Put Down the Device and Visit These 8 Evanston Spots During Screen-Free Week

In honor of Screen-Free Week April 29 to May 5, put down the devices and come check out all that these Evanston businesses have to offer.

Central Street Evanston

Central Street Evanston

Backlot Coffee

2004 Central St., Evanston, 847-475-1381

Backlot Coffee in Evanston
Photo by Red Road Media, Hana Shapiro.

Backlot Coffee strives to be a comfortable, stimulating, and diverse community where people can catch up with old friends and make new ones, where they can play games with their kids, get some work done, or just sit and read quietly. We want Backlot Coffee to be the place you go to meet your neighbors, your local coffeehouse.

Backlot has recently expanded and doubled in size. We have added a kitchen and plan to serve local delicious snack options.


2112 Central St., Evanston, 847-905-0947

Notice in Evanston

You may already know Notice as the destination for fun apparel, jewelry, handbags, and the perfect baby gift; however, did you know the store is also devoted to making a better you? You can enjoy the new collection of fizzy bath soak with dead sea salts, shea butter hand creams, and hand-cut bars of soap. Relax and indulge anytime you choose and you’ll see a better you too!


2116 Central St., Evanston, 847-864-5565

Stella in Evanston

Stella is a chic and funky boutique filled with one-of-a-kind treasures in a warm, relaxing atmosphere. Situated on lively Central Street in Evanston, Stella offers an eclectic mix of clothing, artisan jewelry, handbags, accessories, home accoutrements, and gifts with soul and style. Stella provides the ultimate shopping experience through personal attention and a philosophy of women empowerment and good karma. Come on in!

Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony

1901 Central St., Evanston, 847-866-6292

Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony in Evanston

Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony carries the most beloved brands of clothing, accessories, and gifts for girls and boys 0-12 years old. A Tea Collection Destination Store, we also feature favorites such as Kickee Pants, Appaman, Mayoral, as well as a selection of organic and made in the USA products. Whether you are shopping for a party or the playground, we will help you pick that special item that will get all the “ooohs” and “ahhhs.”

Downtown Evanston

Downtown Evanston


1026 Davis St., Evanston, 224-307-2991

SPENGA in Evanston

Welcome to an unrivaled fitness experience. Unlike any studio of its kind, SPENGA combines three essential elements of fitness to create what’s simply known as the best workout ever. We believe strong bodies and minds are created through the power of ride, rep, revive. And when your fitness routine works, life just works too. That’s why each 60 minute SPENGA session boosts your endurance, strengthens your muscles, and restores your body through a combination of spin, HIIT training, and yoga.

One River School of Art & Design

1033 Davis St., Evanston, 847-737-5806

One River School of Art & Design in Evanston

One River art classes are built around our unique, project-based curriculum that celebrates artists and techniques from the past 50 years. It is built for creative minds and our instructors are hand-selected with the skills and sensibility to get the most out of our students. Our method teaches across all media and makes learning art FUN while producing ambitious artistic/educational outcomes across a wide array of materials, subject matter, and complexity. Weekday, Weekend, Spring and Summer Camps.

Industrious Evanston

909 Davis St., Suite 500, Evanston, 847-739-7900

Industrious Evanston
Photo by Yancey Hughes.

Located in the heart of downtown Evanston, Industrious boasts 37,000 square feet of flexible office space. A premium workplace solution, we are reinventing how people work by creating elegant, welcoming environments and delivering amazing hospitality that makes people excited and proud to come to work. With a seasoned team and long list of brand-name clients, Industrious is well-positioned for rapid growth, as we continue to scale our network to eight in the Chicagoland area and 120 locations across the U.S.

Downtown Evanston

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Downtown Evanston

It’s great on Grove! Visit downtown Evanston for toys, coffee, jewelry, and to freshen up.