The City of Evanston and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will be holding a community meeting on Wednesday, January 15 to discuss the IDNR’s interest in future use of the Harley Clarke Mansion. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m., in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The City of Evanston has been looking into the future use of the Harley Clarke Mansion for the past several years. In October 2013, the IDNR expressed formal interest in a long term lease for the Mansion. The building would be used by IDNR to house the Department’s Coastal Management Program and provide space for other departmental uses. The community meeting will feature a presentation by IDNR staff on its operations, provide further details on their proposed use of the Mansion and answer questions from the community.

Located in the northeast corner of Evanston, the historic English Tudor mansion was a private residence until it was purchased by the Sigma Chi National Fraternity in 1951, and used as its headquarters for 14 years. In 1965, the City of Evanston purchased the property as part of the development of the Lighthouse Landing Park. 

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For more information, contact Cindy Plante at 847-448-8132 or cplante@cityofevanston.org.