Getting cozy downtown this winter

Downtown Evanston will host the city's first-ever Hygge Fest later this month -- a series of events designed to promote a cozy, mindful lifestyle.

Pronounced "hue-gah," this Danish expression is an attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments and celebrates coziness, warmth, family and mindfulness. 

From February 16 to 22, Evanston businesses will host a range of special in-store events that will encourage attendees to incorporate more coziness, warmth and mindfulness in their lives.

There's a kickoff event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bookends & Beginnings where hygge expert Anne Petersen will tell how to make hygge a part of your day-to-day life.

For more information and to RSVP visit downtownevanston.org/hyggefest Note that some events require tickets.

Here's a list of Hygge Fest Events

Saturday, Feb. 16

10am-4pm | Uncle Dan’s Hosts Merrell Arctic Grip Demo
11am-1pm & 2-4pm | Assembly Creators Market Candle Making Workshop
2:30-3:45pm | Grateful Yoga “Restorative Yoga”
1-3pm | Evanston Public Library Teen DIY: Create a Custom Mug
4-6pm | “Hygge 101” Talk at Bookends & Beginnings

Sunday, Feb. 17

1-3pm | CloseKnit Yarn Store “Intro to Knitting”

Monday, Feb. 18

6:30-7:15pm | Evanston Public Library Storytime & Craft: Hygge Time 

Tuesday, Feb. 19

5:30pm | “Hygge & Relationships” Talk by Monica Isaac (at Industrious Evanston)

Wednesday, Feb. 20

2:30-3:30pm | Other Brother Coffeebar “Fika Break”
5-8pm | Vinic Wine “Wine & Game Night”

Thursday, Feb. 21

5:30pm | FlowersFlowers “Cozy Up Your Space with a Hygge Floral Arrangement”
7-9pm | Euchre Night at Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Looking for some more background on the whole Hygge concept? Here's a story about it from Vice News.

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