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New teen center at Gibbs-Morrison opens

New teen center at Gibbs-Morrison opens

Mayor Daniel Biss (left) and Council Member Bobby Burns, 5th Ward, cut the ribbon to open the new teen center at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St., on Tuesday. Next to them is Audrey Thompson, Director of Parks and Recreation, with teens on the center advisory committee looking on. The facility will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. every weekday. It will offer food (hot wings, French fries, pizza, etc.), a gaming center (“No Grand Theft Auto,” said Thompson), and large-screen TVs. Everything is free. The goal is to give Evanston teenagers, ages 13 through 18, a safe…

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No stopping this rodeo: Dillo Day returns

No stopping this rodeo: Dillo Day returns

Neither rain nor mud nor cooler temperatures hindered Saturday’s rodeo-themed Dillo Day music festival, which took over the lakefill behind the Norris University Center on Northwestern’s campus.  “Dillo” is an abbreviation of armadillo and this year’s fest, the first in-person event since 2019, was a 50th anniversary…

Portrait of an elm: The mother tree in Maple Court

Portrait of an elm: The mother tree in Maple Court

People walking by on the sidewalk stop in their tracks and look up with their mouths open, craning their necks to see its crown. Some run right up to it and press their entire bodies up against the rough bark, stretching their arms out to the side…

Organizations join forces for boozy art crawl

Organizations join forces for boozy art crawl

Community members flocked to Main and Dempster streets on a week night to sip craft beverages while perusing the work of local artists at the Evanston Arts & Craft Beverage Crawl. “Many people were eager to see and buy art, and the stores being able to share…

Evanston performer finds ‘we are all connected through art’

Evanston performer finds ‘we are all connected through art’

Claudia Renteria began her acting career when she was 12. In Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, Renteria began attending summer school, which included theater class. It is that love of art that helped her through the many changes she has made in her life. “Theater has saved my life…


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ETHS commencement: Senior class remarks from Samara Wilson

ETHS commencement: Senior class remarks from Samara Wilson

At Sunday morning’s Evanston Township High School commencement ceremony, senior Samara Wilson delivered the senior class remarks. Students interested in speaking at each spring’s graduation must submit their writing, poem or musical selection, and Wilson earned the honor of speaking on behalf…

Local teen activist tackles lack of diversity in golf 

Local teen activist tackles lack of diversity in golf 

Fourteen-year-old Olivia Ohlson is always ready for a challenge.  While balancing school, sports, clubs, making hygiene kits, raising money for breast cancer research and winning the Future of Evanston service award, Ohlson has launched another endeavor to make the world a more…

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Developing a Segregated Town, 1900-1960

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.…