News Posted in: August 2012

Evanston Residents Journey to Hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast to Help in Clean-up

Staff from the City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department assisted in outreach to help place 84 young Evanston adults in temporary jobs to assist in clean-up work resulting from the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac. These Evanston workers will receive assignments once they reach the affected area, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.  The staging and departure area was at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center located at 1655 Foster St., where six passenger vans were loaded with workers…more »

Improvements to the Church Street Corridor

The City of Evanston is in the process of making several significant improvements along the Church St. corridor from Dodge Ave. to Chicago Ave. These improvements will not only increase pedestrian safety by slowing down traffic, but will also give children a safe corridor to bike to school with the installation of a protected bicycle path. Because of the ongoing construction work, the city is recommending that parents traveling in the vicinity of Church St. for the purpose of…more »

CommUNITY Picnic Recycling Project Keeps 300 Binders Out of Landfill

More than 300 three-ring binders were saved from the landfill and found new homes as part of the 2012 CommUNITY Picnic’s recycled binder craft project. Previously used binders were donated from City of Evanston departments as well as community members who dropped them off at the Ecology Center throughout the week. Stickers, foam shapes, markers, confetti and colored paper were used by youth and young adults to decorate their binders for back to school.  Construction paper, glue and scissors…more »

Back to School Safety Tips from District 65 and the City of Evanston

The City of Evanston is teaming up with District 65 to continue to encourage students and parents to follow safety precautions when going to or from school.  On the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4), the Evanston Fire Department will be greeting walkers and providing safety information stickers.  Below are some safety points for walking, biking and driving to and from school. Remember, the School Speed Limit is 20 mph and drivers must stop for pedestrians in the…more »

Evanston Arts Corner: The Musical Offering

The Musical Offering is a musical home for beginners to bloom and for more experienced musicians to explore their craft. Their projects include investments in local schools, and partnerships with arts organizations equally committed to making music more accessible to all. In 2007, The Musical Offering won the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts for their history as an arts incubator and the quality of their programming. This fall, they will host their 2012 Fall Gala Fundraiser, a beautiful…more »

"The Burn" Photography Exhibition Opens September 13

Posted in Arts

The photography of Jane Fulton Alt will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center from September 13 through November 6. The show is titled, "The Burn." An Artist's Opening Reception will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 23 at the Noyes Gallery, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Admission to the reception is free; light refreshments will be served. Jane Fulton Alt is a photographer who explores issues of love, loss…more »

Residents Can Now Sign Up for Email, Text Notifications for Mosquito Abatement Operations

The City of Evanston has launched an email and text notification system.  Residents can get advance notice of planned adult mosquito abatement operations. Spraying for adult mosquitos in Evanston is conducted by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD). Typically, member communities get about 48 hours’ notice prior to spraying and operations are conducted in the late evening to early morning hours as weather permits. “August and September tend to be the peak season for West Nile virus activity.…more »

Additional Street Resurfacing Projects to Begin September 4

Starting September 4 and lasting for about five weeks, the City of Evanston will be contracting out road resurfacing work on nine street segments throughout the city.  This project involves curb replacements, as needed; roadway base repair; replacement of asphalt surface from curb to curb; and selected sidewalk and driveway apron replacements.  The road work is part of the city’s continuous program to improve the road system throughout the community.  The funding for the project will be from the…more »

City to Offer Public Tours of Water Utility

The City of Evanston’s Utility Department will be conducting two public tours of the Water Treatment Facility located at 555 Lincoln Street in Evanston. The tours are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The Evanston Water Treatment Plant is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the world's most valuable sources of fresh surface water. The treatment facility has the capacity to supply up to 108 million gallons per day of pure drinking water. The facility…more »

Landlord and Tenant Workshop October 11

Join us for a meeting on "Rental Housing Responsibilities and Rights: A Landlord and Tenant Workshop" on Thursday, October 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center in the Parasol Room on the 4th floor. The Civic Center is located at 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Evanston Landlord Tenant Ordinance. Learn how to effectively work with your landlord/tenant to create a better living environment. Learn how to request repairs…more »

Adult Mosquito Control Operations - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Evanston

