Merchants in downown Evanston and the Chicago-Dempster shopping district will be rolling their bargains out onto the sidewalk this weekend.

It’s the annual sidewalk sale, which runs Friday through Sunday. Sale organizers at Downtown Evanston say shoppers can expect to find great deals on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories and decorative arts, including the best in specialty and hand-crafted goods.

Added to the event downtown this year is an Artwalk. Participating local artists will set up alongside downtown retail locations and in front of restaurants and service businesses displaying paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, photography and more.

Artists will display their wares in downtown Evanston on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

Local musicians, Northwestern’s Theatre and Interpretation Center’s Lyle The Crocodile, Lululemon Athletica, Whole Foods Market and Music Institute of Chicago SWAT Team Singers will take to a stage in Fountain Square to offer free entertainment all weekend long.

Lululemon will host complimentary yoga and zumba classes throughout the weekend and Whole Foods will have a summer cooking demonstration on Saturday.

Carolyn Dellutri, executive director of Downtown Evanston, says shoppers “will find great discounts – some up to 75 percent off normal prices!”

Sale hours for individual businesses will vary. Special officers from participating downtown merchants can be found online. Listings of Chicago-Dempster merchants can also be found online.

Top: Shoppers at last year’s sidewalk sale.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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