Local Info

Gems of Evanston

Open Studio Project has served the Evanston community for over 20 years. Because of this, we know some of the best spots and hidden gems in Evanston. In the information to follow, you will find some local haunts and experiences that are a must-have while you’re in town. Whether you want to grab a bite, see a show, or even just find the best places to park, we’ve got you covered.

We are always looking to add to our list, so if you have found something that you absolutely LOVE about Evanston, let us know and we’ll add it!


Directions to Open Studio Project / Gallery 901

From 94 (4.9 miles):

Exit towards E Dempster and stay on Dempster for 3.8 Miles

Turn right on Ridge Ave.

Turn left on Main St.

Turn right onto Sherman Ave.

Our studio is on the left with the blue doors

From Metra/L (0.2 miles):

Exit onto Main St.

Head West

Turn Right onto Sherman

Our studio is on the left with the blue doors

Arts Community Organizers

A wonderful place for discovering Evanston artists through their commitment to producing exhibition opportunities and promoting Evanston Art Events.

Open Studio Project participates in First Saturday’s, a monthly multi-gallery reception coordinated by Evanston Made.


A Special Service Area (SSA) organization dedicated to the support of businesses and organizations that make up the area of Evanston between Main Street and Dempster Avenue. Special services include things like landscaping, advertising, public art, and community involvement.

Cost-Friendly Hotel:

Holiday Inn- 1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston IL 60202

Closest Hotel:

Holiday Inn- 1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston IL 60202

Best Rated Hotel:

The Hyatt House- 1515 Chicago Ave, Evanston IL 60201

Restaurants within 500ft:

Cross-Rhodes – $ – Greek

La Principal – $$ – Mexican

Trattoria D.O.C. – $$ – Italian

Siam Paragon – $$ – Asian

Lucky Platter – $ – American

Where To Get Groceries:

Jewel-Osco (0.5 miles)

Trader Joes (0.6 miles)

Whole Foods (1.1 miles)

Valli Produce (1.3 miles)

Where to Buy Souvenirs:

niceLena & Friends (0.6 miles)

Stumble & Relish (0.7 miles)

Secret Treasures Antiques & Collectibles (0.7 miles)

Squeezebox Books & Music Inc. (next door to the studio)

Hidden Gems in Evanston – Things to Do:


Check out the Evanston Public Library, South Branch (0.2 miles)

Take a walk along Lake Michigan at the Lee Street Beach (0.8 miles)

Northwestern’s The Block Museum and their fabulous curated exhibits  (1.7 miles)


Make your escape at Lock Chicago Escape Rooms (1.0 miles)

Step back in time with Tiffany at Halim Time & Glass Museum (1.1 miles)

Explore Evanston history at Charles Gates Dawes House (1.0 miles)

Where to Park:

There is a paid lot directly behind the Open Studio Project studio, the entrance is on Main Street with entrance to the studio available from the lot.

There is street parking all along Sherman Ave, the road OSP is on. Directly in front of the studio is metered parking. For free parking, head north on Sherman Ave for half a block, where there is free street parking for the rest of the street.

Personal Favorites of the OSP Staff and Community:

Cup of Coffee: Brothers K Coffeehouse (0.2 miles)

Sandwich: Bat 17 (1.6 miles)

Art Supplies: Blick Art Materials (1.6 miles)

Quick Bite: Amancecer Taco Shop (0.2 miles)

Grab a Drink: La Principal (0.1 miles)

See a Show: Evanston SPACE (0.6 miles)

*Delivery and app-based transportation services (Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, Postmates, etc.) are available for any occation you might need them for. They are able to come right to the door at 903 Sherman Ave, Evanston IL 60202*

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