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District announced today that it will be conducting targeted adult mosquito control operations in portions of Evanston on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, between the hours of 8:00 PM and 2:00 AM, weather permitting. The specific NSMAD map numbers to be treated are: 02-18   Evanston 02-19   Evanston 02-30   Evanston 03-13   Evanston 03-24   Evanston 03-25   Evanston Please see the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District’s web site, www.nsmad.com, for detailed information regarding the specific areas and NSMAD…more »

Evanston Alderman, Community Call for Transformation of Troublesome Howard St. Store

Evanston Alderman Ann Rainey (8th Ward) led a delegation of community members and Evanston police officers to a  City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection community meeting on Thursday, August 23 regarding a troublesome convenience store on the Chicago side of Howard St. The store, Howard-Hoyne Foods located at Hoyne Ave. and Howard St. in Chicago, has been the subject of over 70 combined calls to the Evanston and Chicago Police Departments in the past year.…more »

This Weekend in Evanston on Video

Chainsaw Dupont took the stage on Saturday, August 25 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center for this year's Summertime Blues Set. Also this weekend in Evanston was the Annual CommUNITY Picnic held Sunday, August 26 at Ingraham Park.  …more »

West Nile Virus on the Rise in Evanston

Posted in Health

The City of Evanston’s Health Department is reporting six human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), up from zero cases in 2011. The Director of Evanston’s Health Department, Evonda Thomas, is reminding residents to be vigilant about protecting themselves while outside after dusk. Staff will be available at the following city-sponsored Starlight Movies to hand out precaution notices and repellant: • August 25 at Brummel Park (Grease sing-along) • August 29 at Dawes Park (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) •…more »

Adult Mosquito Control Operations August 27

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District will be conducting targeted adult mosquito control operations in portions of Evanston and Wilmette on Monday, August 27, 2012, between the hours of 8:00 PM and 2:00 AM, weather permitting. The specific NSMAD map numbers to be treated are: 02-07 Evanston and Wilmette 02-35 Evanston and Wilmette 03-12 Evanston and Wilmette 03-34 Evanston and Wilmette 04-11 Evanston and Wilmette 04-33 Evanston and Wilmette Please see the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District’s web site,…more »

IDOT to Start Road Work on Dempster St. & Asbury Ave. August 27

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting roadway patching work on Dempster Street from the western city limits to Dodge and on Asbury Avenue from Howard Street to Oakton Street. This project involves pavement patching and roadway striping as needed, with any incidental construction. The funding for the project will be from Illinois Department of Transportation funds and there will be no direct charge for the property owners on these streets.  The limits of work: Dempster Street: western city limits to Dodge…more »

Pedestrian Safety Improvement on Forest Avenue

In an effort to help reduce congestion and increase safety for school children in the vicinity of Lincoln School, the City of Evanston will be implementing a new traffic flow pattern on Forest Avenue from Lee Street to Main Street beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2012. On Forest Avenue, starting at Lee Street, traffic will only be allowed to go south towards Main Street during student arrival and dismissal times at Lincoln School. Student arrival times are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and student dismissal…more »

Green Arts Show Reflects More Sustainable Ways of Living

Posted in Arts, Noyes Art Gallery

Citizens’ Greener Evanston’s Fourth Annual Green Arts Show promises to be a lively series of events with artwork juried on artistic merit and use of green concepts reflecting more sustainable ways of living. Over 25 artists will participate, most using recycled materials. The show will run September 7-23 in the upstairs gallery of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston.   Artists Reception September 7 at Noyes Gallery The show will open with an Artists Reception from…more »

Celebration Marks 10 Years in Levy Senior Center Facility

Posted in Levy Center, Seniors

A grand celebration will mark the City of Evanston Levy Senior Center facility’s ten-year anniversary. A gala open house will be held from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston. The entire community is invited to the celebration, which will include light refreshments, lively music, door prizes, raffles and tours of the facility. At 1:45 pm, a few brief speeches will be delivered. Admission and parking is free. Evanston…more »

Evanston Burger War Runs Until September 16

Everyone loves burgers, but summertime seems to be peak burger weather, so what’s your favorite yum on a bun? The Evanston Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to vote for  your favorite beginning  August 15 through September 16. Restaurants are encouraged to create their own special "burger" for the contest. For example, the apple-laced burger from Willie’s Food Court and the chocolate burger from Illinois Nut & Candy. Winners will be announced at the Third Annual “Mash-Up,” the annual…more »

