Evanston RoundTable
National Coming Out Day
Few Spirits Manager Lolo McGrath, left, is seen with Jackson Adams, Tom Pasker and Patty Finley of Evanston Pride. (Photo by Matt Simonette)

Good morning, Evanston.

Members of the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Evanston Pride hosted a National Coming Out Day celebration at Few Spirits, 918 Chicago Ave., the evening of Oct. 11.

More than a dozen people of varying ages attended the event, which organizers intended as a “safe space” where participants could speak and ask questions without fear of judgment. As such, they asked those in attendance not to share the identities of the speakers nor the details of their stories publicly.

Evanston Pride President Jackson Adams said he was pleased with the turnout, especially since it occurred in the middle of a downpour. 


On Oct. 21 the family and friends of Evanston-born and raised Junior Mance gathered at Unitarian Church of Evanston to celebrate his life and career. Mance passed away in January of this year at the age of 92, and was a successful jazz pianist.

His wife, step-daughter and granddaughter gave speeches, and the Marc Devine quartet performed. Attendees finished off the evening with a drink in his honor.

Check out our video to watch clips of his memorial, and learn about the mark he left on those who knew him.


COVID by the numbers: The City of Evanston reported five new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. The seven-day average is eight. 


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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website:

Evanston’s Cradle to Career partnered with the City of Evanston to send the first cohort of youth delegates to attend the National League of Cities Virtual City Summit. (City of Evanston packet)

‘Mission drift?’: Council members seek info, accountability for Cradle to Career’s $50,000 funding request. Evanston Cradle to Career, an organization created to address inequity in the community by pulling together resources from partner organizations throughout Evanston, offered a long list of highlights in its request for an annual contribution from the city.


Around the web

  • The Reader at 50. Check out this piece on how the Chicago Reader made it through five decades, written by Mark Jacob, a member of the RoundTable Advisory Committee.

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