Custard Street Fair Guide — 2012 Edition
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Main Street Many Faces...

Main Street Evanston thrives with a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, art and theater. Centered on the Metra train station, the Main Street Shopping District continues to shine in the Evanston community with its worldly personality and bustling businesses. This district is gleaming with wonderful initiatives and development which will allow for additional shops, homes, and restaurants to serve our Evanston community.

Gift giving is made easy on Main Street. You can find the largest fair trade shop on the North Shore showcasing beautiful, unique, handmade goods from artisans around the world, one of the Midwest's largest sellers of fabrics and a Belgian hand made chocolatier which will please even the most discerning lover of sweets. Main Street shops also offer antiques, Amish hand made furniture, collectibles, a magazine depot and rare books fit for any history buff. A Paris-inspired clothing boutique caters to fashionistas. Kids aren't left out either: a fully stocked toy store provides educational toys and games for all ages. Whether you are looking for a massage, green household supplies, kitchen cabinets, or a guitar for your jam session— Main Street will not disappoint.

After completing your shopping list, you'll be ready for a bite to eat. You won't have to go far to enjoy dishes from around the world; you'll find casual diners, award-winning restaurants and everything in between. Main Street area restaurants include sushi, Greek, Mexican, Italian, seafood and an American diner. For spirits, just visit Evanston's first and only distillery right on Chicago Avenue just north of Main.

For a cup of warmth on a chilly day, you'll find plenty of coffee houses up and down Main Street. And, after getting your coffee and sugar fix, work off that energy by stopping in and exploring Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop and our very own Toby Jug Museum right here in our neighborhood.

To further quell your creative appetite, check out the Piccolo Theatre located in Evanston's Historic Train Station. Inside you'll find Piccolo Theatre which only performs comic theatre, a meditation center focusing on Tai Chi and Arica meditation as well as the Piccolatte Cafe coffee shop before jumping on the Metra to head into Chicago.

Main Street's New Faces....

New in 2012, a streetscaping project is well underway to beautify the district. The street scape project will extend on Chicago Avenue from South Boulevard to Main Street. The improvements include: roadway curbing, concrete planters, installation of tree and perennial plantings, irrigation system and installation of pedestrian signal heads at Chicago/Kedzie intersection. The project began in early April and is scheduled to be completed right before the Custer Street Fair is held on June 16th and 17th. The street scaping will improve the aesthetics on Chicago Avenue; pedestrian walkways are to be expanded to allow easier access to shopping, dining, and holding events; and the roadwork is a part of the city's continuing program to enhance the road system throughout the community.

Main Street Station District is also quickly adding new neighbors this year. A multi-family real estate developer, AMLI residential, has begun erecting a mixed use residential luxury rentals and retail project. This new development will be conveniently located on Chicago Avenue, just south of Main Street, within walking distance of three train stations, two bus lines, St. Francis Hospital, eclectic shopping, diverse restaurants, cultural activities and the beaches of Lake Michigan.

This is yet another great project that will provide quality housing and help boost the local economy along the Chicago Avenue corridor and we welcome AMLI Residential to Evanston," explained Alderman Melissa Wynne (3rd Ward). "In addition to these high quality rental units, Chicago Avenue is also receiving a makeover by CTA in its much needed repair of the Purple Line retaining wall and three viaducts and by the future efforts of the City of Evanston on its upcoming Chicago Avenue Streetscape project."

"AMLI is thrilled to be undertaking this transit-oriented development in the beautiful, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of southeast Evanston," said Steve Ross, AMLI Executive Vice President. "We believe that there is pent up demand in Evanston for brand new upscale apartments. The community's green building standards, energy efficiency and smoke-free living environment will make it even more sought-after." AMLI expects its first residents to move in by spring 2013

Main Street Awaits....