Support First Night Evanston’s 25th Year with $25 to Support the Artists

First Night Evanston invites you to celebrate again from the comfort of your home for a special New Year’s Eve virtual variety music spectacular emceed by blues and harmonica legend Corky Siegel and some of his favorite artists.

Closer than in person, “First Night Evanston’s 25th New Year’s Eve” event will be online from 9:45 pm CST to midnight followed by a special live Q and A with Corky and some of the musicians and performers.


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of First Night Evanston, we are reaching out to our longtime friends and prior First Night participants with a special opportunity to “give the gift of music” and help support the work of our artists by making a contribution before the box office opens after Thanksgiving.

Your $25 contribution will help fund a blockbuster lineup of Chicagoland performers and ensure that this special 25th anniversary First Night is the biggest one yet.

Contribute through PayPal by Nov. 30.

Thank you for supporting First Night Evanston and the work of our artists!



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Thanks to the generosity of our past donors and sponsors and the leadership of the board and local organizations and churches, First Night Evanston has become a treasured family tradition. First Night makes hearts sing, hands clap, feet stomp, bodies dance, faces smile, children laugh and spirits soar.


Contributions pay for all the artists and cover   production and advertising costs of the First Night program. First Night is produced entirely by volunteers, a dedicated board of directors, and our amazing volunteers. Please join them by making a contribution today.


As a non-profit 501c3 organization, First Night Evanston relies on the generosity of donors like you. Your donation is fully tax deductible.



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 hosting a virtual variety show celebration.

You can stay safe at home and still celebrate with Corky Siegel and all the performers we are lining 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 accessible, welcoming, and affordable.

Thanks to 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

Contributions from our loyal audience will compensate the performers for this year's event.



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 to host the "Virtual Variety" livestream concert. 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.

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



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