Evanston hidden gem (pun intended).
Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop is an Evanston mainstay (their first storefront opened in 1970) offering a wide selection of rocks, fossils, gems and jewelry. Whether you are an avid rock collector or just a curious passerby, you won't regret a visit to Dave’s. There is always something interesting to see and a knowledgeable staff to listen to, and the best part is the free “Prehistoric Life Museum” in the basement featuring an impressive variety of fossils to peruse.
Encouraging arts environment with a mission.
Open Studio Project is an award-winning arts organization that brings the creative process to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The studio is free of all comment (both critical and supportive), providing all artist levels with a value-neutral space to make art alongside others, have fun, reduce stress, and find balance in their lives. They hosts classes, retreats, gallery shows and more.
Calling all creative kids!
Known as a “creativity focused playspace & community art studio,” Gather is the perfect place to inspire your child’s creativity in Evanston. Participate in sign language, music classes, art tutorials, yoga demonstrations or cooking classes all geared towards you and your child, or just drop by to play and unwind.
Artsy and crafty.
Inspire your creativity the second you walk into the Collage Cafe. Shop for gifts and crafts or join one of the many workshops, “playshops,” and events. It’s the perfect place to meet new people while learning how to do different crafts and art projects or just for shopping around.