Evanston, IL

719 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202

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Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm

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Shop with Purpose this Holiday Season

We are pleased to connect with local nonprofits by holding Community Shopping Events in our store. Enjoy shopping for GIFTS THAT GIVE IN THREE WAYS: 1) to the artisans we support; 2) the featured nonprofit; and 3) to the person receiving the gift. A percentage of sales during each event will be donated to the hosting organization.

Support local nonprofits by shopping during these special events.
See Events page for details.

  • Thursday, Nov 20 (6:00 – 8::00 pm) – St. Paul’s Lutheran Soup Kitchen
  • Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23 – Center for Independent Futures
  • Monday, Dec 1 (5:00- 8:00 pm) – Lakeside Community Development Corporation
  • Tuesday, Dec 2 (6:00- 8:00 pm) – Heartland Alliance
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 (6:00- 8:00 pm) – The Well of Mercy
  • Thursday, Dec 4 (6:00 – 8:00 pm) – C. G. Jung Center
  • Tuesday, Dec 9 (6:00- 8:00 pm) – Solidarity Bridge
  • Thursday, Dec 11 (6:00 – 8:00 pm) – CROSO
  • Sunday, Dec. 14 (1:00 – 4:00 pm) – Curt’s Café
  • Sunday, Dec. 14 (5:00 – 8:00 pm) – Howard Area Community Center

To host a fundraising event for YOUR nonprofit at Ten Thousand Villages contact us by email: evanston@tenthousandvillages.com or call 847-733-8258.

Evening Hours start Monday, Dec. 1st. Open weekdays until 8:00 pm. Free parking after 6:00 pm.

Explore our world of fair trade treasures, including lovely gifts, home decor, personal accessories, jewelry, chocolate, coffee and so much more. By purchasing fair trade items at Ten Thousand Villages, you can make a difference in the lives of artisans around the globe. Our mission is to provide fair wage income for people in the developing world by marketing their handcrafted products and sharing their artisan stories. The more items we sell, the more families we can help support.  Artisans are better able to improve their homes, educate their children and put food on the table – and to live healthier lives of dignity. 

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For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, browse this website, call 847-733-8258 or email evanston@tenthousandvillages.com.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, IL

Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, IL, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

The story of Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston is one of rapid growth. We began in May 1997, with 1400 square feet and two full-time managers. Today we have TWICE the floor space, 5 full time employees, and more than 80 volunteers! In the past fifteen years, our sales of fair trade goods have TRIPLED, making us one of the LARGEST Ten Thousand Villages stores in the country and translating into vital fair income for hundreds of disadvantaged artisans around the world.

Come in today and explore our world of fabulous fair trade treasures. New items arrive every week. In addition to unique home decor, jewelry and personal accessories, we also carry musical instruments, handmade greeting cards, soaps, fair trade coffee, chocolate, baking mixes and MUCH MORE. Our knowledgeable volunteers will gladly help you choose a perfect gift for everyone on your list - and a treat for yourself. You will enjoy a unique shopping experience which in turn will help an artisan family earn a living. What a happy combination!

Stay connected by following us on Facebook or visit the events page often. To learn more about local fair trade, go to www.chicagofairtrade.org.


Join Our Village of Volunteers!

Ten Thousand Village’s Mission is to provide vital, fair wage income for people in the developing world by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories. The dedication of our volunteer corps is key to our success in offering excellent customer service and in creating economic opportunities for artisans worldwide. Our volunteers help make the connection between these artisans and buyers in North America. In order to keep costs to our customers down, we utilize the services of about 70 volunteers monthly.

Volunteer Opportunities at Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston:

  • Sales Associate – Click here for description
  • Committee Member – Retail Excellence Committee, Marketing Committee and Volunteer Committee
  • Community Outreach Volunteer – Share information about Ten Thousand Villages with community groups

If you'd like to join this fun group of people, email volunteer coordinator Cheryl Nester-Detweiler for more information, or stop by the store for an application.

Volunteer and Staff Book Group will resume in the fall.

Current volunteers: Click here to log on to the VicNet self scheduling tool.

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Community Shopping Event - Center for Independent Futures - November 23, 2014

Sunday, Nov 23 – 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St, Evanston

Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15% of sales to Center for Independent Futures.

