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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

The best office in Evanston? Doug Bolton’s spot on the Northwestern lakefill, where he spent early Tuesday typing away as the sun rose right in front of him. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

The Evanston Thrives draft report on economic development recommended moving the farmers market from the lot at University Place and Oak Avenue (above) to Fountain Square. But that “would probably just kill the market,” warns Vikki Proctor, president of the Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets. The group, set to meet with city officials next week, says the market’s manager and its vendors have been left out of the discussion.

Downtown Evanston is getting some familiar sips and some new dishes: Smoothie chain Jamba, which had a store in the Chandler’s Building that closed in 2015, is set to return this fall next to the Sherman Avenue Starbucks. Meanwhile, CM Chicken, a Korean fried chicken chain, is moving forward with construction at 1009 Davis St. Plus, Mensch’s, a Jewish deli, will open Saturday as a pop-up at Picnic, 1619 Chicago Ave.

On Monday, the City Council approved a resolution to replace the sport courts that District 65 plans to turn into a parking lot for the Fifth Ward school. But it turns out the city owns a parcel of land next to Mason Park and ETHS that it was already intending to convert into parkland. That might satisfy a state requirement to replace the lost recreational space. “We do have a pathway forward that could work out,” City Engineer Lara Biggs told the Administration and Public Works Committee.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Zero new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, April 10, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 6.6 cases per day.

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At Tuesday’s District 65 Climate Action Team meeting, two Haven Middle School teachers spoke about a “happiness” curriculum with topics like meditation, decluttering, sustainability and downsizing. And Sustainability Coordinator Karen Bireta (above) said the district will plant more than 50 trees this spring.

Credit: Les Jacobson

Right-hander Hank Liss struck out 11 and tamed Highland Park 11-1 Tuesday in the Wildkits’ home opener, helping ETHS baseball improve to a sizzling 12-2 on the season. The Giants only managed to hit one ball out of the infield.

You may not know the name Hayward Blake (above, in 1975), but you’ve relied on his work: A founding member of Design Evanston, he created the signage at O’Hare Airport and revised Evanston’s parking signs.

Credit: Northwestern University rendering

Letter to the editor: “Alternative idea for Northwestern: Convert the park-like area along the lakefront on the campus into a Ravinia-like setting and host the concerts there,” Deborah A. Morrin writes in a critique of the school’s Ryan Field proposal.

The Woman’s Club of Evanston will host this year’s Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique April 16-18, where high schoolers can select formal dresses, shoes and jewelry free of charge. The appointment-only event has an online sign-up.

The Meals on Wheels annual fundraiser gala will return to Evanston’s Double Clutch Brewery on Friday, May 5. Tickets are $125. The organization hopes to match last year’s event, which raised $130,000.

Picturing Evanston: Shadow play on the west side of the Charles Gates Dawes House, home to the Evanston History Center, on Greenwood Street and Lake Shore Drive. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Illinois commission seeks public input on potential statewide reparations program. The African Descent-Citizens Reparations Commission has held four hearings and two Public Engagement Subcommittee meetings since December.

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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...