Marketing & Communications Tools

The Evanston Chamber website, events, communications and publications are proven vehicles you can use to extend your own marketing efforts … to businesses, the community and countless visitors to Evanston.

Online Member Directory

Get noticed by people searching for your type of business by setting up your business profile on the Chamber’s online directory. Highlight your upcoming events, upload your press releases, and share photos and videos to engage with the community. Links to your website from the Chamber’s site can help your online search ranking.

Annual Evanston Community Guide

A year-long resource for residents, students, businesses and visitors from surrounding communities, the Guide is a free benefit of membership that lists members alphabetically as well as by category. This publication is mailed to select residents in January each year, distributed by businesses and realtors, and handed out at community events throughout the year.

Member ShoutOuts!

Through weekly emails, the Chamber spotlights the special event, anniversary, or accomplishment of member-businesses to share the good news with the business community.

Social Media

You can never have too many “likes,” “friends,” or “followers.” The Chamber supports members’ social media engagement efforts and helps spread the word through the business and greater communities.

Email Communications

Reach out to the business community, including members and nonmembers, with your own custom message. Members may purchase one or more dedicated emails to send to the Chamber’s list of contacts.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

Opening your business? Expanding to a new location? Ribbon-cutting ceremonies, coordinated with the Mayor’s Office as well as local district representatives, are great ways to celebrate with business leaders and the community. Learn more about holding a ribbon-cutting for your business.

Calls for Speakers/Hosts/Sponsors

Build greater awareness of your business as well as your reputation in your field of expertise by hosting a meeting, becoming a sponsor, and/or accepting a speaking engagement to share your knowledge with others.

 

Events

In addition to the networking and educational events held throughout the year, the Chamber hosts community events that contribute to the vibrancy of the community.

Fountain Square Art Festival — Mark your calendar for June 25–26

In its 37th year, the Chamber’s festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago’s majestic North Shore, and one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 250 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.” The festival also gives visitors a taste of Evanston’s great restaurants, headlines a soothing jazz-centric music lineup, and features a very popular children’s art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center.

 

Campaigns and Initiatives

The Chamber’s active participation in special marketing campaigns that are held throughout the year help bring visibility to Evanston businesses and promote important initiatives to enhance business’ success: