Best Fireworks Displays Including Evanston IL!

I love watching fireworks. Besides scaring your dog or small children it is one of the most fun parts of the Summer. A great time to get together with friends and family and enjoy each others

Photos from Wilmette 2015 Fireworks

Wilmette’s Fireworks photo 2015

company. Every year we put together a list of the best fireworks displays around Chicagoland and including Evanston. We hope you get a chance to see a parade and some fireworks.

A fireworks display to celebrate the nation’s independence is planned for the Fourth of July in Evanston.

The display will start at roughly 9:15 p.m. on Monday, July 4 at the corner of Sheridan Road and Church Street, according to FireworksinIllinois.com.

 If you can’t make it then, there are several other shows in Cook County planned during the week and weekend before. FireworksinIllinois.com has listed them all.

The website has listed all known displays in the state, in case you were going for a fireworks road trip.

The Independence Day celebration in Evanston will begin earlier in the day with a parade on Central Street from Central Park Avenue East to Ashland Avenue kicking off at 2 p.m.

Navy Pier Fireworks

Dates:

  • Every Wednesday (9:30pm) and Saturday (10:15pm) from May 28 through September 3, 2016 – plus April 23!
Where: Navy Pier; best viewing from Dock Stage
600 E Grand Ave 

in ChicagoIllinois 60611
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Rockin’ In the Park Concert & Fireworks

Dates:

  • Every Thursday from June 2 thru September 1, 2016 plus May 29 and July 3!
Where: MB Financial Park
5501 Park Place 

in RosemontIllinois 60018
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Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival

Dates:

  • June 30, 2016 at Dusk
  • July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Melas Park
1326 W. Central Road 

in Mount ProspectIllinois 60056
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Evergreen Park Parade and Fireworks

Date:  July 1, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Duffy Park
9101 S. Ridgeway 

in Evergreen ParkIllinois 60805
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Burbank Park Independence Day Celebration

Date:  July 2, 2016 at 9:30pm
Where: Michael Looney Park
77th and Narragansett East 

in BurbankIllinois 60459
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Leydon Township Annual Firework Show

Date:  July 2, 2016 at 9:30pm
Where: Behind West Leyden High School
1000 N Wolf Road 

in NorthlakeIllinois 60164
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Harvey Fourth of July

Date:  July 2, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Thornton Township High School
15001 Broadway 

in HarveyIllinois 60426
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Hazel Crest Family Festival

Date:  July 2, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Oak Hill Park 
in Hazel CrestIllinois 60429
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Bridgeview July 3rd Celebration

Date:  July 3, 2016 at 9:00pm
Where: Bridgeview Park District
8100 S Beloit 

in BridgeviewIllinois 60455
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Chicago Heights Spectacular Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at 9:00pm
Where: Bloom High School’s North Field
101 West 10th Street 

in Chicago HeightsIllinois 60411
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Palos Heights Independence Day Celebration

Date:  July 3, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: Memorial Park | Fireworks over Lake Katherine
76th Ave and College Drive 

in Palos HeightsIllinois 60466
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Wheeling Fourth of July

Date:  July 3, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: Chicago Executive Airport
1020 Plant Road 

in WheelingIllinois 60090
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Calumet City Freedom’s Eve Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: T.F. North High School
755 Pulaski Road 

in Calumet CityIllinois 60409
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Summit Independence Day

Date:  July 3, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: Summit Park
5700 S Archer Road 

in SummitIllinois 60501
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Wilmette Independence Day Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at 9:30pm
Where: Gillson Park
Sheridan Road and Michigan Avenue 

in WilmetteIllinois 60091
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Northwest Fourth Fest

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Sears Centre Arena
5333 Prairie Stone Parkway 

in Hoffman EstatesIllinois 60179
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La Grange Country Club Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: La Grange Country Club
620 S Brainard 

in La GrangeIllinois 60525
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Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Community Park 
in PalatineIllinois 60067
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Park Ridge Patriotic Salute

