Holiday card designed by Evanston fourth-grader Tate Dunn submitted by the City of Evanston

As we count down the days to the New Year, I would like to thank each of you for your extraordinary efforts and sacrifices during this unprecedented time in our history.

Years from now, when I look back on 2020, I’ll remember the heartbreak and hardships experienced by so many in our community, but I’ll also recall the strength, endurance, and love we showed one another. As the snowman on Evanston fourth-grader Tate Dunn’s holiday greeting card proudly displays on his sweater, 2020 showed that “We Are Evanstrong.”

Although we’re not yet through this pandemic, and we must all continue to be vigilant about following public health guidance, we can move forward into 2021 optimistic that our community will overcome the challenges we face by working together.

Click here for a timeline detailing our communitywide response to the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. I hope that reading it will make you as proud as I am to be an Evanstonian.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy New Year.