Earth Day Evanston IL 2017

Earth Day Evanston IL

People work together during Earth Day

Saturday April 22 is Earth Day Evanston IL 2017 and across the country. People take this seriously and are proud of the community. Let’s talk about what is going on and how you can help.

If you are not in Evanston IL then this should be exciting because of a community spirit and friendly people caring about our planet and the earth that we stand on. Evanston IL has the lovely Lakefront and 6 beaches so it is important.

Out of the six beaches I just mentioned there is a dog beach, sailing facilities and a boat launch (among other great facilities). I live right across the street from South Blvd beach and have always enjoyed having access to this gift from Mother Nature.

Since moving to this location 19 years ago, we go for walks on the lake front and I do a 7-mile roller blade course that takes me through the Northwestern campus and along all the beaches.

Sorry, I am getting off track here. On Saturday April 22, the Evanston IL Earth Day 2017, there is an event scheduled called “Help Clean Up, Evanston“.

Earth Day Evanston IL 2017

You can have a lot of fun if wish to participate in this event. People gather at the Lakefront among other projects and get it ready for the season which opens Memorial Day. The work and gathering of people who love Evanston IL has always struck me as a strong event that always feels like friends helping each other.

What does go on during this event? People will walk the beaches and pick up trash and comb the sand. I have seen folks gathering up the remnants of people’s cigarette habits. Don’t you wish that did not happen but people seem to think that to discard a dead butt is not an issue. I am getting off track and apologize.

I quote the city of Evanston IL and what they say on their web site. “Help clean up Evanston this Sat., April 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are still needed at a variety of sites throughout the city, including District 65 school locations. The Evanston Ecology Center will also host free, drop-in family-friendly festivities and nature play from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a tree planting ceremony will take place on the east side of the Morton Civic Center at 10 a.m.”

How can you get involved?

If you feel like clicking on the Volunteer Evanston site you can learn much more about what is offered and what is going on in town. People get together and there is true companionship that I have enjoyed participating in for many years.

If you want to learn more about Evanston IL please let me know. I am an Evanston Realtor and help people buy and sell Real Estate in Chicago’s North Shore. My team that I have run for many years helps folks with Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka and anywhere you want help. I enjoy talking about the area and will talk to you with no obligation. We Love Evanston!

Please let us know if you want to learn more or have any questions

We can give you information on the great schools and activities that are provided locally. Call us day or night at our toll-free line (800) 858-7917 or check out our sites.

Coldwell Banker Evanston

Coldwell Banker Wilmette

or Noah’s Real Estate for an overview and some interesting information. We love to get calls and inquiries from people who want to learn about Chicago and the North Shore and I love explaining what I enjoy about living along Lake Michigan.

For more information about the Earth Day and Arbor Day events, call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, Evanston residents can simply dial 3-1-1.

Clean up and get together events for Saturday are scheduled at:

Evanston’s Earth and Arbor Day Events: Cleanup Efforts, Tree Plantings, Festivities – Evanston, IL Patch

As a result of the questions about “how can I help”? Community groups and individuals of all ages can visit, or call or text 847-448-4311 to sign up for cleanups at the following spots across the city:

  • Ladd Arboretum and Twiggs Park – Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
  • James Park – Fieldhouse, Dodge Ave. at Mulford St.
  • Lovelace Park – Fieldhouse, Grosse Point Rd. at Thayer St.
  • Lakefront, Greenwood St. to Clark St. – 1401 Sheridan Pl.
  • Ingraham Park – Bike racks located just west of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
  • North Shore Channel – Dammrich Rowing Center, 3220 Oakton St., Skokie (ages 8 and up)
  • Harbert Park – 1300 McDaniel Ave.
  • Ridgeville Park – 908 Seward St.
  • Elks Park – Callan Ave. and Mulford St.
  • Dempster and Greenwood Street Beaches – 1251 Lakeshore Blvd.
  • Chute Middle School, 1400 Oakton St.
  • Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave.
  • King Fine Arts School, 2424 Lake St.
  • Nichols Middle School, 800 Greanleaf St.
  • Canal Shores Golf Course (all six sites) – 1030 Central St
Enjoy Earth Day 2017!

District 65 school locations, which are listed on the city’s volunteer page, also need helping hands.

This year’s events are made possible via partnerships with Evanston TreeKeepers, District 65, District 202, Northwestern University, Canal Shores, Friends of the Chicago River, Alliance for the Great Lakes and Ridgeville Park District. As a result of the great demand of generous people interested in Earth Day, each partner organization is hosting at least one cleanup site.

Evanston IL Sunrise taken at South Blvd Beach

Evanston IL Sunrise I shot this photo

Chicago Blues Fest 2017 Lineups

The Chicago Blues fest 2017 lineup has been announced. This is always an exciting time for the people of Chicago. Also a time many people visit the area just to attend the event. I always look forward to the Blues Fest and have attended for many years.

Irma Thomas at the 2013 Chicago Blues Fest

Irma Thomas 2013

This is the first time in the Chicago Blues Fest 34 year history that it will be relocated to Millennium Park. I have fond memories of seeing BB King play at the festival as well as Chuck Berry. There have been many now gone starts that preformed live during the almost 35 year history of this event.

The Chicago Blues Fest is the worlds largest free blues fest. At times and especially during warm weather the attendance is up to 500,000 people. I want to quote this from the Chicago Blues Fest web site.

“The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.”

This years events will take place between June 9 and 11th. Here is the schedule for your viewing pleasure. I hope to see many good friends and meet some new blues lovers at the 2017 Chicago Blues Fest. See you there.

