Held at the Autobarn, MashUp 2022 was packed with hundreds of people, who were eating, drinking, chatting and celebrating some of the city’s most creative, kind, generous and entrepreneurial people.

All of it was hosted by Northwestern University in coordination with the City of Evanston and produced by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

This party was started 12 years ago as a way to celebrate all things Evanston and to help everyone transcend any town and gown divides by bringing the whole community to a brimming and bright table where they could be together.

The RoundTable was there to share some of the evening’s memories. It was a plum assignment for photographer Evan Girard and this editor.


First up, a few seconds of Mayor Daniel Biss, who along with Northwestern University President Michael H. Schill served as co-captain of the event. This is Biss literally under fire as he demonstrates before the night’s awardees his talent for standing in the heat but not getting burned. Good practice for juggling budget negotiations, no?

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Mayor Daniel Biss juggles fire torches at MashUp.

And then the award-winners: the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award went to Natasha and Kostya Katz, and their children, Lyla, 12, Levi, 10, and Elan, 6. The Evanston family helped the Studinsky family, Natalia and her sons, Nikita, 17, and Tima, 12, Ukrainian refugees who came here in July.

Credit: Evan Girard

Former Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl won the Catalyst Award for changing the relationship between Evanston and Northwestern University by bringing chocolate chip cookies to the school’s president. He came to her office to return the Tupperware and better relations began.

Two bright young women won the Future of Evanston Award: Ellie Baker-Carrillo and Hanna Lindroth. There were also multiple MashUp Moolah winners: The Aux, Evanston Arts Council, (the documentary filmmakers who made) If a Town Had a King: The Improbable Life and Times of Hecky Powell and the Mayor’s Employment Advisory Council ETHS Fund. Here is a quick look at everyone in this short video.  

Here are just a few of the award winners in photo.

Evanston’s civil leaders — those with and without titles — were there in force.

The Cradle to Career crowd was there to enjoy.

MashUp2022 The Cradle to Career crew was having a great time. From left, Amber Williams-Lyons, Carmen Francellno, Kimberly Holmes-Ross, Kandi Corbbins and Taishiya Nix. Credit: Susy Schultz

It was a chance for old friends to come together.

Some attendees came with their crew to enjoy camaraderie and conversation, others ended up mingling near the Mazdas and making new friends.

It was also a time for trios of guests to talk, smile, laugh and pose for the photographer.

And a time to toast. Don’t forget the drinks because they were memorable, as was the creative bartending. Because while drinks were served at some of the 35 food and beverage tables throughout the Autobarn, there were also drinks on wheels, beverages brought straight to you — maybe a new way to think of a chaser.

The food was plentiful, creative and everywhere. Did we say there were 35 different food and beverage tables?

And there was also kindness everywhere. Thank you, Mr. Wendell Robinson for giving a gal a ride after she parked way too far away with her pretty party shoes on!

Wendell Robinson, Program Director at Restore Justice, was helping to keep the party moving. Credit: Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...

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