A uniquely Evanston coalition of business, government, and non-profit organizations is urging Evanstonians to “shop locally, shop Evanston” each of the four Tuesdays in August.

If it works the way organizers hope it does, additional funding will be available to help the homeless and the unemployed to find work, while at the same time increasing the sales of local participating businesses.

And all this without government funding.

“Evanston Works Together: 4 Tuesdays in August” has the full support of Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who helped launch the campaign at a news conference Monday in the offices of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, along with Carolyn Dellutri of Downtown Evanston, Kathy Slaughter of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Sue Loellbach of Connections for the Homeless.

Each Tuesday this month, participating businesses have agreed to donate 5 percent of their sales to the two non-profits.

Funds generated will support free financial literacy,  job-readiness, and job training programs at both organizations.

Loellbach says the group has no idea how much revenue will be generated, but that it hopes to make this an annual event.

“This is truly an experiment,” she said.

In addition to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the initiative is being sponsored by two other local businesses—Romano Wealth Management and Acquirent LLC.

If you wish to support the effort, here’s where you should shop:

Downtown Evanston: Affordable Portables, Bloom3, Edzo’s Burger Shop, Eve J. Alfille Gallery, FlowersFlowers, GiGi Bottega, Lemoi Ace Hardware, Lollie, Saville Flowers, Trattoria Demi, and Williams Next Door.

Dempster Street Area: Hand Me Downs, Shaker Traditions, and Squeezebox Books & Music.

Main Street Area: Campagnola, Oceanique, Plain and Simple, Ten Thousand Villages, and Trattoria D.O.C.

Central Street Area: Happy Husky Bakery, Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, Notice, Perennials, Stella, and Walsh Natural Health.

Top: Karen Singer of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Carolyn Dellutri of Downtown Evanston, and Mayor Tisdahl at campaign kickoff news conference

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

Join the Conversation


  1. We would if…

    If there were enough stores that sold what we need. 

    The Council scared Sears out, Osco out, did not support Fields [and I don't mean money].

    Where can you buy appliances in Evanston? Mens clothing [aside from Banks which is very expensive] ? Shoes, electronics [yes Radio Shack has some and Audio is high end] ?

    Those wanting and apparently have pushed retail shopping out have been very successful.  Now the residents have to go to Chicago, Old Orchard, etc..  Way to go Council!  You can proclaim 'shop Evanston' all you want but in fact we can't do much.

    Now the Council can concentrate on getting rid of the little remaining manufacturing [is there any?], service, technology and about any thing else they consider 'business.'


    1. Appliances …

      Shopping for appliances? How about Best Buy, Home Depot and Target? All in Evanston.


      1. Yes technically

        Yes these are 'in Evanston' but barely.  Given their location [esp. Target] on the fringe of Evanston, people without cars have a difficult time—both transfers and time spent—getting to them. 

        For Target it is 'easier' to go to the one on Lawerence or now the Loop.  And with the Loop you have multiple stores you can go to if Target does not have what you want.  Fringe stores are o.k. if you are going for one thing [admittedly Target has many items] but many people want alternatives and even the best 'single' store does not have all brands and styles and sizes.  If stores were in downtown Evanston you would not have to go from one geographic point to another.

  2. Downtown, no thanks

    There aren't enough reasons for me to go downtown.  Since parking is such a nightmare (or rediculously expensive) downtown, and the parking enforcers are really great at their jobs, I'll avoid it if I only have one destination to go to on a given trip.  I would much rather drivea few minutes further to Skokie to guarantee easy/free parking and more shops to choose from.

Leave a comment
The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *