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Part of the Walk for Warmth march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

To kick off events honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, nearly 600 individuals and 40 local faith communities marched for Walk for Warmth, an event hosted by Interfaith Action of Evanston.

The two-mile walk through downtown Evanston raised awareness of the city’s homeless population. Interfaith Action has held this event three years in a row, including a vehicle caravan on MLK Day in 2021 to avoid health risks at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, before vaccines became available.

Artist Ben Blount unveils the city’s newest mural, “Resolved.” Behind him are Larry Murphy and Mayor Dan Bliss. (Photo credit: Richard Cahan)

Another event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Artist Ben Blount’s mural at 600 Washington St. More than 100 people attended the celebratory event for “Resolved,” which was completed in November.

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The property at 1224 Washington St. (Cook County Assessor)

Land Use Commission delays decision on music studio. The proprietor of an Evanston music studio is weighing his options after the city’s Land Use Commission tabled a decision on a variance he said he needs for his studio to stay open.

(Photo credit: Evan Girard)

The week in photos: Jan. 10 – Jan. 17. Check out this photo of Daniel Timbie, ready to surf in 20 degree weather.

I don’t feel safe with my close friends. Dear Gabby, My best friend loves to talk about our mutual girlfriends. I have to admit that she is funny and sarcastic. It’s entertaining and weirdly bonding for us, so of course, I join in to some degree. But here’s the thing: I know she must talk about me to them.

ETHS boys basketball: Defense delivers for Kits in neighborhood matchup. The Wildkits ended a two-game losing streak by beating the Loyola Ramblers 52-38.

Music’s great love story takes center stage in February concert. In the month we celebrate romance, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians will perform works by Clara and Robert Schumann in “Schumanns’ Fairy Tale,” a program spotlighting their fabled love story.

Evanston Chamber teams up with Latinx business community to offer leadership events. The Evanston Chamber of Commerce will host a Latinx Leadership Business Development event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19th via Zoom.

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Evanston Latinos works to distribute COVID information, advance equity and inclusion for the local Latinx community. When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Evanston officials did not release much medical and regulatory information in Spanish.

New Illinois law increases number of low-income families eligible for housing assistance. More Illinois families may now qualify for housing assistance following the passage of Illinois House Bill 648, which went into effect Jan. 1.

COVID update: Omicron may be peaking in parts of the U.S., but hospitals are still strained. There is still no guarantee that the population is building enough natural immunity to turn the virus into a mundane part of daily life. Several cruise lines are canceling trips because of the variant.

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Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...