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Some of the most widely used FREE resources in the City of Evanston for the past year have been the Street Soccer pitches!  But as much as our community loves them, neither the City of Evanston nor District 65 can afford to buy and keep them.  These pitches have been on loan from Mettle Sports at NO cost to the city, the schools, or the park district.

Help Evanston own the Street Soccer pitch at Robert Crown Center!

To learn more and donate, click here. 

Evanston Fire Explorer Program Open House – January 24

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Evanston Fire Explorer Program Open House

Tuesday, January 24th @ 7pm

Evanston Fire Department Headquarters

909 Lake Street Evanston, IL

Evanston Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – January 14


On Saturday, January 14, at noon, all are invited to the City’s “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. The event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. Admission is free and open to the public. See the City’s website for more events celebrating Dr. King this month.

Arboretum Winter Trees Night Hike – January 13

Mother and three kids having fun in forest on snowy day. Girl is aged 9 and boys are aged 6. The laughing boys are running in front and the mother with daughter is walking in the background. It's snowing on cold winter day.

Test your nocturnal senses on a guided hike through the Ladd Arboretum on Friday, January 13, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy themed activities, a campfire, and s’mores! Pre-Registration required.

Location: Evanston Ecology Center
Age: 5 yrs. and up
Fee: $5 R/$7 NR
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Register online or call 3-1-1.

Outdoor Ice Skating Now Open!


Outdoor ice rinks are now open at all three Evanston locations: Ackerman Park, Baker Park, and Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park. As weather conditions change, visit the City’s website or text SKATE to 847-448-4311 for an automated response, to check the Current Outdoor Rink Status 

Rink Locations:

  • Ackerman Park, Central St. at McDaniel Ave.
  • Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St.
  • Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.

Note: Indoor public skating is available at Robert Crown Center)

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Evanston’s 2017 Summer Camp Guide Available Online


Evanston’s 2017 Summer Camp Guide is now available for viewing online! Printed guides will be distributed to Evanston public and private schools the week of January 16.

This year, a new, simpler camp registration process will begin online and at the Robert Crown Community Center on Saturday, February 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. No more waiting for camp lottery results! For more information, see page 3 of the guide.

See the Guide here

Community Kwanzaa Celebration – December 26

kwanza1On Monday, December 26 at 11 a.m., join your friends and neighbors in celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa at Fountain Square, in the heart of downtown Evanston. Experience the traditional lighting of the Kinara and recitation of Nguzu Saba, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. For more information about Kwanzaa’s history, visit

Fountain Square is located at Davis Street between Orrington and Sherman Avenues.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Fountain Square – December 25

menirah1The entire community is invited to come together at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 25 to light the 10′ Menorah in Fountain Square. Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl will offer greetings and help in the lighting of the Menorah with civic, business, community and religious leaders.

The ceremony will celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and freedom of conscience over oppression. A boys choir will perform, there will be live musical entertainment, free dreidels and refreshments (doughnuts). For more information, please call 847-866-2914.

Location: Fountain Square, intersection of Davis St., Sherman Ave. and Orrington Ave.
Date/Day/Time: Sun., Dec. 25, 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the New Year at First Night Evanston! – December 31st

Celebrate the New Year with First Night Evanston on Sat., Dec. 31! The family-friendly event will feature Grammy Award-winning entertainment, live music, poetry, dancing and much more at a variety of indoor venues surrounding Raymond Park. General admission wristbands may be purchased online and at locations throughout Evanston at a discounted price of $20 through December 25first-night-evanston






ROBERT CROWN CENTER – Winter Break Camps

free-snowman-clip-art-knmegh-clipartLooking for some fun over Winter Break?

There are still openings at the Winter Break Camp at Robert Crown Center!

We offer a fun filled camp over the winter break for children age 2-12!

Visit for more information, and  to register!

And/or call Tiffany, Program Coordinator, at 847-448-8258.

Evanston Games In the Park – 2nd Annual Fort And Den Building Pop Up – Saturday, December 17


Evanston Games in the Park in collaboration with the City of Evanston presents:

Dare the winter building forts and dens out of sticks and (maybe) snow! This pop-up adventure playground is going to be about outdoor winter frolic with natural materials. We’ll have a truckload of sticks and branches, as well as other interesting stuff for folks of all ages, abilities, and interests to play and build with. Bring your kids to experience the special excitement of vigorous winter play and don’t forget that inner child of yours!

the fun is to be had at Leahy Park and will start at 11:00 am (the event will wrap up at 3:00 pm). For more information, visit event’s Facebook page here.

Holiday Tree Lighting TODAY – Friday, December 9


Celebrate the holiday season at the Evanston Tree Lighting ceremony at Fountain Square. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus to enjoy an evening of musical performances, holiday cheer, hot chocolate, and watch the tree light up at 5:30pm. We’re also excited to announce that the Cubs mascot Clark and the White Sox mascot Southpaw will celebrate with the Evanston community! Look for them in the crowd!

