News Posted in: Parks and Recreation

End of Season Schedule for Evanston Beaches

Due to seasonal lifeguard and beach staff going back to school, Clark Street and South Boulevard beaches will only

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Evanston Streets Alive! September 13

Posted in Cultural Arts, events, festivals, Parks and Recreation

Evanston community members are invited to attend this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration with live music, art, food,

City of Evanston Begins Construction to Expand Ecology Center Classroom

Posted in construction, ecology center, Parks and Recreation, Sustainability

On Monday, August 17, the City of Evanston began construction to expand the existing classroom at the Evanston Ecology

McRae Departing for Ohio Position

It is with sadness and pride that I announce that Deputy City Manager/Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Experience Live Mariachi, Folkloric Dance and More at the 4th Annual "Jalisco en Evanston" September 3

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, events, Levy Center

The City of Evanston and the Federation of Hometown Associations from the State of Jalisco, Mexico (also known as

Ken Cherry Promoted to Manager of Fleetwood-Jourdain Center and Theatre Manager

Posted in recreation

Kenneth "Ken" Cherry has been promoted to the position of Recreation Center Manager for the City of Evanston, effective

Evanston Streets Alive! Returns to Main Street September 13

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, Events, festivals, Sustainability

All are invited to bike, walk, run, scooter or skate freely down Main Street as part of Evanston Streets

Vote for Your Favorite #EvanstonRecLife Contest Photo by July 28

The City of Evanston is calling all community members to participate in a citywide vote to determine the winner

City to Contract Currey Park Improvements Beginning July 20

Posted in Construction, Parks and Recreation

The City of Evanston will contract improvements at Currey Park, located on Hinman Ave. north of Dempster St., beginning

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month with "Share Your Rec Life" Instagram Contest July 1-20

In honor of Park and Recreation Month, from Wednesday, July 1 to Monday, July 20, the City of Evanston’s

Summer and After-school Employment Opportunities Available for Evanston Youth

Posted in Employment, Youth

Evanston youth age 16 years or older who are seeking summer or after-school employment are encouraged to contact the

Community Members Invited to Celebrate Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center Dedication June 20

Posted in Events, Gibbs-Morrison, Parks and Recreation, Youth

On Saturday, June 20, at 1 p.m., community members are invited to attend the dedication of the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural

Community Members Invited to Attend Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild Gallery Grand Opening June 21

Posted in Arts, Events

Evanston community members are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild Gallery on Sunday, June

Share Your Feedback Regarding the 2016-2018 Parks & Facilities Capital Improvement Draft Plan

Community members are encouraged to provide their feedback regarding potential parks and facilities projects by taking the 2016-2018 Park

Tickets Still Available for Evanston Green Ball May 29

Posted in Ecology Center, Events, Parks and Recreation, Sustainability

Tickets are still available for the 4th annual Evanston Green Ball on Friday, May 29, 7 p.m. to 10:30

Livable Landscapes Program to Assist Community Members with Eco-friendly Planting, Storm Water Management

Posted in Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association, Sustainability

The City of Evanston is pleased to support the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and Nature’s Perspective Landscaping’s new Livable

Register for Select Summer Classes at a Discount Using the "Evanston Rec" Mobile App

Posted in Parks and Recreation, recreation

Beginning Monday, May 11, community members who use the Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) Department's “Evanston Rec”

Evanston Special Recreation Receives Kevin T. Kendrigan Outstanding Team Award

City of Evanston Special Olympics Program Manager Leonard Woodson and the Evanston Special  Olympics Team athletes and coaches received

Register for Evanston's 3rd Annual Senior Citizen Spelling Bee May 16

Posted in evanston public library, Events, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Levy Center, recreation

Registration is open for Evanston’s 3rd annual Senior Citizen Spelling Bee on Saturday, May 16, 1 p.m. to 3

4th Annual Evanston Green Ball Set for May 29

Posted in Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association, Events, Sustainability

The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the City of Evanston invite Chicagoland community members to attend the 4th annual

City of Evanston Launches Pesticide-Free Parks Pilot Program

The City of Evanston is pleased to announce that it will launch its first pesticide-free parks pilot program with

"Music of the Night" Spring Ice Show April 25 and 26

Evanston community members are invited to attend Robert Crown Community Center’s 39th annual spring ice show, “Music of the

City of Evanston Offers Senior Discount Lunch Program at Two Locations

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain, Levy Center, Seniors

Evanston seniors can eat lunch at a discount at two locations as part of the City’s enhanced lunch program.

