News Posted in: July 2012

Register Now for Teen Improv Workshop

Posted in Arts and Entertainment Parks and Recreation

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and The Second City Training Center are presenting a free two-hour improvisational workshop for teens from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. Space is limited to 15 teens age 14 to 18 years of age. Although the workshop is free, registration is required in person between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Noyes Center's Studio 223, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Registrations will be accepted from Monday, July 30…more »

Food Truck Fest & Starlight Concert - A Big Success

The City of Evanston hosted its second annual Food Truck Fest in the 8th Ward’s Brummel Park Thursday night. The event, paired with the Starlight Concert performance of Andre Williams and the Gold Stars, generated a crowd of over 600 people to the park and adjacent playground area to enjoy great food and music on a warm summer evening. Five food trucks participated in the fest including Hummingbird Kitchen, Tamale Spaceship, Sweet Ride Chi, Taquero Fusion and 5411 Empanadas.…more »

Citizen-led group seeks input on year-round Farmers' Market

Based on an Evanston150 top-ten idea, the “Market for All Seasons” Task Force has been developing a vision for a year-round market. “Since we began meeting last November, our group has created a mission statement, explored markets held around the country, and discussed vendor mix, space requirements and other attributes”, says Dennis Clarkson, Committee Chairman. “We are looking to create a vibrant, year-round Farmers’ Market providing access to locally/regionally produced foods in an engaging community gathering place." To get…more »

E.P.D. Wants Neighborhoods to Organize for "National Night Out" Against Crime

The Evanston Police Department is asking local community groups and neighborhoods to organize for the upcoming annual National Night Out, Tuesday, August 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  National Night Out is a crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention. National Night Out also strengthens neighborhood groups in organizing and fighting back against crime in communities. Neighborhoods are asked to turn on their…more »

First 2012 Human West Nile Virus Positive Case Reported in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2012.  The Cook County Health Department reported a female in her 60s became ill earlier this month. “We are seeing are large increase in West Nile virus activity and this first human case is a good reminder that we all need to take precautions,” said Evanston Public Health Director Evonda Thomas.  A bird collected in Cook County on May…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Accepts 1958 World's Fair Sculpture Donation from Benton Family

Posted in art, donation, sculpture

The City of Evanston is proud to accept the thoughtful donation of a sculpture entitled "Eagle" from Evanstonians Charles and Marjorie Benton. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl recognized their generous contribution at the July 23, 2012 meeting of the Administration and Public Works Committee. The Eagle sculpture was created by Koren Der Harootian (1909-1992), an American artist born in Armenia. The "Eagle," designed by Edward Durrell Stone, was the central figure in the Eagle Room of the United States Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair…more »

Metra's CEO Clifford Comes to Evanston to Discuss Strategic Plan, Get Public Input

Top Metra officials came to Evanston for a Metra Open House on July 18 to solicit public input as they develop a strategic vision for the next five years. Residents and riders alike showed up to view various displays and speak directly with officials and staff from Metra. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Alderman Don Wilson (4th Ward) met with Metra CEO Alex Clifford to stress the need for greater infrastructure investment in the City of Evanston. “The City…more »

Information Session for IFF's Energy Performance Program

Posted in Sustainability

The City of Evanston's Office of Sustainability and the Evanston Community Foundation will jointly host information sessions on the Energy Performance Program (E2P), an energy efficiency program designed for non-profit and faith-based organizations. Two sessions will be held, one on Monday, August 13, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. catering to non-profit organizations, and another on Tuesday, August 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. catering to religious organizations. Both information sessions will be held at the Evanston Main…more »

Evanston to Hold Pedestrian Safety Workshop on July 24

The public information session was held on July 24, 2012.   Here is the presentation in PDF format.…more »

Grandmother Park Receives $25,000 from Dominick's & Gears up for Panino's Fundraiser July 22

