Evanston Streets Alive

featuring the Evanston Green Living Festival

Evanston Streets Alive


Every September, a stretch of Main Street, usually between Dodge and Chicago Ave., is opened for community, art, play, and exercise. We invite everyone to enjoy Evanston’s streets and all the life and culture on display. Streets Alive promotes physical activity, local culture, and environmental awareness. It draws thousands of people every year and provides our community with a wonderful new experience of Evanston.

CGE partners with the City and the Evanston Environmental Association to bring the Evanston Green Living Festival to Main Street, in order to share a comprehensive environmental vision and tools with a wider audience.



Evanston Streets Alive! is an open streets event, one of the most potent developments in the livable cities movement. Streets Alive creates new open space where Evanstonians can freely walk, bike, and play, and enjoy art, culture, and community. Livability means healthy citizens and a healthier environment for Evanston.


Motorized vehicles are a major source of Evanston’s greenhouse gas emissions, and excessive motorized traffic contributes to lower air quality, lower quality of life and shortened life spans. Streets Alive and CGE encourage a culture of greener, healthier transportation. These forms of active transportation improve health, reduce harmful emissions, and create a safer, friendlier, more vibrant public realm, which in turn encourages more walking and biking.

Streets Alive also encourages the community to collectively reimagine and repurpose our precious public spaces. Although car-free streets are temporary, they help us visualize different ways to use these spaces, and they demonstrate the pent-up demand for permanently safe, complete streets and vibrant, people-oriented open spaces.


“Streets Alive gives Evanston community members an opportunity to experience our public streets like never before. This free event is a great way to enjoy our beautiful city, meet your neighbors, support local businesses, and celebrate car-free modes of transportation.”
– Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl

“Streets Alive was the biggest, greatest community event in years.”
– Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz

“Streets Alive not only helps us visualize new ways to utilize and enjoy our precious public space, but it also allow us to connect with our neighbors and friends, and grow closer as a community.”
– Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss

“Streets Alive is an event that promotes healthy lifestyles and making connections through community engagement and mutual understanding. At ETHS we share the same goals for our students and staff. This is a great opportunity for us to join hands throughout our community to achieve an even stronger quality of life for people of all ages in Evanston.
– Evanston Township High School District 202 Superintendent Dr. Eric Witherspoon

“Streets Alive is a great way to showcase the uniqueness of Evanston and bring neighbors together to enjoy a wonderful weekend.”
– Illinois State Representative Laura Fine