The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention (ESAP) Coalition in partnership with the Evanston Police Department will be visiting local retail liquor establishments, and other concerned businesses on Thursday, April 5th from 4:30-7:30pm to hang posters, place decals on cooler doors, post bottle tags on alcohol packaging and distribute coasters reminding patrons of the risks when purchasing alcohol for minors. The YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! Campaign materials were created by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) to remind adults that preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility.

YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! Is a statewide campaign, sponsored by the ILCC’s Don’t Be Sorry campaign, and carry’s a positive message serving as a reminder that the vast majority of adults in Illinois do not provide alcohol to minors. Preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility, and adults, youth, law enforcement and retail stores all need to be part of the solution.

The ESAP Coalition’s mission is to increase the health of Evanston youth by preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use through community-level strategies. The coalition’s Alcohol Committee and its volunteers, including EPD, Institute for Therapy Through the Arts (ITA), and ETHS students, are implementing Evanston’s 2018 YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! Campaign.

The following Evanston businesses have agreed to participate in this year’s campaign: Orrington Hilton, Farm House, D&D Finer Foods, The Wine Goddess, Evanston 1st Liquors, Jewel-Osco (on Chicago Ave and Howard Ave), Buffalo Joes, La Macchina, Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., The Celtic Knot, Prairie Moon, Flat Top Grill, Chili’s, Cheesie’s Pub & Grub, Lulu’s Taco Diablo, Ace Hardware, Blue Stone, Temperance Beer Co., Shell Gas Station (on Oakton), Cross Rhodes Restaurant, Lou Malnati’s Restaurant, Bar Louie, Fire House Grill, Gigio’s & World of Beer.

The ESAP Coalition thanks, these businesses for their commitment to keeping Evanston youth alcohol-free.