News Posted in: February 2012

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program Community Outreach Sessions Begin March 16

Posted in Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program will conduct community outreach sessions from March 16 through April 13, 2012. The City of Evanston’s Youth Job Fair will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. This program is for Evanston youth age 14-18. The community outreach sessions will allow teens and family members to view job listings, ask questions about the program, and complete job applications at their convenience.…more »

Keep Up-to-date on the Latest Evanston Economic Development Activities on Facebook!

The City of Evanston's Economic Development Division now has a Facebook page! The Economic Development Facebook page includes daily updates on new development projects, noteworthy events, insights on businesses in the various commercial areas throughout the city and links to media stories highlighting some of Evanston’s many great restaurants and local establishments. "Like" us today!…more »

City Council Actions - February 27th, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, February 27, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 p.m. City Council meeting convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Braithwaite (II) Mayor Public Announcements • Friday Feb 17th Melissa Wynne Day for attracting Trader Joe’s to Evanston (III)…more »

Evanston Police Investigate Pedestrian Accident

On today's date, February 27th at approximately 11:05 AM, Evanston Police responded to a pedestrian involved traffic accident at Central St. and Greenbay Rd. Officers on scene determined that a male pedestrian age 56 was walking eastbound in the south crosswalk of Central St. when a vehicle turned southbound onto Greenbay Rd. from westbound Central St. striking the pedestrian. The pedestrian was taken with life threatening injuries to Evanston/North Shore University Hospital for treatment. Members of the North Regional Major…more »

Exciting New Green Film Series at the Ecology Center Begins March 15!

The Evanston Environmental Association and the Evanston Ecology Center are hosting their first Evanston Green Film Series! Environmentally-themed films will be shown on three evenings in March, April, and May. On March 15, join us for a screening of Green Fire, the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Green Fire shares highlights from Leopold's extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how…more »

Talking Pictures Festival Kicks Off March 8 at NEXT Theatre

Founded in 2009, the Talking Pictures Festival is quickly becoming one of Evanston’s major cultural events. Organized by Percolator Films, the annual festival celebrates independent films from around the world mixed with brand new offerings by local filmmaker. The 2012 Talking Pictures Festival takes place March 8 - 11, 2012 at NEXT Theatre/Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and free screenings at the Evanston Public Library. Audience members can look forward to a stimulating blend of…more »

Public notice of the HUD Environmental Review for 629-31 Howard St.

Public notice of the HUD Environmental Review for 629-31 Howard Street and Finding of No Significant Impact and Intent to Request Release of CDBG funds. Comment accepted until 4 PM on March 12, 2012. Click here to view>>>…more »

MasterFreeze Theatre presents "Sleeping Beauties"

Every winter, the Evanston Ecology Center presents an updated version of a classic tale in a MasterFreeze Theatre production. This year, “Sleeping Beauties” will be presented from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 26 at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. The show entertains all ages while it focuses on which animals hibernate, migrate or adapt during the winter. Come join us as we celebrate winter in the warmth of the Ecology Center. Tickets are $6 per person. To register online, click…more »

Eco Corner: Free Climate Change Symposium at NU to be held March 8

For the 3rd consecutive year, Northwestern University is hosting their annual Climate Change Symposium on March 8th at the McCormick Tribune Center in Evanston. The symposium runs from 9:15 am – 4:30 pm and is free and open to the public. The goal of the Symposium is to help the members of the Northwestern, Evanston and Chicago-area communities sift through the often-conflicting accounts about climate change by hearing the latest information directly from researchers and professionals who are at the…more »

Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards Entry Deadline March 16

The Board of Directors of the Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce an annual poetry competition funded by an endowment to the Library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield. The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards competition is open to all students, kindergarten through the eighth grade, attending an Evanston elementary or middle school or residing in Evanston, and all high school students and adults in the Chicago area. This year's guest judge will be Laura Purdie Salas. Awards will be…more »

Hecky's Barbecue Receives Arts & Business Leadership Award

Hecky’s Barbecue has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Evanston Arts & Business Committee Leadership Award. The annual award acknowledges Evanston businesses and organizations that have provided leadership in arts and cultural support, either financially or through in-kind services, or both. The award will be presented at the Mayor’s State of the City Address and Award for the Arts Luncheon on Friday, March 2, 2012. The Arts & Business Committee, a subcommittee of the Evanston Arts Council, encourages…more »

Evanston Mayor Grateful to Durbin, Feds for FEMA Funding for Fire Dept.