City of Evanston Seeks Proposals for Recording Studio and Café in Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center

The City of Evanston is seeking proposals for experienced organizations and businesses to lease, equip and fully operate the

Evanston Beach Tokens Available for Purchase Beginning April 1

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, Evanston season beach tokens will be available for purchase at the Morton Civic Center, located

Evanston Maple Trees Produce Syrup, Lessons in Sustainability

Posted in Forestry, Northwestern University, Sustainability

Evanston maple trees are providing Northwestern University students and local Evanston children with a sweet lesson in sustainability. As

Beware of Melting Shelf Ice on Lake Michigan's Shoreline

Posted in lakefront, parks, recreation, safety

  MARCH 16, 2015 UPDATE The shelf ice on the shoreline has become very unstable following recent warmer weather.

Evanston Community Members Are Invited to Apply for the Adopt a Park Program

Evanston community members are invited to help the City of Evanston enhance the quality, usability, and lovability of City

Summer Camp Start Date Delayed Due to School Snow Days

Posted in recreation arts ecology sports

The starting date of many City of Evanston summer camps will be delayed due to the extended school year caused

Mayor Tisdahl's Annual Summer Youth Employment Program Job Fair Set for March 28

Posted in Events, Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, Parks and Recreation, Youth, Youth Employment Program, Youth Job Fair

Evanston youth age 14 to 18 years are encouraged to find their perfect summer job at Mayor Tisdahl's annual

Firewood Sale Ends March 7

Posted in Forestry

The City of Evanston’s final day to sell firewood this season will be March 7, 2015. Firewood may be

City Launches New Open Data Portal,

Posted in Transparency

The City of Evanston has launched a new open data portal,, providing residents and community stakeholders with convenient

Park Tree Removals Scheduled

Posted in parks, trees

City of Evanston Forestry staff are going to take advantage of the frozen ground conditions and begin some of

Local Employers Encouraged to Participate in Evanston Youth Job Fair March 28

Posted in job fair, Youth, Youth Employment Program, Youth Job Fair

Local employers are encouraged to participate in Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) job fair on

Watch Award-Winning Environmental Films at the Evanston Ecology Center Feb. 6, 20

Posted in Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association, Events

Community members are invited to enjoy 16 of the world's best environmental films at the Evanston Ecology Center as

Mid-January Outdoor Skating and Sledding Update

During the recent wave of cold temperatures, City of Evanston parks crews were able to flood the three outdoor

City of Evanston Receives $24,467 Lowe's Community Partners Grant

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $24,467 Lowe’s Community Partners grant to the City of Evanston

2015 Summer Camp Guide Now Available Online

Interested in reviewing summer camp options with your children over winter break? The City of Evanston's 2015 Summer Camp

Special Event Permit Applications Due Jan. 30

Groups and organizations that wish to hold special events in the City of Evanston will need to submit a

"Evanston Rec" App Users Get First Look Inside the 2015 Summer Camp Guide

As the weather turns cold, it’s easy to start thinking about fun summer activities. From Monday, December 22 to

Celebrate Kwanzaa in Fountain Square December 26

Posted in Events, holidays, kwanzaa

Evanston community members are invited to celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa by attending a special event in Fountain

Evanston Indoor Farmer and Artisan Market Begins December 6

Posted in Ecology Center, Events, Farmers Market

Back for its fourth year, The Evanston Indoor Farmer and Artisan Market, located at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024

City to Hold Penny Park Renovation Project Public Meeting Dec. 11

Posted in Events, Meeting, parks, Parks and Recreation, Public Works

The City of Evanston will hold a public meeting on Thursday, December 11 to further refine design improvements at

"The Nutcracker on Ice" Celebrates 40 Years of Holiday Merriment December 12-14

Posted in arts and entertainment, recreation

Updated on 12/11/14 at 3:15 p.m.: Download the "The Nutcracker on Ice" program online for free, click here. Programs

Help Spread Holiday Cheer to Evanston Families in Need, Donate to Mayor's Holiday Food & Toy Drive

It’s that time of the year when the magic of the winter holidays begins to take over the town!

New "Evanston Rec" App to Bring Parks and Recreation Events to Mobile Users

Looking up City recreation programs is now easier than ever! The City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services

City of Evanston Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department Hosts Producemobile at Robert Crown Center, Serving 250 Community Members in Need

Posted in community, Events, Parks and Recreation, service

Damp fall weather didn’t stop the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Producemobile and a team of dedicated volunteers from serving

Register for the Evanston Ecology Center's October 25 Bug-A-Boo Halloween Walk

Posted in Ecology Center, Events, Family, Parks and Recreation

The Evanston Ecology Center invites residents to participate in its annual Bug-A-Boo Halloween Walk on Saturday, October 25. This

Mayor Tisdahl Joins Milken Institute's Nationwide Campaign to Improve Lives of Older Americans

Posted in Age Friendly, Mayor, Mayor Tisdal

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl this month pledged to continue improving services and opportunities for older adults in Evanston by signing

