News Posted in: February 2013

City Invites Comments on a Joint Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Intent to Request Release of Funds

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS This notice shall satisfy procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Evanston. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about March 19, 2013, the City of Evanston will submit a request to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Chicago Field Office for the release of $458,777 in HOME funds under Title II of the Cranston‐Gonzalez…more »

No CTA Purple Line Express March 4-8 and April 29 - May 3 Due to Construction Work

The CTA recently announced that the Purple Line Express service will be impacted by the Wells St. Bridge project over the Chicago River. Service will be interrupted for two periods in the spring: March 4-8 and April 29 – May 3. There will be no Purple Line Express service to the Loop for the weekday schedules during these two periods. Purple Line trains will terminate at the Howard Station. Customers can transfer to Red Line trains at Howard or should…more »

E.P.D. Conducts Tobacco Compliance Operation for Underage Sales

The Evanston Police Department’s Juvenile Bureau detectives conducted a tobacco compliance check at local retail establishments that are licensed to sell cigarettes to the public.  This check was done to ensure that unlawful sales are not occurring to minors who are under the age of 18.  These compliance checks are performed several times a year by the police department. Forty merchant establishments were checked by sending an underage teen into an establishment in an attempt to purchase cigarettes from…more »

Sign Up for EnergyBuzz to Save on Your Gas Bill and Get Five Free CFLs

The City of Evanston is participating in the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Community Challenge with the goal of reducing community energy usage. By enrolling new participants in one of six existing Nicor Gas programs, Evanston will raise up to $25,000 in prize money for a building retrofit for one of our local non-profits. Also, the first 100 residents to sign up will receive five FREE Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) for your participation.    Here’s a very easy way for…more »

Mayor's State of the City Address March 8, Registration Still Open

Please join the Evanston Chamber of Commerce on March 8 to hear from the Honorable Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston, as she gives her State of the City Address to the community and to recognize the significant contributions to the Arts community and their economic impact of our city. Mayor Tisdahl will present awards to the recipients of the 2012 Mayor’s Award for the Arts and the Evanston Arts Council's Arts and Business Committee Leadership Award. Douglas Silverstein, President…more »

Evanston 150 Memorabilia Available at City Clerk's Office

In commemoration of the city’s sesquicentennial anniversary, the City of Evanston is offering memorabilia for sale. Reusable cotton shopping bags and magnets suitable for refrigerator or automobile are for sale on a first come basis in the City Clerk’s Office. The bags (approximately 12” x15”) cost $5 each and the magnets (approximately 4” x 5”) cost $2 each. Residents who purchase either item will receive a free Evanston 150 commemorative lapel pin. The lapel pin can be purchased alone…more »

"Fools Tango" Opens at Noyes March 1

Fools Tango opens March 1 at Theatre Zarko, located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Michael Montenegro performs a collection of short puppet and mask pieces. Some comic, some dark, some comically dark! Unusual in their visual poetry, the works use imagery and words in a way that might be described as surreal clowning. Montenegro experiments with various ways to express the fragility, the tentativeness of a life. The materials themselves speak to this temporariness, this…more »

Property Tax Seminar Set for March 7 as Appeals Period Opens for Evanston

The Cook County Assessor is now accepting appeals from Evanston Township homeowners for their 2013 assessments, which were recently mailed. Each year, the Cook County Assessor’s Office reassesses one-third of the nearly 1.8 million parcels of property located in Cook County. This year, the assessor’s office is reassessing properties in the townships located in north and west suburban Cook County. Among the findings from the Evanston Township reassessment: Evanston is the second township to be mailed in the 2013 reassessment…more »

Former Evanston Mayor Morton's Portrait Unveiled

The public and elected officials gathered in the Evanston City Council Chambers on February 25, 2013, to honor former Evanston Mayor Lorraine H. Morton with the unveiling of her portrait by Evanston artist Richard Halstead. This two-year project follows the renaming of the Civic Center in her honor and coincides with African American History month. Mayor Morton served as Evanston’s mayor from 1993 to 2009. Earlier, she served on Evanston's City Council as Fifth Ward alderman for nine years.…more »

