Center offers many programs: after-school sports classes, girls’ youth basketball leagues, youth flag football leagues, preschool play groups, youth chess, adult/youth fencing, preschool development classes, youth gymnastics, adult/youth volleyball leagues, women’s basketball classes and more as well as summer day camps for school-aged youth and preschoolers.
The Evanston Parks/Recreation and Community Services Dept. oversees a wide range of services: Cultural Arts, Ecology, Forestry, Parks, Recreation, Youth Engagement, Senior Services and Disability Services. The divisions offer a variety of programs for children, teens, adults, seniors, and people with special needs.
Cultural Arts Division: Promotes the arts in Evanston and provides information about the arts and arts events. Presents free events including Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Ethnic Arts festival, Starlight concerts, and Arts Week.
The Ecology Center: Strives to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment and our interdependence with it through educational programs and services.
Commercial composting company offers weekly or biweekly pickup service. At a commercial site, anything that was once alive, including animal products and food soiled paper, can be composted.
58 vendors of fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese and bakery items from local and regional farms. Free parking available in the Maple Street Parking Garage. Special events and performances by local musicians.
Downtown Farmers Market:
This market is held every Saturday, from early May through early November. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.)
Wednesdays, early June through mid-October, 3:30 p.m.-7p.m., in the park by the field house at 908 Seward St. (at Ridge Ave.; Program Director Natalie Sallee, 847-869-5640. Pre-order/delivery boxes available weekly.
West End Market:
Saturdays, early June through late October; 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Intersection of Church St. and Dodge Ave. (ETHS parking lot)
Indoor Farmer & Artisan Food Market:
Located at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., on Saturdays from December through April from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 40 vendors include local farmers and artisans. Dennis Clarkson, Winter Market manager, 847-864-7328, firstname.lastname@example.org.
McGaw YMCA Market
Dates: May 28 through mid-October
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 7am to 1pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.
Group is committed to caring for Evanston's trees by raising awareness of the value of Evanston's urban forest and promoting best practices in tree care among residents, local businesses and organizations. Organizes work days, family events and activities; offers classes in tree care at the Levy Center.
Meet regularly on the third Wednesday of the month at the Evanston Ecology Center; welcomes anyone who's interested in getting involved.
EWSP will gift to the City of Evanston a sculpture depicting a young suffragist with her bicycle,
honoring early Evanston women leaders and inspiring the City’s next generation.
In the midst of the busy downtown shopping district, this small oasis with three fountains and benches is a good place to rest your feet.
The Evanston Ecology Center's Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, December 3, 2016 through April 29, 2017, except for December 24 and 31.
Location: 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston (Intersection of McCormick Blvd. and Bridge St.)
Parking: Parking is available in the lot across the street from the Ecology Center, accessible via McCormick Blvd. Parking will not be permitted in the Ecology Center Circle Drive.
A small garden in central Evanston featuring beautiful roses during the summer, as well as the original Fountain Square Centennial Fountain. The Garden is open to the public and is available for rental for small wedding receptions and special occasions.
The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was started by Ricky's wife, Sherialyn, and his friends in memory of the former basketball coach at Northwestern University who was murdered by a racist in 1999. Proceeds benefit the work of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, especially in areas of violence prevention and racial equity.
5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk and a fun youth mile.
Evanston's community concert band, composed of 35 music lovers ranging in age from 12 to 80 with a wide range of musical performance experience. Provides an easy-going, fun and supportive environment in which to play. All performances are free and open to the public. New members are welcome and auditions are not required.
Rehearsals are held most Tuesday evenings at the David Wood Field House in Kamen Park East, (South Boulevard and Barton Avenue), in South Evanston from 7:30 to 9:30PM.
Seven parks, covering over 14 acres of parkland in south Evanston.
Ridgeville is a park district and public agency in south Evanston, Illinois. Named after a historical settlement around present-day Ridge Avenue, Ridgeville is dedicated to enriching the lives of its residents and neighbors through a variety of services:
The Ridgeville district in southeast Evanston is bounded on the south by Howard St., on the east by Chicago Ave., on the west by the North Shore Channel and on the north by Greenleaf St. It includes parks, sponsors free public events, camps and classes, and has its own farmers' market.
Tot and Youth Classes, Teen and Adult Classes, Winter & Spring Camps, Summer Camps, and T-Ball.
Rental space in the Ridgeville Community House or the David Wood Field House; call 847-869-5640 for more information about rentals.
The Community Center offers sports programs, classes in the visual and performing arts, after-school program and Preschool Programs for ages 2 to 5.
Dance classes include ballet, tap, ballroom and creative movement.
The Ice Complex provides ice skating, figure skating, hockey, speedskating and broomball. Skates may be rented to attend the public skating sessions and may be rented for use during skating classes.
Party rentals available.
Home to the Northwestern Wildcats for Big Ten football, basketball, hockey and more.
Ticket Office Information
Athletic Ticket Office
1501 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60208
August through April
Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm
May through July
Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm
Ryan Field was formerly named Dyche Stadium
SAGE (Schools are Gardening in Evanston) is an outgrowth of the Dawes School Edible Garden Project which began in 2004. The gardening program now exists at several District 65 schools giving students the opportunity to plant, grow, harvest and eat fresh foods. Surplus food is donated to local food pantries. SAGE is overseen by the Evanston Environmental Association and the SAGE Steering Committee.
There are now 16 gardens in the Evanston school system.
Designed in 1915 by Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen, the intimate, meditative garden features a bas-relief of the Bard. Every plant in the garden was either mentioned in Shakespeare's plays or commonly grew in Tudor England. Located east of Sheridan Road, north of Garrett seminary. Popular wedding site. Maintained by the Garden Club of Evanston.