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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Super Fun Charity Wine Walk

Quick note: I am thrilled that this is an event I can walk to!

Join the Chicago Dempster Merchant Association and Vinic Wine on Thursday September 18th for a lively neighborhood wine tasting event.  Beginning at 5:00, over 20 local businesses will be pouring tastings of French Wines. There will be a suggested donation of $15 per person that will benefit two local charities: No Boundaries – Train for Work, Train for Life & The Evanston Art Center.

Savor the last of the warm weather as you stroll from shop to shop where each business will pour a 1-2 oz. sampling of a different wine. “We would like you to join us in raising a toast for a good cause,” says Sandeep Ghaey of Vinic Wine. “We are excited to share our French wine and partner with the Chicago Dempster neighborhood businesses.”

The day of the event, participants will start at one of three locations (Blue Pearl Studio at 517 Dempster Street, Paramour Bungalow at 812 Dempster Street or Vinic Wine at 1509 Chicago Avenue) to pick up a wristband and a map of participating businesses. From there, plan your tour of area shops and restaurants to sample French wines from Vinic Wine.

Don’t miss this opportunity to check out the many great new area shops like Stumble & Relish (a gift shop), Dragonfly (a clothing & decor store) and Homestead Meats on Chicago Avenue. Also new on Dempster Street are Blue Pearl Studio, offering custom counter tops and Paramour Bungalow, a creative home accessory store. These businesses compliment your favorite neighborhood staples like Squeezebox Books and Music, Miniasian Rugs, Blind Faith Cafe, Lollie Kids Boutique and Union Pizzeria. Bring your friends for a lively evening exploring these and many other businesses while sipping wine, enjoying tasty bites, shopping sales, and meeting neighbors.“We are so excited to be part of this vibrant neighborhood!,” says Jaime Leonardi from Stumble & Relish. “The wine walk is the perfect way to showcase the Chicago Dempster gems and team up with all of our neighbors to support some great organizations.”

Proceeds from wristband sales will benefit two local non-profits, No Boundaries and the Evanston Arts Center. No Boundaries—Train for Work, Train for Life, is a workplace training program that helps teens and adults with disabilities build the essential skills they need in order to live and work in today’s fast-paced world. The Evanston Art Center has a long-standing commitment to providing quality visual arts programming, including art classes, exhibitions, public programs, special events, and community outreach.

“Our non-profit workplace skills training program, No Boundaries – Train for Work, Train for Life, opens up work and community opportunities for people with disabilities. We are honored to be a part of the first annual Wine Walk and are appreciative of the Evanston community for supporting full community participation by individuals with disabilities” said JJ Hanely from No Boundries.

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