Help Out Our Friends In The Western Chicago Suburbs

Today the blog is not about Evanston. Evanston or any North Shore community right on Lake Michigan rarely has trouble with tornadoes but last night the western suburbs really got hit hard. There was a horrible tornado that caused very bad destruction in Rochelle, Ashton and Fairdale. The tornado that went right through Fairdale was at 180 to 200 MPH and 2 people lost their lives. It is very sad to see the damage on the news.

I got a news flash from the city of Evanston that said:

The following items are needed immediately and can dropped off at HomeTown Association of REALTORS East at 1430 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore, IL 60178 or directly at the Red Cross location on Flagg Road in Rochelle at the Rochelle Township High School. Hand sanitizer Water Blankets Ready to eat food Baby wipes, hand wipes Meds and first aid items Diapers Animals food and cages Cloths Plastic bins Gift Cards to Walmart There is an immediate need for rentals in the area for those that lost their homes. If you have ANY vacant properties that would consider renting immediately please contact Bobbie Bryant at Rochelle Realty and Property Management at 815-562-7368. IAR Government Affairs Director, Kristen Jungles, will have a drop off location at her home in Naperville. She can be reached at

If you can help in any way people will really appreciate it.

Watch: Aerial footage, aftermath of tornado

Happy Easter and Passover to Evanston and the World

Just a quick blog here today to say Peace and Love to the world and that I hope everyone is enjoying a special holiday season with their families. In addition to these two great religious holidays it is Spring Break for schools and that gives even more people a chance to be with their families.

Today in Evanston IL it is the most wonderful clear and warm day. It is presently 60 degrees right at the Lake Michigan Lake front where I am located. A perfect day for a walk and that is on my addenda after this piece is done.

I want to walk the Evanston Lake Front beaches starting at South Blvd Beach and making my way north up through the Northwestern campus. There is no wind and you could not ask for a better day.

I leave you with a photo I took of the Evanston Downtown and you can see the Lake too. Please enjoy this with me.

Looking up Chicago Ave and notice the moon

Downtown Evaston 1

Northwestern University To Donate $5 Million

Northwestern University announced March 20th that for the next 5 years they will donate $5,000,000 to the evanston-city-logocity Of Evanston IL for projects that will be chosen by Evanston IL Mayor Tisdahl and NU President Morton Schapiro. This was made public during the Mayor’s speech at the Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave. The funds will start each year on September 1st for the next five years.

What a great partnership, Northwestern University and the wonderful city of Evanston IL. The cooperation between NU and Evanston is fantastic. I have been a Evanston Resident since 1979 when I turned 21 and have watched the town and school grow dramatically during that time.

I quote Mayor Tisdahl from her speech:

“Northwestern University, our businesses, residents of Evanston, our schools and not-for-profits are … partners in making this city great,” Tisdahl said after revealing the news. “So I say to you in confidence that we can and we will solve our challenges.”

The Daily Northwestern said:

“The mayor went on to congratulate Evanston’s business growth in recent years. Last year, 43 new businesses opened, adding 212 new full-time jobs, while 19 closed. Unemployment also went down to 4.2 percent in December 2014, which is lower than the national and Chicago average.”

As a resident of Evanston IL and Realtor at Coldwell Banker Evanston it is easy to see how the growth has changed Evanston for the better. There are so many wonderful and unique stores, interesting restaurants and so much entertainment that the people wanting to make a move to town has changed so much over the last decade. The town is thriving and you can always find something fun to enjoy. Since Northwestern University has expanded and Evanston IL has allowed high-rise Condo developments many people have decided to make the move to the tree-lined city sitting on Lake Michigan. With all the new properties many businesses have popped up and are welcomed by everyone.

If you are considering a move to Evanston IL or have any questions please let me be your ambassador to the town I love and call home. It is easy to help people if you are happy where you live and work. I can be reached day or night at: (800) 858-7917 or by Email at

 Winter 2015 Evanston IL looking North EastDowntown Evanston Looking North East 1


Evanston IL Art And Culture

One of the things that attracts people to Evanston IL is the great selection of Art and Culture available to the community. Evanston IL Star Community RatingArtists are always welcome and the number of art shows and festivals are really great. People come from afar to browse and shop during these festivals and shows. It certainly gets my attention and participation. The city of Evanston says:

“Evanston boasts one of the largest and most diverse arts communities in the state. Not only are the arts celebrated often, there are abundant opportunities to get involved in the arts here in Evanston.”

Here is a nice link to the City of Evanston’s event calendar. I hope you get to enjoy life in Evanston as much as I have. There  is so much to offer in our town on Lake Michigan and you will never be without many choices.

Think of visiting the City of Evanston IL

Evanston IL Now Has Text to 911 Service

As of February 4th 2105 if you are in Evanston IL and send a text message to “911” it will go to Evanston’s 911 center. So far the cellular services set up are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. This is a wonderful and text-to-911_call_if_you_can_logolifesaving feature in technology and police or medical help to the citizens of Evanston. We are very happy about this. If you are unable to talk you sure can text. The city of Evanston says:

“On February 4, 2015 the Evanston 9-1-1 Communications Center began accepting text 911 messages. This means that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers living in or traveling through Evanston may be able to use their mobile phones to send a text message to 9-1-1 for emergency help.

Evanston is the fourth 9-1-1 communications center in Illinois, first on the North Shore, to accept text 9-1-1 messages which are extremely beneficial for those in the community with speech or hearing impairments.

Texting 9-1-1 is an option – only when unable to call. A voice call is the preferred, most efficient way to access emergency services.