Safeway Inc., owners of Dominick’s, were on hand July 18 to present a $25,000 donation to the Grandmother Park Initiative. The initiative aims to raise money to convert the property at 1125 Dewey in Evanston into a park dedicated to toddlers and their families or caregivers. On hand were the co-founders of the Initiative Gay Riseborough and Mary Trujillo along with representatives from Dominick’s, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Alderman Peter Braithwaite (2nd Ward) and State Representative Robyn Gabel. The donation…more »

"Truth Be Told" Performances July 21-August 5

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present the one-woman show, "Truth Be Told," from July 21 through August 5, 2012, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston. Tania Richard is both the playwright and solo performer. "Truth Be Told" expresses the pain and liberation that comes from uncovering family secrets. The play addresses the values of truth and the possible value of lying. Richard, an Evanston resident, is an actress, playwright and teacher. She is a Resident Playwright and Associate Artist…more »

Church St. Improvement Project

Streetscape, resurfacing, bicycle path and rehab of Orrington Plaza part of the project Starting August 1 for eleven weeks, the City of Evanston will be contracting improvements on Church Street from Ridge Avenue to Chicago Avenue. The scope of work includes streetscape and street resurfacing work in this section of Church Street from Ridge Avenue to Chicago Avenue. The streetscape will be extended on Orrington Avenue from Church Street south to mid- block on the east side.  The scope…more »

Evanston Receives "City Livability Award" from U.S. Conference of Mayors

On July 9, 2012, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl received the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) “City Livability Award” for the city’s Women Out Walking (WOW) Program. The award was presented to her by Jocelyn Bogen, Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards Program along with Bill Plunkett and Mike Brink of Waste Management, sponsors of the award. “The U.S. Conference of Mayors is one of the most respected groups in the country,” explained Mayor Tisdahl. “People…more »

Rescue at Lee Street Beach

Posted in Parks and Recreation Kids Fire and Life Safety Health

A City of Evanston Recreation Division lifeguard rescued a young child at Lee Street Beach on Monday, July 16. The lifeguard saw a toddler face down in the water who was not moving. The lifeguard jumped from the chair and, after removing the child from the water, performed First Aid techniques to revive her. The lifeguard evaluated the child’s condition and then carried her to the beach entrance to meet the arriving Evanston Fire Department firefighter/paramedic team. “It was…more »

Eastwood Ave Street Closure

Posted in eastwood ave, street closure

Eastwood Avenue from Lincoln Street to Harrison Street will be closed to all through traffic including emergency vehicles effective immediately. Water Department crews are on Eastwood Ave repairing a water main break.  The estimated time for repair is 4 hours.  …more »

Heat Advisory for Evanston Issued for July 17

The City of Evanston’s Health Department has issued a heat advisory for Tuesday, July 17, 2012 as temperatures are expected to rise on Tuesday to 100-degrees-plus and with heat indices approaching 110 F. The advisory goes into effect at 10 a.m. and continues until 10 p.m. on July 17. “With temperatures and heat indices rising, the Evanston Health Department urges all residents to take preventive actions throughout the summer to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat stroke,” explained Evanston Health…more »

Share your Thoughts with Metra, Take a Survey

Metra is soliciting input from riders and residents on its mission, vision for the future and projects on which Metra should focus. City of Evanston officials highly encourage the public to take this 10 minute online survey.  The City of Evanston has already been able to work in a collaborative way with CTA to address infrastructure needs with the replacement of three viaducts in Evanston and the completion of repair work of a CTA retaining wall along Chicago Ave.…more »

Mayor Tisdahl to Celebrate Library Summer Reading Stop July 18

Summer means school’s out, and for many children it’s a time to explore the outdoors, play with friends and take a break from academics. However, thousands of children and hundreds of teens are spending their summer break reading stories. The Evanston Public Library’s (EPL) Children’s Room has been bustling with countless children who are eager to take part in the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme, Reading is So Delicious, has captured the interest of children from preschool through…more »

Metra Soliciting Public Input on Projects and Vision at Open House in Evanston and Online

Metra will be holding an open house at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center on July 18 to solicit input from riders and residents on its mission, vision for the future and projects on which Metra should focus. City of Evanston officials highly encourage the public to attend the open house to share their thoughts. Additionally, residents, whether they can or cannot attend the open house, can participate in an online survey here>>> until August 10, 2012. What: Metra Open…more »

