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Evanston RoundTable

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

These Evanston Township High School musicians were ready for their moment in the spotlight Tuesday at the Student Honors Recital. Click here to see more Richard Cahan photos of the students in performance.

And after that overture, on to our symphony of local stories:

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At least six apartment buildings have recently changed hands in southeast Evanston, including five sold by Wirtz Residential. New owners are handing out lease non-renewals, notices to vacate and rent hikes. Tenant Geoff Wayton said monthly rent was going from $1,950 to $2,500, up 28%.

Man walking by an empty storefront.
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Evanston has around $5.75 million yet to be allocated from its original $43.1 million pot of federal American Recovery Plan Act money, and at Monday’s city council meeting many programs and projects were vying for a slice of the dwindling pie.

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District 65 has scheduled three meetings for early February to discuss plans for the new Fifth Ward school.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Jan. 24, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 13.6 cases per day.

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The redevelopment of Ryan Field was the main topic of discussion at the Second Ward meeting Tuesday, with Northwestern officials dominating the conversation. About a third of the three-hour-long virtual meeting focused on stadium plans.

Following a made 3 by Dafina Ukaj, Evanston's bench celebrates. From left: Delila Liston (11), Alice Lemmon (33), Sydney Chow (2), Jayla Warren (34), Taija Banks (22) and Sandra Deeney (10). The Wildkits lost 56-49 to Butler College Prep at Beardsley Gym on Jan. 25, 2023.
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Evanston Township High School’s girls basketball squad gave a scare to the state’s No. 6 team Wednesday. A fourth-quarter comeback against Butler College Prep High School of Chicago ultimately fell short – but the game was electric.

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Suzanne Seed was stuck in her apartment in 2020 as Covid bore down on Chicago. Now 33 of the photos she took from her window are on display at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. RoundTable critic Kristin Lems calls the exhibit “a must-see.”

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Valerie Kahan opened Art Makers Outpost in south Evanston in 2020, and the business has become a center of creativity and community. It offers space for artists’ studios, classes for kids and evening concerts. All that plus a scoop of googly eyes.

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Mayor Daniel Biss and 30 other members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns have teamed up to release new data about the manufacturers of guns recovered in local crimes. 

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Evanston Dance Ensemble, a pre-professional dance company at Dance Center Evanston, will present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a dance theater performance, on March 9-12 at Northwestern’s Josephine Louis Theater.

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Around the web

Bookends & Beginnings bids farewell to longtime Bookman’s Alley location. The store will begin relocating 40,000 books Saturday and owner Nina Barrett hopes to reopen at 1620 Orrington Ave. by Feb. 9 or 10.

Second woman to become Rotary International president. Stephanie Urchick, member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Penn., will take office as president of Evanston-based Rotary on July 1, 2024.

News Literacy Project panelists discuss misinformation epidemic, building trust in media. A panel of Chicago-based journalists, moderated by CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, discussed how to earn and maintain community trust.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....