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Evanston’s Best: Bakeries

It’s time to spotlight Evanston’s bakeries. Talk about an embarrassment of riches! This is one case where “too much of a good thing” is just the right amount. Whether you’re in north or…

Picturing Evanston: Evanston Made BIPOC art show

Evanston Made’s second annual BIPOC Members Group Show held its opening reception on Friday, June 2, at the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St. The exhibition, which runs until June 30. features the works of 52 Black, Indigenous and…

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Evanston Own It: How local Black churches give back

In 2014, after Evanston had seen an uptick in violent incidents, then-Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl initiated a community-wide call to action to address the trend. She wanted to get the faith community involved, and Fifth Ward Council Member Delores Holmes stepped in to help.  “We had a…

Remembering military service members who did not return home

More than 200 people filled Fountain Square in downtown Evanston on May 29 to pay tribute to America’s fallen military heroes at a Memorial Day ceremony conducted by local veterans groups, Evanston American Legion Post 42 and Tech. Sgt. William B. Snell, VFW Post 7186. American…

Redistricting committee advances proposed new ward map to council

At this time last year, Evanston’s redistricting committee went into the city’s first remapping in 20 years, aiming to bring the difference in the population of the city’s nine wards to as close to zero as possible. At their May 23 meeting, the committee came remarkably…

New town-gown alliance airs concerns about Ryan Field proposal

This story has been updated with new information about outreach efforts, and with a link to a recording of the town hall. Speakers from the Northwestern Accountability Alliance discussed the university’s proposed rebuild of Ryan Field and their call for a community benefits agreement at a…


In the spotlight at Northlight: BJ Jones celebrates 25 years

Northlight Theatre and BJ Jones are celebrating 25 years of his tenure as artistic director.     An actor from the age of 10, Jones grew up in Cleveland, where he developed his passion for theater early. In 1966, when he was 15, he spent six weeks at Chautauqua,…

Centuries-old board game is a Go at Evanston tournament

Enthusiasts of the ancient board game Go held a tournament at the Holiday Inn – Chicago North Evanston this past weekend in which participants engaged in friendly competition and honed their playing skills. This amateur tournament was sponsored by the Evanston Go Club, which meets every Wednesday…

Evanston veterans groups honor the fallen ahead of Memorial Day

In the days leading up to Memorial Day, three Evanston veterans organizations made sure that fallen American service members are not forgotten. Members of American Legion Evanston Post 42, Foreign Wars (VFW) Tech/Sgt. Wm. B. Snell Post 7186, and the Snell Post Auxiliary maintained long standing traditions…

Mary Jayne Gold: A hero from Evanston

“1940-41 proved to be quite a year for a nice girl from Evanston, Illinois.”[1] So wrote Mary Jayne Gold in the prologue to her memoir, Crossroads Marseilles, 1940 (1980). Gold’s memoir recounts her experience in France during World War II working alongside Varian Fry and others with…


ETHS boys baseball: Kits bury Niles North for record 29th win

Evanston’s baseball team accomplished more than just advancing in the one (loss)-and-done Illinois High School Association state playoffs with its 11-1 trouncing of Niles North on Wednesday at the Class 4A Evanston Regional tournament. The Wildkits wrote their names in the school…


Picturing Evanston

The scene at the Dempster Street Boat Launch at the end of this first day of June with Jimaanan (traditional canoes) in the foreground. The Jimaanan were brought by guests from the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa visiting the Evanston lakefront for ceremonial events this weekend. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Picturing Evanston

Somebody has the right idea. Seen on Dempster Street, west of Ashland Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Picturing Evanston: Lantern Festival

Evanstonians of all ages visited Arrington Lagoon on Tuesday evening to create floating lanterns, votives and luminaries in honor of Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and Memorial Day. The Evanston ASPA group developed the local Lantern Festival in the spirit of similar events and traditions across Asia,…

Picturing Evanston: Memorial Day

Tech Sgt. William B. Snell of VFW Post 7186 reflects on Memorial Day during the city’s Monday ceremony at Fountain Square. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Picturing Evanston: Beach season

And just like that it’s once again beach season. Thanks to the new portable roll-out accessibility mats, Evanston’s beaches are now a lot more accessible for anyone in a wheelchair, as seen Sunday at Lee Street Beach in this photo. Special beach wheelchairs are available at Clark, Greenwood, Dempster and Lee…


Charles Wilkinson: The power of language

A friend asked recently, “What’s more powerful, the spoken or the written word?” Not a simple question to answer these days, but it got me thinking about language itself and its power in today’s world.  Before the Technological Revolution, clearly the written word was far more powerful because…

Les Jacobson: Lilac season

Lilac season lasts just a few weeks – but how these annual blooms sanctify and endow this time of year with their sublime beauty and rich aroma!



Developing a Segregated Town, 1900-1960

Evanston’s first African American residents arrived in the 1850s, and by 1880 there were approximately 125 African Americans in Evanston. The number grew to 737 in 1900.…

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