Save Yourself During the City's First Ever Zombie Scramble Race, Registration Closes October 15

Run for your life! On Saturday, November 1, zombies plan to invade Evanston for the first time as part

Levy Senior Center Unveils New Video in Honor of National Senior Center Month

Posted in Levy Center, Social media

In celebration of National Senior Center Month, the Levy Senior Center has unveiled a new video showcasing Evanston’s state-of-the-art

Celebrate 30 Years with the Levy Senior Center Choraleers Sept. 19

Posted in Events, Levy Center, music

Join the Levy Senior Center Choraleers in celebrating 30 years of music, memories and fun on Friday, September 19,

'Kits, 'Cats and Kids Will Transform Sherman Avenue into a Block Party

Posted in special events

The Evanston’s ’Kits, ’Cats and Kids Block Party will be turning Sherman Avenue into a great place for the

Evanston Green Living Festival September 27

Posted in Ecology Center, Events, Sustainability

The 2014 Evanston Green Living Festival is shining a spotlight on a hot local issue: The City's push to

Enjoy Evanston's Biggest Block Party Ever, "Streets Alive!," on Main Street September 7

Posted in arts and entertainment, community, Events, recreation, Sustainability

Evanston community members are invited to enjoy a mile of food, music, activities and open space during the City’s

Muse of Fire Theatre Company Adds Indoor Venue to Upcoming Production of "Romeo and Juliet"

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, Muse of Fire, Theatre

Now in its sixth season of producing free outdoor Shakespeare, Muse of Fire Theatre Company is taking big strides

Noah's Playground for Everyone Wins "Best of 2014" Award

  Evanston’s Noah’s Playground for Everyone has been named a winner in Make it Better’s “Best of 2014” contest.

Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest at Clark Street Beach July 14

Posted in Beach, recreation

Sand artists and beachgoers of all ages are invited to compete in the Evanston Recreation Division’s annual Sand Castle

Muse of Fire Theatre Company Opens Sixth Season with "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" July 5

Shakespeare in the Park returns this summer! Starting with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Muse of Fire Theatre Company begins

City of Evanston Summer Jobs Program Awarded More Than $188,000 from IDNR

Posted in employment

The City of Evanston was awarded $188,352 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Youth Recreation Corps to

Community Meeting to Discuss Planned Baker Park Improvements July 10

Posted in Meeting, Parks and Recreation, Public Works

3rd Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne and the City of Evanston’s Public Works Department will host a community meeting to

Robert Crown Center Figure Skater Achieves International Recognition

Posted in evanston, ice skate

On May 25, Robert Crown Center Ice Skating Professional Christopher Davis became one of only a few skaters in

Free Lunch Program For Local Youth Begins June 11

Beginning Wednesday, June 11, free cold lunches will be served to youth age 1-18 on a first-come, first-served basis.

City Launches #EvanstonBeach Instagram Contest Begins June 2

Beginning Monday, June 2, the City of Evanston invites community members to participate in its first-ever Instagram contest to

Season Beach Token Discount Ends June 6

The City of Evanston's five public swimming beaches opened for the season on May 24, 2014. A season token or

James Park Community Meeting Set for June 4

Posted in James Park

Update 5/29/2014 The City of Evanston reviewed and shared the testing of underground sites in James Park with the

Hawk Appointed Recreation Manager of Levy Senior Center, Evanston Ecology Center

Posted in Ecology Center, Government, Levy Center, Parks and Recreation

Interim Levy Senior Center Recreation Manager Karen Hawk has been appointed Recreation Manager of the Levy Senior Center and

Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market Earns Grant to Expand Popular Canning Workshops

Posted in canning workshops, Farmers' Market

The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market will expand its popular canning and food preservation workshops this season after earning an

Evanstonian Prepares to Compete in 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

The City of Evanston congratulates Evanstonian Caroline Colianne on being chosen as one of the Aquatics Team members of

"Gliding Through the Genres" Ice Show Set for May 16-18

Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex will present their 38th annual spring ice show, "Gliding Through the Genres," from

Evanston Awarded Grant to Fund Bike Transportation Improvements

Posted in Public Works, Transportation

The City of Evanston has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in federal funding for bicycle transportation improvements, Gov. Pat

Community Meeting on Penny Park Redesign March 27

Posted in events, Meeting, Parks and Recreation

Evanston residents are invited to a community meeting to view and discuss plans for redesigning the Penny Park playground

Summer Employment Opportunities Now Available

The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is now hiring for seasonal summer camp positions. The application is now

Ferraro Appointed Assistant Director of Community Services

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has appointed Senior Services Manager Christina Ferraro as Assistant Director of Community Services effective

"Merry Kwanzaa" on Stage December 26

Posted in arts and entertainment

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will present "Merry Kwanzaa," award-winning playwright Gloria Bond Clunie’s play about four generations learning the meaning

