Evanston Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street promotes a vibrant downtown to live, work, shop and play through preservation and revitalization.
Downtown Evanston tells a story and captures the spirit of community. It is a gathering place to work and play with a thriving and unique retail center. Every resident is proud of this wonderful, historic downtown and is excited to play an active role in its development. Our revitalized downtown is a place where people love to go and want to return.
The diverse community stakeholders are organized into active committees charged with determining promotional activities, overseeing design in the downtown, and assisting with business improvement.
The unique historic nature of downtown Evanston is preserved through adaptive reuse of properties, through facade renovations appropriate to the district and through a cooperative design review process, and through technical assistance to downtown property owners. The downtown businesses are able to capitalize on being a part of this historic place in their marketing efforts.
The revitalized downtown Evanston is a destination for shopping and social events. With a mixed use of buildings, the downtown is active and alive day and evening. Funds raised through special events and financial support from the healthy downtown businesses provide funding for the Evanston Urban Renewal and Main Street programs.