Here’s the The Chicago Blues fest 2017 lineup


Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5–6 p.m. John Primer and The Real Deal
6:20–7:05 p.m. Rhymefest
7:20–9:30 p.m. Celebrating 40 Years: Billy Branch & The Son of Blues with special guests Lurrie Bell, Freddie Dixon, J.W.S. Williams, Carlos Johnson, Carl Weathersby, Bill McFarland and Chicago Fire Horns and Mae Koen & The Lights.

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (South Promenade)
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Demetria Taylor
12:45–1:45 p.m. Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band
2:15–3:15 p.m. Nick Moss Band
3:45–4:45 p.m. The Mike Wheeler Band
5:15–6:15 p.m. Guy King

Mississippi Juke Joint (North Promenade)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Blues in the Schools with Katherine Davis and Stone Academy
1–2 p.m. Eden Brent
2:30–3:30 p.m. Cedric Burnside Project
4–5 p.m. Jarekus Singleton
5:30–7:30 p.m. Jam Session with Cedric Burnside

Front Porch Stage (Harris Theater Roof Top)
Noon–1 p.m. Rip Lee Pryor
1:20–2:20 p.m. The Jimmy Burns Band
2:45–3:45 p.m. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore
4:15–5:15 p.m. Tribute to Barrelhouse Chuck featuring Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana Roosevelt Purifoy and Piano Willie O’Shawny


Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Soul/R&B Night)
5–6 p.m. Nellie Tiger Travis
6:30–7:45 p.m. Theo Huff and the New Agenda Band
8:15–9:30 p.m. William Bell

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (South Promenade)
11:15 a.m. –12:15 p.m. Chicago Wind with Matthew Skoller & Deitra Farr
12:45–1:45 p.m. Lynne Jordan & The Shivers
2:15–3:15 p.m. Big Bill Morganfield
3:45–4:45 p.m. Coco Montoya
5:15–6:15 p.m. Southside Tribute to Killer Ray Allison with Joe Pratt & The Source One Band and JoJo Murray

Mississippi Juke Joint (North Promenade Tent)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Mississippi Blues Trail 10th Anniversary with Jim O’Neal, Dr. Edgar Smith, Scott Barretta and Alex Thomas
1–2 p.m. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
2:30–3:30 p.m. Bridges to the Blues by Donda’s House
4–5 p.m. Vick Allen
5:30–7:30 p.m. Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Front Porch (Harris Theater Roof Top)
Noon–1 p.m. Khalif Wailin’ Walter
1:20–2:20 p.m. Eddie Taylor Jr.’s Tribute to Eddie Taylor, Sr.
2:45–3:45 p.m. Jimmy Johnson Band
4:15–5:15 p.m. Harmonica Hinds Quartet


Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5–6 p.m. Ronnie Baker Brooks
6:20–7:20 p.m. Rhiannon Giddens
7:40–9:30 p.m. Gary Clark Jr.

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (South Promenade)
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Tail Dragger and the Allstars
12:45–1:45 p.m. The Blues Disciples with special guest Ms. Erica Johnson & Milwaukee Slim
2:15–3:15 p.m. Vance Kelly and the Backstreet Blues Band
3:45 pm–4:45 p.m. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
5:15 p.m. –6:15 p.m. Melvia “Chick” Rodgers

Front Porch Stage (Harris Theater Roof Top)
Noon–1 p.m. The Como Mamas
1:20–2:20 p.m. Mud Morganfield Band
2:45–3:45 p.m. Chi-Town Harp Showcase featuring Omar Coleman, Russ Green and Lamont Harris
4:15–5:15 p.m. Wallace Coleman

Mississippi Juke Joint (North PromenadeTent)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Tribute to Amy Van Singel with Dick Shurman, Jim O’Neal and Rebecca Sive
1–2 p.m. JJ Thames
2:30–3:30 p.m. Zakiya Hooker
4–5 p.m. Denise LaSalle
5:30–7:30 p.m. Jam Session with Eddie Taylor Jr.


Evanston IL 311 Service 5 Years Later

Today we are going to look at the Evanston IL 311 Service and 5 years later. One week ago, marked the five-year anniversary of the service. The people running it do a fine job. It is worth mentioning. 311 Staff

The Evanston IL 311 service is located in the police station but this is a non-emergency service. People have called them multiple times over the years and always received an answer to question or were directed to the proper person.

Here is an example of questions asked. There was an issue as to how to pay by credit card for a parking permit and the operator sent me over to the people who collect these funds and it was taken care of. Once there was a question about the Fourth of July fireworks and they answered the question right away.

Other people have mentioned how helpful the service is and what a great asset to the community of Evanston IL. They even allow and respond to text messages and online chats via the City of Evanston web site.

Here are some interesting stats about what has been encountered in the last 5 years.  The center have handled 678,101 phone calls, 132,270 service requests, 9,916 live online chats (starting July 2012)
1,459 text messages (starting July 2014).

Quoting the City web site site

“Congratulations and thank you to the entire Evanston 311 team for their tremendous work over the last five years, and thank you to all City staff for their good work responding to 311 service requests,” said City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. “Evanston 311 has been a game changer for the City of Evanston and its residents, improving both internal and external City services, increasing efficiency and accountability, and ensuring that City services and information are convenient and accessible to all residents.”

“Evanston 311 maintains a 10-person staff, including four original staff members and two bilingual (English/Spanish) staff. Services and offerings have continued to expand and improve each year since the Center’s launch. In addition to dialing 3-1-1, Evanston community members may now contact 311 by texting 847-448-4311, visiting, 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 in-person at community events throughout the year.”

Evanston IL 311 service

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