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Morris “Dino” Robinson proudly shows the home of Evanston’s first African American resident. The house, at 325 Dempster St., was officially marked as an African American Heritage Site. “We want to honor this location as one of the first eight we want to designate as a landmark important to the African American community’s historical context,” said Robinson, founder of the Shorefront Legacy Center. This was the home of Maria Murray Robinson, who was brought to Evanston in 1855 as an indentured domestic. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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 servant in 1855.  The second marker was unveiled in front of the former…

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CITY NEWS

Experts give advice to small Evanston landlords

Experts from local rental housing organizations provided practical resources and advice for small Evanston landlords during a webinar Wednesday evening. Hosted by the city’s Housing & Grants Division, the event came shortly after the new small landlord task force opened a survey to gather input for…

City OKs paying out $3.45 million in reparations

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the City of Evanston agreed to disburse $3.45 million in additional reparations funds for the remaining 138 “ancestor” applicants lined up to receive benefits. On Jan. 13, a total of 154 ancestor applicants who applied were randomly ranked, with the…

City pursuing traffic solutions as Poplar Avenue to get narrower

Shaving off three feet of width and turning parking by 45 degrees on Poplar Avenue will save the City of Evanston a lot of potential cost and risk in the future, according to Senior Project Manager Chris Venatta. Venatta delivered a brief presentation and fielded questions…

Council passes resolution supporting reproductive health care 

Evanston will wage its own response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Roe v. Wade, with city departments directed to explore ways to support and protect individuals seeking reproductive health care, including abortions. Evanston City Council members voted 6-0 on Aug. 8 in…

ART & LIFE

It’s not your mother’s dorm room

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Concert review: Lucinda Williams at Out of Space

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Week in photos: Aug. 1 – Aug. 8

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Blues legend Buddy Guy closes out Canal Shores concert series

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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…

ETHS adding rowing club to sports team lineup

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ETHS 101: Everything you need to know before school starts 

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Peggy Tarr: ‘Fix Me’*

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Les Jacobson: Beethoven splains it all for you

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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.…