Creative destruction continues in Evanston’s downtown retail marketplace.

The Chicago Tribune reports  today that Active Endeavors has closed its locations in Glencoe and Lincoln Park and will shutter its shop at 901 Church St. in Evanston next month to become an online-only clothing retailer based in Chicago’s West Loop.

Meanwhile Chicago-based clothing retailer, Untitled, has recently opened its third store at 812 Church St. in the Sherman Plaza complex.

Just down the block at 816-1/2 Church St., the paper-goods store A La Card has put up signs announcing it plans to close, but over on Orrington Avenue a new restaurant, Omaggio, has opened at 1639 Orrington in the Library Plaza building. It offers upscale pizza and other Italian fare that tasted quite good when sampled last night.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Last thing we need is another liquor store downtown
    Now I read a package liquor store/convenience store is proposed where Quizno’s used to be, on Davis across from 7-Eleven. That would make 4 convenience stores or liquor stores on Davis within 2 blocks.
    When the grubby Fountain Square plaza finally gets fixed up, let’s make the surrounding area nice as well. Come out on the 18th of Feb for the zoning hearing, and let’s take back control of our downtown development!

    1. convenience store
      Isn’t this just the Davis Pantry moving a little bit east? If so, I see no need to get upset about it. And Evanston First really is harmless- I think that it is a good business .

      1. convenience store
        In response to the question above by Zachary…isn’t this just Davis Street Pantry moving a little bit east…the answer is no…this is a zoning request for a new convenience store selling liquor to go into the space previously occupied by Quizno’s. Also, Evanston 1st is a good business, however, stand out back in the alley and see what liquor changes hands between “of-age” people who buy it from the liquor store and then sell it to those “under-age” who are waiting in the parking lot.

        1. Parking Lot Sales?

          I certainly hope you are calling the police every time you witness such illegal activities. Unless you do, they will continue to occur – assuming it’s not the police who are doing the selling. Or yourself, of course.

  2. Where are all these liquor stores?
    The only one I know of is Evanston 1st. Is there another one somewhere that I’m not aware of? (Davis Pantry doesn’t sell beer or liquor)
    Personally, I think we could use a few more actual liquor stores. Of course, I think Evanston is in desperate need of a few more well equipped drinking establishments as well.

    What is so bad about a liquor store? I’ve never noticed any problems with Evanston First.

    1. Of course, one can purchase
      Of course, one can purchase alcohol at World Market or Winestyles, but I guess those places are OK – since ‘respectable’ people shop there and they don’t sell Budweiser.

      It looks like we still have members of the Temperance Union living in Evanston. I don’t want to have to go to Skokie or Chicago just to get a 6-pack.

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