Tree Lighting Program

5:00pm–Performance by Evanston Children’s Choir
5:15pm–Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a firetruck
5:30pm–Tree Lighting!
5:40pm–Performance by Northwestern University Waa-Mu
6:00pm–Tree Lighting program ends

Special thanks to the sponsors of the Tree Lighting: NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northwestern University, Lumen Optical, and Valli Produce.

Please note that Sherman Ave. between Church and Grove will be closed from 3:00 to 6:30pm and Davis St. between Chicago and Benson Ave. will be closed from 4:30 to 6:00pm.   

Downtown Evanston Holiday Tree Lighting – December 9


Join Mayor Tisdahl and Santa and Mrs. Clause to light the tree on Friday, December 9th at 5:30pm! The Evanston Childrens’ Choir and Northwestern University Wamuu will perform before and after the tree lighting. Hot cocoa locations and visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause too! More details coming shortly.

Where: Fountain Square
When: Friday, December 9th

Holiday Food & Toy Drive

Help make the holiday season joyful for as many needy Evanston families as possible.


Be a part of the annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive sponsored by Mayor Tisdahl and local community organizations.

Donate online quickly and securely using our Holiday Drive payment site.(Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover accepted)

please bring new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items to the lobby of one of our convenient Evanston drop-off sites starting Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Dec. 9.  See locations below.
The City is seeking donations of staple food items for holiday meals, including: stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix (PLEASE CHECK EXPIRATION DATE).
  • Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.  Mon.-Fri., 7am-9pm
  • Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Sun., Noon-6pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-9pm; Fri. and Sat., 9am-6pm
  • North branch library, 2026 Central St. Mon., 10am-8pm; Tues.-Wed., 10am-6pm; and Sat., 10am-5pm
  • Chicago Ave./Main St. branch library, 900 Chicago Ave., Suite 102, Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat, 10am-6pm; Mon., 10am-8pm
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. Mon., 9am-6pm; Tues.-Thurs., 9am-8pm; Fri., 9am-9pm; Sat., 8am-9pm; Sun., Noon-4pm
  • Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St. Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 9am-4pm
  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm; Sat., 9am-4:30pm
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-9pm; Sat., 9am-3pm
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm; Sat. and Sun., 9am-3pm
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm
  • Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat., 9am-6pm
  • All five Evanston Fire stations, locations here
  • Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave.

ATTENTION:  Families who wish to participate in the Holiday Food & Toy Drive to receive toys and/or food items must register by calling 311 between Monday, November 28 and Friday, December 9.

Halloween Events & Trick or Treat Times



Halloween Trick or Treat
Official trick-or-treating hours for the City of Evanston are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 31. Evanston children are encouraged to participate in the ELIMINATE Project, a partnership between the Kiwanis Club of Evanston and UNICEF looking to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. When children trick or treat, they will be asking for change for their UNICEF partners. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Hopf at 847-475-4270.

Halloween Carnival
Children of all ages can come experience a carnival themed Halloween event at the Robert Crown Community Center on Mon., Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.   Kids will enjoy games, face painting, and music.  Costumes are optional and admission to the program is free.

Halloween DJ Skate Party
Robert Crown Center will host their annual Halloween Skate on the Main Rink on Mon., Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission and skate rental are free when you come in a costume. The center is located at 1701 Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

Halloween Family Storytime and Craft!
Bring your trick or treater to the Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room of the Main library at 6:30 p.m. for Halloween themed stories, songs and a craft! A lovely way to spend some family time together after all the candy excitement is over. Come in costume (or not: your choice.) Please visit their website for more information.

Register for 3rd Annual Zombie Scramble

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The Evanston Recreation Division presents the 3rd Annual Zombie Scramble on October 22, 2016!


The goal of the Zombie Scramble is for you and your team members to finish the race with all of your “lives” intact.  Your “lives” are represented by flags hanging off of a flag football belt you will wear.  Throughout the course, Zombies will be attempting to grab your flag as you attempt to avoid them.  If you lose all of your flags you become “infected” and complete the race as an “infected” person.

Fire Department Open House – Sun. Oct. 16

Bike the Ridge – Sun. Sept. 25

BikeTheRidge2011_0746web.jpgThe annual Bike the Ridge event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets. Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time, so come out and enjoy this non-competitive, city-sponsored special event!

You are invited to join the official start of the ride at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. You may bike Ridge Avenue from Howard Street to Church Street and back again or anywhere in the middle. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance. This event is limited to those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed).

More information here.

Art Classes at Chandler-Newberger Begin Sept. 21


Fifth Ward Festival – Sat. Aug. 27

The Inaugural Fifth Ward Festival will be held on Saturday, August 27 from noon to 8 p.m. at Twiggs Park (Simpson St. and Bridge St.) Hosted for all of Evanston, the event provides residents living outside of the Fifth Ward an opportunity to experience and learn more about the area. A wide variety of booths by local organizations will address the need for jobs and job training, mental health care, voter registration and more, all of which contribute to empowerment and can help reduce gun violence. Police and firefighters will be on hand to share information about public service jobs and mingle with the community.

Performers: Kweku Collins, Manwolves, Chainsaw Dupont, Funkadesi and more.

For more information head to Dear Evanston’s Facebook page.

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