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Fourth of July Association Members Wait Another Year for a Big Centennial Celebration

Evanston Fourth of July organizers were hoping to celebrate their 100th year of festivities with this year’s event. They are now going to have to carry that theme forward once again with an in-person event docked a second year because of COVID-19. As for next year’s celebration, should it go forward, “we haven’t come up with an official name,” said Tracy Alden, President of the Evanston Fourth that of July Association, during a phone interview June 22. “‘Celebrating a Century,’ or ‘Centennial-plus-one?’” he tried. “Maybe just ‘Centennial, the Live Celebration’ or something.” Mr. Alden, in his […]

Evanston Dimensions | Ask the Historians

After our last column, Paul Ilmer submitted the following question for historians at the Evanston History Center:  I was wondering what the original construction and use of the building was which is today owned, or at least houses, Oscar […]

This Northwestern Professor and Robotics Engineer is Unstoppable

When Brenna Argall was starting college with an undergraduate major in mathematics and minors in music and biology, she never imagined she’d become a robotic engineer developing highly complex machines to assist people with severe motor dysfunctions.  More than […]


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Legacy of School Segregation, Part II, Visions for a Community School in the Fifth Ward

Mr. Wilkins summarized STEM School Evanston’s vision for a new STEM school in the Fifth Ward. Ms. Smith said, “The goal is to have the school in the Fifth Ward.” She said, though, from District 65’s perspective, all options were on the table, and that community input would be a key factor. Ms. Lyons said EPL was interested in being a partner and supporting the mission of the school.

Evanston Girls Capture State Relay Championship

Evanston head coach Fenton Gunter was involved in a season-long tug-of-war with his coaching staff when it comes to Jacklynn Okereke’s talents and just exactly where the junior standout could help the Wildkits most this […]


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ETHS Grad Wins Projects for Peace Award

Northwestern University’s Julia Borland, a third-year student studying social policy and economics, received a $10,000 award from Projects for Peace to help incorporate environmental and food justice […]


Northwestern Helps Support Summer Fest

Registration is now open for Evanston’s Summer Fest at Butler Park, a seven-week STEAM program beginning June 21 that lets middle school-aged children explore everything from roller […]


A Telephone Game Every Day

As a child and as an adult, I participated in the “telephone game” at get-togethers.  As many of you probably know, the “telephone game” begins with one person whispering a message to another person, […]


ETHS Doubles Team Advances to State Tourney

Stick around long enough in the Illinois High School Association state tennis tournament series, and you might get a bucket of ice water dumped over your […]


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. At that time, many of the African Americans in Evanston worked in domestic and personal service. With the Great […]

Fifth Ward STEM School Plan Promises Equity

The Fifth Ward of Evanston, the historic heart of the Black community in the west-central part of the City dating to the days of redlining, has not had a District 65 neighborhood school since Foster School was converted to a magnet in 1967 as part of […]