The City of Evanston learned on February 22, 2012 that its Fire and Life Safety Services was named one of five Illinois fire departments to have received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The $132,000 will help support and improve the capability of Evanston’s Fire and Life Safety Services to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. “I am grateful for the hard work Senator Durbin has put forth in helping secure for Evanston…more »

Mayor's Award for the Arts Winners Announced

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced the recipients of the 2011 Mayor’s Award for the Arts. The Mayor’s Award for the Arts is presented annually to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the public. Young Evanston Artists (YEA!) will receive the arts organization award and this year two people were selected to win the individual award: Dr. Stamata Blanas and Jill Brazel. The…more »

City Seeks Volunteer Greeters for Morton Civic Center

Are you looking for ways to volunteer and help make Evanston a better place to live and work? The City of Evanston Volunteer Program has a great opportunity for you as a Civic Center Greeter. Volunteers are needed to serve as front-line citizen engagement support for the City of Evanston. These crucial volunteers will work with the front desk staff to greet Evanston residents and community members at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center and provide high-quality information in response to…more »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild Gallery Coming to Civic Center in March

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild, in partnership with the City of Evanston, will be displaying art work soon in the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. The donated art work from the Guild representing the Black Experience will be on display in the second floor Meeting Room, Room 2200, on a rotating basis. The Guild has agreed to donate artwork to the meeting room gallery. The gallery will be accessible during regular city business hours. The opening of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild…more »

Temporary Central St. Road Closure Feb 24

Central St. between Sheridan Rd. and Orrington Ave. will be temporarily closed for four to five hours on Friday, February 24, 2012 in order for a crane to hoist and install a generator. The closure will begin at 9 a.m. with a detour route of Central St. to Sherman Ave. to Lincoln St. to Sheridan Rd. Local traffic will be allowed to enter Central St. up to the work area. See detour map here>>> The project is under the supervision of…more »

Evanston Police Arrest Three Chicago Teens for Car Burglary

On February 16, 2012 at approx. 1:50AM, Evanston Police officers on patrol in the area of Asbury St. and Oakton Ave. conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. During the course of the stop, officers were able to determine that the three occupants in the vehicle had committed a car burglary in Evanston. Further police investigation determined that three more car burglaries in Evanston also occurred. Police located two cars entered in the 1100 block…more »

Women Out Walking Kick Off March 24

It’s that time again! The 4th Annual Women Out Walking (W.O.W.) 12-week program will kick off on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8 a.m. at ETHS, Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. We have a fun-filled program planned. We will equip you with upto-date fitness knowledge and a free pedometer to track your progress. There will also be free health screenings and fitness class samplers. W.O.W. is focused on helping women of all ages to achieve their health goals in a supportive environment,…more »

Eco Corner: Calling 3rd Grade Artists - Got Water? Coloring Contest

As part of National Drinking Water Week, the City of Evanston is hosting a coloring contest for 3rd grade students to showcase their ideas of how water is important to them. On-line voting of the top coloring projects will occur in April, with the overall winner to be announced at the Evanston City Council meeting on April 23rd. The top voted coloring projects will be displayed at the Main Evanston Public Library from April 24th – May 11th on the…more »

Police Now Using Automated License Plate Reader

The Evanston Police Department during the International Association of Chief’s of Police Conference was awarded an Automated License Plate Reader “LPR” for one year without charge after winning the National Traffic Safety Challenge. The LPR is being provided by ELSAG North America, a leading company in the technology of Advanced License Plate Recognition. Earlier this week the LPR was installed on one of the Evanston Police Department’s Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicles. The LPR system is operated by two automated cameras,…more »

Trader Joe's Coming to Evanston

City officials are pleased to hear that Trader Joe's has announced that it has chosen Evanston, IL for its next new store location in Illinois. The location of the store will be at the site of the former Blockbuster Video store, located at 1211 Chicago Ave. "The development of this site into a new Trader Joe's is yet another sign that Evanston's economic health is definitely on the upswing," said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. "Trader Joe's will be a good…more »

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Posted in Housing

NAACP & Interfaith Housing Center has announced the "2012 Financial Freedom Campaign." The key seminar of Phase 1 will cover "Fair House and Fair Lending," "Foreclosure Prevention & Recovery," and "Loan Scam Prevention." This event will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.…more »

