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Law Enforcement Polar Plunge Staged on Clark Beach- Over a 24-hour period, plungers will take 24 icy dips (once an hour, every hour) into the waters of Clark St beach to raise $ for special olymics 2/17/17 2/18/17 8:00am -
3:0Women0pm
Special Olympic Illinois
Neighborhood Way of the Cross Church procession in vicinity of St. Nicholas Church (Lake, Ridge, Washington - same as past years) 4/14/17 9:00am -
11:30am
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Willard School Fun Run Staged in Centennial Park, participants run along Sheridan Rd sidewalk, Northwestern campus and the lakefront path - same as last year 5/7/17 9:00am -
10:00am
Willard School PTA/ Dist 65
Garden Fair Garden sale in Independence Park at Central St/Stewart; central st (adjacent to park) acts as loading zone for materials - same as past years 5/11/17 5/13/17 9:00am -
4:00pm
Evanston Garden Council
YEA! Festival Young Evanston Artists art display with closure of Lake St from Chicago Ave to Himman - same as last year 5/20/17 10:00am
4:00pm
Young Evanston Artists Foundation
Honor the Fallen Ruck Walk Active duty and veteran soldiers walk from Glencoe to Chgo -Evanston portion is along Sheridan Rd sidewalk and lakefront path, stop in Centennial Park for lunch then continue on Lakefront path to Chgo - same as last year 5/26/17 8am - 12pm chicago Veterans
Memorial Day Ceremony Memorial Day Ceremony in Patriots Park (if fountain sqr under construction) 5/29/17 10:00am -
12:00pm
Evanston American Legion Post 42
Nichols School Sandy McDermott Walkathon Participants walk on sidewalk from Nichols School to Lakefront; then along the path and back to Nichols. Same as past years. 5/30/17 11:30am -
2:00pm
Nichols Middle School / Dist 65
Backyard Botanics Plant Sale Garden sale in Independence Park at Central St/Stewart - same as past years 6/3/17 8:00am -
3:00 pm
Evanston Garden Council
Starlight Concert Series Concert in James park - same as past years 6/6/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Chicago Ragnar Relay Relay run from Wisconsin to Chicago - same as past years 6/10/17 7:30am -
7:30pm
Ragnar Events
Starlight Concert Series Concert in Dawes Park - same as past years 6/13/17 6:00pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction - Thursdays June to Aug - same as past years 6/15/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Northwestern Commencement Ryan Field / McGaw Hall with shuttle route Ashland, Isabella, Ridge, Lincoln, Sheridan, Elgin, Emerson - same as past years 6/17/17 6/19/17 9:00am -
10:00 pm
Northwestern Univ.
Custer Fair Festival at Main, Chgo, Washington, Custer & Eiden Park - same as past years 6/17/17 6/18/17 10:00am -
9:00pm
Evanston Festival Theatre Inc.
Race Against Hate 5K race at Lincoln & Sheridan (Long Field)- Lakefront path - same as past years 6/18/17 7:30am -
11:30pm
YWCA Evanston
Starlight Concert Series Concert in Twiggs Park - same as past years 6/21/17 6:00pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Wine Walk Downtown Evanston businesses will serve samples of wine to attendees; attendees will check-in to get a wristband 6/22/17 5:00pm -
8:00pm
7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Downtown Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 6/22/17
Fountain Square Arts Festival Art Festival in downtown Evanston; Sherman from Elgin to Davis; Church from Benson to Orrington; Clark from Benson to Sherman - same as past years 6/24/17 6/25/17 10:00am -
9:00pm
Evanston Chamber of Commerce
Starlight Concert Series w/ food trucks Concert Bent Park - same as past years 6/27/17 6:00pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 6/29/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Fourth of July Parade/Fireworks Parade on Central St / Fireworks at Lakefront - same as past years 7/4/17 2:00pm -
10:00pm
Evanston Fourth of July Association
Evanston Haitian Community Picnic Community Picnic in James Park - same as past years 7/4/17 2:00pm -
11:00pm
Geral Daye
Ride for AIDS Chicago Staged at Chandler - bike ride from Evanston to Wisconsin and back with closing ceremony in Leahy Park- same as past years 7/8/17 7/9/17 6:00am 6:00pm Test Positive Aware Network Inc., (TPAN)
McGaw YMCA Youth Triathlon Youth triathlon at ETHS; closing Dodge between Church/ Greenwood and Lake between Dodge /Pitner for the bike portion - same as past years 7/9/17 8:00am -
10:00am
McGaw YMCA
Starlight Concert Series Concert in Leahy park - same as past years 7/11/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 7/13/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Central Street Sidewalk Sale Sidewalk sale on Central Street, Greenbay to Hartrey - same as past years 7/13/17 7/16/17 10:00am -
