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Customers enjoy one of the last meals at Prairie Joe’s. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

After 30 years, Prairie Joe’s is closing its doors on Central Street. Aydin Dincer, the owner, decided to close due to family obligations – it was too hard to run the restaurant and spend time with his family.

“I had to make a decision, a big one,” he said. While Prairie Joe’s may be closing, Dincer hopes to still offer the Evanston community his famous casseroles and soups to-go at a smaller location after taking a few months off for the first time in three decades.


Evanston Grows “Put your Garden to Bed” event on Sunday, Oct. 24. (Photo by Monica Fox)

This weekend in photos. We’ve decided to start a new project to help us keep in touch as a community. At the start of every week, the RoundTable will share photos from the various festivals, events, protests, block parties, full moons, sunrises, weddings or even just pictures from the backyard. So, please send us your weekend photos at news@evanstonroundtable.com!


COVID by the numbers: No new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is six.


Join the Evanston RoundTable at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 for an online webinar panel of experts to discuss the threat facing local news and democracy. The discussion will be moderatd by Charles Whitaker, dean and professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, and a member of the RoundTable board of directors. He will be joined by Tracy Baim, president and co-publisher of the Chicago Reader and founder of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance; Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington; and Tim Franklin, who heads Medill’s Local News Initiative and is the past president of the Poynter Institute. The event will be a fundraiser in support of the RoundTable’s fall NewsMatch campaign. We hope you will decide to support our work.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website:

Winter squash varietels (Photo by Julie Chernoff)

Soul-warming cooking with winter squash. Yes, I realize that PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latté, for those living under a rock) season now starts as early as August, but the winter squash varietals I choose to celebrate start making their Farmer’s Market appearance in late September – early October.

Frances Willard vs. Ida B. Wells: Searching for the truth. Evanston’s most famous social reformer and suffragist, Frances Willard, and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells took center stage Saturday morning when two prominent historians convened virtually to discuss the racially charged conflict that set the women at odds during the late 19th century.


The Evanston Public Library just published its digital literary magazine, the 10th Ward Lit magazine. The title was chosen because the Library seeks to not only be a space for residents of all nine Wards, but offers a “10th Ward” for imagination and growth.

Check out the inaugural issue, The Covid Issue, or submit poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and visual arts for the next issue on Climate Change.


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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...