Design Evanston has published “Evanston’s Design Heritage,” a new book that profiles 127 of Evanston’s notable architects, designers, landscape architects and planners who have lived and worked in Evanston, with an introduction by public TV personality Geoffrey Baer. This book follows the successful publication of “Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places.”

Major funding for the book came from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Evanston Community Foundation and the Evanston Arts Council.

Design Evanston members Stuart Cohen, Kris Hartzell, Tom Hofmaier, Heidrun Hoppe, Laura Saviano, Bob Teska and Jack Weiss have spent nearly two years researching candidates, cataloging selections, gathering photographs, verifying information, writing essays and captions, editing and designing this just-released book. Although a festive book launch celebration was scheduled to be held at the Evanston Art Center, the event has been cancelled due to COVID -19.

The 9″h x 9″w 212-page book is available in a softbound edition for $15 or a hardbound edition for $25. Evanston residents can purchase the book locally at Bookends & Beginnings, Chicago-Main Newsstand, Evanston History Center, Page 1 or online at Amazon or Design Evanston (

Founded in 1980, Design Evanston is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit advocacy organization promoting good design in Evanston. Design Evanston attracts a wide range of professionals living or working in Evanston, including architects, planners, graphic designers, landscape architects, web designers and product designers. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to support Design Evanston programs and activities..


For additional information contact:

Jack Weiss, director, Design Evanston

847 866 7480