Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of

Uniting our Community through the Arts!


First Night Evanston makes hearts sing, hands clap, feet stomp, bodies dance, faces smile, children laugh and spirits soar. With performances throughout the evening – it’s an event for everyone. Read more about our 25th New Year’s Eve Virtual Variety Show on 12/31/21.


Thanks to the generosity of our past donors and sponsors and the leadership of our founders and board, First Night Evanston has become a treasured family tradition.

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First Night Evanston is a family-friendly community Celebration of the Arts taking place on New Year's Eve since 1992.

This year because of Covid 19, First Night will be again hosting virtuallly-- this time a variety show celebration hosted by Corky Siegel.

Eat your favorite meal, get your favorite beverage, wear into your favorite leisure clothing and stay warm and safe at home and still celebrate with Corky, his wife Holly, and all the performers being lined up for our "Virtual Variety" show livestreamed on

First Night Evanston is a 501c3 non-profit Illinois corporation that relies on the generosity of local businesses, civic associations and individuals to keep this annual tradition alive.

First Night Evanston strives to make the event affordable,  accessible and welcoming.

Thanks for many years of support from Romano Wealth, Byline Bank (formerly First Bank and Trust), Northwestern University, Kiwanis Club, Hecky’s, Chicago Blues Guide, and members of the congregations at local churches for their continued support.

New City Movers joined as a sponsor in early 2022. Thank them at

And contributions from our loyal audience will compensate the performers and help us put on a FREE event (contributions suggested) for this year's virtual event on 12/31/21.


This year's

"Virtual Variety" show takes place on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021, starting at 9:45 pm CST.

Corky Siegel will be back, this time to host a "Virtual Variety" livestream concert with 16 performers on New Year's Eve, Dec 31st at 9:45 pm CT. Corky will also perform a personal version of Auld Lang Syne with a countdown to midnight so we can virtually ring in the new year together. Reserve your seat at Mandolin.

Hooray for 2022--a new, NEW year for all of us. 


Questions? Contact us.



1003 Dobson, Evanston 60202

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