Happy Friday, Evanston!

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s unseasonably warm weather. It was a great day for a walk outside, a bike ride or maybe to rake some leaves, as Joerg Metzner’s October photo of the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park may remind you. Meanwhile, don’t forget to set your clocks and watches back an hour when Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday!

Now it’s time for today’s top stories.

Northwesten has an ambitious to-do list as part of its plan to construct a new $800 million football stadium. University officials released their Ryan Field timetable Thursday at a special Seventh Ward meeting. Some 80 residents showed up virtually wanting to hear more about the school’s plans for concerts and a liquor license.

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Taxpayers had concerns at a virtual First Ward meeting Thursday. Council Member Claire Kelly said her constituents’ greatest worry is the 30% increase in the median value of residential properties since 2019. Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi, above, offered reassurance about tax bills: “If everyone’s value is going up by 30%, your share of the burden may not change at all.”

Join the RoundTable on Thursday, Nov. 10, for an online conversation with journalist Margaret Sullivan. RoundTable Editor Susy Schultz will interview Sullivan about her recently published book Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life. The event is part of the RoundTable’s fall membership drive.


In case you missed it: Illinois released its school report card data last week, revealing persistent opportunity gaps and declining test scores in Evanston. Check out our coverage of the reports from District 65 and Evanston Township High School.


Coming up this weekend

Coffee with the Chief: New Police Chief Schenita Stewart continues her tour through Evanston, meeting with Seventh Ward residents from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Tag’s Cafe on Central Street.

Tails About Town: The Evanston Animal Shelter is throwing its annual cocktail party fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation synagogue on Dodge Avenue.

American Son: Calling all theater lovers! Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre performs the play both Saturday and Sunday at Noyes Cultural Arts Center. (RoundTable critic Cissy Lacks gave kudos for the production.)

Day of the Dead: Celebrate the holiday with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Levy Senior Center, featuring Marisol La Brava & A Flor de Piel.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

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The MashUp honored its annual award winners at a Wednesday night gala at the Autobarn. Check out our many pictures and videos of the event and see Evanston’s movers, shakers and just plain partiers celebrating the city.

All those modern glass buildings on Northwestern’s campus take a heavy toll on the bird population, nature activists say. A group of Northwestern students is petitioning the university to add bird-safety measures to Seeley G. Mudd Library, pictured above. They want you to sign up too.

With winter nearly upon us, the CDC is encouraging everyone eligible to get their COVID-19 boosters and flu shots. Here’s what you need to know about the latest pandemic news and local trends.

Nancy “Nan” Anderson served as executive director at the Evanston YWCA and then moved on to SASI, a nonprofit caregiver agency, before retirement. She received the Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement in recognition of her community service and concern for Illinois seniors. She died Oct. 9.

Letter to the editor: D65 must promote equity but maintain accountability. “My son’s second-grade class at Lincoln Elementary has 16 students in a classroom which once held almost 30. I appreciate the small class sizes, but this is a financial time bomb,” Third Ward resident Tom Hayden writes.

Join Bundled Blessings Diaper Pantry at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Double Clutch Brewing Co. for the organization’s annual “Bottoms Up” fundraiser.

Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, on Northwestern’s campus in Evanston, recently formed an Indigenous Study Committee to examine its historical relationship with Native peoples and learn from Indigenous theological perspectives.


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Around the web

Biden in Illinois Friday to rally Democrats ahead of Tuesday vote; Harris in city Sunday. The U.S. president is in the area today to boost support for congressional incumbents Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten and Bill Foster. Vice President Kamala Harris is gearing up for a Windy City visit Sunday.

Flyers With A Noose That Say ‘White Only’ Alarmed Chicagoans On Social Media. The Black Artist Behind Them Said She Has No Regrets. Black female artist Hyero posted the signs across the Chicago area, including in Evanston, prompting fears of a white supremacy marketing effort. The artist said she wanted to provoke an emotional response and spark interest in her exhibit.

Citizen Police Review Commission recommends further review of investigation into off-duty officer’s crash. A complaint alleged an off-duty police officer hit a 15-year-old biker on Ridge Avenue in October 2021, then said “Well, this is why we don’t bike on Ridge, right?” while the injured juvenile was lying on the ground.

Wilmette brewer, Double Clutch catch buzz from Great American Beer Festival. Brewer Scott Frank, of Wilmette, and Evanston’s Double Clutch won Brewer and Brewery of the Year prizes in their category at the October festival in Denver.


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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...