Levy Senior Center to Close Dec. 16-22 for Maintenance

The Levy Senior Center will be closed from Monday, December 16 through Sunday, December 22 for maintenance. There will be

New "Frosty's Fun Toy Factory" Program in Parks

Celebrate the holidays with your family, neighbors and FROSTY THE SNOWMAN at his amazing Frosty Toy Factory! Children will

'Tis the Season for Giving with the Mayor's Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive

DECEMBER 17, 2013 UPDATE The deadline is over for dropping off toys and food items, but financial donations are

Evanston Children's Theatre presents "The Neverending Story"

Posted in arts and entertainment, recreation, theatre

Evanston Children's Theatre will perform "The Neverending Story" the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, at the Levy Senior Center,

Registration Extended for Career Pathways Program

Posted in employment, young adults

“Building Career Pathways to Sustainable Employment,” a program for Evanston teens and young adults age 18-26, is now open

Youth Flag Football Sportsmanship Winners Announced

  At the conclusion of the 4th & 5th Grade Flag Football League season, the Evanston Recreation Division presented

Ladd Arboretum Multiuse Trail Neighborhood Meeting October 8

Posted in Ladd Arboretum, parks, recreation

A Ladd Arboretum Multiuse Trail Neighborhood Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8 at the

Bike the Ridge Returns on Sunday, September 29

The annual Bike the Ridge event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29,

2013 Green Living Festival to Focus on Saving the Urban Forest

Posted in Sustainability

The 2013 Evanston Green Living Festival has a pressing theme—“Preserving & Protecting the Urban Forest”—in a year when City

'Kits and 'Cats Week - Go Wild! Set for September 16-21

Posted in special events

With the dawn of a new academic year on the horizon, Northwestern University and the City of Evanston will

Evanston Beach Schedule for End of Season

Due to staff going back to school, the City of Evanston will open Clark St. and South Blvd. swimming

Shared Streets Evanston Event Closes Dempster Street September 1 for Gala Activities

Enjoy Dempster Street like never before from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1 by attending the Shared Streets Evanston

"I Heart Evanston Trees" Campaign Fall Preview

Posted in Forestry, Trees

Since the “I Heart Evanston Trees” campaign was launched on June 22, Evanston residents have stepped up and raised

Fall "Evanston Life" Magazine Now Online

Posted in ecology, Evanston Life, parks, recreation

The Fall 2013 issue of Evanston Life is now available online. Printed copies were delivered to the Evanston post

Openlands TreeKeepers Course in Evanston Starts September 14

Want to gain a more in-depth understanding about how to become a better tree steward? For the first time

Tin Can Collection Sustainability Project for CommUNITY Picnic

Come join us at the CommUNITY Picnic on Sunday, August 25 from noon to 5:00 p.m. in Ingraham Park,

Starlight Movie Series Kicks Off August 7 at Harbert Park

The City of Evanston's Cultural Arts Division will once again offer free movies in the park on select Wednesdays and

Evanston Mayor Thanks Local Employers Participating in Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl recently sent out letters of appreciation to area employers who participated in the 2013 Mayor’s

Top 13 Things to Do This Weekend in Evanston

Posted in arts, ecology, festivals, recreation, theatre

There's so much to do in Evanston on August 3 and 4 that you will have to pick and choose

"Pink Heals Tour" Comes to Evanston to Promote Cancer Awareness August 7

The “Pink Heals Tour” will be in Evanston from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7 to

Grandmother Park Groundbreaking Set for August 2

The Grandmother Park Initiative will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, August 2 for a new park on

McRae Appointed Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

Posted in government

The City of Evanston's Deputy City Manager, Joe McRae, has been appointed Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Community

All Beaches Closed Due to Unsafe Water Conditions July 24

All City of Evanston beaches are closed again today, July 24, due to worsening wave and current conditions. The

Ethnic Arts Festival Transforms Evanston Lakefront into Global Village July 20-21

Experience the sounds, tastes, colors, and aromas of other cultures and distant continents at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival,

Free Performances of "The Taming of the Shrew" Begin August 3

Posted in Arts and Entertainment

On August 3, Muse of Fire Theatre Company will open its fifth anniversary season of free Shakespeare in the

Evanston Lifeguard Rescue Team Recognized for Saving Boater's Life

Three members of the City of Evanston's Lakefront Lifeguard Rescue Team were recognized by the Evanston City Council at their

Support the Annual CommUNITY Picnic by Donating Today

On August 25, the City of Evanston will host the annual Evanston CommUNITY Picnic - a free event of community,

Free Performances of "Dreadlocks and the Three Bears" July 20 - August 3

Posted in arts and entertainment

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and The Actors Gymnasium are collaborating to present free performances of the original play, “Dreadlocks and the

