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Brigitte Giles sits in her barber chair. (Photo credit: Debbie-Marie Brown) Credit: Debbie-Marie Brown

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Run by the well-known community powerhouse Brigitte Giles, who goes by ‘Gigi,’ Ebony Barbershop is both the oldest and youngest Black-owned barbershop in Evanston.

The barbershop is one of two hair spots in Evanston that bears the legacy of Marshall Giles, Gigi’s father. The other is iKandi Hair Salon, owned by his granddaughter Kandi Corbins.

“He opened a shop in 1962. He started out with a one-chair shop” said Gigi, Ebony’s oldest barber. By the turn of the century, her dad had extended the back of the building and the location boasted five chairs.

Kandi and Gigi are two pillars of brick-and-mortar Black-owned Evanston, and they’ll each tell you that Marshall got them started.


(Photo by Adina Keeling)

This weekend in photos. At sunset, the Metra crossed the North Shore Channel, casting a reflection on the water below.


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Sunflowers by Kate Wyatt. (Photo by Kate Wyatt)

The art of making art: Kate Wyatt. Kate Wyatt creates botanical watercolors and abstract landscape oil paintings. In addition to her originals, she also sells a variety of prints and unique embroidery kits based on the originals.

The staff of UrbanWorks. (UrbanWorks photo)

Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | COVID-19 and the challenges of the architecture office. Our profession, architecture, benefited from being part of an “essential” industry. But architecture has always been a collaborative, team-oriented and multidisciplinary environment.

City of Evanston, AFSCME reach memorandum of understanding on staff vaccine mandate. Effective today, the policy requires all city staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit negative test results weekly to the city’s Health and Human Services Department.

Friends of the Robert Crown Center transfers another $600,000 to City of Evanston. “Because of the generosity of our nearly 1,400 donors, Friends of the Robert Crown Center is happy to transfer another $600,000 to the City of Evanston,” Daniel Stein, President of FRCC said in a news release. The total transferred in cash is now $9.837 million. 

Midday apartment fire displaces two residents. On Monday, Nov. 15, at 12:27 p.m., the Evanston Fire Department responded to 2215 Central Street for reports of an apartment fire in a multistory residential structure. 

ETHS girls basketball: Kits set to challenge state’s elite teams. The list of opponents for Evanston’s girls basketball team this winter reads like a Who’s Who in the sport.


Around the web

NU student photographers share creative visions, inspirations. For many of Northwestern’s student photographers, the practice is a creative outlet and a way to share their unique perspectives on the world. 

Evanston holiday pop-up offers platform to promote small businesses. Evanston residents gathered in the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center Saturday afternoon to support locally owned businesses at a holiday pop-up market.

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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...