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Thursday, October 8, 2015

This Sunday is Evanston Oktoberfest!

Evanston Oktoberfest will celebrate Evanston's craft breweries! Sample beer from Temperance, Smylie Brothers Brewing, Peckish Pig and Sketchbook Brewing. There will be plenty of delicious food available for purchase. Attendees will also enjoy live music, dancing, kids activities and more!

Evanston Oktoberfest runs from 1:00 to 5:00 pm for General Admission ticket holders and VIP ticket holders get early admission at 12:00 pm. Please note that all food is available for purchase so please bring cash. See below for additional ticket information. 

Evanston Oktoberfest will take place at the parking lot behind the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1818 Maple Avenue (also known as the Downtown Evanston Farmer's Market location).

Get your tickets:

Evanston Oktoberfest is hosted by Downtown Evanston, a nonprofit organization that manages and markets the downtown Evanston business district. Ticket sales help cover the event costs for the participating breweries and Downtown Evanston.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Presenting (Barrel) Sponsor
e2 Apartments

Growler Sponsor
First Bank & Trust

Pint Sponsor
Hyatt House

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Open House Chicago Features 14 Evanston Stops!

For the first time ever, the Chicago Architecture Foundation's "Open House Chicago" will feature a community outside of the city's borders: Evanston! The free public festival, October 17-18, will offer behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings, including 14 in Evanston. Learn more at

Support Nichols Middle School Arts Programming

TEMPERANCE BEER COMPANY SOCIAL: Save the date! Come to Temperance Beer Company on Tuesday, November 10th (the day before Veteran’s Day) from 7-10 PM to mingle with other Nichols parents, enjoy light snacks, adult conversation and a cold brew or other beverage. The focus is on providing a fun, low-key opportunity for Nichols parents to relax and socialize. It’s also a no-pressure fundraiser to raise support for arts programs at our school, with opportunities to underwrite items for the new Makers Room and spring musical. Temperance is kindly donating a dollar for every pint of beer sold.  Come enjoy a night out at a great local spot!"

Monday, October 5, 2015

Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Mural Dedication at Dewey Elementary

Fall Fiesta celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month – This Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy Latino music as you indulge in a tamale and horchata tasting with Dewey friends.  Bring your old costumes to share and grab a new one at the costume swap.  Kids can paint free miniature pumpkins and play relay games in the field.  Plan to buy your carving, decorative, and novelty pumpkins for the season from the Fall Fiesta!  Put October 10 on your calendar now, this is a free, community-building fiesta that you won’t want to miss!  And, it will feature the dedication of the mural created last school year by Dewey students and artist Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves (11:30).  Event volunteers are needed:  please contact Amy Nedoss, or Rebeca Mendoza,

FREE Talk by Julie Lythcott-Haims on How To Raise an Adult

FREE Talk by Julie Lythcott-Haims on How To Raise an Adult

Julie Lythcott-Haims, former freshman dean at Stanford University and the author of How to Raise an Adult, will be speaking (no cost) at Beth Emet (SW corner of Dempster and Ridge) on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.  Her book has been characterized as the Anti-Tiger Mom Manifesto and takes on schoolwork, sports, extracurriculars, college admissions, online school portals, chores, play, adolescence, and mental health.  Click here for the New York Times review.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Serious Sale!

This Saturday Harvey Pranian, Evanston's famous Art & Antiques dealer, is selling tons of interesting objects, 10a-5p, 1035 Wesley. He is occupying a yard, a gallery and an apartment with items. Bring your paycheck and prepare to shop your brains out!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

10.2.15: West Evanston Art Crawl

Six studios within six lovely blocks of Florence Avenue in West Evanston will be open and showing works by a variety of artists this Friday night!  Great art, interesting conversation and light refreshments (including Sketchbook Brewing samples at Adler George Studio and Space 900).

Alice George, at Adler George Studio 1125 Florence Avenue (Alice will be displaying an exhibition called “Metaphysical Comics,” collograph and mixed media prints inspired by comics & thinking about things).

Beth Adler, at Adler George Studio 1125 Florence Avenue (small works on paper)

Ausrine Kerr, at Ausrine’s Art Room, 1123 Florence Ave (on display: Ausrine’s latest oil paintings, sculptural felt pieces, Alvydas Pakarklis ceramic work, J. Crow oil paintings).

Jack Kraig 1532 Crain Ave (on display: Many new 6×8 framed  photographic images will be available.  Mandel bread plus sale items!)

Mill Creek Miniatures, 1127 Florence (displaying local artist Amy Woodbury displaying “Painting Utah”)

Space 900, 1042 Wesley Avenue (a visual arts collective)–a preview of Harvey Pranian’s “Big Sale” will be on display

Curt’s Cafe South, 1813 Dempster, will be displaying the work of Marcy Lichterman (opening night)

For a map and links to artist's websites visit