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Big downtown block party set for Sept. 13

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The City of Evanston announced today that the annual ‘Kits, ‘Cats and Kids Block Party will be held in downtown Evanston on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The free event will take place in Fountain Square, located at Sherman Avenue and Davis Street. Attendees will enjoy games, arts and crafts, family-friendly activities, music, the Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University marching bands, a rousing pep rally, and plenty of great dining options at downtown restaurants.

Discounted football tickets will be sold at the block party to help fill Ryan Field stadium with a sea of purple for the Northwestern football game on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. versus Akron.

Sherman and Orrington Avenues will be closed to vehicle traffic between Grove and Davis Streets during the event. Vehicles traveling west on Davis Street will be able to turn right onto Orrington Avenue and vehicles traveling south on Sherman Avenue will be able to turn right onto Davis Street. Parking will be available in the Sherman Avenue parking garage, which is located less than a block from Fountain Square.

But the city said in a news release that it would be grateful if attendees would bike or take public transportation to the block party, located just a short walk from the CTA and Metra Davis Street stations. Indoor bike parking is located on the second floor of the Sherman Plaza Self Park Garage at 821 Davis St.

This annual event is sponsored by the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, Downtown Evanston, Evanston Township High School, and Evanston/Skokie School District 65. 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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