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Main-Dempster Mile Hosts a Drive-Through in Train Station Alley

Hot chocolate, a selfie with Santa or a Hanukkah Bubbe, a convenient chance to contribute to a charitable cause and support local businesses – nearly a day’s worth of holiday activities will reward drivers who take a quick detour to an Evanston alley on Saturday. The business association Main-Dempster Mile is staging its MDM Holiday […]

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Anchor Tenant to Remain After Sale of Shopping Center

Valli Produce will remain in Evanston Plaza, the shopping center at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue, even after the property is sold. Speaking at the Dec. 10 Joint Review Board meeting, City Economic Development Manager Paul Zalmezak said. “The Valli ownership has listed the property for sale. The entire shopping center is listed for sale […]

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To Help Downtown Businesses During This Challenging Period, Take the Takeout Pledge

Evanston’s downtown businesses are contending with more than a few challenges right now, said Annie Coakley, Executive Director of Downtown Evanston, in a report at the First Ward community meeting on Dec. 1. The nonprofit organization provides marketing and management services to businesses in downtown’s Special Service District. Online behemoths like Amazon and big box retail […]

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Evanston’s Economy Will Recover – But ‘Active Intervention’ Is Needed: City Economic Development Officials

The Unicorn Cafe, one of the first of the independent coffee shops to establish roots downtown, has closed. The cafe, at 1723 Sherman Ave., a stone throw’s away from the Northwestern University campus, and popular both with students as well as downtown workers, is the latest in a wave of Evanston businesses that have shut […]

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Reparations Subcommittee Recommends Housing Assistance Programs, and Guiding Principles

On Aug. 28, the Reparations Subcommittee decided to recommend that City Council approve the use of $400,000 in reparations funds for housing assistance programs that would benefit an estimated 16 households. The Subcommittee also approved a set of guiding principles that would apply to the distribution of referendum funds in the future. The principles, however, […]

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City and Community Support for Local Businesses May Not Be Enough

Reporting on the coronavirus crisis nationwide, the New York Times’ top headline read “Sales at U.S. Stores Hit ‘Catastrophic’ Depths” and subhead “Retailers Fear Any Rebound Is Too Far Off.” The U.S. Commerce Department reported that total sales in the U.S. – money spent on retail purchases, dining, etc. – declined 8.7% in a month. […]

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Gov. Pritzker Says Metrics Show Illinois Is on the Right Track, Needs to Bolster Testing, Tracing and Treatment to Open Economy

The number of Evanston residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 increased by 11 cases today to a total of 186 cases, according to information provided by the City of Evanston. The trend is shown in the above chart.  To date, a total of five Evanstonians have died due to COVID-19.     For Chicago, the […]