Evanston Symphony Orchestra: Slavic Favorites March 3

Music of Glinka, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky. 2:30 p.m., Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, NU. The pomp and pageantry of Imperial Russia was centered in Saint Petersburg, which saw the premieres of both Glinka’s overture, the earliest Russian work performed today, and Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fifth Symphony, a summit of Slavic music. Dvořák’s tuneful Violin Concerto will feature Romanian-born Irina Muresanu. Full details here>>> Glinka - Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla Dvořák - Concerto for Violin in A Minor, Irina Muresanu, Violin Tchaikovsky…more »

Artists Reception: "Taking Chances" Exhibition at Noyes Gallery

Posted in arts and entertainment

A reception will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the Noyes Gallery to celebrate the opening of DIALOGUE CHICAGO'S group art exhibition, “Taking Chances.”  Forty-five artists are participating in this exhibition. The Noyes Gallery is located in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free and open to the public. The show will run through May 4, 2013. DIALOGUE CHICAGO is an interdisciplinary critique/seminar, a forum…more »

Informational Expungement Expo at Library March 9

The Expungement Expo will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 9 at the Evanston Public Library, located at 1703 Orrington Avenue in Evanston, Illinois. Participants must pre-register online at by March 1, 2013. The Expo is a free event to educate the public on the importance and process of clearing adult and juvenile records. Participants can talk with attorneys about their records, connect with community organizations, and hear panel presentations about the how to…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

The City Council will be unveiling a portrait of former Mayor Lorraine Morton at 7:00 PM.  This portrait will hang in the lobby of the Civic Center in her honor as the namesake of the Civic Center. 1.  Recommendation to contract for mental health case management services.  This issue was removed from the proposed FY 2013 budget for further analysis.  This proposed contract with Presence Behavioral Health is the outcome of the additional work on this subject. 2.  Approval…more »

Women Out Walking Program Registration Now Under Way

The City of Evanston’s Health Department once again will be sponsoring its Women Out Walking (WOW) program, a 12-week walking campaign to highlight the importance of physical activity for women. WOW begins Saturday, March 23, 2013, with an orientation session at Evanston Township High School. The program runs from March 23 to June 15. Registration is currently open online at, by calling 847/866-2955 or by emailing Throughout this campaign, women will not only be encouraged to walk,…more »

City Seeks Public Comment on Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

The Housing & Community Development Act Committee will hold a Public Hearing to receive citizen comment on the City of Evanston’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for fiscal year 2012, and for input on community needs for planning purposes for the 2014 fiscal year. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. The CAPER discusses Evanston’s accomplishments during fiscal year 2012 in meeting its community development goals using federal grant funds provided through the U.S. Department of Housing…more »

Mayor's Award for the Arts Winners Announced

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Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced the recipients of the 2012 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. The arts organization award will be presented to RHINO Poetry and the individual award will be presented to Penny Rotheiser. The awards will be presented at the…more »

Former Evanston Mayor Morton's Portrait to be Unveiled February 25

The public is invited to celebrate the unveiling of the Honorable Lorraine H. Morton's portrait by Evanston artist Richard Halstead. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 25 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Avenue, in Evanston with a reception to follow. What: Portrait Unveiling of Mayor Morton Who: Mayors Morton and Elizabeth Tisdahl and the City Council When: 7 p.m., Monday, February 25 Where: City Council Chambers, Lorraine H. Morton…more »

The Autobarn Ltd. of Evanston Named Leadership Award Winner

The Autobarn Ltd. of Evanston has been named the recipient of the 2012 Arts & Business Committee Leadership Award. The award is given annually to an Evanston business that has been exceptionally supportive of the arts in Evanston, either financially or through in-kind services. The award will be presented at the Evanston Chamber of Commerce/State of the City luncheon on Friday, March 8, 2013. The Arts & Business Committee, a subcommittee of the Evanston Arts Council, selected The Autobarn…more »

