Wine for Charity

Last Thursday Evanston had two ‘block parties’. One was the official ‘Kits, ‘Cats and Kids Block Party for which the town is painted purple.

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The Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School Marching Bands performed in call-and-answer style prior to a pep rally for the NU and ETHS football games to be played that weekend (the Wildcats and Wildkits).

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The Block Party is sponsored by the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, Downtown Evanston, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Evanston Township High School, and Evanston/Skokie School District 65.

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After the band finished, I moved on to Vinic Wine which was hosting a charity wine walk along Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street.

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26 local businesses poured tastings of French wines or offered munchies.

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We received 8 tickets for $15 to sample these goodies, of which proceeds benefited No Boundaries & The Evanston Art Center.

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I admired Kier of H(om)e’s new decor.

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I had stopped in earlier when the boutique had just opened, and the doors add so much warmth.

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This boutique is so inspiring and I will have to add one of their gorgeous purses to my Christmas wish list.

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The new Cooked and Homestead Meats & Deli were pretty crowded and I heard their tastings were delicious.

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Dragonfly was also filled to the brim.

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Antiques and second-hand stores abound.

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Paramour Bungalow is an inspiration in decor and gift-giving.

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It was a great way to visit stores I don’t usually set foot in, and see the new Hewn parklet.

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I perused the No Boundaries art exhibit next door.

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At No Boundaries, people with and without disabilities learn and build skills in a real workplace setting.

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Located in a new tech site in a thriving Evanston business district, it’s the perfect place for transitioning teens and adults with disabilities to learn workplace and community skills including communicating, self-organizing, and self-advocating.

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Window-looking was fun too.

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As I made my way back to Chicago Avenue I bumped into a friend and we wandered the streets together.

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I don’t frequent Lollie but it has lovely children’s gifts.

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The Frame Warehouse has another art exhibit up.

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Hand Me Downs is another children’s goods store with a fun fire truck my brother would have enjoyed 35 years ago.

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Four Finches is a lovely detour off Dempster.

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It has an adventurous entrance.

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They have more than Four Finches in a cage, and their floral shop is filled with delicious gifts and scents.

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SqueezeBox is always fun to peruse.

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Wine was flowing freely at each stop. Soapie’s closed the event down.

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They had an awesome bottle opener I want to track down.

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We had so much fun that we missed the champagne at Christopher Duquet.

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It looks like there are more neighborhood adventures to come.

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I love this town.

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