Contained in the first text message should be the precise location as well as nature of the emergency. Dissimilar to voice calls; emergency call takers will not be able to determine location or expeditiously ascertain location information from the customer. Abbreviations and slang should not be used.”

Even more reason to Love Evanston Illinois

 Looking north east toward NU Campus

Evanston IL Lake Michigan Lake Front Beach 3-17-2015

The lake front and beaches of Lake Michigan are beautiful and so much fun to enjoy. Evanston has 6 public beaches, you can read about them at Evanston Beaches if interested. My favorite is the South Blvd beach. One thing about the beatify is that people have to know that at times the waters are very dangerous.

This morning at about 9:00 AM I noticed that it was very wavy and windy so a visit with camera in hand was in order. We had a drop in temperature of about 15 to 20 degrees in the last day and today the water was really rocking and there was 1 to 2 foot waves. I took a few photos and the sun shining down on the water really was nice.

Enjoy the beach but watch out for dangerous conditions. Also happy St Patrick’s day to everyone.

Evanston Lake Front March 17 2015

Evanston IL Wins Award For Best Downtown

Over the last decade or so the downtown area of Evanston has been growing by leaps and bounds. New condo high rises and apartment buildings have popped up and along with that comes many unique shops, great entertainment and many restaurant. I remember a time when I could name every restaurant in town. Now it is impossible. The town of Evanston IL is vibrant and really a fun place to call home. I have lived in Evanston since 1979 at age 21 and seen an amazing transformation during that time.

As a Realtor we have an enormous amount of people who want to become Evanston Residents. It is very exciting. With public transportation steps away with the Metra and “EL” trains and our beautiful Lake Michigan Lakefront it is an excellent choice to call home.

The award was given by Livability and I will quote them in saying:

Looking north east toward NU Campus

Evanston IL Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King

Evanston IL Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King



On Monday January 19th it is a an American Federal Holiday MLK was considered the countries chief spokesman for for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. This holiday was started in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.

In Evanston IL at the Northwestern University Campus there is a program that goes on all day while at the Chicago campus there will also be activities celebrating the life of Dr King.

I quote Northwestern University:
Northwestern University celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Martin Luther King was born in 1929 in an America where, because of the color of their skin, nearly 1 in 10 people lived lives that were separate and unequal. In Montgomery, Alabama a rule required all blacks to sit in the rear of public buses. In 1955, when Rosa Parks was told to move to the back of the bus, she said, “No.” Martin Luther King, at that time, a young minister in a local Baptist church, then organized a boycott of the bus company—a boycott that stunned the country. Within 6 months the courts had ruled the segregation of public transportation unconstitutional. Dr. King had awakened a sense that true justice must be colorblind, and that among white and black Americans, as he put it, “Their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom; we cannot walk alone.”

During his all too short lifetime (1929-1968), Dr. King was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (signed into law on November 2, 1983 and first officially observed on the third Monday of January 1986) is an American holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15.

The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. President Bill Clinton signed the federal legislation into law on August 23, 1994.
In 1980, only 12 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before a national holiday had been enacted, and before the MLK monument was conceived, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Mu chapter at Northwestern University initiated the commemoration of this fallen leader and their fraternity brother. What was at first the only University event and what is now known as the Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil included collaboration with the Department of African-American Student Affairs and the University Chaplain’s office. The event was a success from the beginning and became a Northwestern staple in 1983 with the appearance of Chicago mayoral candidate Harold Washington as keynote speaker. Then-Congressman Washington spoke to an enthusiastic capacity crowd in McCormick Auditorium in the Norris Center. A month later he was elected mayor of Chicago.

2015 dream week Martin Luther King

The Northwestern University community has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King since 1987 with an expanded special commemoration, including stage events, discussions, lectures, films, music, theater and service projects throughout the week to inspire reflection on Dr. King’s life and legacy, including the continuation of the Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil. In January 2013, Northwestern designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official University-recognized annual holiday for students, faculty and staff.”

Evanston IL Talks Of Tearing Down the Harley Clarke Mansion

Last week I wrote a post about the Evanston IL Grosse Point Lighthouse and the Harley Clarke Mansion. We hear now that the City Of Evanston is considering tearing down the Harley Clarke Mansion. If you look at the building it is hard to tell without touring the inside that the building is in a deep state of disrepair.


For many years the building housed the Evanston Art Center and when an engineering report was done to find out what it would take to get the property back to city code the figure was in the millions. This property is beautiful and it was be a tragic if it were torn down.

Evanston Now a very popular news source for Evanston and people interested in the town has an article about this situation which I will quote:

“Evanston aldermen Monday will consider whether to move toward tearing down the city-owned lakefront Harley Clarke mansion.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz plans to tell the Human Services Committee that efforts to reach an agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources to convert the building into offices for its Coastal Management Program have failed and that he sees little chance of finding another prospective tenant who would meet the council’s goals for having only “low impact” uses at the site.

With the building’s current tenant, the Evanston Art Center, scheduled to leave by mid-year for its own renovated building on Central Street, Bobkiewicz says it’s important that the city not allow the deteriorating building to stand empty.

So he is asking aldermen to authorize him to seek estimates for “deconstruction” of the building — dismantling it in a way that would preserve as much as possible of its parts for possible reuse.

The city has been seeking a new use — and a deep-pocketed new user — for the mansion since mid-2011, when officials concluded it needed more expensive maintenance and rehabilitation work than the city could afford.

Aldermen rejected the only firm proposal for a new use — Col. Jennifer Pritzker’s offer to expand the mansion and turn it into a 57-room boutique hotel — 18 months ago, after neighbors organized a campaign opposing the deal.