Spread the word...invite your neighbors and friends to shop on November 23rd between 1 - 5 p.m. to benefit CIF! There will be sweet and savory fall treats for customers, so stop in and do some holiday shopping. Our thanks to Ten Thousand Villages for their generous support!

Center for Independent Futures is a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities in leading independent lives through Evanston and Chicagoland.  We serve individuals and their families.  CIF creates new models that give individuals the opportunities to realize full independent lives according to their hopes and dreams.

For more information, visit their website: www.independentfutures.com/

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Savings That Sparkle Jewelry Sale - November 28, 2014 - November 29, 2014

savings that sparkle sale


savings that sparkle sale

From classic keepsakes to bohemian beads,
our selection of styles and colors covers
every girl on your gift list.

Artisans have been paid in full. Discount applied to item of equal or lesser value. At participating stores 11/28/14 and 11/29/14. Check local store for hours and participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts, or on the purchase of gift cards or Traveler’s Finds.

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Community Shopping Event - Lakeside Community Development Corporation - December 1, 2014 - December 1, 2014

Monday, Dec 1 (5:00  – 8:00 pm)
Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St. Evanston


1. To the artisans supported by Ten Thousand Villages

2. To the recipient of your gift

3. To Lakeside Community Development Corporation!
A percentage of sales during this event will be donated to LakesideCDC.

Lakeside Community Development Corporation is a 501c3 not-for-profit housing and community development organization founded in 2005 and located in Rogers Park on Chicago's Far North Side. Lakeside is motivated by the belief that communities characterized by racial, economic, and cultural diversity are the ideal, but such diversity can be undermined by a lack of safe, decent, and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Lakeside employs a professional staff of bilingual housing counselors whose areas of expertise include, rental education and counseling, landlord tenant rights, pre-purchase education and counseling, mortgage delinquency counseling, post-purchase non-delinquency education and counseling, condominium association management and fair housing.

For more information, visit www.lakesidecdc.org

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Community Shopping Event - Heartland Alliance - December 2, 2014

Add extra meaning to your gifts this holiday season!

Tuesday, Dec 2 (6:00  – 9:00 pm)
Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St. Evanston

When you shop for beautifully handcrafted items from countries around the world on the evening of December 2, Ten Thousand Villages will donate 10-15% of your purchase to help survivors of human trafficking through Heartland Alliance.

Heartland Alliance — the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest—works to end human trafficking with its program, the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC). With your support, NTAC will help 300 survivors of labor and sex trafficking escape the cycle of exploitation in 2015.

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Community Shopping Event - The Well of Mercy - December 3, 2014

Wednesday, Dec 3 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St. Evanston

Shop for fair trade gifts while enjoying live music and refreshments. Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15% of sales during this event to The Well of Mercy.

The Well of Mercy is a transitional housing program for single mothers and their children who cycle in and out of poverty, who are easily victimized, and who are ready to turn their lives around. The families are allowed to live at the site for up to 5 years, while they are in college acquiring an education and profession which will equip them with the skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency following their departure from The Well. For more information, visit thewellofmercy.com

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Community Shopping Event - C.G. Jung Center - December 4, 2014

Come support the Jung Center with your fair trade holiday purchase!

Thursday, Dec 4 (5:00 – 8:00 pm)
Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St. Evanston

Please join us for a festive evening of holiday cheer, fair trade shopping, and tasty treats. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with handcrafted artisan gifts such as jewelry, purses, scarves, cards, decadent chocolates, coffee, home décor, and much more. Ten Thousand Villages will generously donate 15% of the sales during this shopping event to the Jung Center. What a unique way to both shop and support the Center at the same time! We are proud to partner with them for this exciting event.

Please join us and spread the word. Invite your family, friends, and co-workers and help make this event a huge success for the Jung Center.

If you know you will come, RSVP to Jessica Hart at 847-475-4848 x 221 or jhart@cgjungcenter.org so we can plan enough treats!

Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to provide vital, fair wage income for people in the developing world by marketing their handmade products and sharing their artisan stories. In doing so, they are helping to ensure that children receive education and a future free from poverty. The more they sell, the more families they can support. They are a great local non-profit you can free proud to support through your purchases.

The C. G. Jung Center’s mission is to provide a supportive environment for individuals seeking spiritual and psychological growth and well-being. The Center accomplishes its mission through the work of the Clinical Services, Public Programs and Institute for Creative Aging. For more information, visit: www.cgjungcenter.org

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Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm