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End of an Era for Evanston Cotillion Dance
ETHS Student Nialie Pompilus speaks out for change at last year's Cotillion. Photo by Lynn Trautmann/LTPhoto Evanston
ETHS Student Nialie Pompilus speaks out for change at last year's Cotillion. Photo by Lynn Trautmann/LTPhoto Evanston
After 63 years, the long white gloves have been put away for good: Cotillion has come to an end. This long-standing Evanston tradition – an invitation-only formal dance enjoyed by a select group of Evanston Township High School students – was cancelled permanently by its current Board earlier this summer.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moran Center Staff Take Comprehensive Approach to Helping Evanston Youth
 “About one in every 35 African American men, one in every 88 Latino men is serving time right now. Among white men, that number is one in 214,” said President Barack Obama in a speech before the NAACP in July of 2015.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jim Craig Keeps the Hogeye Tradition Going Strong

It may not be clear what a hog-eye is. Some say it is a flat-bottomed riverboat; others, the harpoon man on a whaling vessel. One thing is clear: It is a spirited sea chanty, sometimes enlivened by suggestive lyrics, such as “Oh Sally’s in the garden sifting sand/her hogeye man sitting hand in hand.”


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Free Architectural Consultations at Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
This summer and as long as weather permits, the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, 2101 Dempster St., is offering free architectural consultations from 10 a.m. till noon on Saturday mornings.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Dwelling Spaces + Places Goes Brick + Mortar
After nearly two years of running a business that provides “move management and design” out of her home, Drina Nikola, founder of Dwelling Spaces + Places, relocated to a storefront at 2930 Central St., in March and celebrated the transition with a ribbon cutting on June 29.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Fun of the Find at Secret Treasures
Surprise is one of the reasons customers love Secret Treasures and keep coming back to the antiques and collectibles store at 605 Dempster St.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Happy Palate
Greetings from the picnic table. Summer has finally settled in and, as my friend Deb succinctly put it when we met at Union Squared a few weeks back, “I’m eating outside as much as I can this summer. And drinking rosé!” Like Deb, I lean toward the mosquito-free beer garden, ivy-draped patio, or sunny rooftop aerie.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Shakespeare Returns to the Ridge With an All-Female 'The Taming of the Shrew'
In the hands of a theater group as bold and willing to take chances as the Arc Theater, the production, edited and cut to fit within about 80 minutes and nine characters, highlights the farce and turns some of the controversial nature of the play on its head by using an all-female cast.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
'God of Isaac' Still Funny After All These Years
Laughter has always been a hallmark of Jewish creativity, and playwright James Sherman’s 1985 play The God of Isaac, revived this summer by Grippo Stage Company, makes full use of it to tackle serious questions about Jewish American identity.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Dancing for Safe Water Worldwide
On the evening of June 23, dancers gathered at Greenwood Beach to honor the Great Lakes. The event was hosted by Lake Dance founder Clare Tallon Ruen. The performances, by adults, teens, and elementary-school-age children, were part of Global Water Dances, held the following day around the world to raise awareness of global water issues.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Taste of Evanston Is a Delicious Sell-Out
Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club’s third annual “Taste of Evanston” raised record funds for the community, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, participating restaurants, and the 350 people who purchased tickets to the sold-out food festival.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tony Delciello, the Knife Grinder
With his picturesque red-wheeled cart and hand-rung bell, knife grinder Tony Delciello is a familiar if fleeting presence on the streets of Evanston. Since 1980 he has been plying the byways of suburban Chicago, practicing an Old-World trade he learned from a friend.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
83 Years of Gardening
On July 16, Morgan and Mary Simmons hosted a Garden Party with many friends and neighbors to celebrate 83 years of gardening.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
STANDING TALL
Workmen pose outside the newly restored exterior of Sojourner Covenant Church at 1101 Church St. The recent renovation enhanced the appearance of the structure, which was originally built in 1910. The church was founded in Evanston in 1891.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ETHS Alum's Book Examines Native Nation Identity Issue
