Good Monday morning, Evanston.
That’s Jolly Old Saint Nick arriving for Saturday’s tree lighting at Independence Park on Central Street, with an assist from the Evanston Fire Department. Check out photos of the festivities.
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Speaking of decorations, Evanston’s skyline might be decorated too – but in this case, by a glowing “UL.” Read on for that news and more.
The Evanston Land Use Commission voted 6-1 to back allowing two signs atop the 20-story tower at 1603 Orrington Ave., where UL Solutions units may lease four floors. (The rendering shows the signs in day and night views.) “Standards were developed in 2008, but in 2022, we’re in a different world,” said one commissioner.
The Land Use Commission also supported a proposal to transform an Evanston landmark, the Masonic Temple. The interior of the structure is not landmarked, and developers plan major changes to convert it into 30 rental apartments.
Ukrainian students at Northwestern University held a concert to benefit Ukraine Sunday at the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts at Northwestern. The group wants to make sure Russia’s invasion of Ukraine does not just become the “new normal,” and it’s doing more than just raising funds.
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Coffee with the Chief: The Evanston Police Department’s new Chief of Police Schenita Stewart is making her rounds. She’ll be meeting with the Second Ward on Wednesday, the Fourth Ward on Thursday and the Sixth Ward on Friday.
Winter Expo: The Evanston Art Center kicks off its free Winter Arts & Crafts Expo on Saturday.
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COVID-19 by the numbers: Eight new cases and no new deaths were reported Friday, Nov. 11, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 15 cases per day.
Elsewhere on the RoundTable website
The Midwest Middle School Debate League has disbanded, so District 65 has placed its middle school debate teams on hold for the year. But district leaders say they’re focused on preparing students for next year.
The RoundTable’s Wendi Kromash says the musical adaptation of As you Like It playing at the Ethel M. Barber Theater at Northwestern may not be for Shakespeare purists. But she says everyone else will probably like it, a lot.
Dino Robinson of the Shorefront Legacy Center continues sharing stories with Evanston Rules in part two of a two-part episode. He talks about growing up in Evanston and his work to ensure the Black experience on the North Shore is not forgotten or ignored.
Is it OK to keep your kids’ secret from your spouse? RoundTable advice columnist Gabby tackles this and other questions in her latest sassy column.
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Around the web
Meet the 23-year-old Indian American who flipped a Republican Illinois district. Nabeela Syed, 23, will be the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly. She changed the Republican-held 51st District in Palatine to blue.
Chicago area rises back up to ‘medium’ COVID risk level as health officials push boosters. After steady upticks in cases and hospitalizations, the elderly and immunocompromised are advised to mask up around others indoors.
Suburban Farm-to-Table Stronghold Farmhouse Evanston Is Closing. After nine years in business, the restaurant will close after its annual all-day Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday, Nov. 24. Its owners plan to open a new restaurant in the space.
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