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Thirty-nine downtown Evanston restaurants offered roughly 1,500 new and returning Northwestern students free samples of their food Sunday evening.

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The free food offer drew a crowd to the Big Bite Night registration tables at the Rebecca Crown Center on campus to pick up maps to downtown restaurants and discount coupons.

The yearly event, called Big Bite Night, is a collaboration between Northwestern University, downtown Evanston restaurants and Evmark, the downtown marketing organization timed for the Sunday evening of new student week when residence hall kitchens are often closed.

“Big Bite Night is especially good for new students who don’t yet know what lies off campus,” says Associated Student Government Director of External Relations Jilian Lopez, who helped coordinate the event.


Thirty-nine downtown Evanston restaurants offered roughly 1,500 new and returning Northwestern students free samples of their food Sunday evening.


The free food offer drew a crowd to the Big Bite Night registration tables at the Rebecca Crown Center on campus to pick up maps to downtown restaurants and discount coupons.

The yearly event, called Big Bite Night, is a collaboration between Northwestern University, downtown Evanston restaurants and Evmark, the downtown marketing organization timed for the Sunday evening of new student week when residence hall kitchens are often closed.

“Big Bite Night is especially good for new students who don’t yet know what lies off campus,” says Associated Student Government Director of External Relations Jilian Lopez, who helped coordinate the event.

“Downtown Evanston offers close to 90 restaurants and cafes,” says Carolyn Dellutri, executive director of Evmark, “and this welcomes students to their culinary neighborhood.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Big Bite Night is a great event
    It’s great to see students back, and an event like this goes a long way to showing the city’s businesses how much of an impact they can have. I applaud EVmark and NU for putting this together every year.

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