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Maine East High School
2601 West Dempster St 

in Park RidgeIllinois 60068
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Burr Ridge July Fourth Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Walker Park
7425 S. Wolf Rd 

in Burr RidgeIllinois 60527
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Roselle Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Lake Park High School West
500 West Bryn Mawr Ave 

in RoselleIllinois 60172
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Arlington Park July 4th Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Arlington Park Race Track
2200 Euclid Avenue 

in Arlington HeightsIllinois 60006
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Lemont Park District Freedom Days Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Centennial Park
16028 127th St 

in LemontIllinois 60439
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Berwyn Independence Day Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Morton West High School Football Stadium
2400 Home Ave 

in BerwynIllinois 60402
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Glencoe July 4 Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:00pm
Where: Lakefront Park
55 Hazel Ave 

in GlencoeIllinois 60022
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South Holland Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:10pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Park
160th Place and South Park Avenue 

in South HollandIllinois 60473
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Evanston 4th of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: Sheridan Rd & Church St 
in EvanstonIllinois 60201
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Orland Park Independence Day

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: Centennial Park
15600 West Ave 

in Orland ParkIllinois 60462
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Tinley Park Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: McCarthy Park
16801 W 80th Ave 

in Tinley ParkIllinois 60477
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Streamwood 4th of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: Dolphin Park
S. Park Blvd 

in StreamwoodIllinois 60107
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Elk Grove Lions Club Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:15pm
Where: Lions Park
Lions Drive & Elk Grove Blvd. 

in Elk GroveIllinois 60007
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Winnetka Fourthfest Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:20pm
Where: Duke Childs Field
1321 Willow Road 

in WinnetkaIllinois 60093
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Bensenville LibertyFest

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:30pm
Where: Redmond Recreational Complex
735 E. Jefferson 

in BensenvilleIllinois 60106
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Barlett Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:30pm
Where: Apple Orchard Park 
in BartlettIllinois 60103
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Elmwood Park 4th of July Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2016 at 9:30pm
Where: Elmwood Park High School
8201 W Fullerton Ave 

in Elmwood ParkIllinois 60707
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Morton Grove Days

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Harrar Park
6250 Dempster 

in Morton GroveIllinois 60053
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Oak Park Parade and Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: River Forest High School Football Stadium
201 North Scoville Ave 

in Oak ParkIllinois 60302
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Glenview Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Gallery Park
Patriot & Navy Blvd 

in GlenviewIllinois 60026
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Skokie Parade and 3D Fireworks Fest

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Niles West High School
5701 Oakton St 

in SkokieIllinois 60076
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Buffalo Grove Independence Day Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Village Hall Campus
50 Raupp Blvd 

in Buffalo GroveIllinois 60089
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Northbrook 4th of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Velodrome
Maple Ave 

in NorthbrookIllinois 60062
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29th Annual Oak Fest

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: 159th and Central 
in Oak ForestIllinois 60452
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Frankfort 4th of July Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Main Park
400 W. Nebraska St. 

in FrankfortIllinois 60423
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Barrington 4th of July Festival

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Barrington High School
616 West Main 

in BarringtonIllinois 60010
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Glenwood July 4th Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Glenwoodie Golf Course
19301 State St 

in GlenwoodIllinois 60425
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Oak Lawn Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Richards High School
10601 Central Ave 

in Oak LawnIllinois 60453
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Steger Days of Music

Date:  July 10, 2016 at 9:30pm
Where: Veterans Park
98 East 35th St 

in StegerIllinois 60475
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Palos Hills Friendship Fest

Date:  July 10, 2016 at Dusk
Where: 107th & 88th Ave 
in Palos HillsIllinois 60465
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La Grange Endless Summerfest Fireworks

Date:  August 7, 2016 at Dusk
Where: Gordon Park 
in La GrangeIllinois 60525
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Taste of Melrose Park

Date:  September 4, 2016 at 10:00pm
Where: 1000 N. 25th Avenue 
in Melrose ParkIllinois 60160
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Septemberfest

Date:  September 4, 2016 at 10:00pm
Where: Municpal Center
101 Schaumburg Court 

in SchaumburgIllinois 60193
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Elk Grove Holiday Tree Lighting

Date:  November 25, 2016 at 5:30pm
Where: Town Center Village Green
901 Wellington Ave 

in Elk GroveIllinois 60007
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Northwestern University Graduation 2016

To all the students of Northwestern University and their families and friends I would like to send out a big congrats from Coldwell Banker Evanston and Realtor Noah Seidenberg we are so very proud of you. Living most of my life in Evanston IL puts me in touch with the Northwestern scene and what is happening on campus. I enjoy living near the Northwestern University Campus and seeing the students on a daily basis. You are now going out into the world to make your mark and we will not forget the folks we meet and I smile when hearing that a NU grad is successful and mentioned somewhere.

