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Keep Evanston Awesome -- Support Local Businesses!

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Evanston is an awesome city, filled with awesome locally owned restaurants, shops, service companies, health practitioners, fitness studios, entertainment venues—you name it, we’ve got it. These small businesses are the backbone of our community and deserve our support daily. 


Downtown Evanston created “Keep Evanston Awesome” to recognize the important role that local businesses have in our community. When you start shopping for family and friends, choose Evanston brick and mortar businesses instead of shopping online.


Join your fellow awesome Evanstonians on November 30 for Small Business Saturday, a nation-wide celebration of independent and local businesses. As November is the month of giving back, when you shop and dine at local establishments, you automatically give back to our community. Bring friends and family members downtown for brunch and take part in a “Keep Evanston Awesome” Shopping Passport to receive a fun holiday giveaway and enter a raffle for a downtown Evanston staycation. Details at downtownevanston.org.


Check out the Main-Dempster Mile for more local shopping and dining! When you spend $100 at the Main-Dempster Mile businesses you will receive a gift bag filled with holiday swag.  Visit the ShopEvanstonfortheHolidays website for holiday events taking place throughout the City of Evanston. 


Thanks for Keeping Evanston Awesome this Holiday Season!