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 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 in-person at community events throughout the year.”

Evanston IL 311 service

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).


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