Celebrate Evanston Heroes

A Shout Out to Our Evanston Hometown Heroes

Evanston businesses rise to the call providing meals, food, and other supplies to people in need, furloughed industry workers, and the wonderful healthcare teams who are working so hard. Local artisans are making masks and mask kits.

If you are able, please support these local heroes with donations or support for their teams.

Feast & Imbibe
Feast & Imbibe

Assembly Creators Market: COVID-19 Relief
Reyes Witt has started a fundraiser for face masks from their Sewn Together Chicago project, which is a program they created to help you stay safe while providing work for their professional design community during the COVID-19 crisis. 70% of the proceeds go to the sewer and designer making masks.

C & W Market and Ice Cream Parlor is serving our Evanston community during the COVID-19 quarantine, delivering groceries and supplies to our seniors or disabled. Please contact Wendy and Clarence Weaver to receive deliveries, donate, or sign up as a volunteer 847-833-9367. Donations are accepted via Zelle or Cash App using cwminimart831@gmail.com.

Comida Cantina is providing meals to those in need and the front line workers. They just delivered 640 meals to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. Each of the hospital staff members received rice, beans, sweet potatoes, sautéed veggies, and a protein (either pork or chicken), as well as tortillas, fresh fruit and bottled water.

Feast & Imbibe is also providing meals to those in need. Right now more people are struggling than ever, and they can’t keep up with demand. Everyday, they have 300 people requesting meals who they can’t service. Currently, everyone gets to pick two meals a week. Their amazing team of 9 at their sister company Soul & Smoke have fed more than 5,000 meals to the community since March 16.

Found and The Barn is also providing meals to those in need. Amy and staff cooking and packaging up donated meals for Connections for the Homeless.

Gyros Planet and Taqueria: A year after taking over Gyros Planet, Evanston couple using restaurant to feed Latino families affected by coronavirus. Read the Chicago Tribune article HERE
Go Fund Me Page to offer FREE Free lunch for Evanston Latino community.

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston 
Shannon and her team at the hotel are providing rooms for the front line workers as well as those from Connections for the Homeless.

Jennifer Edibles, located in Central Evanston, Jennifer is a long time Evanston resident who took her mother’s kitchen secrets, training from the culinary arts program at Kendall College and her father’s entrepreneurial spirit to create a home town gem. They have been providing free take-home meals to seniors and those most vulnerable to COVID-19. They have a Go Fund Me to help support.

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine, located in downtown Evanston, has been providing free take home meals to their staff of 80, in addition 20 family meals per day for any hospitality worker in need (order here by 2:00 pm; pick up 5:00–7:00 pm). Hundreds of meals have been delivered to home-bound community members throughout Evanston, as well as healthcare workers at NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Emergency Room and NorthShore Swedish Hospital. Please contact proprietor Sandy Chen (sandy@koievanston.com), who feels “we are all in this together.”

Lao Sze Chuan in Evanston is donating free lunch and dinner for pickup at the restaurant for all local front-line workers during this pandemic. The pickup address is 1633 Orrington Ave, Evanston; call Jay at 847-868-8989.

La Principal is also feeding those in need supporting Connections for the Homeless, Hemenway Church, Circles and Ciphers, healthcare front-line, food-service employees and others. $5.50 buys one meal of two tacos, rice, and beans, fruit and salsa. Contact info@laprincipalevanston.com with any needs. They have manpower, equipment, shelter, and access to resources that some might not have.

Nakorn in Downtown Evanston is donating their time and kitchen to cooking meals for those in need. They wanted to let you know that they again served free meals this past weekend to healthcare workers at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Twenty-five of their best and brightest received our Sen Yai Rice Noodle with Chicken, a wide rice noodle with minced chicken simmered in our Thai gravy, with cherry tomatoes, white onion and green leaf lettuce…all followed by their customer-fave Chocolate Mousse! Donate on their Go Fund Me page to support the effort. They have also added curbside carryout and delivery for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, including family meals too!

Surgical Mask Kits Evanston Stitchworks: Amalia Malos has started organizing this fundraiser. They are making enough kits to offer for free for anyone who wants or needs one. This is an ongoing fund. Contributions beyond the original funding goal will be applied toward making more kits available. To date they have provided more than 3,000 masks.

Do you have a story to tell? Email us at info@evchamber.com and we will continue to share the community awesomeness!

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