Presently is the The 158th Annual Commencement at Ryan Field, 1501 Central Street right across the street from my Coldwell Banker Evanston office at 1710 Central. Every year we get so many calls from students and their families asking questions about the local community and asking for help in housing. I cannot count how many condos and townhomes I have sold to people attending NU. This is a huge part of our business and we thank you. I have seen many grads fall in love with Evanston IL and stay after they finish their studies.

Here is some of the weekend’s events.

The 158th Annual Commencement

commencement graduates applauding

Friday, June 17, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

Ryan Field, 1501 Central Street
Admission by ticket only

Severe Weather Plan

Welsh-Ryan Arena–McGaw Memorial Hall, 2705 Ashland Avenue
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
Admission by ticket only

Senior Week

senior saying goodbye in front of arch

Each year, members of the senior class organize activities aimed at engaging their classmates and creating additional experiences they can share together before graduation. This group is known as the Senior Year Experience (SYE) committee. The SYE initiative culminates in June with a week of activities called Senior Week, which follows the last final exam and leads to Commencement. For more information, check out our Senior Week schedule here or visit the SYE Facebook page at facebook.com/northwesternsye.

MSA Senior Congratulatories

seniors at JOY event

MSA Senior Congratulatories are our way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of our MSA community graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all NU graduates who might want to participate. Below is a list of existing congratulatory celebrations

  • Lavendar Graduation, May 25, 2016 @ 4:30pm
  • The Joy: NU’s BLack Congratulatory, June 16, 2016 @ 1:00pm
  • Latinx Congratulatory, June 16, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Evanston Custer Street Fair 2016

Evanston IL will have it’s Custer street fair June 18 and 19th this year. This is a wonderful event for any and all of your family to attend and just loads of fun. I attend every year and are excited about this years events. The Custer Street Fair offers multiple stages of music, so many choices of Custer Street Fair Evanston ILdifferent food you will have a hard time choosing and a whole lot more. Craft booths that have items made by local artists and people from all over the country. It is a great time and if you are anywhere near Chicago land I suggest you come on up to Evanston and I promise you will really enjoy yourself.

Custer Fair hours are from 10:00am-9:00pm

Visitors to Custer Fair are happy to be there. Smiles greet you wherever you go. From the historic Main St. and Chicago Ave. store buildings to the tree lined Washington St. residential area you can find places to please. Over 300 local and regional artists, craftspeople, and commercial vendors come together over Father’s Day weekend to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectibles.

Over 30 food vendors offer a full international menu featuring the old favorites as well as new fare. All reasonably priced.

The entertainment at Custer Fair amazes and delights on three stages! The Festival Stage features some of Chicago land’s jazz legends. 

The Arena Stage features theater, music, and novelty performers from Chicago land – perfect for families!

In Eiden Park on Washington Ave, the kids have a great time receiving free balloon sculptures, face painting, inter activities and games. 

See old friends and make new friends. As the Chicago Sun-Times said, come and ..”Romp, Stomp and Shop at Custer Fair.”

While visiting Main Street Station Shopping District and Custer Fair, be sure to check out the performance offerings of Piccolo Theater Ensemble at PiccoloTheatre.com. The Piccolo Theater Ensemble performs in their intimate theater in the Piccolo Arts Depot, a.k.a the Main Street Metra Station!

Custer Street Fair Evanston 2016 Schedule

Evanston IL Beach Tokens Sale Starts

The Evanston IL beach tokens sale has started on April 1st and can be purchased at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Evanston IL Beach Tokens Sale StartsRidge Ave., or any of the five community centers. Evanston IL has 6 beaches that include a boat launch and a dog beach. The beaches are wonderful to visit, there are lifeguards on duty and the sand is cleaned daily. This is very exciting to residents because living in Evanston IL in the warmer weather is truly paradise. Here is some information provided by the City of Evanston.

A season token or daily pass is required for beach admission during operating hours. One token or daily pass is required per person. A season token is valid for the entire beach season. The season begins on Sat., May 28. From May 28 through June 3, beach hours are 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. From June 4 through Sept. 5 (Labor Day), beach hours are 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Starting on April 1, season tokens may be purchased weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., and at local community centers during their office hours (Robert Crown, Chandler-Newberger, Fleetwood-Jourdain, Levy Senior Center, and Evanston Ecology Center). Starting on May 28, tokens may also be purchased at the Dempster Street Beach office between the hours of 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cash, personal checks and credit cards are accepted.

