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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chicago Magazine Lists 15 Great Things to do in Evanston

What perfect timing for Evanston to make Chicago Magazine's latest issue with a list of 15 Great Things to do in Evanston! I've got a gaggle of visitors coming this summer and now all I have to do is send them this link and their entire trip is planned, lazy days of summer indeed.

This list is also a fantastic resource for me as I have never been to the Shakespeare Garden and it's on my list along with Bat Bar - which I just heard of the other day at a porch party (more on that later)!

Also mentioned was the Fountain Square Arts Festival, featuring 200 artists, on July 6 and 7 at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Church Street. This FREE festival is a great event over the 4th of July holiday weekend. See you there!

Below is the full list of 15, congrats to all of the businesses that made it!

Bat 17
[1] Beer geeks flock to this deli and pub for its tasty fare, pool tables, and 40-plus craft brews. 1709 Benson Ave., 847-733-7117,

Chalk Boutique
[2] Carrie Kane and Sharon Watrous bring an urban edge to their high-end women’s wear boutique, carrying Nina Ricci, ChloĆ©, and the Row. 2611 Prairie Ave., 847-424-0011,

Charles G. Dawes House
[3] Tour Calvin Coolidge’s vice president’s 26-room residence, which is home to the Evanston History Center.225 Greenwood St., 847-475-3410,

Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop
[4] Shop here for gems, crystals, and jewelry, or explore the store’s fossil museum, with its complete cave bear skeleton. 704 Main St., 847-866-7374,

Evanston Galleria
[5] Local artisans hawk art and clothing at this bazaar.1627 Sherman Ave., 773-245-9779,

Evanston Space
[6] Enjoy remarkable jazz and roots music at this candlelit lounge, hidden behind Union Pizzeria. 1245 Chicago Ave., 847-492-8860,

[7] Amy Morton’s homey bistro—No. 3 on Chicago’s 2013 list of best new restaurants—excels at daring small plates (fried oyster tacos, pork shoulder sandwiches). 1631 Chicago Ave., 847-868-8945,

Maple Avenue houses
[8] Spot three Queen Annes or Tudor Revivals, all on the National Register of Historic Places, on these three blocks.1101–13, 1209–17, and 1316 Maple Ave.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
[9] Northwestern University’s fine arts museum showcases 5,000 works. Catch a classic flick in the adjacent cinema.40 Arts Circle Dr., 847-491-4000,

Merrick Rose Garden
[10] You may stumble upon a summer wedding at this romantic enclave, where 2,000 roses ring a brick-walled lawn. Oak Avenue and Lake Street,

Northwestern lakefill
[11] This 74-acre campus extension offers lovely walking paths, shaded picnic spots, and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

Shakespeare Garden
[12] Fans of the Bard will notice more than 50 plants mentioned in his works at Northwestern’s garden.2101 Sheridan Rd.,

The Spice House
[13] Fresh-ground, fabulous-smelling spices from around the world line the shelves of this 16-year-old store. 1941 Central St., 847-328-3711,

Ten Thousand Villages
[14] This fair trade retailer stocks bags and home wares from 38 countries. 719 Main St., 847-733-8258,

Union Pizzeria
[15] The Neapolitan-style pies are a must at this inviting bar and restaurant. 1245 Chicago Ave., 847-475-2400,


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