Find Waldo in Downtown Evanston!

Where's Waldo in Downtown Evanston 

July 1-31! Final party on August 3rd! 

For the whole month of July, Bookends & Beginnings will sponsor our fifth annual Where's Waldo scavenger hunt--a great summer vacation activity for kids and a wonderful way to discover (and support) local businesses. Throughout the month, the famous stripey-shirted character won't just be hiding out in books, the way he usually does. He'll be hiding out in nearly three dozen fabulous independent business downtown and on Central Street. Kids pick up their "Find Waldo in Downtown/North Evanston!" passport at Bookends & Beginnings or any participating retailer. Kids get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Finding Waldo at 20 or more businesses gets kids into the final party attended by Waldo himself--and enters them into a drawing for prizes donated by all the participating businesses.

Here is this year's list of participating businesses:

The Alley Gallery

Artem Pop Up Gallery

Ayla’s Originals

Beck’s Book Store

Becky & Me Toys

Blick Art Materials

Bookends & Beginnings

Campus Gear

Coldstone Creamery

Comix Revolution


Evanston Games & Café

Evanston Public Library Children’s Library




Kilwins Evanston

One River School of Art + Design

Spice & Tea Exchange

Uncle Dan's

Wheel & Sprocket