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The spokes-doll of the Illinois Office of Tourism — Mini Abe — kicked off a promotional campaign tied to the upcoming Big Ten football game between Illinois and Northwestern with a visit to the Evanston City Council Monday night.

Dubbed “The Big Ten’s Smallest Fan,” the pint-size replica of President Abraham Lincoln is scheduled to make appearances at an array of Evanston businesses and events starting Nov. 22 leading up to the Nov. 29 Land of Lincoln game at Ryan Field.

Mini Abe at the press table with Evanston Now’s Bill Smith. (Wally Bobkiewicz photo.)

In an interview with Evanston Now, Mini Abe revealed that he plans to stop by Great Harvest Bakery, Stella Boutique, the Robert Crown Center, Hecky’s BBQ, Ayla’s Originals, Eve Alfille Gallery, Finders Keepers, Squeezebox Books & Music, Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop, Wine Goddess, Heartwood Center, Curt’s Cafe, Peckish Pig, Ward Eight, the Flying Turkey 5K and the Downtown Evanston tree lighting event.

Abe, who was escorted to the City Council meeting by Gina Speckman, executive director of the Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, also wanted to make sure you had a chance to see his latest commercial for the tourism office.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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