Evanston on the scene
BY KIMBERLY ELSHAM VAVRICK For Sun-Times Media
SPACE: Music and performing arts venue, 1245 Chicago Ave.
27 Live: Music venue and restaurant, 1012 Church St.
The Celtic Knot Public House: An Irish pub and music venue, 626 Church St.
Pete Miller’s: A standby steakhouse that hosts live music every night, 1557 Sherman Ave.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall: Concert hall on Northwestern University’s campus. Home to professional performance organizations such as The Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Philharmonic, Northshore Concert Band, Evanston Symphony Orchestra and others who rent facilities from the NU Bienen School of Music. 50 Arts Circle Dr.
Piven Theatre: Professional theatre and actor-training facility, 927 Noyes St.
Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts: The recently renamed Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern, 2240 Campus Dr.
Shanley Pavilion: Student theatre venue on Northwestern University’s campus, 2031 Sheridan Road
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Evanston’s entertainment scene is on the rise. The city has long has a foothold in performing arts and theatre, but more music venues and contemporary entertainment venues are cropping up.
“A lot of people who live in the northern suburbs used to bypass Evanston and go into Chicago for live entertainment,” said Liz Bartlow Breslin of The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St.
“A lot of people wouldn’t think of coming to Evanston from Chicago to hear live music in the past, but these trends may be changing making Evanston a go to place not just to eat but to grab a drink, let their hair down and hear some authentic live music,” she added.
“Evanston has exploded with many new restaurants and alternative spaces offering entertainment. Being so accessible by public transportation and featuring so many choices has made Evanston attractive to people from Chicago as well as neighboring suburbs. So many strong restaurant choices drive traffic to Evanston and it is family-friendly, down-to-earth and also sophisticated in its cultural offerings,” said Nili Yelin, marketing director at 27 Live, 1012 Church St.
“Evanston has been happening; it’s the next Brooklyn,” said Amy Morton, owner of Found Kitchen and Social House, 1631 Chicago Ave.
She attributed the bump to timing, location and community.
“The timing is ripe, and people are ready for something new that does not entail going into the city. Additionally, the location is perfect because we are adjacent to the city and on the threshold of the entire North Shore. Finally, and most importantly, the Evanston community is diverse, hungry, and excited to support growth,” she said.
Here’s a quick-hitting list of Evanston’s entertainment venues, including newer hubs such as SPACE and 27 Live, and anchor institutions, such as Piven Theatre and venues within Northwestern University.