State Seeks Input on Illinois Bike Transportation Plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and team partners are hard at work on the State's first Bike Transportation

Tree Summit to Save Evanston's Urban Forest Set for June 22

Posted in Sustainability

Evanston's large tree population has been a source of pride for residents for generations. However, maintaining the health of

Evanston City Facilities Going Solar with Renewable Energy Certificates in Honor of Green Ball

The City of Evanston is happy to announce that on May 31, 2013 it will “green” 100 percent of

Recreation Huddle to Imagine Future of Recreation & Leisure

Posted in arts and entertainment, leisure, recreation

What should Evanston’s recreation scene look like in five or ten years? What new programs could be added and

Comcast Launches WiFi "Hot Spots" in Evanston

On Thursday, May 23, Comcast announced that it has launched a WiFi network throughout the Chicago area as part

Auditions Scheduled for Summer Productions

Posted in arts, music, recreation, theatre

The City of Evanston's Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Evanston Children's Theatre will hold auditions in mid-June for 2013 summer performances. Young

Free "Discover You Can" Workshops Offered

Posted in Farmers Market, sustainability

New Workshops Will Teach Consumers to “Learn, Make and Share” Home-canned Goods For the 38th year, the Downtown Evanston Farmers’

Evanston Police and Fire Foundation to Hold Inaugural Golf Outing June 17

The Evanston Police and Fire Foundation (EPFF) will be holding its Inaugural Golf Outing on Monday, June 17 at

Sign Up for Ridgeville's Farmers' Market Pre-order Program

Ridgeville Park District is now accepting pre-orders for its 2013 Farmers' Market. The Ridgeville Park District offers its residents the

"Skate Through the Day" Ice Show, May 17-19

Posted in recreation

 Hundreds of Robert Crown Center's figure skating school students and professionals will perform to music as it relates to

City Purchases New Boat to Enhance Lakefront Aquatic Programs

The Evanston City Council approved the purchase of a 17’ utility boat by the city’s Recreation Division to enhance

Reorganization of City's Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Community Services Departments

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced today a reorganization of the Department of Public Works and Department of Parks, Recreation

"Shared Streets" Community Meeting April 30

Evanston150's Walk 'n' Roll group is hosting a community meeting with local alderman to gather input on "Shared Streets."

Evanston Recognized in Nationwide Commuting Study

Evanston was ranked as one of the top ten cities with the greenest commuting habits in a recent study.

City Releases List of Trees to Be Removed

The City of Evanston’s Forestry Division has compiled a list of trees to be removed in the coming months. 

Evanston Children's Theatre presents "The Wizard of Oz" April 12-14

Posted in Theatre, youth

Evanston Children's Theatre will present "The Wizard of Oz" at the Levy Senior Center the weekend of April 12-14. Performers

Artists Invited to Apply for 2013 Arts Festivals

Posted in Evanston arts festivals

Artists who would like to show and sell their artwork at the City of Evanston's major lakefront summer festivals

New "Evanston Life" Magazine Now Online

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Evanston Life! Over the past several years, the Highlights newsletter and the Arts

Comment Period Open for Firemen's Park Renovation

Posted in Recreation parks

Additional citizen input regarding the final concept design for the City of Evanston’s Firemen’s Park renovation project is being

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

Mayor's Award for the Arts Winners Announced

Posted in arts

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced the recipients of the 2012 Mayor’s Award for the Arts. The Mayor’s Award

Registration Open for March Madness Youth Basketball Tournament

Posted in recreation basketball sports

Registration is open through March 4 for Chandler-Newberger Community Center's 20th Annual March Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Youth in

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

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

Evanston Receives $580,000 Grant to Rehab the Ladd Arboretum Trail

Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced on January 30 that the City of Evanston was

Winter Creative Drama Workshop for Kids

The Purple Crayon Players proudly presents Finding Your Name, a Winter Creative Drama Workshop. This workshop is recommended for

Evanston Theatres Celebrate Black History Month with Dramatic Reading of "Gee's Bend"

Posted in arts, Black History Month, theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre are collaborating to celebrate Black History Month with a dramatic reading of one this

Outdoor Ice Rinks Update - Monday January 21

Posted in ice skate

As of this morning, all three ice rinks at Ackerman, Baker and the lakefront have good ice with nearly 100%

Special Event Permit Applications Due Feb. 1

Groups and organizations that wish to hold special events in the City of Evanston will need to submit a

Free Tutoring Day for Grades K-12 Jan. 21

Aristotle Peers (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) will offer free tutoring for students in grades K-12 from noon to 4 p.m.

