Evanston RoundTable

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

As the statewide court battle over masks and COVID-19 policies in schools continues, several Evanston parents are asking District 65 to allow students to take off their masks during outdoor times like recess, drop-off and pickup.

Some parents told the RoundTable that making masks optional outside is a low-risk way for students to get a break from masks, communicate more easily and see each other’s faces. 

Evanston’s Emery Jones (No. 33, on floor) fights for a loose ball. (Photo by Joel Lerner)

One glance at the stat sheet told ETHS head basketball coach Mike Ellis all he needed to know about Monday’s rematch with New Trier. “We had six guys who had as many or more turnovers than rebounds,” Ellis said. “We got beat on the boards, and we didn’t value the basketball.”

The Wildkits lost to state-ranked New Trier 55-38 in a game at the New Trier West campus in Northfield.


COVID by the numbers: 18 cases were reported on Sunday, Feb. 6, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 41 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Nate Jenkins and Avery (left) and Alex Thomas and Lexi enjoy dancing. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

A joyful Daddy-Daughter Dance at Fleetwood-Jourdain. Fathers and daughters put on their dancing shoes Feb. 6 and stepped out together for an early Valentine’s Day celebration.

18-story high-rise proposed for Chicago Avenue. (Rendering)

Developer adds affordable housing units to proposal for high-rise on Chicago Avenue. A developer is making a second try on a proposal to build a mixed-use high-rise residential building at 1621-31 Chicago Ave., across from the Whole Foods store on Church Street.

(Photo by Richard Cahan)

At this time: 12:16 p.m. Monday. Still in Vogue. Employees at Vogue Fabrics search through racks of thread for just the right spool at the new Evanston location. The company sold its landmark store on Main Street last year and moved to 618 Hartrey Ave. in October.

Midwest Clay Guild says goodbye to Evanston. After 50 years in Evanston, the Midwest Clay Guild has moved to Skokie, setting up shop in a newly renovated industrial space that suits its needs.

The purple line chugs through the snowstorm. (Photo credit: Adina Keeling)

The week in photos: Jan. 31 – Feb. 7. Last Wednesday, RoundTable reporter Adina Keeling took the CTA downtown during a snowstorm and took some photos of the Evanston CTA stops along the way.

Michael Nabors: A response to Spotify’s Daniel Ek on Joe Rogan. “A day after news broke about Joe Rogan’s use of the N-word, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has made the situation 100 times worse. Ek offers the typical apology that white racists give when outed.”

(City of Evanston photos)

Registration for City of Evanston summer camps starts Feb. 12. Evanston residents can register online for 2022 summer camps from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Central Street Business District and The Main-Dempster Mile seek community input. What is your favorite thing about the district? Share your thoughts by Sunday, Feb. 13.


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Around the web

Masks were optional on Monday for thousands of students across the Chicago area. It was a chaotic return to school across the Chicago area on Monday.

Northwestern senior on “Jeopardy!” this week. Yejun Kim will appear on the show Wednesday as part of its college championship.

Shout Out: John Kim, co-founder of Backlot Coffee. John Kim, 43, moved to Evanston from Dayton, Ohio in 1996. He is co-founder of Backlot Coffee.

Northwestern students found chapter of Students Demand Action. A national advocacy group fighting gun violence with Everytown for Gun Safety has a new chapter here.

The Onion humor site reports that Chicago is taping Saran Wrap over the city’s borders to cut down on heating costs.


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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...