All are invited to bike, walk, run, scooter or skate freely down Main Street as part of Evanston Streets Alive! on Sunday, September 13, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For the second year in a row, a mile of Main Street between Hinman Ave. and Robert Crown Center will be closed to motor vehicles and open to fun activities for all ages. The free “open streets” event includes four of the City’s nine aldermanic wards (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 9th) and spans two parks, a lively business district and a major transit hub.
This year’s Streets Alive! theme is “Just Move – Walk, Run and Bike to a More Sustainable Life!” The goals of the event are to inspire healthy, green transportation and to help everyone visualize new ways to use public space.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Streets Alive! back to Main Street for the second year in a row,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “Streets Alive! allows community members to celebrate and explore our beautiful public streets and spaces while enjoying all things Evanston.”
This year, Streets Alive! has partnered with the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) to bring the Evanston Green Living Festival to the event. Located on Main Street between Ridge and Asbury Avenues, the Green Living Festival will feature a large number of businesses and local organizations exhibiting their sustainable products, services, and ideas; alternative transportation and energy demonstrations; and much more.
Also new to Streets Alive!, Latino Resources and the City of Evanston will host the Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Celebration at Main Street and Ashland Avenue in front of Washington School. The celebration will include live music, art, food, dancing, games and more.
Other free activities at Streets Alive! include a climbing wall, street soccer, a bike rodeo, a kids’ bike ride, an Explore Evanston bike tour, an imagination playground, a chalk art contest, dancing, drumming, live music, an interactive art project, a hula hoop festival, bike instruction, food trucks and much more.
“Streets Alive! is a great way to showcase the uniqueness of Evanston and bring neighbors together to enjoy a wonderful weekend,” said state Rep. Laura Fine.
Streets Alive! is presented by environmental nonprofit Citizens’ Greener Evanston and the City of Evanston. Major sponsors include First Bank & Trust, the Evanston Bicycle Club, Homefield Energy, Archer-Patterson Family Foundation, WinSol Power, Natural Awakenings, Evanston Community Television (ECTV), The Autobarn of Evanston, Collective Resource, and Evanston RoundTable. To become an event sponsor, please contact Streets Alive! Coordinator Natalie Watson at email@example.com.
To learn more, visit evanstonstreetsalive.org or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 3-1-1.