"Mission Impossible: Flannery O'Connor" Starts August 27 at EPL

The Evanston Public Library invites you to join a three-month book discussion series of Flannery O’Connor’s The Complete Stories. Enjoy the support and encouragement of other readers on this unique literary journey. The mission will begin on Monday, August 27, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. This kick-off meeting will feature Dr. Richard Rosengarten, speaking about O’Connor's background and significance. Dr. Rosengarten serves as Associate Professor of Religion and Literature at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.…more »

Binder and Pocket Folder Recycling Opportunity at CommUNITY Picnic

The City of Evanston seeks gently used binders and two-pocket folders for use in the recycling craft activity for 2012 CommUNITY picnic, set for Sunday, August 26 from noon to 5:00 p.m. in Ingraham Park, located west of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue. Binders can be dropped off at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston, IL 60201 between noon on Tuesday, August 21st and noon on Friday, August 24th. The CommUNITY Picnic is…more »

Public Health Alert - Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes from Southwest Indiana

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Evanston Health Department is alerting the public to an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to cantaloupes grown on one farm in southwestern Indiana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating in an ongoing multistate investigation to identify all possible sources of contamination and prevent additional cases of illness. . A total of 141 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, associated with this outbreak, with…more »

Resurfacing Project on Church Street

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting road resurfacing work on Church Street from Gross Point Road in the Village of Skokie to Dodge Avenue in Evanston. This project involves curb replacement as needed, pavement patching, replacement of asphalt surface from curb to curb along with roadway striping/pavement markings, including any incidental construction. The funding for the project will be from Illinois Department of Transportation funds and there will be no direct charge for the property owners on…more »

Armed Robbery Update: Picture of Subjects Available

New information has become available regarding the investigation of the armed robbery that occurred August 19 in the 2000 block of Pratt Ct.,  when three victims were robbed at gunpoint of their valuables. The Evanston Police Department has learned that a credit card taken from one of the victims was used on August 19 at approximately 1:35 a.m. at a 711 convenience store located at 3441 Church St. in Skokie. The store video depicts two black male subjects entering the store after exiting a…more »

Green Connections Program Brings Art and Nature to Public Housing Residents

The Cook County Commissioner’s Office hosted a celebration for Perlman and Walchirk Apartments Friday, July 27, 2012, in honor of their Green Team Connections programs. The gathering, held at the Victor Walchirk Apartments, 2300 Noyes Ct., featured outdoor gardens and artwork completed by elderly and disabled residents at both Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) buildings. Green Teams Connections started at Perlman and Walchirck last August as the Senior Green Connections Gardens, an initiative from HACC, the Commissioner’s Office…more »

Water Shut Down: 1500 & 1600 Blocks of Lincoln St. and 2500 Blocks of Ashland Ave.

The City of Evanston Utilities Department will be shutting down water service today at 10:00 a.m. for about four hours for water main repairs at the1500 and 1600 blocks of Lincoln St., 2439 Ashland Ave. and the 2500 block of Ashland Ave.…more »

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services Responds to Record-setting Number of EMS Calls in July

EVANSTON, Ill. – July 2012 was the country’s hottest July since the start of record keeping 117 years ago. This was one factor leading to a record-setting number of calls for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services. The department handled a total of 911 calls during July; 565 of the calls were for Emergency Medical Services.  On July 4 alone, the Department received 67 total calls; 34 of the calls were for Emergency Medical…more »

Evanston Residents, Businesses Begin to Switch Energy Providers

As of mid-August, 25,000 Evanston residential and small business customers, who did not opt out of the Community Choice Electricity Aggregation program, have started benefitting from lower cost, green energy. The City of Evanston has confirmed that Constellation Energy has switched over all qualifying Evanston residents and small businesses from ComEd. Residents and small business customers in the city of Evanston will receive lower-cost, renewable energy supply under a competitive power supply agreement awarded to Constellation in the spring…more »

Property Tax Seminar to be Held August 30

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (13th District), Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi and Evanston Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson will be hosting a Cook County Property Tax Seminar on August 30 to assist area residents with their 2012 Board of Review Assessment appeals. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 at the School District 65 Joseph E. Hill Center located at 1500 McDaniel Ave. in Evanston. For more information, contact Commissioner…more »

