News Posted in: September 2012

Special City Council Meeting Monday

Posted in City Council

The City Council is holding a special meeting Monday at 6:00 PM.  The meeting is being held primarily to give final approval to a liquor license for the new Smylie Brothers Restaurant and Brewery, 1615 Oak. The Council has canceled the regularly scheduled Rules and Human Services Committee meetings Monday night, but has included on the City Council meeting agenda two items that would have been on the agendas of those committees. First is consideration of options for providing…more »

A Message from Evanston Mayor Regarding Recent Homicide

Today the Evanston Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Wesley A. Woodson III of Evanston in connection with the murder of Dajae Coleman.  Woodson has been charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder and seven counts of Aggravated Discharge of Firearm.  My thanks to the Evanston Police, the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force and the State’s Attorney’s Office for their fine work in apprehending and bringing charges against Dajae’s alleged…more »

Central Street Construction Starting October 2

For ten days, from October 2 to October 16, McShane Construction and Subcontractors will be performing an underground utility connection for the new building at 1700 Central Street. The work will include cutting open the roadway for water, storm and sanitary connections with associated restorations to the road and sidewalk. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. Parking in the area will be restricted. The sidewalk on the south side of Central will be closed on certain…more »

Tap Water Tweet-along Article in "Water System Operator" Online Publication

The online magazine Water System Operator covered the City of Evanston's Utilities Department Tap Water Tweet-along. On September 22, city staff gave a public tour of the Water Treatment Plant, located on Evanston's lakefront. Staff also tweeted the event with interesting facts and pictures about the operation. Read the article here>>> If you missed the Tap Water Tweet-along you can see what you missed here>>>…more »

Community Emergency Response Team Class Set for Oct. 20-21

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services will be sponsoring an emergency preparedness/CERT class on the weekend of October 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center Parasol Room, 2100 Ridge Avenue Evanston Illinois. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. CERT participants also receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety; light search and rescue; team organization; and disaster…more »

Mayor Calls for Community Meeting on Anti-violence Initiatives

In response to the tragic death of Evanston Township High School student and Evanston resident Dajae Coleman, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is hosting a community meeting seeking solutions to address violence in Evanston. The community meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd at the Fleetwoord-Jourdain Center located at 1655 Foster St. All residents, community partners and youth-focused organizations are invited to attend. Additional details of the meeting will be forthcoming.  …more »

New T.V. Show This Weekend will Feature Evanston Unsolved Cold Case Homicides

The Evanston Police Department announces that it will be featuring five unsolved cold case homicides in a new show that starts this upcoming weekend on Saturday, September 29 at 11 p.m. on WPWR-Channel 50. These featured cases are being shown on different episodes throughout this new season. This is being done in hopes of regenerating public awareness of the cases and developing additional leads that will result in the identification & arrest of the offenders. All Evanston area residents are…more »

City Council Actions - September 24, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, September 24, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 pm City Council meeting convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Wynne (II) Mayor Public Announcements • Mayor mourns the death of Dajae with the City • Community meeting…more »

Evanston's Noah's Playground for Everyone Wins Award, Recognized for Its Accessibility

Evanston’s very own Noah’s Playground for Everyone has recently won a Reader’s Choice Award in Time Out Chicago Kids’ 2012 Hipsqueak Awards. It was chosen as the “Best Playground” in their inaugural awards contest, honoring the best in family-friendly arts, entertainment and advocacy in the Chicago area. The playground, accessible to children with special needs and otherwise, is located on Evanston’s lakefront at Lighthouse Beach. “This project is a terrific example of a public and private citizen partnership that…more »

Seventh Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest Gets Underway Soon

The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department announces the Seventh Annual Paint Evanston Plows (P.E.P) Contest. The contest is the city’s effort to promote awareness of the upcoming snow season and celebrate a “green” theme by inviting private and public Evanston schools to paint a mural on the city’s plow blades. In celebration of the city’s new protected bike lane and the initiation of the Mayor’s teen fitness program, B.F.Fs (Biking Fitness for Females), this year’s theme is “Biking,…more »

Health Department Urges the Public to "Be Informed, and Get Ready"

September is National Preparedness Month and the Evanston Health Department is reminding all residents to use this month to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. “Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of everyone. By taking a few simple steps –creating a disaster supply kit, making a family disaster plan and staying well informed about weather-related and other emergencies – we can ensure that citizen preparedness is a priority,” said Evanston Health Department Director, Evonda Thomas. National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the…more »

City Council Actions - September 18, 2012

CITY COUNCIL MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER 2100 RIDGE AVENUE, EVANSTON 60201 COUNCIL CHAMBERS Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:00 p.m. ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Braithwaite (II) Mayor Public Announcements (III) City Manager Announcements (IV) Communications: City Clerk (V) Citizen Comment • Resident states that the City misrepresented taxes and pensions during previous year’s budget season • Resident requested the City not to raise property taxes • Resident requested…more »

Landlord and Tenant Workshop Set for Oct. 11

The City of Evanston and the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs will be holding a workshop for landlords and tenants on rental housing responsibilities and rights on October 11. This meeting is open to all Evanston residents. The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 in the 4th Floor Parasol Room of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center located at 2100 Ridge Ave. Participants in the workshop will: Learn about…more »

Volunteer Call-to-action to Help "Have Dreams" Center Cleanup after Flood

HAVE DREAMS, an organization which provides educational and vocational support for autistic children and youth in Evanston and beyond, was flooded due to a burst pipe in August. Since this horrible accident, much work has been done to get them operational again. However, they are far from 100% fully-functioning. To provide a helping hand, Volunteer Evanston, along with Northwestern University and ETHS, are working together to call for an all-hands-on-deck weekend of service.   This weekend of volunteer action will…more »

