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15 Great Things to Do in Evanston

Here’s the insider’s guide on 15 places to eat, shop, and play in this beautiful northern suburb.

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, bat17evanston.com

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

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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, evanstonhistorycenter.org

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, davesrockshop.com

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

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

[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, foundkitchen.com

The Spice House
The Spice House

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, blockmuseum.northwestern.edu

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, cityofevanston.org

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

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

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, thespicehouse.com

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

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


Cheer on 140 floats at the Fourth of July parade, celebrating the town’s sesquicentennial, along Central Street on July 4. . . . Watch the fireworks at 9:15 p.m. from the lakefront east of downtown. . . . Enjoy the Fountain Square Arts Festival, featuring 200 artists, on July 6 and 7 at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Church Street.


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