Downtown Evanston launches its “Girl Whirl Weekend Getaway” program Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17.

The program welcomes women from throughout the region to enjoy shopping, dining, fitness and overnight stays in the downtown.

Downtown Evanston launches its “Girl Whirl Weekend Getaway” program Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17.

The program welcomes women from throughout the region to enjoy shopping, dining, fitness and overnight stays in the downtown.

Events will include fashion and trunk shows at local apparel retailers, spa/salon treatments, screenings at the third annual Talking Pictures (film) Festival, wine tasting, traditional afternoon tea, fitness classes including yoga and zumba, and both a twilight and morning walk in partnership with the City of Evanston’s Women out Walking (W.O.W.) program.

Event attendees will enjoy exclusive offers at downtown retailers, spa/salons and restaurants, and the first 100 women who check in at the Downtown Evanston office (820 Davis Street, Suite 151) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, will receive a free tote bag and a $10 Downtown Evanston Gift Card, accepted at over 115 businesses.

All five downtown Evanston hotels have provided overnight packages with special rates and value added offers. Community Partners for the event include Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, Women Out Walking, Make it Better, and the Talking Pictures Festival.

Participation in the Girl Whirl Weekend Getaway is free; however, certain events do incur a fee. A schedule of events and offers is available for download at downtownevanston.org. For more information, call 847-866-6319.

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3 Comments

  1. Girl Whirl?

    If the event is for women, why is it called the "girl whirl"? When will we stop referring to grown women (with buying power and a sufficiently worthy clientele to warrant this ad campaign) as girls? Do we refer to men as "boys"? Rarely.

    Time to join the 20th c. as well as the 21st! The feminist movement has been around for decades, why can't we give women the respect they deserve, and stop referring to them as children!?!

    I find it hard to believe that whomever was paid to come up with that slogan couldn't think of something more creative, more accurate and more respectful. "Girl Whirl", really? I mean, really?

    1. Girl Whirl – Boys’ Night Out

      I guess it all depends on your point of view.   My friends and I in our mid-50s refer to each other as "girls," maybe since we've known each other since we were 18.  (And yes, we are all professional and accomplished, in addition to being wives and mothers.)  To some of us, it represents fun, friendship, and youthful exuberance.  I hope I'm still a "girl" at heart when I'm 75!

  2. Lighten up

    There are real issues confronting women in America – whether or not a fun event calls us girls to suggest a fun, festive, lighthearted weekend isn't one of them.  Get over yourself and worry about something real.

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