City Council Approves Referendum on Corporate Spending

The Evanston City Council approved 6-0 a referendum for the November ballot regarding a U.S. Constitutional amendment to limit corporate spending on election campaigns. Mayor Tisdahl and Aldermen Braithwaite, Wilson and Fiske were absent.…more »

Chainsaw Dupont Performs Evanston's Summertime Blues Set

Chainsaw Dupont takes the stage at this year's Summertime Blues Set on August 25 at Evanston’s Noyes Cultural Arts Center. View video clip here>>> Chainsaw Dupont has defied and embraced the fates from day one. He was born on Friday, August 13, 1956, in McComb, Mississippi, a town so small that shotgun houses were the norm, and grew up in Swan Lake in the Mississippi Delta, where almost everyone worked on the nearby plantation. He ran away from home…more »

Groundbreaking Held for Central Station Apartments

On August 15, 2012, Alderman Jane Grover (7th Ward) and other City of Evanston officials joined representatives from the Central Station Apartments Project for a groundbreaking event of its planned mixed use redevelopment at 1700-1722 Central St., Evanston. In September 2011, the Central Station Apartments project (formerly named The Eastwood of Evanston) won the City of Evanston council’s approval and plans for an 80-unit rental apartment complex on the former Evanston Theatre site began. “It is a good day and…more »

Volunteers Needed for CommUNITY Picnic

On August 26, 2012, the City of Evanston will host the annual Evanston CommUNITY Picnic - a free event of community, camaraderie and fun for hundreds of Evanston residents and families. Each year, this Evanston tradition happens with the support of committed Evanston business leaders. This year, we invite you to join this committed group of community members to volunteer.  We need over 50 volunteers to help throughout the day with food/dessert, games/entertainment, recycling and health/fitness games.  Please come out…more »

Water Main Replacement and Street Improvement Project

Starting August 20, the city will be contracting water main replacement and roadway work on Group 3 project consisting of two street segments listed below for five weeks. This project includes the replacement of the existing deteriorated water main with new ductile iron pipe as well as replacement of the existing water services. The street resurfacing portion of the project involves curb replacement as needed, roadway base repair, asphalt surface patching, along with selected sidewalk replacement and driveway aprons.…more »

Summer 2012 Dramatic Reading Series August 18-19

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s Summer 2012 Dramatic Reading Series focuses on “Africa: The Motherland.” “Going to St. Ives” will be presented August 18-19. Readings will be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Admission is $5.00 at the door. For more information, visit www.cityofevanston.org/fjt or call 847/448-8260.…more »

Statewide Health Organizers Partner up to Push the Message of Vaccinations for Children

New Statewide Whooping Cough Vaccine requirement starts this school year Today, health officials and organizers from around the State of Illinois are partnering up to raise awareness about the importance of protecting children against deadly diseases by getting vaccinated.   With kids headed home from overnight camp, and the beginning of the school year just around the corner, parents are being urged to make sure their children are up-to-date with vaccinations. According to Evanston Health Department Director Evonda Thomas, “While…more »

Congresswoman Schakowsky, Mayor Kick Off Evanston Erie Health Center

On August 8, 2012, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky joined Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl; the CEO of Erie Family Health Center, Dr. Lee Francis; and the President of NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital, J.P. Gallagher to kick off the creation of a new Evanston federally qualified health center at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center.  The Evanston Erie Health Center will be created with the help of a $650,000 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The…more »

Evanston Youth Invited to Create Mural

Evanston children, teens and their families are invited to a “Big Draw” to develop imagery for a mural that will be painted at the City of Evanston’s CommUNITY Picnic later in the month. The Big Draw will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18 in the Robert Crown Community Center lobby, 1701 Main St., Evanston. The mural’s theme is “What Being a Kid in Evanston Means to Me.” The project is led by Lea Pinsky,…more »

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Evanston

The City of Evanston’s Health Department reports that a 57-year-old resident of Evanston has been confirmed to have the West Nile virus (WNV) based on a laboratory test by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This is the first case of WNV identified in an Evanston resident this year.  WNV is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical…more »