Ice Skating and Sledding in Evanston

Parks crews have started to flood the three outdoor ice rinks, but at this time the ice is not

FAFSA Application Help for College Aid Jan. 10

Not sure how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for college

City of Evanston to Hold Third Community Dialogue on Race

The City of Evanston will be hosting its third and final session in its series of race dialogues entitled “My Evanston,

Kwanzaa Events in Evanston Dec. 26

 Kwanzaa in Fountain Square Dec. 26 - A "Community Celebration of Kwanzaa" will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday,

2013 Cultural Fund Grant Program Application Available

The 2013 Cultural Fund Grant Program guidelines and application form is now online. Evanston not-for-profit arts organizations whose primary

Open Basketball at Levy Center on Dec. 15

Teens age 14 years and older as well as adults are invited to participate in a drop-in basketball program from 10:00

Kwanzaa Celebration at Fountain Square

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Center Kwanzaa

A "Community Celebration of Kwanzaa" will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Fountain Square.

"Producemobile" Comes to Evanston, Will Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Needy

The Greater Chicago Food Depository's Producemobile is coming to Evanston, and will be offering free fresh fruits and vegetables

City Reminds Residents of One-Day Liquor License Requirements

The City of Evanston would like to remind residents that a One-day Liquor License is required to sell alcohol

City to Offer All-day Free Parking in Downtown Garages Nov. 16 for Tree Lighting & Holiday Bash

The City of Evanston will be offering all-day free parking in its three downtown self-parking garages for the annual

Evanston Gun Buyback Event Set for Dec. 15

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced in November that the City of Evanston will be teaming up with several community organizations to

Anti-violence Ideas from Mayor's Public Meeting Now Online

In October, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl held a community meeting seeking public input on ways to address violence in

Call to Artists for Holiday Bazaar

Posted in special events shopping

Artists are invited to be part of the "Evanston Homegrown Artists Holiday Bazaar," to be held from 3:00 to

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Announces Auditions for "Merry Kwanzaa"

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will hold an open call for youth age 12 and older and adults for this winter's production

Men's Day Dinner to be Held October 20

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center are hosting a free inaugural Men’s Day Dinner and Discussion from 6:00 to

Changes in City's Drop-off Recycling Program

Effective immediately, the City of Evanston’s Health Department will no longer be a drop off location for the recycling of

Young Women's Mentoring Luncheon to be Held October 13

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Community Center will be hosting its inaugural free Young Women’s Mentoring Luncheon on Saturday, October

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’

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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.

Tennis and Volleyball Programs Beginning Soon

More Summer Youth & Adult Tennis Classes Our second session of youth and adult summer tennis classes will begin

"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

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,

Vote for "Noah's Playground for Everyone"

Does your family love going to Noah’s Playground for Everyone? If you think this inclusive playground is the best

Twilight Historical Kayak Tour July 13

Take a kayak fishing trip on July 6 and catch a bluegill, or go on a Twilight Historical Kayak

Ongoing Activities for Youth, Teens & Young Adults

Free summer activities are in full swing for youth, teens and young adults. Evanston youth age 13-18 ice-skate for

Trees Need to be Watered During Dry Spells

Please help Evanston stay green! Trees may take 40 to 100 years to mature. Trees that have not been

Summer Curfew Information

The City of Evanston, its police department, and school districts 202 and 65 want you to have an enjoyable

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

With temperatures and heat indices rising, the Evanston Health Department urges all residents to take preventive actions throughout the

Evanston Receives $400,000 State Grant for Lakefront Lagoon

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced on June 23 that the City of Evanston has been awarded $400,000 to renovate

Upcoming Activities for Youth and Young Teens

Posted in fishing, parks, youth

Free summer activities are in full swing for youth, teens and young adults. Weather permitting, open fishing will be

"Home" Opens at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center June 30

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present the must-see drama, Home, from June 30 through July 15, 2012, at the Noyes Cultural

Arts Camp 30-Year Reunion July 5

Posted in arts camp

After 30 years, it’s time for an Arts Camp reunion! Did you ever attend a City of Evanston Arts

Waco Brothers Kick-off Starlight Concerts Jun 14 at James Park

Chicago's own Waco Brothers will open the City of Evanston's 2012 Starlight Concert series with a free performance on

Auditions to be Held June 16 for FJT Concert

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (FJT) is holding a second round of auditions to discover the best gospel singers the City of

Youth Summer Lunch Program Begins June 11

Posted in Youth Summer Lunch Program

Free cold lunches will be served to all children age 1-18 again this summer on a first-come, first-served basis.

"HEAT" Opens June 9 at Noyes Cultural Arts Center

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre presents Heat, a searing family story that also warms the soul about three generations of African American

Up in the Tufts of a Truffula Tree: An Outdoor Dr. Seuss Spectacular!