Voter Registration at Main Library March 9

The League of Women Voters of Evanston will be hosting a voter registration drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Main Evanston Public Library, located at 1703 Orrington Ave. For those who would like to register, you must be a U.S. Citizen and must be 18 years of age by April 9, 2013. Your registration is permanent unless you move or change your name. By Illinois law, voter registration closes 28 days preceding an election…more »

National Drinking Water Week High School Poetry and Art Contests

The City of Evanston is hosting an art contest as part of National Drinking Water Week 2013 (NDWW), which runs May 6 - 12. The purpose of NDWW is to celebrate water by recognizing the essential role it plays in our daily lives. The City will host a Photography Contest, Drawing & Painting Contest, and Poetry Contest for high school students in Evanston schools/ community organizations with the goal of education and promotion around drinking water. All artwork and poems must…more »

National Drinking Water Week Photography Contest for 6-8th Graders

The City of Evanston is hosting an art contest as part of National Drinking Water Week 2013 (NDWW), which runs May 6 -12. The purpose of NDWW is to celebrate water by recognizing the essential role it plays in our daily lives. The City of Evanston will be hosting a photography contest for 6-8th grade students in Evanston schools/ community organizations with the goal of education and promotion around drinking water. Photography Contest Details: Artwork can be submitted electronically to…more »

Zagat Names Edzo's Best Burger in Chicago

Zagat Survey recently named Evanston's very own Edzo's Burger Shop "Best Burger" in Chicago in its survey of burgers in 25 cities. Read the review here>>>. Owned by Eddie Lakin, Edzo's is located at 1571 N. Sherman Ave. and is open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Edzo's was also voted "Best New Burger" in 2010 by the Chicago Reader.  …more »

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services to Host Open House to Show-off New "Green" Engine Feb. 23

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services will be hosting an open house to show off its new "green" engine. The open house will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Evanston Fire Station 5, 2830 Central Street. The public is invited to join us and get a first-hand look at Engine 25. For the past few weeks, City of Evanston firefighters have been outfitting and getting the department's new fire engine ready…more »

Registration Open for March Madness Youth Basketball Tournament

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Registration is open through March 4 for Chandler-Newberger Community Center's 20th Annual March Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Youth in grades 4-8 are invited to form teams of three or four players and enter this fun double-elimination tournament, which will be held March 15-17, 2013. This year, in celebration of the 20th anniversary, basketball contests will be held on Friday, March 15. The tournaments will take place all day on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Boys and girls will…more »

Electric Vehicle Rally Rolls into Evanston from Chicago Auto Show

Many future drivers and their parents showed up on Evanston’s lakefront at the start of Presidents’ Day weekend as 12 electric vehicles from the Chicago Auto Show rolled into town retracing the route of America’s first motor vehicle race in 1895, the Chicago Times-Herald motor race. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Evanston Alderman Judy Fiske (1st Ward), Illinois Sierra Club Executive Director Jack Darrin and nearly 200 Evanston residents joined rally organizer David Funcheon of 101 Celsius in welcoming the…more »

Winter Weather Update

A dusting of snow occurred over night with just trace amounts in Evanston. City crews have salted all main roads and secondary roads. Residential streets will be "spot salted" this morning at intersections and mid-block areas. No additional snow is expected today or this weekend in Evanston. Evanston's next chance for snow is Monday night, with light amounts under an inch expected. Streets and Sanitation Division staff are monitoring a significant storm that could drop several inches of snow in Evanston late…more »

Social Media Volunteers Wanted for Local Non-profits

The City of Evanston is seeking Social Media Interns who will be paired with local Evanston non-profits for its Social Media Boot Camp project. The volunteers will work with agencies to help them navigate the world of new media and assist with networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Volunteers will have the unique opportunity of helping craft the brand of the organizations they work with while exercising creativity and innovation in community education. Volunteers will be expected to…more »