City of Evanston Wins Award for Web Communication

EVANSTON, IL - The City of Evanston, Illinois was one of only four cities in the nation to be recognized as a 2012 Web 2.0 winner by the Public Technology Institute (PTI). PTI also recognized the cities of San Francisco, Boston and West Palm Beach, as well as four states and two counties. These 10 governments were named the country’s leaders in the innovative application of Web 2.0 technologies and civic/social media tools. According to PTI, these awardees “achieved…more »

Experience C-SPAN's Campaign 2012 Bus at McGaw YMCA August 14

Evanston residents will join the thousands who have toured the C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus when it stops in Evanston on Tuesday, August 14, on its “Road to the White House” tour, named after C-SPAN’s signature political program. The Campaign 2012 Bus travels the country to promote and enhance C-SPAN’s extensive resources and political coverage by stopping at major political events such as candidate debates and speeches in early primary states and meeting with voters on the campaign trail.  Additionally,…more »

Beach hours extended August 11 for meteor viewing

Posted in Parks and Recreation

Evanston residents will have a special opportunity to view the annual Perseid Meteor Shower of shooting stars at Lighthouse Beach on the evening of August 11, as well as learn about meteor watching and meteorites at a free talk on August 9. The City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept., in partnership with the Illinois Science Council, is extending access hours at Lighthouse Beach until midnight on Saturday, August 11 so people can use the lakefront to…more »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's Late-Summer Events

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's summer season is going strong in August, with several performances over the next few weeks.  All performances take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., and all performance times are at 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Dramatic Reading Series features Woza Albert! on August 11 and 12 and Going to St. Ives will be read on August 18-19. Tickets are $5 at the powerful story about how two women…more »

Special City Council Meeting Held to Discuss Pedestrian Safety

The City Council held a special meeting Monday, August  6, 2012, to consider recommendations on citywide pedestrian safety improvements. Agenda Packet (PDF)  …more »

National Night Out in Evanston August 7

Local community groups and neighborhoods will be hosting various events around Evanston for the annual National Night Out, Tuesday, August 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Event listing and location map here>>> 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…more »

August-September Issue of Levy News Available Now

Posted in levy

The latest installment of Levy Senior Center News & Events includes information about Enrichment Classes that will start in Early August, the "Build-a-Kid" program that will return in September, and the "Medication Safety" Presentation, Screenings & Health Fair which will be held on Thursday, September 20th. For more information on these programs and to access the full web version of Levy News, click here.…more »

City's July Recycling Fair a Success

The City of Evanston’s Public Works department held its annual Recycling Fair and Public Works Equipment Expo at the Evanston Township High School in July. The Fair was open to Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) community members for electronic disposal and document destruction.  Other items collected at the fair for recycling were household batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs, hangers, plastic bags, plastic bottle caps, toner, and ink cartridges.  Additionally, as part of the city’s sustainability efforts, 68 residents…more »

"Building a Sustainable Community" on August 23

Posted in Sustainability

Join us at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center Dance Studio on August 23 for a roundtable program on how to achieve sustainable communities for state and local government representatives. This event is sponsored by the USGBC – Illinois Chapter’s North/Northwest Suburban Branch, the Congress for New Urbanism – Illinois Chapter, the City of Evanston, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and Farr Associates for a roundtable program on how to achieve sustainable communities for state and local government representatives. Building a…more »

Enjoy the Last Few Weeks of Summer with a Book from the EPL Book Sale August 10-12

The Evanston Public Library will host its Summer Book Sale on Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 in the Main Library’s Book Sale Room (1703 Orrington Avenue, 3rd floor). The sale features hundreds of gently-used items ideal for a beach outing or for your daily commute to work. If you would like to get a sneak-peek before the doors open to the public, the Special Preview Sale will be held on Friday, August 10 from 10 a.m. -…more »

Evanston Works Together: 4 Tuesdays in August

By supporting local stores and restaurants in August, Evanston residents can also contribute to vital job-training programs. Evanston Works Together: 4 Tuesdays in August is a shop local, shop Evanston campaign that benefits clients of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Connections for the Homeless. Retailers and restaurants throughout Evanston have signed up to participate, and will be donating 5% of their sales from four Tuesdays this August to support programs that provide job training skills and help find jobs for…more »