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.

Evanston IL First Night Celebration NYE 2015

Evanston IL has a wonderful celebration called First Night. It happens on New Years Eve and really is well organized and just so much fun to attend. First Night Evanston is a non-profit organization that is made Evanston First Night 2015possible by the generous support of our sponsors. There is so many different things to do in such a small area and really makes Evanston IL shine. To quote the First Night and their description.

“It’s a great Evanston New Year’s Eve celebration that brings together a great community. You’ll experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world’s finest artists, many who live right here in Evanston. It’s a family friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to families and young children as well as a teenage battle of the bands and a teen improv performance in the evening.

Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston’s greatest old classic houses of worship. Evanston is an eclectic, diverse community that celebrates the many different elements that come together to make a uniquely cozy community. We love creativity. We love community. We love each other. And First Night Evanston is a party where we can come together and celebrate with everyone who shares our inclusive vision and our love of music and fun. So bring the family and make a night of it! Enjoy a fine pre-or post-show meal and libations at any of Evanston’s excellent dining establishments. Don’t miss the last great event of the year.’

If you are looking for a great time with something for the whole family, I suggest giving Evanston First Night a try. I bet you will really enjoy the event and want to attend again. This party is well organized and has so many different and unique aspects to it.

Evanston first night map

Evanstons First Night

Nutcracker On Ice 2015 Evanston IL

The Nutcracker on Ice 2015 in Evanston IL at the Robert Crown Center will be starting on December 11th and will run through the 13th. I recommend Evanston IL Nutcracker on ice seeing this wonderful event and I would get tickets right away because it will sell out. The local acting and ice skating skills are so interesting and this is something to take your whole family to see. The tickets only cost $9 and it is well worth the price of admission. The people train intensely for this production and that is why the Evanston IL production of the Nutcracker on ice is a talked about event and one of the most popular of the holiday season.

I want to quote the City Of Evanston on their press release,

“The Nutcracker on Ice,” Robert Crown Community Center’s beloved winter ice show, will celebrate its 41st year entertaining families with four performances this holiday season.

Two matinees and two evening performances of the special holiday show, performed by Robert Crown Center ice skating school students and competitive figure skaters, will be held the weekend of December 11-13, 2015. Show times are Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m.

To celebrate the 41st anniversary, every 41st person who attends a performance will receive a free pass to a public skate session at Robert Crown Center.

“The Nutcracker on Ice” features hundreds of skaters of all ages telling the familiar tale of Clara and her musical holiday adventures. Exquisite costumes, Tchaikovsky’s familiar music, and exciting special effects bring the characters to life, making this the perfect family show to spread the holiday spirit.

Tickets are $9 for general seating and $10 for reserved seating. Group discounts are available. General seating tickets are available online at cityofevanston.org/crown. General and reserved tickets may be purchased in advance at Robert Crown Center or at the door, as well as by phone with a major credit card at 847-448-8258.

Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex is located at 1701 Main St., Evanston. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311.

This is a video from the 2014 production of the Evanston Nutcracker on Ice the 40th anniversary.

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts & Crafts Expo

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts & Crafts Expo

The Evanston Art Center has started its 12th annual winter arts and crafts expo at the new location at 1717 Central Street in Evanston IL 60201. The hours are 9AM to 10PM Monday through Thursday and Friday 9AM to 6PM and weekends 9AM to 4PM. The handmade art work is amazing and one of a kind. Yesterday we went shopping and browsing and were very impressed. I want to quote the Evanston Art Center in their write up on the event.

The Evanston Art Center’s 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO features original, handmade works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media and more. All proceeds from the EXPO sale will benefit EAC’s ongoing exhibition, scholarship, and outreach programs. Based on enthusiastic community support, our 12th year will run for 30 days and represent approximately 100 artists.

The preview party held on Friday, November 21st was a huge success! Click here to see images from the event.

Student Expo opens on Saturday, December 6th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Jewelry Fest on Saturday, December 13th from 10 am – 4 pm; Mens’ Shopping Day, Saturday, December 20th from 10 am – 4 pm.  The last shopping day will be December 22nd.

Dates and times:
EXPO Sale runs from November 22 through December 22
Open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12 pm – 4 pm

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts & Crafts Expo

Every piece is handmade by a local artist

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts & Crafts Expo

Smart shoppers

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts & Crafts Expo

These ceramic coasters were really interesting

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts & Crafts Expo

Evanston IL The Suburb That Killed The Car

An article in Politico Magazine has touted Evanston as a city that does not need cars. Everything is here and transportation of the four Evanston IL The Suburb That Killed The Carwheel type is not necessary. In the last 10 years Evanston defiantly has changed into a thriving city that is attracting many people with different needs.