“The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations,” edited by Norbert Hill and Evanston Township High School alum Kathleen Ratteree, plays on the myth of the “vanishing Indian,” a concept that reached its height in the late 19th century, when most Native peoples in North America had been “contained” on reservations or reserves and were facing physical threats of removal, genocide, forced assimilation, and boarding schools.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
'Funny Girl'
The writers in “Funny Girl,” a collection of humorous essay edited by Betsy Bird, are well past those few excruciating pre-teen and early teen years, but they remember that time well. In prose, letters, and graphic-novella form, the women recall the humorous side of their adventures or mishaps when they were girls bravely facing the unknown, uncomfortable, and complicated adult world.   
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Artruck: For the Love of Conversation, Art, and Community
The idea also stemmed from Ms. Cowan’s desire for a space to show art non-commercially to simply ignite community conversations about art.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Pop Up Gallery Opens on Sherman
The past few weeks have seen much activity at 1627 Sherman Ave.; contractors coming and going, deliveries arriving and a string of talented, amazing, and interesting artists coming to look around the new Pop Up Gallery.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Lending, Not Vending: New Book-Lending Machine at Robert Crown
At first, it looks like a machine dispensing candy or chips. But a closer look shows an array of the latest books and DVDs suitable for all ages. This is a book-lending machine in the vestibule at Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Brookfield Zoo Animal Ambassadors Visit Family Focus
This program allowed an excited audience of almost 100 school-aged children and staff to enjoy up-close and personal experiences with both common and unusual mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Reporter's Memoir Captures Dangerous, Illustrious Career
A great journalist has to be insatiably curious, passionately dedicated, and a terrific writer. Jeffrey Gettleman has all these talents in abundance, which is why the Evanston-born and -raised reporter won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for his work covering East Africa for the New York Times.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Protecting the H.O.M.E.S.
Judging from an extremely small sample – an hour’s worth of picking up litter– Northwestern University Professor William Revelle quipped, “Our beach-goers don’t seem to be quite the heavy smokers that Chicagoans are.”  
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
'Stealing the Show' at Levy Center
Dr. Miriam Petty, Assistant Professor in Northwestern University’s School of Communication, Department of Radio/Television/Film, talked to a capacity crowd at the Levy Senior Center on June 13 as part of the Levy Lecture Series.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Izaak Walton League Supports Canal Shores Golf Course Ecological Plan
The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association has received a donation of $4,000 from the Izaak Walton League of America to support its efforts to develop and implement an ecological master plan for Canal Shores Golf Course.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
World Arts and Music Festival
Attendees enjoyed art, family craft activities, live music and dance, and cuisine from around the globe.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Reclaim Evanston Meets About Affordable Housing
About 40 people came to a July 19 meeting organized by Reclaim Evanston to discuss affordable housing.  Speakers included Elliot Zashin, Lesley Williams, Sue Loellbach, 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Adrian Willoughby, and Anne Townley. It was the audience engagement that made the evening memorable.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Hidden Gem of Gilbert Park
Driving down Emerson Street, it is difficult to notice a playground with giraffe heads poking out of the top. But, after taking a look around Gilbert Park, it is clear that this park is anything but ordinary.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
'Sweet' at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre
Tickets are now on sale for “Sweet,” written by Harrison David Rivers and staged by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre. Performances will take place July 15-30 on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Evanston's Senior Spelling Bee Champ to Compete for State Title
Evanstonian Lewis Koppel won the Regional Senior Spelling Bee at the Levy Center on June 16.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
House By Northwestern Sheds Light on Residential Solar Panels
When students building Northwestern’s entry into this years Department of Energy Solar Competition research-ed solar panels to run their house, they chose GAF Industries for the roof and Solar World for the panels.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Library Offers Safe and Informative Viewing of Solar Eclipse
The community is invited to safely experience the awe-inspiring 2017 Solar Eclipse with Evanston Public Library this summer.  Five different programs are planned, culminating on Eclipse Day, Aug. 21, with a viewing party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Main Library.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017



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