Free beach days for Evanston residents will be held at Clark Street Beach on Mondays from July 11 through August 29.

Daily beach admission is $8, adult and $6, child age 1-11.

Fee assistance is available to qualified Evanston residents for season beach tokens, as well as for other Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department classes and programs. You may apply for fee assistance at the Morton Civic Center. Please call 847-448-8237 in advance to determine which documents to bring.

A limited number of free beach tokens are made available through the City of Evanston’s Recreation Division and various community outreach agencies/organizations to Evanston residents who meet income guidelines. For information on free beach tokens or the list of participating community outreach agencies/organizations, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 847-448-8237.

The Mayor’s Super Summer Recreation Program includes free beach admission for Evanston teens through a 10-punch pass. Teens age 13-18 years who may not otherwise be able to go to the beach may pick up a pass for free beach visits at community centers and the main Evanston Public Library. Proof of residency is required. Please call 3-1-1 (847-448-4311) for more information.

I hope to see you walking on the beach this Summer in Evanston IL

Evanston To Update Street Cleaning Schedule Avoid Tickets

This is to help you avoid tickets and towing, Evanston is to update the street cleaning schedule and add new signs beginning on May 2nd. The City Evanston ILOf Evanston says:

– New parking signage is being installed throughout Evanston to reflect the City’s updated street cleaning schedule. Parking enforcement for the 2016 season will begin on Monday, May 2 to allow for installation of the new signage.

Residents are asked to abide by the 2016 street cleaning map and schedule, which are available online at cityofevanston.org/streetcleaning. Residents will also receive the Public Works Agency’s “Evanston Life Spring 2016” publication in the mail, which provides the updated map and schedule.

As part of the City’s commitment to continuous improvement, a year-long analysis of street cleaning operations was conducted in 2015. The objective was to determine how to most effectively clean the streets and then clearly communicate the necessary parking regulations. Many community members provided detailed input and suggestions through a survey. The feedback helped form an updated operations plan, which was approved by City Council.

What’s New

  • Signage – New street signs are being installed, which list the specific days and times parking is restricted. (i.e. 1st Thursday of Month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Shorter Window for Parking Restrictions – Residential streets with parking on both sides will now be cleaned from either 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Residential Schedule – Most residential streets will now be cleaned once per month. Signs being posted at the beginning and end of each block will provide the specific day and time frame the street will be cleaned.
  • Primary Schedule – Streets designated as Primary Routes will be cleaned twice per month, rather than every two weeks. This minor adjustment allows signage to communicate specific cleaning days.
  • Extended Season – The street cleaning season was extended in early spring and late fall to clear debris and leaves, weather permitting. The season is now March 1 through December 15. Parking enforcement for the 2016 season will begin May 2 to allow for signage installation.
  • Residential Special Zone 4 “S” Areas – A new residential street cleaning zone was created to provide additional cleaning for high density areas in south Evanston. Residents who live in the Residential Special Zone 4 “S” areas according to the map and who wish to receive text or email notifications for street cleaning should sign up for the “Residential Streets – Special Zone 4 ‘S’ Areas” list for residential street cleaning notifications, and the “Primary Routes – Zone 4” list for primary route (main roads) notifications.

What’s the Same

  • Schedule for Downtown and Streets with Parking on Only One Side – The new signs being posted will look different, but parking habits won’t have to change.
  • Text Alerts – Text message and email notifications to remind residents of street cleaning continue to be available. Residents who previously signed up for text/email notifications for street cleaning and live at the same address do not need to take any action, with the exception of those living in new Residential Special Zone 4 “S” areas (see above). Community members can find their street cleaning zone and sign up for alerts at cityofevanston.org/streetcleaning, or by calling/texting 847-448-4311. Text and email notifications for the 2016 season will begin when signage installation is completed in April.

City Of Evanston Offering Free Rain Barrels

The City of Evanston has always had innovative thinking and now we hear some excellent news. Evanston and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation district is to Evanston ILoffer free rain barrels and even deliver them to you in an effort to help our environment by letting people collect rainwater to use for watering plants and save on the use of public water. I quote the City of Evanston on this issue,

The City of Evanston has partnered with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to offer free rain barrels and free rain barrel delivery to eligible Evanston residential property owners.

