Credit: Richard Cahan

Happy Friday morning, Evanston.

Kip Kirn, left, and David Gonzalez import firewood from Missouri and deliver it across the Chicago region throughout the winter. “You can’t find pretty wood like this up here,” Kirn told RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan.

Better stock up on wood, hand warmers and hot cocoa. The cold has arrived, with highs at or below freezing for the next three days. Think warm thoughts and catch up on Evanston’s top stories.

300 more workers in downtown Evanston: Northbrook-based UL Solutions is planning to take over more than three floors and 53,000 square feet of the 1603 Orrington Ave. office building. Downtown Evanston Executive Director Annie Coakley said the move is “a big deal” for local businesses.

After dozens of current and former Black city employees alleged racism at work, Evanston seeks to hire a Manager of Organizational Performance and Equity. Equity and Empowerment Commission Co-Chair Karla Thomas said she wants to be sure the job description isn’t “sprinkle equity dust and solve the problem.”

Look out tennis, here comes pickleball. The city’s Parks and Recreation Board met Thursday. Besides pickleball, topics included the new Fifth Ward school campus and beach accessibility for wheelchair users. New mobility mats will extend toward the lake, but will stop short of the water.

RoundTable Weekend Roundup

Evanston Arts Center: Winter Expo. The preview party, a ticketed event, is at 6 p.m. Friday. The expo is free for the general public from Nov. 19 through Dec. 20.

Matilda Jr. The Musical. Swing by the Levy Senior Center Friday through Sunday this weekend to catch the Evanston Children’s Theatre production of a Roald Dahl classic.

Holiday Bazaar. The Woman’s Club of Evanston on Chicago Ave. is hosting its annual market, featuring local vendors, all weekend.

Winter gear giveaway. Donate new and lightly used winter clothes, jackets and backpacks from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center parking lot.

Windy City Slam. In an Evanston first, pro wrestling is coming to the Palmhouse on Howard at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 20.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Evanston recently entered the “medium” risk category for COVID-19, because of an influx of coronavirus hospitalizations. Check out our latest weekly update for everything you need to know about the current state of the pandemic.

Robert H. “Bob” Kurz passed away Nov. 11. The son of a Chicago Tribune publisher, he served as an associate athletic director at Northwestern in the 1970s and stayed close to the athletics department as an avid fan.

Josina Morita recently became the first Asian American woman to win election to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, representing the district that includes Evanston. Join Morita this Sunday at ETHS for a community celebration.

The National Alliance of Black School Educators annually selects its superintendent of the year, an award named in honor of Joseph E. Hill, the first Black superintendent of District 65. That award is headed home to Evanston, as current District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton won the honor this fall.

Picturing Evanston. The last unicorn of Evanston adorns the entrance of the Artist Book House, aka the Harley Clarke Mansion, on Sheridan Road. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Amy Morton and Chef Debbie Gold Bring Their Memories of France to Evanston. LeTour’s approach is “unconventionally French,” Gold and Morton’s version of the cuisine that they tasted during a summer trip to Paris and the south of France, a region laden with Moroccan influences.

Evanston community organizers and Northwestern faculty discuss impacts of midterm elections. Local political activists and experts attributed Democratic success in the midterms to popular stances like support for abortion rights and green-friendly legislation to combat climate change.

The WBEZ guide to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket. The iconic German holiday market at downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza opens for the winter season today, with alternate locations in Aurora and at Wrigley Field.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...