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Fix It, Don't Toss it

Extend the life of small appliances, furniture, clothes, and bikes at a Repair Café or tapping local experts.

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August 14, 2023

A lot of things we own are designed to break too soon. But we can outsmart some of them by learning some basic repair skills or by tapping into the expertise that is all around us. Here's a list of some of the places you can go in Evanston to get things fixed. If you don't see favorite of yours on this list, let us know and we'll add it. And don't forget you have two options every month to attend a Climate Action Evanston Repair Café.


Church Street Bike Repair Station, 525 Church St.

Maple Avenue Bike Repair Station, 1800 Maple Ave.

Sherman Plaza Bike Repair Station, 821 Davis St.,

Mack’s Bikes and Goods, 2536 Ewing Ave., 847-877-8877

Pony Shop, 1224 Chicago Ave., 847-864-5775

The Recyclery Collective, 7628 N Paulina St., Chicago, 773-262-5900

Wheel & Sprocket, 1027 Davis St., 847-864-7660


400 Super Service, 1310​ ​Sherman​ ​Ave., 847-869-5560

HEART Certified Auto Care, 2620​ ​Green​ ​Bay​ ​Rd., 847-869-3200

Howard & California Auto Repairs, 101 Dodge Ave., 847-328-2051

Jake's Auto & Tire Service, 2421 W Dempster St., 847-866-9890


A-1 Tailor, 610 Dempster St., 847-491-0119

Best Care Cleaners, 1623 Chicago Ave., 847-866-6270

Davis Cleaners, 518 Davis St., 847-864-4915

June's Alterations & Cleaners, 918 Noyes St., 847-475-6335

Quality Alterations, 1505 Chicago Ave. 847-570-0181

Soapies, 1231 Chicago Ave. 847-475-8133

Shoes and Luggage

Davis Street Shoe & Luggage, 1608 Maple Ave., 847-864-0620

Mike's Shoe Repair, 2905 Central St., 847-475-3672

Sewing Machines

Vogue Fabrics, 618 Hartrey Ave., 847-864-1270


Lapin Systems, 2934 Central St., 847-328-9945

Micro Repair, 1314 Chicago Ave., 847-859-2138


Devontry Fine Woodworking, 920 Pitner Ave., 847-475-7962

Harmony Haus, 2113 Greenleaf St., Unit 14, 773-677-6465

Sawfish, 1515 Washington St., 847-477-9647

Wood Wizard, 9040 Terminal Ave., Skokie, 847-966-2224


Circularity and Decarbonization

This is a great interview regarding the connection between increased "circularity" and reducing greenhouse gases.

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Ifixit is an web-based resource and community offering "Repair guides for every thing, written by everyone. We help thousands of people repair their things every day. Every time you fix something, you help the planet."

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Guide to recycle, compost and reuse in Evanston

Updated June 2023, this is a material-by-material guide for how & where to handle waste — from everyday plastics and metals to unusual and hard to recycle items. Please submit corrections or additions to our Beyond Waste team.

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Repair Café

Repair Cafés are a free meeting space where people fix things together. Come to save money, keep stuff out of the landfill, collaborate, build skills and foster community. These are for both people who know how to fix and people who want to learn.

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Notes from March 19th Waste Less Workshop

Notes from our first community workshop on March 19, 2023 at Rebuilding Exchange.

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Presentation from Waste Less Workshop

This is the presentation given at the outset of the Waste Less Workshop. It contains some background as well as the questions we used to structure our conversations in the workshop. Put in full screen mode if you want to see the animations correctly.

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You're Needed! Here Are Some Involvement Opportunities

22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year, and just over half of that ends up in Lake Michigan. Help end that by supporting a bill in the Illinois Legislature to ban styrofoam foodware.

Volunteer to Support Reuse

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Many local organizations and programs that reduce waste welcome volunteers, including Evanston Repair Café, The Rebuilding Exchange, Evanston School Children's Clothing Association, The WasteShed, and The Recyclery.

Although Climate Action Evanston is a volunteer organization, we have expenses. Increasing our revenues allows us to budget to do more. If you wish you can target donations to a specific program or programs.

We are looking for people to lead an initiative to bring (and return) reusable bags at Farmer's Markets in Evanston this season. Volunteer to staff a table and drum up support, so we can reduce plastic waste and encourage.