City of Evanston to Hold Community Dialogues on Race

The City of Evanston will begin hosting three city-wide events entitled “My Evanston, My Neighbors: Constructive Dialogues on Race, Understanding and our Hopes for Evanston.” In following with Evanston’s ongoing commitment to combatting prejudice and strengthening understanding among all of its residents, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl invites residents from all of Evanston’s nine wards to participate in this constructive dialogue. “Evanston continues to be a very diverse community and it is this diversity that helps define us as such…more »

Free Utility Bill "Check-Ups" from CUB

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze electric, natural gas, and phone bills at a free clinic to show Evanston residents how to save hundreds of dollars a year. Consumers should bring their bills for a free, one-on-one consultation—or “checkup”—with a CUB expert who will search for ways to lower their utility costs. The clinic is at  9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave. “The key to saving money on your utility bills is…more »

Evanston Switches Energy Provider, ComEd Notifications Mailed

The City of Evanston’s Electricity Aggregation Program enrolled 24,768 customers with Constellation Energy, which will allow residential and small business customers to receive a fixed rate of 4.797 cents/kWh for the next 12 months. Only 2%, or roughly 500 account holders, opted out of the city's program during the 21-day opt-out period.  Customers included in the program are receiving confirmation letters from ComEd notifying them of the switch to Constellation Energy.  Customers have a ten-day period to cancel their…more »

Evanston Fire Department to Hold First-ever "5-alarm Tweet-along" July 27

Ever wonder what goes on at our five Evanston Firehouses? What’s protocol for shift change? Who are the brave faces behind the uniform? How much does fire equipment really weigh? We will have answers to these and many more questions during Evanston’s very first “5 Alarm Tweet-Along”! Join us on Twitter on Friday, July 27 from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm, for a 12 hour shift, as we shadow Evanston Fire. Get a chance to win a free ride…more »

White House Names Evanston's Paul Hamann a "Champion of Change" in the Fight Against Youth Homelessness

On Thursday, July 12, the White House will honor leaders who have made a significant difference in the way their communities combat homelessness among children and youth as “Champions of Change.” Evanston’s own Paul W. Hamann will be honored at this event for his work to combat youth homelessness. “Today’s Champions of Change have made extraordinary commitments to helping children and youth reach their full potential despite the challenges arising from the experience of homelessness,” said Barbara Poppe, Executive…more »

City Council Actions - July 9, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, July 9, 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 Grover (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations Award Presentation by U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management -…more »

Free College Admissions Essay Workshop

Posted in library

In this writing workshop, Molly Moynahan, award winning author of Pitch Perfect: How to Write a Successful College Admission Essay, will help you access your personal story and turn it into a focused, engaging and effective essay by using fun and interactive journal writing and other writing exercises. Open to high school students in grades 9-12. Please bring your laptop or notebook and pen. Register online for the July 18 and August 15 workshops. You may register by calling…more »

Residents Reminded to Check Second Installment Tax Bills for Exemptions

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios alerted taxpayers that they should carefully check their second-installment tax bills, which recently arrived in Evanston mailboxes, to ensure they receive all the money-saving exemptions to which they are entitled. “It’s critical that all eligible homeowners review their tax bills to ensure their exemptions appear on their bills,” Assessor Berrios explained. “If an exemption does not appear and time permits, taxpayers may contact my office to receive adjusted bills.” Eligible homeowners who believe they are…more »

Tennis and Volleyball Programs Beginning Soon

More Summer Youth & Adult Tennis Classes Our second session of youth and adult summer tennis classes will begin on July 23.  Registration is going on now and we recommend you register early to ensure you get into your first choice of class.  We have classes for all levels of youth and adult players and they are designed to help you improve your tennis skills in a fun and friendly environment.  Click here for detailed class information.  Contact Ray…more »

Police Release Stats for July 4 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click it or Ticket" Crackdown