Rain barrels are rainwater collection systems installed outside of residences and connected to downspouts to collect stormwater runoff from rooftops. Rainwater can be collected for lawn and garden watering, plant watering, and car and window washing. Collecting rainwater and using it for these purposes decreases the amount of water that ends up in Evanston’s stormwater sewer system, which can help decrease the likelihood of flooding.

Residential property owners located in Evanston are eligible for the program, including:

  • Single-family homeowners
  • Property owners/administrators of multi-unit residential buildings (rental properties and condominium buildings)

Each single-family and multi-unit residential building may order up to four free rain barrels. It may take up to 12 weeks for rain barrel(s) to be delivered. Commercial properties in Evanston are not eligible for free rain barrels, but may purchase them online at enviroworld.us/mwrd.

To learn more about the residential rain barrel program and to order a rain barrel(s), visit cityofevanston.org/rainbarrel.

Rain Barrel & Rain Garden Classes
The City of Evanston, in partnership with the Evanston Ecology Center and local landscape contractors, is offering free rain barrel and rain garden classes to help answer questions related to the program and general property stormwater management practices.

Classes will take place at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., as part of the Evanston Environmental Association’s Livable Landscapes Program:

  • Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Community members can register for the class (Class # 113149) online at cityofevanston.org/register, or by calling/texting 847-448-4311. Both sessions are open to the public and no prior experience or knowledge is required or necessary.

For questions, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Evanston IL Downtown Rated In Top Ten!

Ask anyone who is an Evanston IL Resident and they will tell you how much they love the town and the downtown area. There is something for everyone, so much Evanston ILgreat dining choices, excellent public transportation Via the Metra and “EL” trains and wonderful entertainment. I have lived in Evanston IL since 1979 and it only gets better. It is no surprise that Evanston IL and it’s Downtown is so highly rated. As a Realtor working for Coldwell Banker Evanston we are seeing more and more people interested in loving here and feel very enthusiastic about our town.

I want to quote an article on this from the City of Evanston web site.

Downtown Evanston has been ranked the 10th best downtown in the country according to Livability.com. Dozens of criteria were mulled over in the process of selecting downtown Evanston as 10th best downtown in the country, including growth rates, home values, educational attainment, and area amenities.

Areas with new construction ranked highly because cranes are often a great sign of economic and cultural recovery. The Top 10 list showcases a range of downtowns in terms of size, style and nature. Evanston’s newly condoized city center was identified as being one of America’s top revitalized downtown landscapes.

Evanston’s downtown distinguishes itself from other typical Chicago suburbs with its high concentration of cultural attractions such as theaters, music venues and bars. Galleries, concert halls and museums in downtown Evanston provide a rich cultural scene. Nearly 100 cafés and restaurants provide diners with everything from grab-and-go lunches to elegant five-course meals in historic buildings and al fresco sidewalk cafés. Nearby beaches on Lake Michigan, paved trails, and a collection of parks give residents plenty of opportunities to stay active and enjoy the outdoors.

Downtown Evanston’s mix of contemporary condo buildings (nearly 1,200 new condominium units since 2000) and post-modern office buildings provide an appealing aesthetic and help build the skyline, while a combination of transportation options make it easy for the more than 10,000 people employed in downtown Evanston to get to and from work.

A high percentage of those in the so called “creative class” are attracted to Downtown Evanston, including artists, engineers, technology experts and researchers. Other positive features include the close proximity of Northwestern University and the view of Lake Michigan, the highly walkable and bikeable environment, the busy nightlife, and thriving businesses.

Livability.com found that a large number of well-educated and highly talented young people are moving into downtown areas, raising the labor force and attracting the attention of businesses. The best downtowns are capitalizing on this shift, offering young professionals modern living accommodations and a full slate of amenities, including bike paths, nearby grocery stores, and an assortment of entertainment options.

The mix of urban sophistication and suburban relaxation, along with social and economic diversity found in downtown Evanston make it a Top 10 Best Downtown.

Evanston IL 311 Hits 5 Year Anniversary

Evanston IL 311 Hits 5 Year Anniversary

The Evanston 311 service is really valuable for finding out information based requests from the city of Evanston. I have called to ask questions about parking, snow removal, almost anything you can think of. They are very helpful and will answer your questions right away.

Evanston 311 maintains a 10-person staff, including four original staff members and two bilingual (English/Spanish) staff. Annual service requests have more than doubled since Evanston 311 was launched, from 16,840 in 2011 to 35,246 in 2015.

