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Evanston IL Presents The Nutcracker On Ice

Evanston IL Presents The Nutcracker On Ice

This will be the 43rd annual presentation of the Nutcracker on Ice. The show starts December 15. Times are a 12:15 School matinée and also a performance at 7:30. Nutcracker-on-ice

You can also catch the show December 16th at 2:30 and at 7:30 as well as December 17th at 2:30 PM. Here is some information via the City of Evanston web site:

Show Tickets

Tickets are $9 for General Seating and $10 for Reserved Seating. Group discounts are available. General seating tickets are available online (reserved seating online purchasing is not available, must be purchased in person or by phone). 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.

Advanced Ticket Order Form

Parent and Skater Pre-Show Information

Parent and Skater Information and Rehearsal Schedule – Revised Schedule 10.2.17


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2018 Spring Ice Show
May 4

Performance 7pm
May 5

Performance 6pm
May 6

Performance 3pm

Evanston IL Presents The Nutcracker On Ice

The show will take place at the Robert Crown Community Center. This is a very popular program so you should get tickets right away. Many people really enjoy attending this show and consider it a highlight of the Fall and Winter Holiday season.

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

The Evanston IL Harley Clarke Mansion

The Evanston IL Harley Clarke Mansion is a controversial subject these days. The property is in Evanston on Sheridan Road in North East Evanston. It was the home of the Evanston Art Center, but they moved to a new home at 1717 Central.

Presently the property needs major repair. The City of Evanston and the residents are discussing what to do with this property. The Evanstonian has written about the residence in the past.

Since it is in the local news, we thought we would revisit the situation. First if the reader is new to this subject here is a little history. It is a beautiful but troubled property since the day it was built in 1927.The Evanston IL Harley Clarke Mansion

Harley Clarke had it constructed as his home but lost it to foreclosure in the late 1940s. He was an electric company owner who got hit by the 1929 depression.  The home became the national headquarters for the Sigma Chi fraternity in 1950.

Evanston acquired the home which startles Light House Beach, a public facility where you find many people nearly every day of the week. It is beautiful.

The mansion was leased to the Evanston Art Center for $1 per year. They held classes there for many years. During all that time very, little upkeep was given to the property and the house needs about 2 to 3 million dollars in renovations just to keep is safe to use.

The Evanston IL Harley Clarke Mansion

Presently it is vacant and there has been much talk of what to do with it. The latest talk is to tear it down. For a more complete history of what has happened in the past, read the Round Table article entitled An Unfinished History of Evanston’s Harley Clarke Mansion.

The latest talk of tearing down the mansion and creating open land is an interesting idea. I saw a rendering and it got people thinking and talking. Evanston faces a dilemma.

Evanston IL Grows Rapidly

Today we are going to discuss how Evanston IL grows rapidly. The number of developer requests going through the city council is amazing. The city of Evanston aims to expand and become even larger and more populated in the coming years.

Is this good or bad for our lovely community sitting on Lake Michigan? We are not here to judge that. That is left to you, the reader.Evanston IL downtown

The Fairpoint Development for a 37-story structure is in the works. The building will offer a hotel and 152 apartments. The Northlight Theatre will also be a part of the property. We might see the 395-foot building between 1706 and 1726 Sherman.

Evanston is in the very early stages of discussing plans for a 215 unit build that is 25-story. If approved, we will see a luxury property located at 1621 Chicago. The owner, Jeff Michael it could be condos for sale or even rental units.

The Trammell Crow company wants to construct a 17-story building at 1727 Oak. The aim is to offer adults or over age 55. This is not assisted living but rather a restricted living facility.  Does Evanston want or need this type of property?

The proposal for 601 Davis was shot down by the City of Evanston at this point. Plans called for a 318-unit that soars 33-stories. Bets are on that the size will be cut back and then might be approved.

A building to be called the Albion Residential was just downsized. This often happens when developers face Evanston officials. The structure is to go up at 1450 Sherman Ave. There are plans to vote on approval in the city council meeting of November 13.

The updated drawings show a 15-story building that houses rental apartments the rendering of the Albion have 273 units. We will follow up and talk about what happens after the vote next week.

Evanston IL Grows Rapidly

Also in the works is 1714 Chicago. Alderman approved a sale of property that is owned by Evanston for an 11-story office building.

831 Emerson has been scaled down to a nine-story residential development.  This property was going to be only for Northwestern university students and was shot down. The new plans are going to be given the green light and available to anyone with the funds to live there.

Also in the works is 1815 Ridge at 10-story. This is a senior housing development and was approved. The ok came on July 25 of 2017 but there has been no groundbreaking yet.

The last one today is the Centrum Evanston. The property is being built as we write this. At 12-story and 101 units this is target at transit-oriented folks. The “Metra” and “EL” is nearby.

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