Have a problem seeing newsletter images? NEW: Please help us track down the issue.
And you can read this newsletter on the web instead.

Evanston RoundTable

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Above, Samantha Kurit shows her pet portraits alongside her own pooch, Kirby. She landed six commissions Sunday at Evanston Made’s Maker’s Market, the first of three this year at the Maple Avenue Parking Garage. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Credit: Northwestern University rendering

City staffers are recommending Chicago-based firm Johnson Consulting to conduct an independent study of Northwestern’s proposed Ryan Field project. If the contract is approved by City Council tonight, the firm will receive $78,500 to analyze potential economic impacts, market research and transportation and parking issues, as well as conduct a review of a similar Northwestern-commissioned study.

Credit: Evan Girard

One of the highest-profile proposals in Evanston’s recent history is set to resurface tonight, as the City Council considers a special use application for the Margarita Inn shelter. Reporter Alex Harrison presents a brief history of the contentious debate over Connections for the Homeless’ plan to permanently operate the facility at 1566 Oak Ave. as a rooming house for people experiencing homelessness.

Support non-profit news during our Spring campaign!

Did you know that the RoundTable is a nonprofit newsroom? Support from the community is critical to our mission to make high-quality journalism available to Evanston.

During our Spring fundraising campaign, please support the RoundTable with a generous gift!

RoundTable roundup

Monday: The Evanston Public Library and Northwestern’s Middle East and North Africa department host a conversation on food politics in Jordan with José Ciro Martínez, author of the book States of Subsistence, at 6 p.m. at the library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Tuesday: Food blogger and columnist Karen Nochimowski shares recipe ideas from her new cookbook, 6-Minute Dinners, and discusses the importance of food availability at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Friday: Classical guitarist Adam Levin presents a solo recital, Bach in the Gardens of Alhambra, at a Bach Week Festival Candlelight Concert at 10 p.m. in the lobby of Nichols Concert Hall. Admission is $25.

For more events this week, check out our Events Calendar.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Six new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, May 4, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 3.71 cases per day. The RoundTable will discontinue daily reporting of this data when the national COVID-19 emergency ends Thursday, May 11.

More RoundTable reads

Northwestern University students launched an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe into the lake Friday. The boat had been built on campus by a master Ojibwe canoe builder with help from faculty, staff, students and members of the Native community.

Dear Gabby: Worries about a directionless son. Questions about how to provide supportive but honest feedback. Ugly feet in the summer season. Our advice columnist Gabby is never afraid to go there. Come along for the ride!

Parchment-lined rectangular baking pan with Rhubarb-almond bars. Bright red and pink rhubarb is arranged in a herringbone pattern.
Credit: Julie Chernoff

“Is rhubarb a dreamboat, or a dud? In my book, this spring vegetable is tops.” Food editor Julie Chernoff may win you over to rhubarb as she shares a variety of recipe ideas (including Smitten Kitchen’s Almond-Rhubarb Picnic Bars, above).

Credit: Northwestern University rendering

Letter to the editor: Stadium neighbor Lara Hamann argues Northwestern’s Ryan Field project is a valuable opportunity to reinvigorate Evanston’s economy, writing, “It feels like a no-brainer to embrace the investment NU wants to make.”

Credit: WildkitBaseball Twitter

Go Kits! The RoundTable has a doubleheader of ETHS baseball coverage from Dennis Mahoney: On Friday, the Wildkits narrowly defeated Saint Patrick 9-7. Then on Saturday, they romped with a 12-2 Senior Day win over Maine East.

ETHS track and field standouts Dawson Wright and Abrielle Artley (above, in the lead) made the most of their chances for conference golds Thursday at Maine South, claiming four individual titles and leading Evanston to a third-place team finish.

Photos from our readers

Credit: Nancy Perla

Nancy Perla brings us this photo of a beautiful spring day at Lee Street Beach. Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

Around the web

Evanston fiddler mural really is more about family than music, artist Teresa Parod says. It’s about artist Wesley Kramer, Parod’s brother, who died in the 1990s. Parod worked with his daughter to re-create one of his prints.

Car insurance prices soar in Illinois, Rep. Will Guzzardi aiming to crack down on insurers. The measure would outlaw consideration of gender, occupation and credit scores in car insurance pricing.

Evanston Made features local artists in first Maker’s Market of 2023. Local artists and shoppers gathered on the fifth floor of the Maple Avenue parking garage.

A California panel has called for billions in reparations for descendants of slaves. Recommendations from California’s reparations task force now go to state lawmakers to consider for possible legislation.

Like what you’re reading? Share it!

If you appreciate the RoundTable newsletter, please forward it to friends and suggest that they sign up!

Alex Harrison joined the RoundTable in 2022 for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Upon graduating with his masters degree,...