Streets Alive Festival – Sun. Sept. 7

On Sunday, September 7, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., the City of Evanston and Citizens Greener Evanston will host its biggest block party ever, Streets Alive!

This event is free and open to all. The City will close down a mile of Main Street, from the Robert Crown Center to Hinman Ave. The streets will be closed for all motor vehicles, in efforts to promote walking/biking/other activities in an area that is usually comprised of cars.

In addition to the wonderful shops and restaurants on Main Street that will be open for customers during this time, Streets Alive! has organized dozens of games, booths, sports activities, food trucks and live performances for all to enjoy.

Activities and events include:

  • Free pedometers for the first 200 community members that visit the City’s Health and Parks, Recreation & Community Services booth, located between Ashland and Wesley Avenues
  • A “Storywalk” created by the Evanston Public Library. Stroll Main St. and enjoy life-sized pages of Laura Joffe Numeroff’s childrens’ book, “If you Give a Pig a Pancake”
  • An opportunity to provide your input on the City of Evanston’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. Visit the City of Evanston’s booth located on Main St., between Chicago and Custer Avenues, to take a brief survey
  • The Evanston Utilities Department’s popular mobile tap water station
  • A “Bubble Science” lab created by the Evanston Ecology Center
  • Much, much more!

Road closure and parking information
The City will begin closing Main St. to motor vehicles between Hinman Ave. and Robert Crown Center starting at 11 a.m. on Sun., Sept. 7, with the entire portion expected to be closed by noon. Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted on Main St. and will take effect beginning at 10 a.m. Custer Ave., from Washington St. to Main St., will also be closed to motor vehicles and parking will be prohibited during the event. Controlled traffic crossings will be in place on Main St. at Asbury Ave., Ridge Ave. and Chicago Ave. Traffic and parking will return to normal following the event clean-up.

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