faith Cafe. Carolers walked the Main-Dempster Mile spreading holiday cheer and the holiday tree contest entries were on display.

Almost 30 trees are entered in the contest, vote for your favorite by Dec. 17 here.

Hot chocolate from Reprise Roasters. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Sam Stroozas

Sam Stroozas is a reporter and the social media manager at the Evanston RoundTable. She covers small businesses, social justice and human interest stories. Contact her at and...