Credit: Richard Cahan

Good Friday morning, Evanston.

In early December 2021, Richard Cahan joined the RoundTable with his sights set on accomplishing a major project: capturing Evanston in one photo a day. More than a year later, Cahan did what he set out to do: At This Time, publishing 295 photos and accompanying stories. The very first edition, shown above, pictures swimmer Michelle Milne at 7:02 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2021. You can see all of Cahan’s photos on the project in one place here. (BTW, Cahan is not leaving the RoundTable, only weighing how he wants to frame his next project!)

Now, on to your Friday news, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood RoundTable.

After months of uncertainty about fundraising for a potential renovation, the Artists Book House informed the city on Thursday that it is leaving the Harley Clarke Mansion. The problem was fundraising: four firms who consulted with the group concluded it would take eight to 10 years to raise the necessary money.

Credit: RoundTable analysis

ETHS is trending in the wrong direction on several key measures of student and teacher wellbeing, according to experts the RoundTable talked with and an analysis of the schools 5Essentials survey results. Every spring, the survey poses dozens of questions to students and staff about their lived experiences.


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InSidewalk Sale: Swing by Central Street today or Saturday for the annual InSidewalk Sale, where local businesses will be offering special discounts!

Indoor Farmers’ Market: Come shop for fresh produce and groceries from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Evanston Ecology Center.

Participatory budgeting: The next idea collection for the participatory budgeting process is at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

MLK Celebration: Join the Music Institute of Chicago and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday at Nichols Concert Hall for music, dance and art.

Walk for Warmth: The annual MLK Day walk supporting services for the homeless and the housing insecure is at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church.


More RoundTable reads

A new “apartment hotel” coming to Evanston? The Land Use Commission granted a special use permit Wednesday for housing investor Cameel Halim to convert the long-shuttered assisted living facility at 1555 Oak Avenue into a 67-unit apartment hotel. The plan now heads to City Council.

Evanston’s Citizen Police Review Commission is working on a letter of recommendations to EPD Chief Schenita Stewart. The suggestions include being more transparent about de-escalation policies and training.

Weekly Covid update: With daily hospitalizations dropping significantly in recent days, Evanston has moved into the “low” risk category for Covid transmission.

In his latest “Eye on Evanston” column on urban design and architecture, Jack Weiss explores the life and career of Henry K. Holsman, who designed Sherman Garden Apartments in Evanston and several iconic public housing developments in Chicago.

The Evanston Fire Department is recruiting beach lifeguards for the 2023 summer season. Anyone can complete the candidate interest form at cityofevanston.org/lifeguardinterest.

Casa Central, a social service agency, is looking to hire more staff members in 2023. You can check out more about these opportunities here.


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Around the web

Lightfoot apologizes for campaign’s solicitation to CPS, City Colleges students that was ‘clearly a mistake’. The Chicago mayor’s reelection campaign sent out messages to CPS teachers Wednesday in an apparent attempt to recruit students to help on the campaign. Lightfoot admitted the move was unethical and blamed it on a single staffer, saying it “never should have happened.”

Rush Hour Riders Face Longer Waits As CTA Aims To Stop Ghost Buses, But Burned-Out Operators Nervous About Change. The agency is changing its bus schedules in an attempt to provide more reliable service. Drivers said the shift might fix the problem of “ghost buses” that never arrive, but it could also lead to longer wait times, fewer rush hour buses and more overworked CTA staff.

Gun sellers, after sales spike ahead of state assault weapons ban, claim law won’t survive. The state legislature passed an assault weapons ban this week, but gunshop owners say they plan to challenge the new law in court. Others also mentioned plans to move their now-illegal inventory to wholesalers or other shops out of state.


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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...