Politico says, at first glance, downtown Evanston, Illinois, doesn’t look revolutionary—just another a gentrifying urban core with the obligatory Whole Foods, the local organic sustainable restaurants serving $14 cocktails, the towering new, high-end luxury apartments filled with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The booming downtown feels increasingly hip; this summer it was featured as a “Surfacing” destination in the New York Times Travel Section. “I have everything here,” says Joanne McCall, pausing one evening on her way inside Sherman Plaza, a soaring, 26-story condominium building. “The post office, the dry cleaner, the movies, I work out upstairs, the Whole Foods is over there, the hair dresser over here. And the Uber thing is getting big here.”

It takes, in fact, a few extra minutes in the neighborhood to realize what’s different—and what’s missing. Downtown Evanston—a sturdy, tree-lined Victorian city wedged neatly between Lake Michigan and Chicago’s northern border—is missing cars. Or, more accurately, it’s missing a lot of cars. Thanks to concerted planning, these new developments are rising within a 10-minute walk of two rail lines and half-a-dozen bus routes. The local automobile ownership rate is nearly half that of the surrounding area.

Which again, may sound like so many other gentrifying urban areas. Who owns a car in Brooklyn, after all? But Evanston isn’t Park Slope—the city, now 75,000 strong, is quintessentially a suburb, somewhere to escape the density of nearby Chicago, a place to get extra room and, especially, a place to drive your car, jetting down Lake Shore Drive or the Edens Expressway to the Windy City. The houses in Evanston were so idyllic, in fact, that filmmakers came to use it as the beau ideal of postwar suburban life—it was where Hollywood came to film all-American suburban movies like Sixteen Candles, Dennis the Menace, Uncle Buck, and both Home Alone 2 and Home Alone 3.

I have lived in Evanston IL for many years and truly enjoy everything we have to offer. That is why I got into Real Estate sales. Before I was a Realtor I found myself always driving by beautiful homes and wondering what they looked like on the inside.

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Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival 9-18

new event is starting Friday for the first time ever. It is the Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival. This will be a lot of fun for everyone and we are having excellent weather. The Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival says, “arriving the final week of September for its inaugural debut, Evanston-Art-and-big-forkEvanston Art & Big Fork Festival introduces a weekend-long celebration of local art and flavorful fare. Kicking off 4PM Friday with live music and tasty fare, the Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival will feature local fare, beer, and wine. Live music will fill the streets of Evanston for more fun! The brand-new festival will feature original high-end work from 130 artists will be available for purchase, perfect for gifts or a signature addition to a personal collection. Traditional mediums such as painting, sculpture, and photography will be showcased alongside unique, usable art, including handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind furniture, and home accessories. The art festival will take place Friday from 4pm to dusk, Saturday from 10am to dusk and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The live music will take place Friday from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.”

The music will be provided by,

Friday, September 18 5:00pm: Jeff Libman 7:00pm: Wedding Banned

Saturday, September 19 10:00am: Ham in the Grass 1:00pm: Million Dollar Quartet 3:00pm: Evanston School of Rock 5:00pm: Saturday June Band 7:00pm: Stache!

Sunday, September 20 10:00am: Cirrus Falcon 2:00pm: VerzatileAnd food offered by, Farmhouse, Giordano’s Pizza, That Little Mexican Cafe, Smylie Brothers Brewing, The Stained Glass, Chef’s Station, and Boltwood

I hope to see you at the Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival 9-18

Bicycle Safety Evanston IL Petal Bright

On October 1, 2015 between the hours of 4:30 & 6:30 PM I will be taking part in a program to promote bicycle safety as part of the Evanston Ambassador program. I will be at The Weber Arch at Northwestern University, Chicago Ave. and Sheridan Rd.Bicycle Safety Evanston IL Petal Bright
The city of Evanston says:
The City of Evanston will hold its second annual “Pedal Bright” Bike Light Giveaway and Installation event. This exciting initiative will provide bicycle safety information and help cyclists increase the visibility of their bikes as the days get shorter during the fall and winter seasons. Teams of volunteers will install free bicycle lights, distribute city bike maps, and provide a quick tutorial on the rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicycle lights will be installed on Thursday, October 1, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at two Evanston locations: Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. The Weber Arch at Northwestern University, Chicago Ave. and Sheridan Rd.
I would love for anyone who is in the area to stop by and say hi and get a free light installed. Our goal is to help bike riders and motorists get along on the road. Everyone has seen bike riders who do not follow the rules and make it hard for people with autos to safely navigate the road and on the other had we have also seen people driving who do not respect folks on bicycles.
The Weber Arch at Northwestern University

Bicycle Safety Evanston IL Petal Bright

Evanston IL Top Restaurants

I just read an article in the Evanston Patch about Evanston IL Top Restaurants. As an almost life Dining in Evanston ULlong Evanston IL resident and a foodie this caught my eye. There was a time when you could name the most popular place to dine on one hand. Now I have not even been to every restaurant in town. It is amazing to have such choices. With the expansion of Northwestern University and the mass rebuilding of the downtown of Evanston came many people and those folks have to eat.

