Evanston RoundTable
Grey Park Neighbors meeting on Sept. 30. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Good Sunday morning, Evanston.

Fourth Ward specialized mental health and rehabilitation facility Albany Care has released a plan in response to concerns raised by neighbors and city staff that some residents of the facility are connected to an uptick in aggressive panhandling, inappropriate behavior and crime in the neighborhood.

Albany Care shared a plan of engagement, which aims to address these issues, with the RoundTable. The plan is split into three subsections, and includes a response to business owners on the Main Dempster Mile, a commitment to keep working alongside city staff and some internal changes, including new hires.

A Halloween display hung by homeowners from parkway trees was removed by the City of Evanston on Oct. 20 after residents reported that it evoked images of lynching. Two figures wrapped in black trash bags were hanging by chains from trees on the parkway outside a Second Ward residence.

Join the Evanston RoundTable at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 for an online webinar panel of experts to discuss the threat facing local news and democracy. The discussion will be moderatd by Charles Whitaker, dean and professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, and a member of the RoundTable board of directors. He will be joined by Tracy Baim, president and co-publisher of the Chicago Reader and founder of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance; Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington; and Tim Franklin, who heads Medill’s Local News Initiative and is the past president of the Poynter Institute. The event will be a fundraiser in support of the RoundTable’s fall NewsMatch campaign. We hope you will decide to support our work.

In case you missed any of the most important news last week, here’s a roundup of the top stories from the RoundTable this past week.

City News

An algae bloom at Barker’s Island swimming beach in Superior, Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. (Photo by Hannah Ramage/Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve)

What all Evanston residents should know about climate change. In August, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the future of the global climate and what people around the world can expect in terms of temperatures, precipitation and more. But not all regions around the world are created equal in terms of their risk level and potential exposure to the devastating effects of climate change. So where does the Chicago region stand in this delicate situation? And how can residents stay prepared for a possible once-in-a-lifetime climate emergency?

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Students gathered Oct. 22 at Fountain Square. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Hundreds of ETHS students stage walkout for climate action. Hundreds of Evanston Township High School students walked out of class and marched to Fountain Square in a protest supporting climate justice Friday afternoon. During the gathering, students, residents and City Council members gave speeches demanding the city immediately devote funds to its Climate Action and Resilience Plan.

Art & Life

Above Chicago Avenue Nail Spa. Photo by Sam Stroozas.

The Guy Who Cares: Evanston’s own Banksy emerges again. He’s back, The Guy Who Cares, whose distinct figures drawn on bricks, panels and CTA stops first appeared in Evanston in 2010. Often a message was inscribed below the art with a simple phrase such as, “Stay as You Are.” But even as the city scrubbed his drawings off public spaces, more faces would pop up, and his identity remained a mystery.

Evanston residents share their favorite photos of The Guy Who Cares pieces

Photo by Sam Stroozas.

Central Street Evanston hosts Trick-or-Treating event. Witches, black cats, firefighters and princesses swarmed Central Street on Saturday for the first annual Central Street Trick or Treat. The street filled with families strolling along on the sunny afternoon, stopping in at participating businesses with their Halloween tote bags in hand and candy overflowing.

The Lighthouse Keeper sees… Interspersed among the many houses decorated for Halloween are homes that serve as canvases for art installations as part of Terrain Exhibitions. The theme of the 2021 biennial show is “Keep in Touch.” Running concurrently in more than 50 cities around the globe, the installations will be displayed through Nov. 15. Twenty-six of the more than 250 works can be found on and around Evanston homes.

Public Square

Chandler’s in Evanston, 1940s. (Evanston History Center)

Evanston Dimensions | Ask the historians. So a few years ago after I moved back to Evanston as an adult I found myself walking around downtown by Fountain Square. And suddenly I notice this plaque on a building with the name “Chandlers.” I stopped in shock and had a moment of nostalgia. Could this be the place where Mom took us to buy school supplies each year? 


Friday night’s game ended in a big win for ETHS. Players stay on the field right after the game concludes. (Photo by Becky Kremin)

Kits add to playoff resume, deck Glenbrook South. Every year there are a few 6-3 teams qualifying for the Illinois High School Association state football playoffs that no one really wants to match up against in the first round. Evanston showed Friday night at Lazier Field that the Wildkits could be one of those teams.

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Adina Keeling

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...