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Now Re-Open at our new location! 1509 Chicago Ave in Downtown Evanston


A New Chapter Starts for our Evanston Store!

In April 2024, Ten Thousand Villages Evanston is relocating to a new storefront at 1509 Chicago Ave (just a few blocks North of 915 Chicago Ave to Downtown Evanston). This move will help us establish a more sustainable, long term home for fair trade in Evanston.  If you’d like to follow along or support with a donation, find out more at


Ten Thousand Villages Evanston is a nonprofit, fair trade retailer that was established in May 1997. Our community's support and purchases have translated into vital fair income for hundreds of disadvantaged artisans around the world! We are proud to continue that commitment to fair trade and our global artisan partners over 25 years later.


We look forward to welcoming you into the new space in April and thank you for supporting our new adventure!  Our Evanston store has a wide variety of ethical goods and gifts for you to explore - including unique home decor, jewelry and personal accessories, fair trade apparel, games, kids’ toys, soaps, singing bowls, coffee, tea, chocolate and much more. 

Our knowledgeable volunteers are the core of our store and 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 @tenthousandvillagesevanston or Instagram @evanstonfairtrade.


Join our Volunteer Team!

We welcome you to join our village of volunteers. As a nonprofit store, volunteers are crucial to our success in offering excellent customer service and in creating economic opportunities for artisans worldwide.

Volunteering with our Evanston shop:
•    In-store shifts are typically 4 hours, but can be flexible
•    Always supported by store staff, orientation & training provided
•    Earn a generous discount on your fair trade purchases

•     Dependable, attentive, and able to interact easily with people
•     Computer and internet capable
•     Minimum age 16

Interested in Lending a Hand?

Ready to jump in? Click here and fill out our short application. We'll be in touch soon!

A few more questions for us? Contact Hannah at for more information.

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


Store Operation Hours
Monday 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
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