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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. 

The Evanston Children’s Rummage Sale – October 14, 2017

This sale is FREE to enter and will take place on Saturday Oct. 14th from 8-3pm. The donations will be accepted until that Friday the 13th at Robert Crown.

All proceeds will be donated to Friends of Crown in support of the new recreational and ice-skating facility.

Donations are tax deductible and volunteers will receive discounts at checkout.

Volunteers can sign up online and the incentives are as follows:

2 hrs  receive 10% off
4 hrs  receive 20% off
6 or more hours receive 30% off

Evanston Hockey Days – January 27 – 28

Come to Robert Crown Center and enjoy a Hockey Days Weekend! More Info

DJ Skate Night at Robert Crown Center – January 13


Enjoy a night of skating and music at the Robert Crown Center’s special DJ night skating session on Friday, January 13, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. 

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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.

Literacy Crafts & Games – Sat. July 23

 EC2C’s spectacular Summer Learning Parent Ambassadors are hosting a fun literacy event on Sat. July 23 from 10 to 12am at Robert Crown Park. Come join the fun! Games, free books, snacks!

“Magic Starts with a Wish” Spring Ice Show April 30 and May 1

Community members are invited to attend Robert Crown Center’s 40th annual spring ice show, “Magic Starts with a Wish,” on April 30 and May 1 at the Center, located at 1701 Main St., in Evanston.

This year’s program will feature special performances by 2010 U.S. Olympian and 2016 Four Continents silver medalist Mirai Nagasu, as well as hundreds of Robert Crown Center figure skating school students and professionals.

Performances will take place on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and $9 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at (general only), by calling 847-448-8258, or at the door. The show is suitable for all ages.

For more information, please call 847-448-8258.

Easter Skating Party @ Robert Crown – Sun. March 27

Join us on Robert Crown Community Center’s Main Rink for an Easter Sunday Skating Party!

The “Jelly Bean Count” prize will be announced during the event and there will be a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny!

The skate will be Sunday, March 27, from 2-4 p.m., at the Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. For more information, see the flyer, here.

Black Ice Hockey Tournament – Sat. Jan. 2

This is a 3-on-3 hockey tournament under blacklights for Mite, Squirt, and PeeWee age groups. Find two friends to join and let the games begin! Skate rental is available. For information about this event, please call 847-448-8258.

Location: Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main Street
Age: 4-9 yrs.
Admission: $120 per team
Time: 1-9pm

1701 Main St, Evanston, 60201 at 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Frozen Try It Skate – Sat. Dec. 26

Come meet the characters of Frozen and try skating. Classes will be divided by age group. Please dress warmly and remember mittens. Skate rental available. For information about this event, please call 847-448-8258.

Location: Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
Age: 4-9 yrs.
Admission: Free
Date and Time: Sat. Dec. 26, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Public Skate DJ Night – Fri. Nov. 20

Robert Crown Center will hold special DJ night skating sessions on the main rink on select Friday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. with A-Z Entertainment, Ltd. Questions? Call 847-448-8066.

Dates: October 23, November 20 and December 18
Location: Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
Age: All ages
Admission: $8 adults, $6 student with ID, $3 children 5 and under

Try Hockey for Free – Sat. Nov. 7

Evanston Hockey invites boys and girls to Robert Crown Center on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Come Play Hockey Month.

Starting at 2:10 p.m., local youth, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.

“We are proud to once again host a Try Hockey for Free event and look forward to welcoming families to our home rink, Robert Crown Center, to try the great sport of ice hockey,” said Evanston Hockey President Matt Devine. “Our goal is for these families to enjoy watching their kids learn new skills with big smiles on their faces.”

Evanston Hockey coaches and members of the Evanston Hockey high school team will be on hand to run players through basic skills, drills and a scrimmage. Participants will receive a goodie bag with stickers, pencils and participation certificate.

Evanston Hockey encourages those who have access to equipment, to please bring it. If participants do not have any equipment, they need to bring:

  • A loose-fitting pair of sweatpants or snow pants
  • A pair of gloves (they don’t need to be hockey gloves- mittens are fine)
  • A helmet
  • A smile

Robert Crown Center has skates, and Evanston Hockey has a limited amount of equipment available to lend. Participants should arrive 45 minutes early to check in and get fitted for any equipment.

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. USA Hockey has close to 500 locations offering this unique opportunity to kids nationwide.

Visit to register.