Battalion Fire Chief Kunita to Retire after 35 Years of Service

On February 20, 2012, Battalion Fire Chief Donald Kunita will retire from the Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services after 35 years of service to the City of Evanston. Chief Kunita started with the Department in 1976 as a Firefighter. In 1979 he became a Paramedic and was promoted to Captain in 1985. He worked as a fire inspector and investigator and was a state certified evidence technician. Kunita rose to the rank of Battalion Chief, commander of the 32 member…more »

Help the Evanston Health Department Reach EPLAN Goals, Take the Survey

The Evanston Health Department conducted a survey to determine the health needs of our residents. In 2011 the department analyzed the results and developed the EPLAN (Evanston Project for the Local Assessment of Needs). This plan will guide the Health Department in its mission to protect, preserve, and promote wellness for people who live, work, and play in Evanston through creative and sustainable partnerships. The department has partnered with Northwestern University to administer brief surveys checking on their progress reaching the goals set…more »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Auditions on March 3

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is holding general auditions for its 2012 summer season from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Room 223, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. The theatre will cast two plays and two dramatic readings. People of all types are encouraged to audition. Please prepare a one- to two-minute monologue and bring a headshot and a resume. The first main stage play is Heat by Marsha Estelle. Women age 18-70 will be…more »

Storm Spotter Training Set for Feb. 21

Posted in Storm Spotter Class

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) in conjunction with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the City of Evanston will be offering a Weather Spotter class to interested residents and first-responders. Weather Spotters learn to identify the signs of severe and threatening weather before and as it approaches, to alert community officials and the NWS, and to assist the NWS by warning the public. NWS meteorologists often depend on real-time reports from trained spotters to know…more »

Protective Scaffolding to be Erected for Garage Inspection

Posted in construction, Downtown Evanston

The City of Evanston will erect temporary protective scaffolding at the sidewalk level around the Sherman Plaza Parking Garage beginning the week of February 20, 2012, in order to prepare the building to be inspected. As a precautionary measure, an engineering firm has been hired to inspect the precast concrete panels on the façade to evaluate small areas of concrete spalling which were recently identified during the 2011 deck maintenance program in select locations. The City will also be replacing…more »

City Council Actions - February 13th, 2012

CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, February 13, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 p.m. City Council meeting convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Fiske (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations Dental Health Month Proclamation (III) City Manager Public Announcements and Presentations Suburban Branch of the Chicago…more »

Evanston Police Arrest Juvenile in Street Robbery & Theft

On Sunday, February 12th at approx. 3:30PM, Evanston Police responded to a report of a robbery that occurred in the area of Dempster St. and Elmwood Ave. Police interviewed a 36 year old female Evanston resident who advised she was walking in the 1200 block of Elmwood Ave. with her infant son in a stroller, when a Male/Hispanic subject approached the victim and touched the victim’s buttocks. The victim then pulled out her cell phone to call for help at…more »

Mayor's State of the City Address March 2

Posted in Mayor Tisdal, State of the City Address

The public is invited to join the Evanston Chamber of Commerce March 2nd to hear from the Honorable Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston, as she gives her State of the City Address to the community and presents the Mayor's Award for the Arts. The luncheon is sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and NorthShore University HealthSystem and will be held on Friday, March 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Orrington Evanston, 1710 Orrington Ave. The…more »

Eco Corner: Reducing Junk Mail

Junk mail is generally defined as unsolicited mail sent out, usually by direct marketing or direct mail firms, and used to introduce new products, books, magazines, investment opportunities, credit cards, merchandise catalogues, etc. While some of this unsolicited mail may be wanted, your name can quickly get on more un-wanted mailing lists and dramatically increase the amount of unsolicited mail that you receive. It is estimated that junk mail creates approximately four million tons of preventable waste every year. Reducing…more »

Evanston Day in Springfield March 7, Register Today!

The City of Evanston and Northwestern University invite you, your neighbors and/or colleagues to attend the 3rd Annual Evanston Day in Springfield on March 7th, 2012. This will be an opportunity for you as well as elected officials, business, civic, education and religious leaders, local media and Evanston residents to go to Springfield to have our voices heard on issues of importance to Evanston. The city will again rent a bus to take the delegation to Springfield. The bus will…more »

Latin@ Literature Discussion Group Kicks Off at EPL

The Evanston Public Library has launched its first-ever Latin@ Literature Bilingual Discussion Group at the Main library. Instead of Latino or Latina, the Library is using Latin@, which incorporates both. The Evanston Public Library Latino Outreach Library Assistant and bilingual native Spanish-speaker Elvira Carrizal-Dukes will facilitate the group, which will discuss books by or about Latinas and Latinos. The group will meet the second Wednesday of every month through July. Books are available in English and Spanish. Discussions may be bilingual;…more »

"Chili" Moonnight Hike on March 3

You're invited to gather with friends under a full moon at the Evanston Ecology Center for a night walk through the adjacent Ladd Arboretum. From 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, we’ll be on the prowl looking for nocturnal animals lurking about. We will share some favorite animal encounters and then return to the Ecology Center for a mug of chili. You choose turkey or vegetarian-style chili. Be sure to dress for the chilly weather! Preregistration required online or…more »

Condominium Association Training & Assistance

Posted in Community and Economic Development, Condominium Association Training & Assistance

Join representatives from Lakeside Community Development Corporation (Lakeside CDC) on Thursday, March 8, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave in Evanston for a workshop on condominium training and assistance. Admission to this event is $25 per person. Parking is free. Please RSVP online at or call (773) 381-5253. The 4Cs: Community Association Basics A best practices workshop for unit owners & board members seeking to improve your community. We will cover:…more »

"Day in the Life of Evanston: A Photo Story" Photo Album Now on Sale

No matter what the season, Evanston is a bustling city full of life. In an attempt to capture the essence of our town, we invited local shutterbugs, professional and amateur photographers to help us illustrate the beauty of Evanston across all spectrums on a fall day. The fall session of "Day in the Life of Evanston: A Photo Story" was held all day on October 22, 2011. Photo album available for purchase here>>> Through the eyes of our residents and…more »

City Seeks Input on Water Efficiency, Take the Survey Today

We need your input! The City of Evanston is partnering with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create a Water Efficiency Program. The program serves as an action toward implementing Evanston's Climate Action Plan and will focus on water use and water supply issues in the city with the goal of increasing water efficiency and promoting water conservation. The purpose of this survey is to collect input from residents for using the development of the program. Additionally, the city…more »

Beavers Return to North Shore Channel

Staff from the Evanston Ecology Center has “beaver fever!” They recently discovered trees with fresh chewing marks along the bank of the North Shore Channel (canal). It is really exciting for them because beavers, the second largest rodent in the world, haven’t been in that immediate vicinity for a while. They said, “Beavers’ dams help slow erosion and water downstream of North American beaver dams is cleaner.” Stop by the Evanston Ecology Center to learn more fun facts about beavers’…more »

Artists Invited to Apply for Evanston Arts Festivals

Artists who would like to show and sell their artwork at Evanston's major lakefront summer festivals are invited to submit an application.  The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival is open to individual fine artists who exhibit their work on a local or national level, while the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival is open to artists and craft vendors of all cultures whose artwork expresses the heritage of a national, regional, tribal or language group.   Lakeshore Arts Festival The deadline for the 2012 Lakeshore Festival is…more »

Police and E.T.H.S. Team Up to Promote Text-a-Tip Program

Today, February 2nd, the Text – A – Tip campaign kicked off at Evanston Township High School encouraging students to use Text – A – Tip to report illegal activity or information on crimes occurring in an around the school campus and throughout the City of Evanston. This event was coordinated through the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Group. The Evanston Police Department fully supports this Text – A – Tip program with E.T.H.S. and wants not only students of E.T.H.S. to…more »

Evanston Police Execute Search Warrant with N.I.P.A.S. Emergency Services Team

On Tuesday, January 31st at approx. 10am, investigators of the Evanston Police Department’s N.E.T. Unit (Narcotics & Gang Crimes) and members of the N.I.P.A.S. Emergency Services Team executed a search warrant at 1710 Monroe St. reference an illegal drug investigation being conducted by the Evanston Police Department’s N.E.T. unit. Evanston Police were able to seize approximately 115 grams of cannabis, an AR-15 assault rifle, assault rifle ammunition, approximately $900 in U.S. Currency and items commonly used for packaging cannabis for…more »

First Installment Tax Bills Are Due March 1

Evanston Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson is reminding residents that the first installment property tax bills for the tax year 2011 will be arriving in the first week of February. "Property taxes are paid in two installments,” Wilson said. "The first installment bill is fifty-five percent (55%) of the total property tax bill for the previous year, and will be due on March 1." First installment tax bills will not reflect homeowner, senior citizen or other exemptions, nor will they reflect…more »

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