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Evanston celebrates end of summer with festival at James Park

Local nonprofits, community organizations, Evanston Township High School, the City of Evanston and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 all came together Saturday afternoon to host the third annual End of Summer Fest at James Park. Even with cloudy skies and a few drops of rain, the mood…

Special Olympics volunteers working to defy expectations

Together, the duo of Lisa Kaya-Noble and Kurt Noble host a podcast called Amazing Individuals and are active volunteers with the Special Olympics programs in Evanston and Special Olympics Illinois. They got involved with the Special Olympics through the Special Recreation community within Evanston’s Health and…

ART & LIFE

New sidewalk markers honor Evanston’s first Black resident, Black hospital

Two new sidewalk markers honoring historic Evanston locations for Black residents were unveiled Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13.  The first marker was unveiled at 325 Dempster St., the former home of Evanston’s first documented Black resident: Maria Murray, who was brought to the city as an indentured domestic…

Curt’s Cafe mural project elevates dreams and aspirations

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 13 marked the unveiling of a new mural at Curt’s Cafe, 2922 Central St. Swirls of vivid colors, striking imagery and the use of a single written word – “elevate” – add a sense of energy and vibrancy to the area around…

Interview with Peter C. Baker, author of ‘Planes’

If your wanderings take you down Main Street and past the Brothers K coffee shop, you’re likely to see one of our local literary luminaries. Most days, you can find author and Evanston resident Peter C. Baker typing away. Baker first found his way to this beloved…

From non-runner to marathon runner to running-store owner

Before 2008, Matthew Abitbol never imagined himself as a runner. After struggling with his weight during high school and college, Abitbol decided to make a commitment to himself to take control of his health. After one year of careful eating and exercise, he lost 100 pounds. But…


SCHOOLS

Contract gives ETHS teachers raises, extended parental leave

When teachers at Evanston Township High School kick off the 2022-23 year this Monday, Aug. 15, they will likely get a 2.3% raise and expanded parental leave if the new four-year contract that was negotiated is approved. Most significantly, the contract, which…

PHOTOS


PUBLIC SQUARE

Larry ‘Lorenzo’ Cose, 1953-2022

Larry “Lorenzo” Cose modeled many qualities: his humility, non-judgmental nature, sincere way of listening, gentle wisdom, unwavering courage … and all with a smile that could heal the world.  Larry was a beloved husband, devoted father to two sons and an infinitely kind and compassionate friend to those…

Peggy Tarr: ‘Fix Me’*

Individuals and groups talked about the increase in crime and disrespect for others. Leaders from churches, synagogues and mosques met and decided to hold a conference to discuss these concerns. The conference would be held in a school cafeteria at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday evening in hopes…

Les Jacobson: Beethoven splains it all for you

Bach and Beethoven are the two giants of classical music, the twin peaks of composition, the K2 and Everest of sonic sensuality. Whether you prefer one or the other depends on your musical sensibility, stylistic preferences and even your mood at the moment. Bach is generally considered more…

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REPORTS & ANALYSES

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.…