Evanston Police made two arrests for Driving Under the Influence and issued 84 citations for failure to wear a seat belt during the recent July 4th Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over / Click It or Ticket crackdown on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators. Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this statewide effort to get drunk drivers off our roadways and encourage seat belt use, especially during late-night hours when statistics show the highest number of motorists…more »

Plastic Shopping Bag Collection at Recycling Fair to Benefit Homeless

New this year to the Evanston Recycling Fair and Equipment Expo is the collection of plastic shopping bags. Volunteers from Westminster Place, a Presbyterian Homes retirement community in Evanston, will be collecting plastic shopping bags and turning them into sleeping mats for the homeless. Plastic “t-shirt” type bags from all types of stores will be collected at the Recycling Fair on July 14th.  Volunteers will cut the plastic bags into loops, which are then slip-knotted into a plastic yarn, or…more »

Leadership Evanston Program Taking Applications

Evanston community members and those who work in Evanston are invited to participate in the 2012-2013 class of Signature Leadership Evanston, a 10-month experience developing leadership potential and community engagement. The 21st class of Leadership Evanston will: learn more broadly and deeply about our community; gain community leadership skills such as conflict resolution, advocacy and community organizing, creative problem solving, consensus building, strategic planning and board training; and make connections and continue to build a network of engaged community leaders.…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

Posted in City Council

1.  Award of Church Street resurfacing project 2.  Award of 2012 Alley Paving Program contract 3.  Four replacement vehicles including an ambulance and new ice rink resurfacing machine.  The resurfacing machine will be all electric, eliminating issues with exhaust in the Robert Crown Center ice rinks. 4.  Grant request for "Evanston Roadmap for the Arts."  This is the continuing project between the City and the Evanston Community Foundation to assist in implementation of the City Council's Visual and Performing…more »

Evanston Adult Mosquito Control Operations for July 9-10

Posted in health

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District will be conducting targeted adult mosquito control operations in portions of Evanston on Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, July 10, 2012, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., weather permitting. Monday, July 9, 2012: The specific NSMAD map numbers to be treated are: 02-07 Evanston 02-18 Evanston 02-19 Evanston 02-35 Evanston Only 03-12 Evanston 03-13 Evanston 03-24 Evanston 03-34 Evanston Only 04-11 Evanston 04-33 Evanston Only This area is bordered by…more »

Evanston Receives AAA Credit Rating, Highest Score from Top Credit Rating Agencies

Posted in Budget, Credit Rating

As a part of the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, the City of Evanston’s credit rating is re-examined by recognized ratings agencies. The city is evaluated by Moody’s and Fitch Ratings (international investment ratings firms). Prior to the issuance of new bonds, these agencies evaluate the issuer’s financial condition through a review of all published financial reports (audits and budgets) and through an interview of city management staff. Based on this review, these agencies affirmed the city’s top credit rating for 2012,…more »

"Janet and the Beanstalk" Premieres July 14

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Janet and the Beanstalk, by Kara Roseborough, will premiere at the Evanston Ecology Center on Saturday, July 14. The play, presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, is part of Mayor Tisdahl’s 2012 Super Summer activities. Admission is free and the performance is suitable for children age four and older. Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is presenting its first play for very young audiences, which will be performed by members of the Teen Drama Club Acting Ensemble. In this modern twist on the classic tale,…more »

Sherman Plaza Garage Repair Update

Façade inspections of the Sherman Plaza Parking Garage, located on the corner of Davis St. and Benson, were recently completed.  The engineering firm that performed the inspections determined that there are minor routine maintenance façade repairs that need to be made in the spring of 2013.   It was also determined that the protective scaffolding currently in place could be removed in July and that rolling scaffolding could be implemented once the repairs begin in 2013.    Additionally, the installation…more »

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival Energizes Lakefront July 21-22

Posted in Ethnic Arts Festival

Experience the colors, sounds, tastes, and aromas of other cultures and distant continents at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day trip “around the world” at Dawes Park in Evanston. Festival-goers will celebrate the diversity of our planet at this 27th annual event, which will be held from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Dawes Park is located at Sheridan Road at Church Street. The Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival transforms Dawes Park, a shady,…more »