Purses with a Purpose Collection – Now through April 15th!

Give your new and gently used purses a new home! We are collecting purses to be filled with toiletries to give to women experiencing domestic violence or unstably housed conditions. We are also accepting donations of new (full or travel-sized) shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap/body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.

Please donate by April 15th to our collection boxes located at the lobby in the Community House Winnetka (620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka), Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty (2934 Central Street in Evanston), Pure Barre Evanston (910 Church Street in Evanston) and Yellow Bird Stationery and Gifts (1515 Sheridan Road – in Plaza del Lago, in Wilmette).

For more information, please contact Elizabeth at 312-823-6412 and we thank you for supporting our community through our Purses with a Purpose program!

Safety Superheroes Community Event at the Winnetka Park District

Join the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore and the Winnetka Park District for a Safety Superheroes event on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am to 12pm!

What is a Safety Superhero? Safety Superheroes make the world a SAFER place! Come out to the parking lots outside the Winnetka Ice Arena and Winnetka Golf Club (490 Hibbard Road in Winnetka) to learn fire safety tips and participate in a bicycle obstacle course. Participants will learn from local police, fire, and bike safety experts. Young Safety Superheroes are encouraged to dress up in capes as they participate in this event.

Family, friends, and neighbors are invited to this fun opportunity! Games, prizes, and raffle items will be available. For more info: https://www.winpark.org/event/safety-superheroes/

JLE-NS Toys for Tots Collection Deadline

JLE-NS is holding a donation drive for the Toys for Tots program this holiday season. Toys for Tots is a program started in 1947 and run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. 97% of the donation goes directly to the mission providing books, toys, and other gifts to less fortunate families.

Please help support this important program by dropping off your donations of new and unwrapped toys to the following locations:  JLE-NS Office, 620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, JLE-NS Thrift House store, 920 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, or Central Station Coffee & Tea, 1150 Central Avenue in Wilmette. We will be collecting donations through December 15th.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please scan the QR code or go to: https://www.jle-ns.org/system/donate_summary and select “JLE-NS Donation” and in the comments section, write “Toys for Tots” and JLE-NS will present the U.S. Marine Corps with a check at the end of our donation drive.

For more information on the Toys for Tots program: http://www.toysfortots.org

Toys for Tots Video: https://content.streamhoster.com/file/vnr/19-067_TFT_2019/TFTDONATE30A_Preview.mp4?dl=1

Thank you for your support and please contact Community Director Valerie Rowlands at 847-460-8588 with any questions.

JLE-NS Ladies who Lunch

JLE-NS members, join us for lunch with your fellow JLE-NS peers at An Apple A Day Catering & Meg’s Cafe located at 317 Park Avenue in Glencoe on Thursday, November 10th at 11:30am!

JLE-NS Members, feel free to bring a friend and please RSVP on the Evite you should have received. *Each member will be responsible for their meal, so please bring cash to make it easier.

Prospective new members are welcome to attend by emailing jle-ns@sbcglobal.net.

Recruiting Brunch at The Hampton Social in Old Orchard Mall

Are you interested in how you can make friends while making a difference?

If so, you are invited to join us for a fun brunch for prospective new members on Sunday, October 9th at 11am at The Hampton Social at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie.

Current JLE-NS members are encouraged to bring guests that may be interested in joining the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore.

Please RSVP by emailing jle-ns@sbcglobal.net (Members, please RSVP via the evite you received).

JLE-NS Ladies who Lunch

Hello Ladies!

It’s that time of year again and back by popular demand is “Ladies who Lunch” with your JLE-NS peers. This is a chance to step away from our daily routine to make new friends and/or try a new restaurant in the Evanston – North Shore neighborhoods. I have chosen Spirit Elephant (space is limited and is first come, first serve) for our first place, however I welcome any recommendations for our future lunches. So bring your good cheer, your appetite and if you want, of course bring a friend! I hope to see you there!

*Each member will be responsible for their meal, so please bring cash to make it easier.

**Last day to RSVP 9/20 – This is to ensure accommodations.

***Members, please RSVP via the event evite which can be found in the Digital Cheetah calendar.  Prospective New Members, please email the JLE-NS office if you are interested in attending this lunch.

Hosted by:

Jennipher Tejano, JLE-NS President-Elect & Nicole Bogdanovich, JLE-NS Recruiting Chair


Thursday, September 22from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CT


Spirit Elephant924 Green Bay RoadWinnetka, IL 60093

JLE-NS Year-End Celebration

Friday, June 23, 2023 at 7pm-10pm

Event details and location will be posted soon in the Digital Cheetah calendar on the JLE-NS member site.

The night will feature an event program which will highlight everything that our members accomplished during the 2022-23 League Year, including the presentation of this year’s Founder’s Award, Sustainer of the Year and Community Partner of the Year award. We will also be celebrating Active members’ years of service, as well as our New Members and new Sustaining members. In addition, we will have our annual tradition of our Past Presidents’ gavel pass.

JLE-NS Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser 2023

Thank you to everyone that attended our 8th Annual Trivia Night fundraiser on February 25th, 2023 at the Wilmette Harbor Club. The nautical themed night was a success and we raised $6,900 to benefit our Baby Steps program, which provides a baby shower for local mothers in need at NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital. We would also like to thank the businesses and everyone that donated to our event and we are extremely grateful to our 2023 Trivia Night Chair, Olivia Kubik and her committee, for planning a fantastic evening!

Annual Fund

JLE-NS Sustainers – please donate to the 2021-2022 Annual Fund here!

Thrift House Holiday Opening

Join us at Thrift House for our Holiday Opening on Saturday, November 26th, which is also Small Business Saturday! Stop in between 10am-5pm to see all of our new holiday arrivals!

Please note that Thrift House will be closed from November 23-25 for Thanksgiving.

Thanks for shopping local and remember that all proceeds go back to the community through the volunteer work of the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore!