Despite a wind-induced last-minute change of venue from the beach to the Hilton Orrington, about 400 people from business and non-profit groups gathered Wednesday night for the third annual Evanston MashUp.

The event is designed, organizers say, to let people meet, connect and converse and celebrate the spirit, power and character of Evanston.

Cody Modeer and Anne Carlson, owners of the soon-to-open Howard Street wine and cheese bar Ward Eight, chat with northwest Evanston attorney Jeff Smith.

John Enright of Bluestone serves up pulled pork sandwiches as one of nearly two dozen local restaurants   participaing in the “Taste of Evanston” portion of the event.

Scones and other treats from Celtic Knot were among the dessert options available.

Musicians entertained the crowd.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Can-do spirit

    It's incredible that the Hilton Orrington was able to accommodate the MashUP on such short notice.  This really shows the kind of can-do spirit that exists in Evanston.  Great event, great community! 

  2. mashUP

    Thank you General Manager Russ Abell and Hilton Orrington staff for accomdating 300 people with three hours notice!

    I give my sincerest of wishes to John Bernin and the Passage family.

    Thank you chamber peer members as I finish serving my 7th and last year on the board of directors, four as past Tresurer, President Elect, President and Past President.  I look forward to returning to a rank and file member.

    Thank you to Mayor Tisdahl, City Manager Wally B, Council Members and city Economic Development Department staff for being a working partner of the Chamber of Commerce.

    Thank you to everyone who has participated in another Chamber event, the annual golf outing.  It has been a favorite of mine.

    Thank you Bill Smith and Evanston Now for covering news and events of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.


    Dan Mennemeyer

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