Local Treasures: 6 Places to Eat and Drink in Evanston and Beyond

Here’s our list of just a few of the local businesses that make Evanston a great place to go out for a drink or a quick bite. If you feel like venturing further afield, we’ve also highlighted a couple of other Chicago area places to dine this summer.

Vinissimo Wine Shop

Kristal Kelly Design, and Momoko Photography

Delivering customers a curated selection from geographically diverse countries, often focused on small production, family-owned, and sustainably produced wines and spirits. Warm and inviting retail space — both in design and customer service philosophy —created by a passionate, 25-year industry veteran.

2120 Central St, Evanston, IL, (847) 905-0173

Cupitol Coffee & Eatery


CUPITOL COFFEE & EATERY is a woman-owned European-style restaurant that offers an all-day food and drink menu with something for everyone. Choose from sweet and savory pastries, breakfast spreads, vegan soups, sandwiches, as well as heartier fare like skirt steak, burgers, and wild mushroom alfredo pasta.

812 Grove St, Evanston, IL, (847) 868 8078

Curt’s Cafe

Dine With Purpose at Curt’s Cafe

We are open! We continue to serve our food insecure clients, but also made safe space for customers to enjoy our cafe! Stop in for a FREE CUP OF COFFEE with any purchase in June. Please mention ‘Better’ to redeem offer.

2922 Central St, Evanston, IL

NORTH: (847) 868-8385; HIGHLAND PARK: (847) 748-8086

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge Koi

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge Koi is located right in the heart of charming Evanston’s restaurant row. Sandy Chen brings the bold flavors of the eight different regions of authentic Chinese Cuisine and fresh sushi to every dining experience.

624 Davis St, Evanston IL, (847) 866-6969

Beyond Evanston: Where to Go for Alfresco Dining in the Chicago Area

Le Sud

GLOBALLY INSPIRED. LOCALLY SOURCED. Explore the crisp, fresh flavors of the Mediterranean at Le Sud, located in one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods — Roscoe Village. Restaurateur Sandy Chen (Koi Fine Asian Cuisine) and Executive chef Michael Woodhall (Perennial, Gilt Bar, Bavette’s) take diners on a culinary tour to explore the Mediterranean and southern France.

2301 W Roscoe St, Chicago IL, (773) 857-1985

Allgauer’s on the Riverfront

Enjoy eating outdoors in the fresh air this summer… Allgauer’s on the Riverfront located at the Hilton Northbrook is open for outdoor dining! Come unwind, relax and enjoy an afternoon in the sun or an evening under the stars on our beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the river. Sip and savor some delicious cocktails while enjoying lunch, brunch or dinner!

2855 N. Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL, (847) 664-7999

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