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Posted inCity News

Ninth Ward Residents Battle Environmental Justice Issues: ‘This Area Has Really Been Abused and Neglected’

Seven years ago an explosion in Evanston’s southwest Ninth Ward rocked the homes of some nearby residents. Highly flammable and combustible materials were densely packed behind the Home Depot plaza, particularly along Pitner and Hartrey avenues. Residents in this area, already subject to heavy air pollution, truck traffic, litter, and toxic fumes, worry about the […]

Posted inArt & Life

Evanston’s Annual Juneteenth Parade and Celebrations Draw Hundreds

Evanston’s  Juneteenth Parade and Celebration kicked off at 11 a.m. on June 19, with Grand Marshals Cheryl Judice and Jason Powell. Presented by Evanston Present and Future in partnership with the City of Evanston, Evanston’s Juneteenth commemoration continued with a celebration lineup that included speakers, muralists, musical and spoken word performances, drumming, poetry, and dance. Cheers, […]

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A Look at Reparations From Three Faiths

Continuing their covenant to combat racism and confront the truth about their own past histories, two local churches will take the lead at noon on June 20 in a discussion of reparations from the perspectives of Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity. The covenant between Lake Street Church and Second Baptist Church was forged decades ago to […]

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The Five-Fifths TIF Aims to Enhance Black Businesses in the Fifth Ward

The June 3 meeting of the Joint Review Board to consider a recommendation on the Five-Fifths tax-increment financing TIF district attracted nearly twice the typical number of interested residents. They raised questions about the possible developments in the proposed TIF district, opening up the possibilities of robust discussions at the July 12 public hearing and […]

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Library’s Summer Calendar is Packed with Outdoor Events, Hosted in Parks Across Evanston

The Evanston Public Library takes its programming outside for the 2021 summer. The upcoming calendar boasts block parties, ward festivals, gatherings in parks, events for teens, programs in Spanish, and more.  The library’s engagement team is eager to involve the community in more library events, and since Evanston is still emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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Evanston LGBTQ Organization Prepares for June Pride Celebration

A number of Evanstonians, who recently banded together to create a new community LGBTQ pride organization, unveiled plans for a Pride Month celebration at the end of June.  The function of Evanston Pride, Inc., according to its organizational website, “is to organize and support the full spectrum of local LGBTQIA+ community members through specialized programming […]