Evanston Day at Ryan Field, "Paint Evanston Purple" Sept. 29

Northwestern University's Athletic Department and the City of Evanston are once again teaming up to Paint Evanston Purple! “Evanston Day” at Ryan Field is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, when the Wildcats meet Indiana in the BIG10 game of the season. In anticipation of the event, a pep rally encouraging the community to "Paint Evanston Purple," will be held Thursday, September 27, at the Clock Tower (on Clark St. near Orrington Ave. and Chicago Ave.), from 6 to 7…more »

Bike the Ridge Set for Sept. 30

Join us on Sunday, September 30, 2012 for the Annual Bike the Ridge ride! Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets. Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time, so come out and enjoy this non-competitive, city-sponsored special event! The September 30, 2012 ride will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic  from Howard to Church Streets). This event…more »

Personal Finance Week September 22-27

September 22-27, Community Meeting Room, Main Library Registration is requested for each event, but is not required.  Register online for each event below, or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630. Social Security: Your Questions Answered, Saturday, September 22, 1 pm How does Social Security fit into my retirement plans?  When should I start taking benefits? What about taxes? Presented by Neil Gardner of Edward Jones, Inc. Registration Foreclosures and Mortgage Scams, Monday, September 24, 6:30 pm The Interfaith Housing…more »

EPL to Host Voter Registration

Will you be eighteen years old by November 6?  Have you moved, changed your name, or become a U.S. citizen since November, 2010? Then you need to register to be able to vote on November 6.  The Evanston League of Women Voters will be hosting Voter Registration in the Main Library’s Lobby on Saturday, September 15 & 29 from 9 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 pm (before Patriocracy), and Sunday, October 7 from Noon -…more »

RECALL: Forever Cheese Recalls Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Health Risk

The Illinois Department of Public Health received the following recall notice: Forever Cheese Recalls Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk Forever Cheese inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202, from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may…more »

IRMCO kicks off National Manufacturing Day with Open House

IRMCO is hosting an open house at its manufacturing facility to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. The open house will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 3 and is open to the Evanston area community. Located in the reinvigorated Evanston West End, IRMCO has been developing and manufacturing innovative metal forming lubricants for over 98 years. Today, IRMCO enjoys a reputation in over 35 countries as being an innovator of environmentally focused technology. Having divested its petroleum oil product line over 20…more »

City Council Actions - September 10, 2012

  CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, September 10, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 pm 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 No Text On Board – Pledge Day, September 19, 2012…more »

Medication Safety Event at Levy Center September 20

Gather all your prescription and over the counter medicines in their original bottles (include topicals, injections, herbals and supplements). Place them in a bag and bring them with you to the Medication Safety Program at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 for a free medication check-up. Pharmacists from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, at no cost, will review your medications to help you determine the right questions to ask your doctor and your pharmacist. Receive…more »

International Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Month gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. Walkers from around the world walk to school together for various reasons — all hoping to create communities that are safe places to walk. Celebrate this day in Evanston on October 5th.  …more »

Evanston Police Release Pedestrian Crosswalk Initiative Results

The Evanston Police Department Traffic Management Bureau conducted a crosswalk enforcement initiative from August 8 through August 31, 2012. This initiative was timed to coincide with the Pedestrian Safety Initiative that was approved by the City Council on August 6, 2012. Traffic Officers were assigned to monitor ten targeted crosswalks that receive the most complaints by citizens, as well as 44 other crosswalks throughout the city that the officers felt needed attention. This proactive approach to pedestrian safety, along…more »

Fall Means Increased Skunk Activity, City Shares Tips to Keep Them Away

It is common to see increased skunk activity during the fall as they try to gain the extra weight they will need to survive the winter. Most of the time Evanston residents and wildlife are able to cohabitate together. However, sometimes wildlife can become a cause of concern for residents. The Evanston Police Department’s Animal Control Bureau and the Health Department would like to remind residents of some of the basic things they can do to mitigate a current…more »

"evanstARTs: creating our cultural vision" A Community Collaboration to Gather Public Input on the Arts in Evanston

The City of Evanston, the Evanston Community Foundation and the Evanston Arts Council are collaborating to gather public input on the arts in Evanston and to generate recommendations for policy, programs and infrastructure. The recommendations will, in turn, foster a more dynamic and coordinated climate for the arts in Evanston for artists, the creative economy and the city’s residents. This cross-community collaboration will suggest a “Roadmap for the Arts” in Evanston. The first phase of this effort, from September 2012…more »

Howard Street Gallery "True North" Opening Sept. 9

Howard Street Gallery invites the public to the opening of Erik DeBat's new show "TRUE NORTH." An opening reception will be held September 9 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 747 Howard St. DeBat considers his artwork contemporary urban canvases where he enjoys commenting on society and things he loves. His use of symmetry and color intuitively transcends throughout his work with the use of photography, typography, drawing and painting techniques. "I like symmetries and an organic design method. I use color,…more »

Mash-Up on the Beach September 19

Posted in event

Evanston's 3rd annual Mash-Up is coming up on September 19. From entrepreneurs to executives, artists to accountants, and city leaders to CEOs, the event will bring together a wide variety of attendees. The event, held on NU's beach, is a collaboration between Northwestern University, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and the City of Evanston.  For more information on the event, contact the Evanston Chamber of Commerce at or at 847/328-1500; or, visit, on Facebook at or on…more »

Sign Up for News Updates

View more newsletter options »