Paid Post: Downtown Evanston businesses are getting ready for a weekend of the best summer shopping! From July 27-29, independent retailers and national chains will set up shop with too-good-to-resist deals on the sidewalks throughout downtown.

Find great deals on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories, jewelry, decorative arts and more! 

New this year, Downtown Evanston is hosting a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest to add color and design to the downtown sidewalks and create a friendly, artsy competition between businesses, artists and families in Evanston! The sidewalk in front of storefronts will be decorated on Friday afternoon and evening. Come out on Saturday to view the outdoor art gallery while you shop and eat downtown. 

Join us on Saturday and Sunday from 1-2pm for buskers at Fountain Square sponsored by First Bank & Trust. Aaron Smith will play banjo and guitar on Saturday and Alisa Rosenthal will play ukulele on Sunday. Bring the kids on Saturday from 12-2pm for free balloon twisting and face painting, sponsored by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.  

Check out the Sidewalk Sales deals below! Businesses with asterisks are participating in the Chalk Art contest.

Our favorite bead shop Ayla’s Originals (**) will have a great set up of housewares and accessories on their sidewalk plus $1 goodie bags in the store.

Stock up on your Northwestern gear during the sale at Beck’s Bookstore with an additional 30% off all sale merchandise including Northwestern University t-shirts, sweatshirts and gifts! Stop by Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 3pm; closed on Sunday.

Becky & Me Toys always has super deals during the Sidewalk Sale! Get some holiday shopping done at the “Christmas in July” sale Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26, noon to 3pm for additional discounts on Playmobile sets, Thomas and Friends, toy chests and more. The weekend offers will not disappoint bargain shoppers—20-50% off including major brands like Corolle, Calico Critters, Brio and Creativity for Kids and $1, $2, $5 and $10 bins with items up to 90% off the original prices.

Blick Art Materials (**), which is providing chalk for the Chalk Art contest (thanks, Blick) invites you to swing by and get inspired to create more this summer with super deals on supplies and gifts!

How are you doing on your summer reading list? If you have finished it, let Bookends and Beginnings (**) help with great deals on new and used books. And don’t forget to finish filling out your Find Waldo passport or pick up your passport here if you still need one!

Still haven’t taken a class at Bottle and Bottega?(**) Stop by this weekend to sign up for a class and get 15% off an art & wine party, plus art will be on sale too!

The Chicago Cubs are having a great season! Pick up some Cubs paraphernalia at Campus Gear, offering 50% off all Championship merchandise.

ComicCon may be over, but you are just in time to take advantage of Comix Revolution’s selection of $5 graphic novels and $10 hardcovers.

Lots of fun things happening at Close Knit this weekend! They are a stop on the Chicago-area Yarn Crawl which begins Saturday, July 28  – stop by to pick up a passport. On Sunday, swing by at 2pm to learn how to make a pompom, open to all ages and perfect for kids!

Ladies, you don’t want to miss these deals! Head to Accents Plus for up to 50% off select spring and summer items. Need to stock up on beauty supplies or treat yourself to a mani/pedi (yes, you do!)? Asha SalonSpa (**) is offering 20% off all Aveda products. Find a unique top or dress for those summer parties and get-togethers at CouCou & Olive (**), with 50-75% off new spring and summer items, vintage finds, and “Kellie’s Barely Work Rack”, a collection of unique designer clothing from the store’s owner! Speaking of gently worn designer items, CrossRoads and Stepping Out on Faith promise some of the best deals all weekend. And, don’t forget to visit the gals on Chicago Ave. at Dragonfly-df (**) where you’ll find sale racks outside and inside on Friday and Saturday only! Last, but certainly not least. gigi BOTTEGA has incredible $10 & $20 racks as well as 50-70% off clearance items! Oh my!!

In the market to pick up some gifts? The Pop Up Gallery (**) on Sherman will feature arts and crafts by a variety of artists ranging from jewelry to soap to illustrations to housewares! Of course the one gift that fits (most) is a good bottle of wine! Vinic Wine promises to have a great sidewalk display but an incredible discount table.

How is your summer workout going? Perhaps some of these deals will help motivate you! Uncle Dan’s will have up to 50% some of your favorite active ware brands. While your feeling inspired to get healthy, head to CycleBar (**) for 25% off select merchandise and Christmas in July class specials only available through July 29! Stop in at SPENGA (**) for 20% off retail and session specials: buy 10 sessions and get 2 sessions free or buy 20 sessions and get 5 sessions free! Directly across the street is Evanston’s friendliest bike shop, Wheel and Sprocket (**) which is celebrating cycling with $50 to $200 off bikes!  

Mom’s and Dad’s, we know it’s hard to keep kids busy all summer! Stop in Evanston Games and Café (**) for 15% off games rated for ages 2+, 5+, and 8+, along with a general clearance sale. Plus, anyone that makes a purchase is eligible to roll jumbo-sized “prize dice” to win a free drink, an extra percentage off, a mystery game, etc. 

With all this walking around, you’ll have to find new shoes at Williams Shoes the Walking Spirit! Plenty of shoes for sale on the outdoor and indoor racks. Head west on Church to Urban Outfitters—open at 9am on Friday and Saturday—offering 25% off women’s and men’s tees plus an additional 30% off sale merchandise.

And more deals to come…click here to view sales in Downtown Evanston and check out more discounts at our neighboring businesses in the Main Dempster Mile! Shop Evanston this weekend!

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