Evanston IL Entertainment The Arc Theatre presents ‘Steel Magnolias’

If you are interested in some live entertainment in Evanston IL check out Steel Magnolias at the Arc Theatre. It is cold out and we have a few months to get through the Winter. It is not too late to see Steel Magnolias.

The Arc Theatre Evanston IL

The Arc Theatre presents ‘Steel Magnolias’ Lucy Sandy, Brookelyn Hébert, Natalie Sallee and Nicholia Q. Aguirre in The Arc Theatre’s production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling, directed by Mark Boergers. Photo by Emily Schwartz.

The Arc Theatre presents Robert Harling’s American classic “Steel Magnolias” – directed by artistic director Mark Boergers – through Sunday, Feb. 12 at The Red Curtain Theater at the First Congregational Church House: 1417 Hinman Ave. in Evanston, Illinois.

The cast of Steel Magnolias features Nicholia Q. Aguirre as “Clairee,” Meg Elliott as “Ouiser,” Brookelyn Hébert as “Shelby,” Natalie Sallee* as “M’Lynn,” Lucy Sandy as “Truvy” and Nikkia Tyler as “Annelle.”

Evanston IL entertainment The Arc Theatre presents ‘Steel Magnolias’

Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, “Steel Magnolias” is the play that inspired the blockbuster movie.  Six women from different generations share laughter, love and loss at Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana — where anybody who’s anybody goes to get their hair done.

Best friends Ouiser (pronounced WEE-zur) and Clairee trade scathing quips as the younger generations prepare for Shelby’s impending nuptials and to celebrate her married life.  But when life throws a devastating curve ball at Shelby and her mother, M’Lynn, these life-long friends band together to navigate rough tides with grace, new hairdos and wills made of steel.

The production team for “Steel Magnolias” includes Cailin Short and Mark Boergers (set design), Catharine Young (costume design), Matt Reich (sound design) and Jaclynn Joslin (stage manager).

Tickets are available online!

Dates & Times:

Jan 26 2017 – 7:30pm

Jan 27 2017 – 7:30pm

Jan 28 2017 – 7:30pm

Jan 29 2017 – 3:00pm

Feb 2 2017 – 7:30pm

Feb 3 2017 – 7:30pm

Feb 4 2017 – 7:30pm

Feb 5 2017 – 3:00pm

Feb 9 2017 – 7:30pm

Feb 10 2017 – 7:30pm

Feb 11 2017 – 7:30pm

Feb 12 2017 – 3:00pm

Martin Luther King Jr Day Evanston IL

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King 1964 leaning on a lectern

January 16 2017 will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Evanston IL. America celebrates the life of Dr. King and it is a federal holiday. Through out the country there will be services and people will be thinking about what this great man did for our country and world.

It is interesting to note that MLK made several visits to Evanston IL during his life. I think it is amazing to think that Martin Luther King gave a lecture at Beth Emet the Free Synagogue titled “A great Time To Be Alive” This took place January 13th 1958.

We want to be able to remember what Martin Luther King did for us and pass along to future generations. Here are some experts to help Evanstonians know what is going on tomorrow in town.

What is happening on MLK day in Evanston IL?

 Evanston IL and Northwestern University are planning a range of activities this month to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

City events will include a “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. This event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches.

Speakers will include Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, former Mayor Lorraine H. Morton, 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, and ETHS student and keynote speaker Alexis Harris-Dyer.

Music and entertainment will be provided by the Evanston Children’s Choir, violinist Eli Ho, cellist Linus Ho, pianist Judy Chen, and Evanston Dance Ensemble’s Sidney Chuckas.

Events on campus will include a candelight vigil on Monday, Jan. 16, featuring poet, essayist, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University Clint Smith and a keynote address on Monday, Jan. 23, by former astronaut Mae C. Jemison.

Other events celebrating Dr. King this month in Evanston include Y.O.U’s 11th annual “Diverse Communities United” event at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at Evanston Township High School

This information came via Evanston Now


Martin Luther King addressing a University of Minnesota anti-war rally in 1967 (Wikipedia).


Evanston IL Fall Scene

Evanston IL BeachThe Evanston IL Fall scene is such a beautiful time of year. The colors are stunning and to catch the trees before all the leaves drop is a pleasure. Last Sunday the weather was perfect.

We went on a long walk through the Evanston IL Lake front

Then the beaches and Northwestern University campus. Many photos were taken and we will share a few of the best with you.

Evanston IL is the first city on the Chicago border and sits on Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake. It is huge at 60 miles across and has borders on Illinois, Indiana, evanston-il-fall-sceneMichigan and Wisconsin.

When a Fall day comes that is warm and perfect for a walk, you better take advantage of it. The walk was over three hours and covered between 7 and 8 miles. Many people were out taking advantage of this fine Fall day.

There were people on bikes, jogging, walking and even a few on roller blades. I guess people want to hang on to every minute of warm weather as Winter approaches.

So a perfect opportunity for the Evanston IL Fall scene and a little exercise too. If you want to learn more about Evanston, the community or even Real Estate available please click on this link Coldwell Banker Evanston.

Evanston IL is a town of 85,000 people and the home of Northwestern University. The school has expanded in recent years. With the growth the town has so many interesting restaurants, interesting and unique shops and a wide range or entertainment.

Here are a few of the photos we took to show you the Evanston IL Fall Scene.

I love the Golden colors or the trees and the leaves change


Northwestern Campus looking East toward Lake Michigan

Evanston IL Lake Front at NU

If you ever get a chance to visit Evanston IL check it out you will enjoy yourself

Evanston IL September 6 and it is Hot!

We are experiencing a very hot week in Evanston IL this Labor Day week. Last week it was quite a bit cooler but not we have a real heat wave. I am really enjoying this and hope you do too. I want to hang on to my Summer as long as I possibly can. I am not from the put away your whites after Labor Day crowd.

Yesterday I went to the South Blvd Beach in Evanston and checked out the Sunrise. It was truly stunning and enjoyable. The Sun came up at 6:20AM yesterday and the water was very calm. When I walked over to the lakefront beach I saw about 12 Sunrise-Evanston-IL-South-Blvd-Beach-9-6-2016people swimming, a couple jogging and a few people walking their dogs. What luck to get to enjoy a wonderful warm day.

One thing I have noticed is that the Summer seems to fly by in Evanston IL. I think it seemed like yesterday when it was Memorial Day and now they can’t stop talking about back to school. It usually stays nice and warm until mid October so we have some time to yet enjoy Summer activities in Evanston IL.

I just love the South Blvd beach because it really does not have near as much traffic as some of the other Evanston beaches do. In town there are 6 beaches and that includes one dog beach and one for boat launching. I always enjoy watching the boats go out and the sailing classes at Northwestern University. I have never tried it but one of these day I might.

Right now at 11AM it is in the 80’s and I will give you an hour by hour update of what the expected temps are supposed to be today.

Here is an hour-by-hour look at today’s heat:

10 a.m.: Temperature, 83 degrees – Heat Index, 90 degrees
12 p.m.: Temp, 86 – Heat Index, 93
2 p.m.: Temp, 90 – Heat Index, 98
4 p.m.: Temp, 92 – Heat Index, 101
6 p.m.: Temp, 88 – Heat Index, 96
8 p.m.: Temp, 85 – Heat Index, 93
10 p.m.: Temp, 82 – Heat Index, 87

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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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

Evanston Custer Street Fair 2016

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.

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