Support your favorite downtown Evanston restaurants, bakeries, cafes and other retailers this holiday season by shopping locally for holiday candy, take out, beer and wine, and other specialty items. Skip the kitchen and dine out on Christmas and New Years or order a delicious prepared meal, extraordinary dessert and holiday drinks to enjoy in your home.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner or take-out
Alcove Evanston | 1625, avenue de l’Érable
Alcove organizes Christmas and New Year’s dinners with a special menu and exclusive wine pairings. Leave the cooking to chef Elio Romero!
La Grange Steakhouse | 1016, rue de l’Église (back)
Plan a date night or gather friends for a cozy night out at the Barn Steakhouse featuring a regular dinner with specialties such as Fruit de Mare Tower, Black Truffle Potato Gratin and Australian Wagyu Strip Steak (14 oz).
Cupitol | 812 Grove Street
Have your coffee, breakfast, brunch or lunch at Cupitol which offers its regular menu on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Five and ten cents | 1026 Davis Street
Celebrate the first year of 2022 with your friends and family at Five & Dime! Open at 4.30 p.m. and also available for private events.
Found Kitchen + Social House | 1631 Chicago Ave.
Reserve a table for New Years Eve to enjoy regular dinner service with festive a la carte dishes from Chef Debbie Gold including black truffle risotto with gold, lobster chowder and Slagel farmhouse dry-aged steak. Open from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Koi evanston | 624 Davis Street
Dine on site or make Chinese dishes (no sushi or dim sum brunch) from Koi on Christmas Day from 11am to 10pm. Pre-order is required; no same day orders.
Prairie Moon | 1635 Sherman Avenue.
Prairie Moon offers special holiday dinners throughout the month of December and a special New Years Eve dinner featuring nicoise salad, Maine lobster tails, filet mignon and more. This dinner will be available from December 31 to January 2. Click to view the menu. Open until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Reservations encouraged at 847-864-8328.
Smylie Brothers | 1615 avenue du Chêne
Give a craft beer as a gift this holiday season! Buy a howler, growler, or 4-pack of beers or bottles of wine to take away.
Taco Diablo | 1026 Davis Street
Start the year with friends and family with tacos, enchiladas and margaritas, why not! Open daily at 11:30 am. Save the date for a Taco & Tequila Tuesday on January 4th. Info here.
Terra & Vine | 1701, avenue de l’Érable
Celebrate Christmas Eve and New Years Eve with a take-out multi-course dinner. All meals are cold, fully cooked and ready to reheat with reheating instructions. Add additional appetizers, pasta, sides and wine. Order before 12/21 / for Christmas Eve and order before 12/28 / for New Years Eve. Order here.
Sweets & Desserts
Bennison Bakery | 1001 Davis Street
Treat yourself, family and friends with traditional holiday treats ranging from gingerbread houses or DIY kits, Weihnachtsstollen (German dessert), Snowman cupcakes, Croquembouche (French dessert) , Buche de Noel, a variety of cookies and much more.
Cinaholic Evanston | 1596 Sherman Avenue.
Step into the New Year with a Cinnaholic wreath cake. This is a cake made of cinnamon buns folded into a crown shape with your choice of frosting and up to three toppings. You can order prepared or with frosting and toppings on the side to make at home!
Coldstone evanston | 1611 Sherman Avenue.
It’s never too cold for an ice cream! Try a new holiday flavor, including Deck the Halls with Fudge and Sprinkles, Cake Batter Moose Tracks, and Germanchokolatekake! And don’t forget the special frozen cakes for the holidays.
Kilwin evanston | 1724 Sherman Avenue.
From seasonal peppermint rind and Christmas-themed chocolates to varieties of fudge and hot chocolate kits, you can find an assortment of goodies at Kilwins. Stop by or order online for pickup.
Coralie pastry | 600 Davis Street
Celebrate Christmas and the New Year with traditional French sweets! The Christmas Log comes in two flavors – chocolate and white chocolate berry. La Galette des Rois will be available from Wednesday December 29 to Sunday January 16, 2022.
Other special holiday offers
Evanston graduate | 1625 Hinman Avenue
Ring in 2022 at Graduate Evanston. This vacation package includes 15% off your stay, plus a $ 25 credit towards The Graduate Homestead Room, the new cozy dining destination serving delicious American comfort food and John Hughes-inspired drinks. Book with the code NYE. Dates of stay from 12/26/21 to 01/08/22
Vinic wine | 1505 Chicago Ave.
Stock up on wines, craft beers, spirits and bubbles at this carefully curated wine boutique! Savor a glass of wine while you shop and get expert advice on wine pairing and gift ideas.
Are you looking for other gift ideas? Visit Downtownevanston.org/holidayshopping for a guide to local shops in downtown Evanston.
For more information and photos, please contact Laura Brown at [email protected]