Evanston 311

In addition to dialing 3-1-1, Evanston community members may now contact 311 by texting 847-448-4311, visiting cityofevanston.org/311, downloading the “Evanston 311” mobile app on the App Store or Google Play, or connecting with Evanston 311 on Twitter and Facebook. Evanston 311 staff also engage with residents and visitors at community events throughout the year.

The City of Evanston started using a new emergency notification system on February 1, 2011. This service allows you to sign up to get emergency alerts on your cell phone, work phone, text message, e-mail, home phone, and more.
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Evanston IL has become such a well organized town that people just love. We get so many requests from folks who are interested in learning about this town and what is offered, the population of Evanston is really going up because there is so much to offer.

Evanston has 6 public beaches that include a dog beach and a boat launch. A wonderful downtown with easy access to public transportation via the Metra or “EL” trains that is steps away from the downtown. There are so many fantastic places to dine, you can find every type of food you would ever want.

I have been an Evanston resident since 1979 and just love living here. It only gets better when the Summer starts.

Evanston Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Evanston Honors Dr. Martin Luther King January 16 through the 25th. Dr. King spoke in Evanston IL at the Beth Emet Synagogue in 1958. I want to quote a beautiful article from the Tablet that was published January 14, 2015.

. Martin Luther King, Jr. “In 1958, a year before I was born, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, the Reform congregation in Evanston, IL., where I am now a member. He was invited by Beth Emet’s then-rabbi, David Polish, to kick off a series of events featuring “distinguished personalities in the religious, educational, and entertainment world.” King spoke about the state of civil rights at the time, calling for social action and change. Tickets were $1.75.

Just a few years later, in 1963, the year that King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, my parents moved from Philadelphia to Winnetka, Ill., a village five miles north of Beth Emet. That year, a rally to protest plans for the building of a whites-only residence was taking place in nearby Deerfield. My father, a Jewish businessman who was not then affiliated with Beth Emet or any synagogue, had been moved by King’s mission to end racial discrimination and segregation. Social action was my father’s religion. He attended that rally, and for reasons likely related to giving my mother a break on a Saturday morning (she had just given birth to my baby brother), he brought me along. I was 4 years old.

The rally was held by members of the Congress of Racial Equality. According to the Deerfield Review, 50 members had marched from Morton Grove to Deerfield to Pear Tree Park, where 150 people gathered to protest the village of Deerfield, which was trying to block construction of integrated housing in the park. Clergy from the nearby Congregational Church and St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church spoke, as well as the reverend from Pilgrim Congregational Church in North Carolina. It was a mixed-race, mixed-faith affair.

I remember wondering why my father had taken me to a park, as he often did, but we weren’t near the swings or slide. Instead, my father reached for my hand and all the people there formed a circle. I looked up at him and his eyes were fixed on the crowd. A brown-skinned man took my other hand and I looked up at my father again for translation. Silence was his approval. My little-girl fingers warmed in two strong men’s hands. Then the circle began to sway and voices began to sing:

We shall overcome.
We shall overcome.
We shall overcome
Someday.”

Here is a news release from the City Of Evanston:

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – Evanston community members, residents and visitors are encouraged to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the city beginning Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 25.

To kick off the celebration on January 16, the City of Evanston invites everyone to attend the “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” beginning at noon at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster St. This event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches.

The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. This event is presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Other events taking place during the month include the Evanston Public Library’s “11 Months” Wrap Up Celebration, a candlelight vigil at Northwestern University, Y.O.U’s 10th annual “Diverse Communities United” event, and much more.

For details about MLK Day events happening throughout Evanston, visit cityofevanston.org/mlk or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq be shown Jan 16 at 4 p.m in Evanston

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

Spike Lee’s controversial new film Chi-Raq will be shown a week from Saturday in Evanston. There is much violence in parts of Chicago and Spike Lee has made a film in sort of satire format that addresses this issue in his own way.

Members of the community are invited to a screening and discussion of Spike Lee’s latest film, the controversial “Chi-Raq.”

The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. in Evanston.

Linda Gates, Head of Voice at Northwestern University’s Department of Theatre, who has directed and translated “Lysistrata,” the Aristophanes play on which the movie is based, will present opening remarks.

The discussion after the film will be led by Lesley Williams of the Evanston Public Library.

“Chi-Raq” has an MPAA rating of R and no one under 17 years of age will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Come watch this film and make your own decision. Is it good or not? Let us know what you think after you view the movie for free.