Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

There is a beauty in ritual. Here RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan captures it as we see the silhouetted members of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation walk Monday afternoon onto the pier east of Dawes Park to symbolically cast off their sins, marking tashlich, as part of the Rosh Hashanah New Year celebration.

Said Rabbi Rachel Weiss, “Let us do this work that is hard and is intimate and is personal and is vulnerable. We do it together, and that makes all the difference.” Tuesday is the second day of the Jewish High Holidays.

Now on to the Evanston news of the day.

Credit: Nia Architects rendering

The Aux, which has been working since 2020 to establish a space dedicated to empowering Black businesses in Evanston, is set to receive $1.5 million from the state of Illinois. That will put the Black-owned business hub just $500,000 away from its $7.5 million fundraising goal.

Credit: Evan Girard

Agate Publishing occupies an unassuming storefront at 1328 Greenleaf St. and seems to have found its sweet spot in every sense. The company, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this October, had $4 million in annual sales last year, employs 24 people and boasts a list of published writers who have earned Pulitzer, National Book, Caldecott and Newbery awards.

Credit: Mike Roche

Evanston is officially for the birds! Sept. 12 marked a milestone for birds in Evanston, particularly benefiting those that migrate through the city. City Council unanimously passed an ordinance amending Title 4 of the City Code, “Building Regulations,” by adding Chapter 24 – Bird Friendly Building Design.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Seven new cases and no new deaths were reported Sept. 25, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 50.86 cases per day, according to the city’s Coronavirus case dashboard.

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Credit: Judy Chiss photo

Art of the Thread’ brings woven treasures to Central Street. Somewhat hidden among the hundreds of artifacts in Laura Soskin’s Gallery 1925 on Central Street are textiles of all kinds and sizes. From noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday’s event at the gallery, Weaving through Time: Art of the Thread, will be a celebration of the gallery’s dazzling array of textiles from around the world. 

Credit: Evan Girard

Week in photos (and a video): Sept. 19-26. Take a look back at the last week in Evanston. And for the week to come: We need to see how you picture Evanston. What have you seen or done that you can share? What caught your eye? Send photos to Please put “Week in photos” in the subject line and we’ll share them with the community. Thank you.

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Around the web

Where’s Rosie? Neighbors rally to search for cockatiel lost in Rogers Park during cross-country road trip. Rosie, who has been missing since Aug. 25, might have been spotted this week as her owners continue their search.

Montrose Beach bird-watchers look to next summer, hope piping plover Imani will return, mate. Since May, the conservation community in Chicago has been watching Imani, a 1-year-old piping plover ready to mate. Imani, who arrived at Montrose Beach in the spring, spent the summer alone and has left to travel approximately 1,000 miles to his southern wintering grounds.

Prosecutor Joyce Chiles, who worked on 1 renewal of Emmett Till case, dies at age 67. Funeral services were held Monday for the Mississippi prosecutor who worked on one of the renewed investigations into the 1955 lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till, a killing that galvanized the civil rights movement after his mother insisted on an open-casket funeral.

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Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...