We are all opinionated so there is no right and wrong here. I want to show you what the great online publication the Evanston Patch says and what Noah says. I bet you have your own choices and I would like to hear about the too.

To start I quote the Evanston Patch:

“There are no shortage of good places to eat in Evanston.

According to popular traveler’s website TripAdvisor.com, there are 215 listed places that have been declared as “restaurants.”

But the website goes a step further, asking visitors to rate their experiences and totals the number of votes to put together a list of top reviewed places.

Here’s what visitors have as their top five. Do you agree?

  1. Sarpino’s Pizzeria, 2428 Main St. Reviewer from Chicago states: “Love this place. The pizza is delicious, they are super quick, they’re always open and they have free delivery which means I can tip the driver better. I go at least once a week. It’s perfect, no fuss, no muss, just good pizza.”
  2. Soulwich, 1634 Orrington Ave. Reviewer from Irvington, New York states: “wonderful sandwiches and salads, really unique and yummy. Great for a quick lunch. Some seating but easy to take out.”
  3. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 1850 Sherman Ave. Reviewer from Slidell, Louisiana states: “Two people split a Caesar salad and a medium deep dish pizza. The salad was very good and the pizza was awesome! You HAVE to get the butter crust! The restaurant was very clean and the wait staff was great. Lou’s is the only place I would ever eat deep dish pizza when I visit Chicago.”
  4. Blind Faith Cafe, 525 Dempster St. Reviewer from Milford, Massachusetts states: “The vegetarian offerings were delicious and there was much for a carnivore like myself to choose from and enjoy!”

 

  1. The Stained Glass, 1735 Benson Ave. Reviewer from San Francisco states: “Food fresh and interesting without being too esoteric. Wait staff attentive and restaurant vibe relaxing. Only comment would be to add actual ganache to their chocolate ganache cake. Filling was more like mousse and not ganache. But overall, we’re coming back!”

I have been to all the places mentioned and will say this, I have dined at Blind Faith for 25 years. You won’t find any meat but you will leave satisfied with a fine meal. I also love Stained Glass, a wine bar/great restaurant. I love going there and would recommend it to anyone on a date or with friends. There is a 6 wine sampler that is out of this world. You have to try it.

My choices and this is just a few.

Campagnola at 815 Chicago Ave (847) 475-6100 is one of my favorite places to dine anywhere period. I have never had a complaint and have been eating there since it opened a number of years ago. If you do not make a reservation you probably will not get in, this is how good this place is. They call it an Italian Bistro. I could eat at Campagnola over and over. You always get friendly service and fine food.

Chef’s Station is out of this world at 915 Davis Evanston IL (847) 570-9821. You will have a hard time deciding what to order on the Chef Station menu because it is all made with care and mouth watering. The ever changing menu that includes everything from fine meats, fish and chicken is prepared with care and wonderful. I love this restaurant and if you want you can try the Wild Salmon Tartare, the Pan Seared Sea Scallops, New Zealand Lamb Chops or Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut a few of my favorites.

Found at 1631 Chicago Ave Evanston IL (847) 868-8945. Found describes themselves as a “kitchen and Social House”. I agree with that and just love the food at Found which is owned by Amy Morton the daughter of the great Chicago Restaurateur Arnie Morton who has passed on the golden touch to Amy. Everything at Found is fantastic and you will want to take a few bites from your friends plate to try as everything offered is top notch. The last time I dined at this wonderful establishment I had the Heirloom baby Lettuce salad for a starter and pan seared Ivory Char a wonderful fish that was prepared just right.

original Article from Active Rain

Evanston IL Summer Fun At the Lake Front

Last night at 7:00 PM we went out to see how the Evanston IL Lakefront park was after dinner. It was 70 degrees and oh so pleasant. There were people really enjoying the evening. During the stroll I saw kids swimming, I even bumped into a friend at the Evanston tennis court playing a free game and looking very happy. People reading in the park and biking, or just walking like we were.

I just love living in Evanston IL so here is a chance to share that experience with you in photos, video and words.

Greenwood Street swimming beach

Greenwood-swimming-beach

Here is the Sailing Beach

Evanston-Sailing-Beach

I saw this guy reading and smoking a cigar and had to take a photo

Reading-and-Smoking

Please enjoy this little video with me