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Ghoulish Harley Clarke Mansion a fright for all

Artists Book House is breathing new life into “The Harley Clarke Mansion” this month to celebrate Halloween in Evanston. Walk over to 2603 Sheridan Road after dark and be treated to colorful Halloween artwork and installations beaming from the windows and outside of this iconic building. Artists Ken Gerleve and Hannah Batsel have created Halloween-inspired drawings in the windows. Lit from behind at night (dusk till 10 pm), they make the house “come to life,” the…



Grey Park neighbors raise safety concerns

Evanston City Council member Jonathan Nieuwsma has been holding public meetings to address concerns raised by Fourth Ward residents that aggressive and antisocial behavior is increasing near Grey Park, on the northeast corner…

Evanston Dimensions | Ask the historians

After our last column, Holly Martin submitted the following question for historians at the Evanston History Center: “So a few years ago after I moved back to Evanston as an adult I found…


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The art of making art: Visibility Arts

“I like to come and make art before I go to my job at the grocery store. It calms me down.” “I like to work on…



Les Jacobson: To make something beautiful

Recently I came across a statement Duke Ellington made at the funeral of his longtime bandmate, alto sax player Johnny Hodges. Hodges, Ellington said, had “a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to…



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.…