Join us for this free family event to celebrate sunshine, nature, and community through some of Dr. Seuss's greatest stories,

City Launches Text/Email Beach Closure Notification System

The City of Evanston announced today the launch of a new tool that will allow residents to sign-up for

Top 10 Things to Do this Weekend in Evanston

"Evanston Green Ball" Benefit Friday, May 18 Celebrate going green for a night! All proceeds from this benefit will

"Musicals in Motion" Spring Ice Show, May 18-20

Hundreds of Robert Crown Center's figure skating school students and professionals will perform to music from modern stage, film

Free Concert on May 18

The community is invited to the next Fran Randall Memorial Concert in the series, which will be held at

Private Elm Insurance Deadline is May 31

Once an elm tree is diagnosed with Dutch Elm Disease, the City of Evanston requires removal of the tree

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Seeks Singers

Posted in Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre wants to assemble a diverse group of the very best singers that Evanston has to offer! Selected

"Musicals in Motion" Ice Show, May 18-20

Hundreds of Robert Crown Center's skating school students and professionals will perform in the 36th annual spring ice show, "Musicals in Motion." Skaters

Children's Day on May 6

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center is hosting their annual afternoon dedicated to youth. Children's Day festivities will take place from 2:00 to

Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market Marks 37th Year May 5

Posted in Farmers' Market

The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 37th year when it opens on Sat., May 5. The market will

Earth Month Activities and Events

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Evanston with Two Awards

Posted in Tree City USA honor Arbor Day

Friday, April 27 is Arbor Day in Illinois. In conjunction with Arbor Day, the City of Evanston is proud to

Parks & Recreation Classes and Updates

It’s summer camp registration season, and the City of Evanston might win a prize for some of the most unusual

Evanston's Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Tree Removal Update

Posted in Tree removal and tree planting EAB Emerald Ash Borer

Following the mild winter and unseasonably early spring weather, the Emerald Ash Borer has been spreading at a rapid pace,

Proposed Streetscape Projects Presented to City Council

On Monday, March 26, City staff presented the Evanston City Council plans for streetscape projects on Dodge Ave. at Lake

Ecology Center and EEA Host Green Film Series

The Evanston Ecology Center, in partnership with the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA), is hosting Evanston’s first Green Film Series. The

Mayor Encourages Employer Participation in Youth Job Fair

Posted in Youth Job Fair

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program’s Youth Job Fair will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Morton

"The Next Generation" Art Exhibition Opens March 29

The work of young, emerging Chicago-area artists Megan Diddie, Rebecca George, Saika Kase, and Benjamin Stagl will be exhibited in

Free Concert by Natya Dance Theatre on April 4

Posted in Free concert dance theatre arts

A free Spring Break Concert by Natya Dance Theatre will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 in

Evanston Children's Theatre performs "Peter Pan" March 23-25

Posted in Evanston Children's Theatre

Evanston Children's Theatre will perform a new version of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" the weekend of March 23-25. The beloved story of

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

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

Women's Day Luncheon

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

In honor of Women’s History Month, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will host a Women’s Day Luncheon from noon

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

"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

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

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

Evanston's Synchronized Skaters Win First Place

Ruby Jewels, Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex’s youth synchronized skating team, took first place in their division at

Summer Camp Registration Begins by Mail Feb. 3

Posted in summer camps recreation ecology arts aquatics sports children teens

Starting Friday, February 3, Evanston residents can mail their registrations for the City of Evanston’s many popular summer camps. With more than

Evanston Commemorates "Black History Month"

Black History Month is an observance of the history of the African diaspora in a number of countries outside of

Get a Taste of Summer at Arts Camp Open House

Although it will be snowy and cold outside, you're invited to get a taste of SUMMER by attending the free Hands-on Arts Camp

Evanston Children's Theatre Auditions to be Held Jan. 17-19

The Evanston Children’s Theatre will hold auditions on Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19 for its spring production of "Peter Pan." Auditions

Special Event Permit Applications Due Feb. 1

Groups and organizations that wish to hold special events in the City of Evanston will need to submit a Special

Art Exhibition Events January 14 and 15

Free events associated with one of the current exhibitions at the Noyes Gallery will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on

2012 Cultural Fund Grant Program Application Available

The 2012 Cultural Fund Grant Program guidelines and application form is now online. Evanston not-for-profit arts organizations whose primary mission is

Winter Break Arts Camp

Your child’s two-week winter break can be Art-tastic! Winter Break Arts Camp’s highlight will be a visit from (and workshop

Nominations Sought for 2011 Mayor's Award for the Arts

Every year, one individual and one arts organization of Evanston are recognized for their contributions to the community through demonstration

Green Gifting Winter Workshops

Posted in green gifting holiday

You can create your own eco-friendly gifts this season! Whether it's for a birthday, Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa, you can

Help Evanston Families in Need

Posted in Holiday, Mayor, Volunteer

Please help make the holiday season joyful for as many needy Evanston families as possible! Donations to the annual Holiday

