Paid Post: Happy February! We know this month can be a bit of drag dealing with post-holiday blues and cold temps and gray skies, but we have some great ways to get out and have some fun!

Check out the events below and find out about a variety of other events in our February newsletter.

Chicago’s North Shore Restaurant Month

The 10th annual North Shore Restaurant Month runs now through Feb. 28. This popular dining event features more than 100 of the North Shore’s most popular restaurants offering a variety of specials and discounts.

Better yet, this year there are 29 restaurants in downtown Evanston offering free appetizers or desserts, a percentage off the entire bill, prix fixe meals, 2 for 1
specials and much more.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and their special offers, or to print a dining certificate that can be used at all of them, please visit

Lyft Promotion

Downtown Evanston is excited to announce a partnership with Lyft to provide discounted, responsible rides to and from downtown Evanston for North Shore Restaurant Month.

To encourage visitors to dine in downtown Evanston, Lyft is offering new and existing Lyft users 20% off two rides using a special code. Follow these three steps to enjoy this promotion:

  1. Download the Lyft app
  2. Enter the code EVANSTONRM18 in the promos section
  3. Request a ride and get picked up within minutes

Please note that the Lyft promotion is valid from Feb. 1 to March 1, 2018 between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. and you must be going to or being picked up from within a mile of 820 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201.

We Love Evanston Party & Photo Contest

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 10, noon to 2 p.m. to watch an ice carving demonstration in Fountain Square Plaza. Enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate from Patisserie Coralie or a mini Nutella milkshake from Edzo’s Burger Shop as you watch the ice transform into a special Valentine’s themed sculpture.

Downtown Evanston will have a prize wheel with a range of fun giveaways and gift cards, and “We Love Evanston” mugs available for a donation of $5. All proceeds will go toward creating a mural in downtown Evanston!

Take part in Downtown Evanston’s #WeLoveEvanston photo contest for a chance to win $50!

From Feb. 10 to 14, take a photo of a downtown Evanston restaurant, shop, public space, street corner, etc. that falls under one of the categories listed below and post it on Instagram and/or Facebook.

Tag @downtownevanston and any business featured in the photo, use the hashtag #weloveevanston and note the contest category in the caption. We will announce the four winners (one in each category) on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Winning photos will be selected based on creativity, originality, and quality of
the photo.

The four categories are:

  1. Best dish/meal
  2. Best storefront window
  3. Best architecture or public art
  4. Best Overall #WeLoveEvanston photo

Winter Sales & Valentine’s Specials

While you’re downtown, take advantage of winter clearance sales and special Valentine’s events taking place at these local shops and don’t forget to make your Valentine’s Day dinner reservations.

  • Coucou & Olive | 1716 Sherman Ave.
    Sale rack treasures starting at $20; vintage and ethnic jewelry, Kellie’s barely warn rack, 10% off fresh new spring arrivals
  • Ayla’s Originals | 1511 Sherman Ave.
    Special Heart-to- Heart necklaces and complimentary necklace, earrings and origami box with every $20 purchase
  • Stepping Out on Faith | 1632 Orrington Ave.
    Vintage and gently used clothing, hats, accessories, shoes and more! Take 20% off everything in the store!
  • Blick Art Materials | 1755 Maple Ave.
    Feb 9-11, all Preferred Customers will save 20%.
  • Williams Shoes the Walking Spirit | 610 Church St.
    30% off all sale items – boots, shoes and more!
  • Eve J. Alfille Gallery & Studio | 623 Grove St.
    Love Conquers All Valentine’s Party with treats, jewelry prizes and more (Feb. 10, 12-5pm)
  • Evanston Games & Café | 1610 Maple Ave.
    Receive a free drink (hot or cold) with purchase of any game throughout February

Click here to view all shopping specials.

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Downtown Evanston is a nonprofit corporation that provides marketing and management services to Evanston’s downtown business district. For additional information, visit or contact Laura Brown, Business Outreach and Marketing Manager at or 847-866-6319.

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