6:00pm
Central St Business Association
World Arts & Music Festival (former ethnic festival) Festival in Centenial and Dawes Park - same as past years 7/15/17 7/16/17 12:00pm -
8:00pm
City of Evanston
Starlight Concert with Food Trucks Concert in Brummel park - Brummel closed Elmwood to Custer for Food Trucks - same as past years 7/18/17 5:30pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 7/20/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Movie at NU Ryan Field Movie at NU Ryan Field 7/20/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
History Center Ice Cream Social Ice cream social at Dawes House 225 Greenwood St - same as past years 7/22/17 1:00pm 4:00pm Evanston History Center
Second Baptist Church Picnic Annl picnic in Lovelace Park same as past years 7/23/17 1:00am -
4:30pm
Second Baptist Church
Starlight Concert Series Concert in Mason Park - same as past years 7/25/17 7:30pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 7/27/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Dempster - Main Mile Sidewalk sale annual summer sidewalk sale - same as past years 7/28/17 7/30/17 9:00am -
7:00pm
Main - Dempster Mile
Downtown Summer Sidewalk Sale Sidewalk sale; businesses throughout downtown Evanston - same as past years. 7/28/17 7/30/17 10:00am -
6:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Great lake Plunge A swim challenge at Dempster St Beach that consist of 3 races: a 1k, 2k and 4k swim around a designated loop with buoys to define the course 7/30/17 7:00am -
11:00am
Evanston OWL, Inc
NU's Run for Walk in memory of Randy Walker Start/end at Ryan Field with street closures and parking restrictions; Participants will run east on Lincoln onto NU campus; turn around at the most southern point of the lakefill; and head back to Ryan Field. Same as past years. 7/30/17 7:30am -
11:00am
NU Dept of Athletics
Movie in the Park Movie in Penny Park 8/1/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Starlight Junior Concert Series Concert in Talmadge park - same as past years 8/2/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 8/3/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Rotary Staff Picnic Rotary Int'l staff picnic in Centennial Park same as past years 8/4/17 10am - 4:00pm Rotary International
Movie in the Park Movie in Ladd Arboretum 8/5/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Gospel Fest Annual Gospel Fest At Family Focus - same as past years 8/5/17 1:00pm -
4:00pm
Family Focus
Jamaica Day Celebration Picnic Picnic in James Park - same as past years 8/6/17 10:30am -
9:00pm
Evanston Cricket & Social Club
Movie in the Park Movie in Dawes Park 8/8/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 8/10/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Movie in the Park Movie in Twiggs Park 8/12/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Dar-us-Sunnah Masijid Community Center picnic Dar us Sunnah Community center Picnic in Twiggs Park - same as past years 8/13/17 11:00am -
6:00pm
Dar-us-Sunnah Masjid & Community Center
Great lake Plunge RAIN DATE A swim challenge at Dempster St Beach that consist of 3 races: a 1k, 2k and 4k swim around a designated loop with buoys to define the course 8/13/17 7:00am -
11:00am
Evanston OWL, Inc
Movie in the Park Movie in Baker Park 8/15/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 8/17/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival Art Festival in downtown Evanston; Sherman from Clark to Davis; Church from Benson to Orrington; Clark from Benson to Sherman - same as past years 8/18/17 Sun 8/20/17 10:00am -
9:00pm
Amdur Productions
Movie in the Park Movie in Bent Park 8/19/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Evanston Remembrance Reunion Picnic Annual remembrance reunion picnic in James Park - same as past years 8/19/17 10:00am -
8:00pm
John Murray
Evanston Community Picnic Evanston Annl Community picnic in Ingraham park - same as past years 8/20/17 1:00pm -
4:00pm
City of Evanston
Movie in the Park Movie in James Park 8/22/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Thursday Night live Dance series in downtown Evanston 1603 Orrington with live music and dance instruction. - same as past years 8/24/17 7:00pm -
9:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Movie at Robert Crown Movie at Robert Crown 8/26/17 8:00pm City of Evanston
Taste of Armenia Festival Food Festival on Clark St between Benson and Sherman - same as past years 8/27/17 12:00pm -
6:30pm
St. James Armenian Church
