Evanston, IL

719 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202

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Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm

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« October 2014 »


Calling all Chocolate Lovers!

Enjoy a day of fun activities, prizes and FREE samples of our fair trade chocolate and hot cocoa. Stock up on your favorites –ALL CHOCOLATE will be 15% OFF on October 25 only!

CHOCTOBERFEST BAKE-OFF: Enter to win a $25 gift card!
Juding takes place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 25. Make a dish using fair trade chocolate from Ten Thousand Villages Evanston. Judges will select one winner in each of 3 categories: Brownies, Cupcakes and Chocolate Dessert. Dishes are judged based on Taste, Presentation and Creativity. Bring your dish to the store by 11:30 am on Saturday, October 25. Customers are invited to taste your dish after judging is completed. Open to all non-professional bakers.

How to enter: DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE, or pick it up in our store. Bring your completed entry form to 719 Main Street, Evanston, by 5pm, Thursday, October 23.  

Community Shopping Events open to all!
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 non-profit; and 3) to the person receiving the gift. A percentage of sales during the event will be donated to the hosting organization. Support local nonprofits by purchasing items during their shopping events. Several are scheduled for Fall 2014:
• Sunday afternoon, Nov. 16 – Bardwell Scholarship Fund
• Tuesday, Nov. 18 (6:00 – 8:00 pm) – Grace House
• Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23 – Center for Independent Futures
• Tuesday, Dec 2 (6:00- 8:00 pm) – Heartland Alliance
• Thursday, Dec 4 (6:00 – 8:00 pm) – C. G. Jung Center
• Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14 – Curt’s Café

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

Connect your friends to Ten Thousand Villages

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.

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Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm