The City Council tonight is scheduled to act on a request from Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington to ban peddlers from the area from the area around Northwestern’s athletic complex on days when events are being held.


The proposed peddler-free zone would be bounded by Isabella Street, Ridge Avenue, Lincoln Street and Green Bay Road.

The restriction would be similar to ones already in place around the Evanston Township High School athletic field on game days and around elementary and secondary schools on school days.

The ban would apply to all sales of food and merchandise and would also ban selling or reselling of event tickets except by the event ticket office or a licensed ticket broker.

The City Council tonight is scheduled to act on a request from Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington to ban peddlers from the area from the area around Northwestern’s athletic complex on days when events are being held.


The proposed peddler-free zone would be bounded by Isabella Street, Ridge Avenue, Lincoln Street and Green Bay Road.

The restriction would be similar to ones already in place around the Evanston Township High School athletic field on game days and around elementary and secondary schools on school days.

The ban would apply to all sales of food and merchandise and would also ban selling or reselling of event tickets except by the event ticket office or a licensed ticket broker.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. This is great news.. when I
    This is great news.. when I go to games, the stuff that they are selling on the street is ridiculous. Ugly shirts and caps that seem decades old–who is buying that stuff anyway? If the high school has this already, why doesn’t NW? Either way, good for Chief Eddington.

  2. Again, Eddington is aligning
    Again, Eddington is aligning his political goals to serve special interests. So, now we will use city resources to improve NU’s profitability. We certainly don’t want NU to lose out on sales from peddlers. Yes, lets use your tax-paid city resources to protect NU and other non tax-paying institutions, such as religious organizations (sarcasm).

    1. Don’t be silly
      I doubt sincerely this has anything to do with licensing, and everything to do with traffic and public safety. If the sidewalk right of way is taken up by peddlers, then there is a much higher likelihood that people will walk in the street and someone will get hurt.

      Police have a lot to manage when there are large gatherings of people in a concentrated area. I can’t imagine that they’re really worrying about what you suggest.

      1. Another possible reason is
        Another possible reason is the amount of trash the vendors leave. I can see from my window when they leave storage boxes full of garbage near the canal on Central Street. I have been complaining for some years about this. I’m glad this ban has been proposed.

        1. Are vendors or spectators the trash problem ?
          Sunday P.M. after game day I still can find as much as four bags full of cans, bottle and paper cups, from Asbury to Sheridan on either Lincoln or Central. Once past Ridge I’d expect property owners would have picked these up on their property, but not so.
          These seem to be more items spectators not vendors leave behind.

  3. NU merchandise and taxes
    ” Yes, lets use your tax-paid city resources to protect NU and other non tax-paying institutions, such as religious organizations (sarcasm).

    When people buy licensed NU products, they are paying sales tax. I don’t know if these peddlers pay all of their sales tax – if they are selling unlicensed products , my guess is that they probably dance around sales tax laws too.

    I am in favor of less regulation of businesses in Evanston – but these peddlers should face the same rules that other sellers of NU merchandise (such as the store on Central St., or the one on Sherman, or the NU bookstore) have to deal with. It seems strange that Judy Fiske wants to stop a legitimate restaurant owner from opening a nice little cafe on the sidewalk, but she doesn’t have a problem with these peddlers selling their knockoff stuff and undercutting the licensed merchants of Evanston.

  4. Street peddling
    The owners of Let’s Tailgate souvenirs on Central Street also run the souvenir concessions inside NU’s stadium. When Dave Gaborek addressed the city council meeting on Oct. 12, he conveniently did not mention that he runs the concessions inside NU.

    Let’s Tailgate is using absurd reasons for banning peddling around the stadium. They know full well that peddlers do not leave garbage around after they leave as they were once themselves street vendors before opening their store.

    Their real reason for supporting and initiating this ordinance is so they can have a monopoly of selling their own merchandise, not only inside nu, but from there store as well.

    Shame on them for turning their backs on street peddlers whom they used to work with.

    1. Street Peddlers
      Rick,

      Do the street peddlers in question have a city license to sell their merchandise?

      That is the simple question. If so, then they have the right to sell their items as long as they are in compliance.

      However, if they do not have a license, then Gaborek’s arguments are correct, and justified.

      I know you do not like the concept of perceived “monopoly”, but this is a business, and Gaborek has obviously worked diligently to grow his business to include selling merchandise within the stadium concession stands, etc.

      And what is wrong with that?

      Reply (from Bill):
      So far the testimony has been that the street vendors are licensed as peddlers in Evanston.
      — Bill

  5. I would like to know incidences of Pedestrian traffic injuries
    If the issue is truly safety, then I would like to know what the history of accidents is. That would be the only evidence I need to agree or not. Hard to imagine some of the residential streets having this issue – Central Street, I could understand.

    Also, are the local homeowners upset about these vendors?

    Reply:
    If you read this week’s story on the issue, you’ll see that the chief said there have not been any pedestrian injuries.

    I have not, as yet, heard any complaints from homeowners about the vendors.

    — Bill

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