Faith Temple Church Tent Revival
ETHS Booster Palooza
Tent revival on Faith Temple Church Parking Lot 1932 Dewey - same as past years
ETHS Fundraiser event on top of Sherman Plaza Self Park garage - same as past years
8/28/17
Sat 9/9/17
9/1/17 6:30pm 9:30pm
6:00pm -
10:00pm
Faith Temple Church of God in Christ
ETHS Bootsters / Dist 202
Malankara Catholic Church Procession Participants walk around the block of the church 1208 Ashland Ave - same as years past 9/9/17 5:30pm -
6:30pm
Malankara Catholic Church
Streets Alive community event to promote walking and biking; normally close Main St from Florence to Hinman - this year proposing additional closures 9/10/17 1:00pm 7:00pm City of Evanston
Step up for Youth Race - former Unity 10 Mile Run Staged in Centennial Park, participants will run along the lakefront path and Northwestern campus race route - similar to last year 9/10/17 7:30am -
11am
Diane Goldring
Main - Dempster Wine Walk Thur 9/14/17 5:00pm -
9:00pm
Main - Dempster Mile
Kits, Cats and Kids Block Party Kick off the school year NU, Downtown Evanston, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, ETHS, and School District 65; block party on sherman ave between church and davis - same as last year 9/14/17 5:00pm -
7:30pm
City of Evanston
North Shore Century Registration is staged in Dawes Park and Lagoon bldg -bike ride to Kenosha and back. Same as past years. 9/17/17 6:00am -
6:00pm
Evanston Bicycle Club
NAMI Cook County N Suburban SK Run/Walk (NEW) Staged in Centennial Park, participants run along Sheridan Rd sidewalk, Northwestern campus race route and the lakefront path 9/24/17 9:00am -
10:30am
NAMI Cook County N Suburban
Bike the Ridge Close Ridge between Church and Howard for bike ride- same as past years 10/1/17 9:00am -
1:00pm
City of Evanston
Big Bite Night NU Student event -Downtown restaurants provide free samples of food to NU students - same as past years 10/1/17 3:00pm -
5:30pm
Downtown Evanston
NU Homecoming parade Sheridan between Lincoln and Chicago - same as past years 10/6/17 6:00pm -
7:00pm
Northwestern Univ.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes walk to raise awareness about men's sexualized violence against women. Staged in Centennial Park, participants walk 1 mile on lakefront path wearing women's heels. Same as last year. 10/8/17 10:00am -
12:00pm
Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (NWCASA)
North Shore Crop Hunger Walk Start and finish at First Congregational Church (Hinman/Lake); participants walk on sidewalk, east on Lake to lakefront path, south on path to Main, west on Main to Hinman, north on Hinman to the church. Same as last year. 10/15/17 12:00pm -
4:00pm
North Shore Crop Hunger Walk / Church World Service (parent organization)
Evanston Oktober Fest Beer sampling event with Evanston breweries; food for purchase; live music and other activities - in NU parking lot where Downtown Farmers Market held - same as past years 10/15/17 12pm - 6pm Downtown Evanston
Evanston Motorcycle Classic (NEW) Motorcycle Show on Orrington between Church and Davis 10/15/17 10:00am -
3:00pm
Randy Wait
Cubmobile Boy Scout's soapbox derby race on Leonard Place between Ridge & Asbury - same as past years 10/15/17 9:00am -
3:00pm
Boy Scouts of America
Zombie Scramble A 2- to 4-mile course where participants attempt to outwit and outrun "zombies" and finish the course with all their "lives" intact. - on Ladd Arb path 10/21/17 6:00pm -
9:00pm
City of Evanston
Veterans Day Ceremony in Patriots Park (if fountain sqr under construction) 11/11/17 10:00am -
12:00pm
Evanston American Legion Post 42
Flying Turkey SK Run/Walk Staged in Dawes Park- 5k along Sheridan Rd between Clark and Lincoln; then on NU property; then lakefront path close Sheridan from Clark to Lincoln for
runners to start race. Same as past
years
11/23/17 9:00am -
10:30am
Jonathan Cain
Evanston Tree lighting Tree lighting downtown with live music, fire truck procession, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and hot chocolate & cookie stations throughout downtown T- same as past years 12/1/17 5:00pm -
8:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Warm Bevvy Walk Business serve free samples of hot beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic 12/7/17 5:00pm -
8:00pm
Downtown Evanston
Menorah lighting Ceremony in Fountain Square - same as past years Dec TBD 5:30pm City of Evanston
Kinara lighting Ceremony in Fountain Square - same as past years Dec TBD 11:00am City of Evanston
First Night Evanston Family activities in Downtown Evanston and Raymond Park- same as past years 12/31/17 12:00pm -
12:30am
First Night Evanston Inc