Shopping for your Tailgate in Evanston

Save your tailgate shopping and prep for when you arrive in Evanston! Evanston is a mecca of fantastic restaurants, fresh markets, delectable bakeries, and specialty beverage shops that will create for an amazing spread. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!


Bennison’s Bakery S’more Donuts. Photo courtesy of Bennison’s Bakery Facebook page.

Bennison’s Bakery
1000 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-9434

Bennison’s is a must when visiting Evanston. Since 1938, Bennison’s has been providing delicious baked goods not only to Evanston, but the entire Chicago area. Start your game day in Bennison’s early in the morning for a fresh scones or donuts, and a latte. At lunch try the Parisian-style sandwiches on their fresh baked breads. Brownies, cupcakes and macaroons are good any time of day! Call ahead of time to order pastries, breads or sandwich platters for your tailgate.
Mon-Fri, 6am-7pm; Sat, 6am-6:30pm; Sun, 8am-3pm



Downtown Evanston Farmer’s Market

Evanston Farmer’s Market
Intersection of University Place and Oak Avenue
(Behind the Hilton Garden Inn)
Downtown Evanston
Just because you are in Chicago-land does not mean you can not find farm-fresh products! With over 50 vendors, the Evanston Farmer’s Market has been bringing the freshest produce, baked goods, and dairy products from the greater Chicago-land area, south-east Wisconsin, and south-west Michigan. Munch on fresh made crepes, artisan cheeses, and hot donuts. Stock up on fruits, veggies, breads, sausages, and cheeses for your tailgate-and maybe a nice bouquet of fresh cut flowers for your centerpiece! Parking is FREE in the adjacent 1800 Maple Ave. Self Park Garage; have your ticket validated at the City of Evanston tent.
Saturdays, May-November, 7:30am-1pm


Buffalo Joe’s offerings. Photo courtesy of

Buffalo Joe’s
812 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Buffalo Joe’s is famous on the North Shore for its wings (mild, spicy, BBQ or suicide) and waffle cut fries. But you can also get burgers, Chicago-style hotdogs, Bratwurst and Italian beef sandwiches. Buffalo Joe’s is a great carryout option for your tailgate.
Daily, 11am-12am

Hecky’s BBQ
1902 Green Bay Road
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 492-1182
Hecky’s has been serving BBQ with their secret recipe Creole sauce for over 25 years. Hecky’s will take care of catering your tailgate with pulled pork, ribs, hot links, baked beans, coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, and much more! Call ahead or order online. 
Mon-Thurs, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-8pm


Freshly prepared salads, sides, burgers and kebobs at Whole Foods. Photo courtesy of

Evanston Whole Foods Market
1640 Chicago Ave

Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 733-1600
It’s a chain, but Whole Foods does specialize in providing many local products. The beer and wine department is diverse and inexpensive, and their cheese selection is always a winner. Call ahead to place a catering order for anything from deli platters, to wings, to sushi.
Daily, 8am-10pm

Evanston First Liquors
1019 Davis St.
Evanston IL 60201
(847) 328-9651
Large selection of wines, craft beers and liquors. They also sell kegs.
Mon-Sat, 11:00am-10pm; Sun, 11am-6pm


Wine Styles in Evanston

Wine Styles
1741 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-4400
A family owned and operated wine shop offering wines from around the world, most at under $25 a bottle. Free wine tastings Thursday, 6pm-8pm and Saturday, 2pm-4pm.
Tue-Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm

Vinic Wine
1509 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 773-7000
Local and international wines of all types and price levels.
Mon, 11am-7pm; Tue-Thurs, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm


About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.