For more information, please contact: Marina Marich,, 847-868-2049

Screen-Free Week – May 4-8

Tune Out TV Week has been replaced with Screen-Free Week. Computers, TVs and handheld devices have completely integrated with our lives. We need to take some time to step away from the devices and enjoy the people and nature around us.

The Ecology Center will be hosting after-school activities and the Robert Crown Center will offer free ice-skating for up to 50 children on the studio rink. Drop in at the Ecology Center to see what we are doing each day and enjoy ice-skating at the Robert Crown Center.

Location: Evanston Ecology Center & Robert Crown Center
Age: All Ages
Fee: Free

More information at the City of Evanston webite

Music of the Night – April 25 & 26

Evanston community members are invited to attend Robert Crown Community Center’s 39th annual spring ice show, “Music of the Night,” on April 25 and 26 at the Center, located at 1701 Main St., Evanston. The event will feature hundreds of figure skating school students and professionals performing to live Broadway music.

Performances will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. The show is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $9 for general seating and $10 for reserved seating.

To purchase tickets online, visit for Saturday’s show or for Sunday’s show. For more information, please call 847-448-8258.

Robert Crown Flea Market – Sat. Nov. 1

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The following is from the City of Evanston:

Evanston’s 40th Annual Fall Flea Market will be held on Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.

There’s something for everyone at the market. More than 70 tables will sell a wide variety of items at this year’s event, including sporting equipment, household goods, jewelry, books, toys, games and much more. Proceeds from table rentals benefit the Robert Crown Center Advisory Board.

Admission to the flea market is free (no early birds, please). For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311.

Ice Skating on Mother’s Day @ Robert Crown


On Sat., May 10, the Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex, 1701 Main St., invites families to celebrate Mother’s Day on the ice from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission $6; Skate Rental $3. The first 25 mothers will get to skate for free! Additional prizes will be given away throughout the night. For more information, call 847-448-8258.

City of Evanston Easter Events – Sat. April 19

Arboretum Egg Hunt. Evanston youth are invited to participate in the Ladd Arboretum’s Egg Hunt on Sat., April 19 at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Children ages 18 months to 8 years old, as well as children with special needs, will learn about bearded dragons and take part in activities and crafts. All participants must bring a basket or bag for collecting. Preregistration is required, along with a $5 sign-up fee. Residents can choose from four one-hour sessions to best fit their schedules. Get more details here.

Bunny Bash Ice Skating Event. Residents are invited to attend Robert Crown Community Center’s first-ever “Bunny Bash Skate” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature giveaways, including gift certificates, assorted chocolate candies, a giant jar of jelly beans and more! Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3. For questions, call the Robert Crown Center at 847-448-8258.

Spring Flea Market – Sat. April 12

Find a treasure at the Spring Flea Market. Head over to Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This market connects people who own great “stuff” they no longer need with folks who like a bargain and believe in the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. All 75 tables have been reserved. Items for sale vary each year, but you can expect to find sporting goods, books, household items, clothes, attic treasures and jewelry.

AYSO Soccer Registration

soccer ballRegistration for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) for next year–fall 2013/spring 2014–is now in progress.

Children between the ages of 4 and 18 as of July 31 of the year in which the fall season begins can play AYSO soccer.


CRITICAL DATES: May 1 to June 9: Online registration will be open!

Returning Players need only register and pay online at – This will complete your registration process.

First Time Players, New Volunteers, Scholarship Applicants MUST FIRST REGISTER and PAY ONLINE at AND ALSO attend one of our in-person registration sessions:

  • May 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Evanston Civic Center
  • May 18th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Levy Center
  • June 2nd from 12:30 to 4:30 at Robert Crown
  • June 9th from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the James Park Field House

Important instructions, a step by step walk through, and FAQs regarding costs and what’s included are be posted to the website. Please check for details.

Please note that Scholarships are available. Everyone Plays!

Martin Luther King Observances in Evanston

There are events scheduled all over the community for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, beginning Saturday, January 19.  For a complete list, see the City of Evanston website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21. The Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Noyes Cultural Arts Center and Ecology Center will be closed. The Main Library and the North Branch will be open. The Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch will be closed.

Free drop-in gym sessions will be held on Monday, January 21 at Robert Crown Community Center. Times are 9-11am for grade school age children; Noon-3pm for high school students and 4-7pm for adults. For more information, please call 847/448-8258.

Aristotle Peers (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) will offer free tutoring for students in grades K-12 from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 21 at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St. in downtown Evanston. Tutors will work with students on homework, study skills, test preparation and more! Parents are encouraged to stay for snacks and conversation. More>>>