City of Evanston Water Sales Update Presentation

Director of the City of Evanston's Utilities Department Dave Stoneback recently provided City Council a detailed report on the city's progress working with neighboring communities to sell them water. See the video below. The slide presentation is available here>>>.…more »

America's First Motor Vehicle Race Recreated with Electric Vehicles to Make Stop in Evanston

For the first time in more than 118 years, America’s first Motor Vehicle Race will be recreated with a slight twist - this time around with electric vehicles only on February 15. The Electrified Vehicle Rally will depart from the Chicago Auto Show and retrace the same route as the original 1895 Chicago Times-Herald motor race. The Rally will stop in Evanston at 11:00 a.m. at the lakefront near Dawes Park on Sheridan Rd. between Davis St. and Church St.…more »

LEGO Mini Camp Summer 2013

The Chandler-Newberger Center is excited to partner with Play-Well TEKnologies to offer fun and innovative LEGO camps at Baker Park during the Summer of 2013. The deadline to register is Friday, February 22nd.    Pre-Engineering with LEGO® Camp for Grades K-2 Time: 9am-Noon Class # 621203A3 (Click here to register.) Let your imagination run wild with over 100,000 LEGO® bricks! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own…more »

City Portion of 2013 Property Tax Bill Explained

Recently Evanston property owners received the first installment of their 2013 Property Tax bill. In the statement there was some information in the “Taxing District” section regarding the City of Evanston regarding debts and liabilities; operating budget, pension liability, unfunded pension liability; etc. City staff has outlined detailed information in the “Transparency” section of the City of Evanston’s web site to help residents and property owners better understand what these items are. To view this page, please click here>>>.…more »

Energy Efficiency Challenge Pits Evanston against Oak Park

A local non-profit will win an energy efficiency retrofit, so sign up for an energy efficiency program before April 30 so they win more money! There is still time to help raise up to $25,000 for the YWCA in the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Community Challenge. More than $14,000 have been raised to date and action is needed by April 30 to contribute an additional $50 for each program participant to the YWCA’s prize. You can help by signing-up…more »

Outdoor Ice Rinks Closed for Season

The City of Evanston's three outdoor ice skating rinks are now officially closed for the season. Typically, the outdoor ice skating season runs from December to February. Ice skating rinks are located at Ackerman Park, Central St. at McDaniel; the lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.; and Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St. Residents can take advantage of indoor ice skating at the Robert Crown Ice Complex, located at 1701 Main St. Ice skating is…more »

Dog Beach Public Meeting Feb. 23

Alderman Judy Fiske (1st Ward) invites all Evanston residents to attend a meeting regarding the Evanston Dog Beach, which is located just north of the Church St. launch facility where Church St. meets the lake. Residents are invited to share their suggestions on how the city can make the Dog Beach an even more positive experience for pets and their owners. The 2013 Dog Beach season begins April 1. The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February…more »

Evanston Police Citizens Police Academy Spring 2013 Session Starts March 6th

THE EVANSTON POLICE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY STARTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013 The Citizen Police Academy, established in 1995 is a 12-week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Evanston Police Department, which has produced over 800 graduates. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. There are two academy sessions every year and each class size is limited to approximately 25 students.…more »

"Evanston + Vicinity Biennial Solos" Reception Feb. 24 at Evanston Art Center

On February 24, the Evanston Art Center will kick off an exhibition of three Biennial artists selected by juror Shannon Stratton of threewalls gallery in Chicago. The three area artists, which were chosen from 47 artists, are Scott Carter, Stephen Cartwright and Emily Hermant.  The opening reception will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 at the Evanston Art Center, located at 2603 Sheridan Rd. The exhibit runs until April 7. Scott Carter For this exhibition,…more »

Evanston Art Center's First Annual Youth Film Festival Set for March 17

The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is calling all aspiring young directors, actors, set designers, cinematographers, composers, editors, costume designers, makeup artists, hairstylists, gophers, and aspiring movie moguls to enter its First Annual Evanston Youth Film Festival competition. The Festival, open to filmmakers under the age of 19 working in all genres, is an opportunity for youth from Evanston and the surrounding area to create and present their own short films. Festival organizer, Anne Stevens says. "We know our local…more »