"Nutcracker on Ice" Celebrates the Holiday Season Dec. 9-11

Posted in Nutcracker on Ice holiday show

"Nutcracker on Ice" will be performed at four shows the weekend of Dec. 9-11 at Robert Crown Community Center and

City of Evanston Expands Tree Donation Program

The City of Evanston is expanding its tree donation program to provide more opportunities for people to keep Evanston a

New Roller Skating Program at Community Centers

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain, kids

New Roller Skating Program at Community Centers Evanston children, youth, teens and adults of all ages now can participate in

New Roller Skating Program at Community Centers

Evanston children, youth, teens and adults of all ages now can participate in a new, fun activity: roller skating! Starting October 7,

Evanston to Mark National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Event at James Park

National Public Lands Day (NPLD), September 24, is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public

Second Annual BackStage Evanston Provides "Taste of Culture"

Posted in BackStage Evanston

BackStage Evanston, the festival that showcases Evanston's performing arts groups, has become an annual event. At the inaugural showcase in

Evanston Green Living Festival Focuses on Renewable Energy

Posted in Evanston Green Living Festival

From wind turbines to geo-thermal systems to photovoltaics on our rooftops -- alternative, renewable forms of energy are becoming more

Evanston Teens Benefit from $90,000 Employment Grant

Posted in IDNR Grant

The City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department recently received a $90,000 Youth Corps Grant through the Illinois

Eight Acts to Compete in Evanston's Got Talent Showcase

Posted in Evanston's Got Talent Showcase

Evanston youth and young adults will show off their singing, dancing, acting and rapping talent in the "Evanston's Got Talent Showcase" on

LINK Goes Farther at Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market

Not only can Illinois LINK card holders use them at the Saturday downtown Evanston Farmers Market, they can get a

Arrington Foundation Donation to Benefit Lagoon Restoration Project

Posted in Arrington Lakefront Lagoon Dawes Park

The City of Evanston held a donation recognition event on Wednesday, June 29 at Dawes Park to thank The Arrington

Whole Foods Community Support Day to Benefit Evanston Children

Posted in Whole Foods Community Support Day

Did you know that buying groceries can help educate a child? Whole Foods Market Downtown Evanston will donate 5% of

No Cause for Concern Over Elm Tree Inoculation Devices

The City of Evanston's elm tree inoculation program is under way and some residents have been concerned that the devices could

New Youth Beach Pass Program Announced

Posted in swimming beaches

As part of Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s Safe Summer initiative to promote safe and fun activities for Evanston teens, the City

Dogs Must Be On Leash in City of Evanston Parks

Posted in Park rules and regulations

Now that spring weather has improved, more residents are enjoying City of Evanston parks. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in

Grant Awarded for Senior Lunch Program

The City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department has been awarded over $40,000 in funding for a senior

Storm Leads to Lock Opening

Due to the heavy rain on Sunday, May 29, the locks in Wilmette were opened from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00

Children's Day at Fleetwood-Jourdain a Success

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center held its annual afternoon dedicated to children on Sunday, May 1, 2011. There was face painting, games, food

Evanston's Tree Care Branches Out

In addiiton to being designated as a Tree City USA community for the 27th consecutive year, the City of Evanston

Evanston Designated Tree City USA

Evanston Designated Tree City USA Friday, April 30 is Arbor Day in Illinois. In conjunction with Arbor Day, the City

Hooked on Fishing & Access to Fishing

Hooked on Fishing - May 7 Local fishing enthusiast Dick Peach will present “Hooked on Fishing,” a beginner’s guide to

Fireman's Park Neighbors Say Thank You!

This Saturday, March 26 at 3 p.m., members of the neighborhood adjacent to Fireman’s Park will present a framed photo

Private Elm Tree Insurance Applications Available

Posted in private elm tree insurance dutch disease

Private elm tree insurance is again being offered to Evanston residents through the City of Evanston’s Park/Forestry Division. While the

Help Evanston Families in Need

Posted in Holiday food and toy drive; donations

Donations to the annual holiday toy and food drive sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and local community organizations will continue to

City of Evanston Hires Long Term Care Ombudsman

Posted in Long term care ombudsman

Audrey L. Thompson has been hired as the City of Evanston’s Long Term Care Ombudsman and begins work today, September

Fall "Highlights" Now Available

Posted in Highlights

The Fall 2010 edition of "Highlights" will be delivered to residents in the next few days. You can check it

City Wraps up Successful 2nd Annual Women Out Walking Program - 208 Million Steps Later

The Evanston Health Department recently completed its second year of its Women Out Walking (WOW) program. Building upon the success

Grosse Point Lighthouse Tours

2013 update to original story published in 2010: The 2013 tour season will be disrupted by construction on the