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See what our attendees and artists say about First Night Evanston. And because Yelp charges for comments at a very expensive rate we're not on there anymore.

January 1, 2018

We love First Night, a big thanks for bringing the Maxwell Street Kleizmer Band; they were great missed. 

Mike O., January 1, 2018

A fantastic way to celebrate our community. Thankful to be a part of it

Lynne J. December 2017

So excited! The first place I lived on my own, where I went to college and where I first started singing with a band? Evanston! Always in my heart!  2017 yeah!!

Emily., December 3, 2017

This event is the best thing in town on New Year’s Eve. Close to 30 hours of programs for a mere $25. I've attended since it started in 1992, served on the board for many years and the evening has never disappointed.

Catherine S., January 25, 2016

Nice variety of entertainment for a fun filled night! Wish there were more food trucks.

Robert S., December 9, 2016

Howard Levy is a generous performer, simply put. I always catch myself with my jaw dropped when I hear him. When you’re there, look around, you’ll see I’m not the only one.

​Anonymous, First Night New Year’s Eve 2014

We went to First Night Evanston and it was GREAT. So glad they brought it back....and now they're talking about next year (well, actually this year) and fireworks.... the quality of the music acts was top notch and the music venues were awesome, especially the First Presbyterian Church...pretty magnificent actually.... they figured they had 3000+ attending all the venues… IMO, there are a few bugs to work out for next time, such as staggering the musical acts and having more stuff in the park and more local business participation.... and for anyone who thinks this shindig is for the families to get out before the real NYE celebration is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG....

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Howard Levy December 30, 2014

I played at last year’s First Night with my group Acoustic Express at the First Presbyterian Church and it was great. I was never even inside there before and it was just beautiful. That’s one of the great things about First Night – all these churches are really wonderful places to play music and I was pleasantly surprised.



First Methodist Church at 516 Church Street is hosting the event this year.

Parking is easily available at the City parking garage across the street at Church and Chicago. Vouchers to make the parking FREE  will be available for the first 300 people to join us at the Church.

Please protect yourself and others by wearing a mask during the performances. Plan to provide proof of vaccination at the door. 


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. Their contributions and yours enable us to keep the ticket price reasonable and provide free tickets to clients of several social service agencies in Evanston.


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 Moving joined as a sponsor in early 2022. Thank them at

Contributions from our loyal audience will compensate the performers and help us build a reserve for next year's (hopefully) live event on 12/31/22.



Doors open at 6 p.m. Ask for a voucher to make  parking  FREE at the City garage across the street. 300 are available.

TIME ZONE JAZZ BAND kicks off the evenings at 7 pm. ETHS students star.
Chris Carter, the Mentalist, electrifies with stunning and hilarious demonstrations of thought reading and mental influence at 8 and 10. 
Headliner Corky Siegel rounds out the evening at 9 and 11. Leading up to midnight, Corky will present his personal version of Auld Lang Syne.


Questions? Contact us.








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