Water Sales Update Main Item at Monday City Council Meeting

Posted in City Council

Director of Utilities Dave Stoneback will be providing the City Council a detailed report on our progress working with neighboring communities to sell water.   Full City Council Agenda…more »

Erie-Evanston Health Center Now Enrolling Residents in CountyCare

CountyCare is available now and can pay for many of your health care services. CountyCare is a new Cook County Medicaid program for adults. It may pay for most of the services you receive at Erie. And it also covers other medical services you may receive outside of Erie such as hospital visits, medical equipment, home health services and physical therapy. "CountyCare is a Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act  or (Healthcare Reform). The uninsured are less likely…more »

2012 Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services Annual Report Now Available

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services has recently released their 2012 Annual Report. The department maintains a full-time professional staff of 110 members with the mission of protecting life, property and the environment. They achieve this by providing superior quality fire, emergency medical, technical rescue, public education and fire prevention services for the whole community. In 2012 Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services responded to 9,330 calls for services, which was the busiest year in the history of the…more »

Ward Eight Nominated by Time Out Chicago's Eat Out Awards

Evanston's very own Ward Eight Bar has been nominated for Time Out Chicago's 2013 Eat Out Awards as "Best New Bar." Cast your vote online today for Ward Eight here>>>. Located at 629 Howard St., Ward Eight opened for business in December 2012. Ward Eight is an upper-scale cocktail lounge and small-plates restaurant. The owners are formally of In Fine Spirits in Andersonville. The establishment specializes in classic cocktails; the bar is even named after the classic cocktail, Ward…more »

First Annual Downtown Evanston Wedding Walk Feb. 24

Downtown Evanston announces the first annual Wedding Walk in Downtown Evanston, February 24, 2013! Brides-to-be and their guests are invited to check out downtown Evanston and see how every element of the perfect wedding is available right here, making it THE wedding destination of the North Shore! From the dress to the flowers and reception, you can do it all here! Brides-to-be and their guests will enjoy an afternoon of bridal fun; walking, exploring, learning and finding creative inspirations…more »

City to Host Free Social Media "Boot Camp" for Evanston Non-profits Feb. 21

The City of Evanston’s Citizen Engagement Division will be hosting a free “boot camp” for Evanston-based non-profit organizations designed to help them successfully employ social media tools to better communicate their message. The workshop will cover Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and social media management tools. The workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013 in the fourth floor Parasol Room of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, located at 2100 Ridge Ave. Non-profits interested…more »

Temporary Davis St. Lane Closure on Feb. 12

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, The Timm T. Martin Company will be temporarily closing two lanes of Davis Street, westbound, from Chicago Avenue to just past the west alley access side of 614 Davis Street. The temporary closure is in order to complete erection of structural steel on the main roof of the building project located at 614 Davis Street. The sidewalk will remain open along the south side of Davis Street between Chicago Avenue and Orrington Avenue with pedestrian traffic…more »

Snowy Roofs Have a Story to Tell About Energy Efficiency

Have you ever looked at rooftops after a snowfall and noticed that some hold the snow and others do not and that some homes have icicles hanging from rooflines and others do not?  Although a steeply pitched roof may cause snow to drop from a rooftop, when snow melts on rooftops it is because the house is not well insulated. If a house has poor insulation the snow will melt faster because more heat is escaping through the roof.…more »

Perkins Woods Update and Volunteer Day Feb. 9

Perkins Woods is located in northwest Evanston at the corner of Grant and Ewing Streets. It is the only Forest Preserve in Evanston. It was purchased it in 1918, and in 1948 was named for Dwight Perkins, the founder of the Forest Preserve, who lived nearby. It is a 7.5 acre remnant of what was once an extensive forest, which, in 1920, Lillian Simmons of Northwestern University called the "morainic swamp forest," with swamp white oak the dominant tree. In the mid-1850s, the forest…more »

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