Second Annual Canal Shores Campout - Sat. Sept. 19

Join neighbors and friends for an afternoon in the sun and evening under the stars at Canal Shores. Saturday, September 19th at 3pm. Food, fun, and activities for the whole family. Activities include circus workshops, a giant climbing wall, a late night movie, roller skating, a challenge course, a backpacking workshop, a raffle and other prizes, and a Circus Under the Stars evening show presented by Actors Gymnasium. This is a cooperative effort with the City Parks and Rec Department for indoor activites, and a number of sponosrs underwriting programs and refreshments. Join the fun! Rain or shine, there will be activities outside and inside for all!

Canal Shores Golf course is hosting the event on the fairway.  

Click here for more info and to buy tickets.


Support the Evanston Township High School Foundation

Evanston Township High School Foundation will host the Annual Wildkit Golf Outing and Happy Hour Bash, Friday, September 11 at Canal Shores Golf Course.

The foundation raises funds to support special programs and fund capital projects at the school.

Learn more and register here.


Football Season is Here!

Northwestern Football season is here!

The season kicks off this Sat., Sept. 5. Mark your calendars and be aware of parking restrictions throughout the neighborhood.  


Sept. 5: Stanford -11 a.m. kickoff
Sept. 12: Eastern Illinois - 3 p.m. kickoff
Sept. 26: Ball State. Special note - 7 p.m. game
Oct. 3: Minnesota - tba
Oct. 17: Iowa 11 a.m. NU Homecoming weekend.
Nov. 7: Penn State - tba
Nov. 14: Purdue - tba. 

Full football schedule here.

City staff urges grant of day care special use at 2812-2814 Central Street

            Two months after the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) unanimously recommended that Little Green Tree House be denied a special use permit to operate a day care center at 2812-2814 Central St.—former location of the Great Frame-Up—Evanston city staff is recommending that the full City Council reverse that and grant the special use permit.

            The proposal will appear on the August 17 agenda for the Planning & Development Committee at its 7:15 p.m. meeting in Council chambers at the Morton Civic Center.  If approved by the P&D Committee, it will be introduced for its first reading at the meeting of the full Council later that evening

            When the ZBA recommended denial of the permit, members cited both the lack of adequate on-site parking and concern for traffic congestion in that block of Central St., with the number of children expected to be dropped off and picked up daily and the location of Fire Station No. 5 two doors west of the proposed center.  The city staff memorandum recommending approval of the special use permit states that the day care center is “negotiating” to lease additional parking spaces from a nearby property.  It states nothing about the ZBA’s expressed concern over traffic congestion and the proximity of the fire station.

            Approximately 130 children between ages 6 months and 5 years are expected to be dropped off at the center every weekday between the hours of 7-9am, and picked up between 4-6pm.  City staff’s recommendation calls for five parallel parking spaces on Central Street in front of the building to be designated as a 15-minute “Loading Zone” for that purpose, plus the delivery of daily meals for all the children and diaper service for those in need of it. Neighbors who testified at the ZBA hearing on June 16 suggested that the small number of parking spaces on Central Street would not be adequate for that purpose, without having other vehicles double-parking in front for drop-off or pick-up and creating traffic congestion for other vehicles on Central St. during those hours.

            Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) and neighbors told the ZBA that employees of other businesses already are parking during the day on residential streets adjoining Central St. The day care center expects to employ 28-30 full-time employees and 24 part-time employees, with 20-22 employees per shift.  Although day care center owners told the ZBA they expected “up to 90%” of the employees to commute to work by using public transportation, they disclosed that none of the employees had been hired yet.

Splashy New North Evanston Whole Foods Goes to 11


(above): Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Ald. Jane Grover, and Whole Foods staff break bread, a company tradition, at the grand opening of the new store at 2748 Green Bay Rd.

A crowd of several hundred queued up before 9 AM today, to the accompaniment of speeches, free coffee from a vintage bus, and a rock band, for the grand opening of the newest Whole Foods grocery. While some were no doubt drawn by the offer of gift cards and free samples, the store, for many others, helps fill a void left when the Dominick's chain shuttered its longstanding store on the same location at 2748 N. Green Bay Rd. two years ago. That closing benefited the Jewel in Wilmette just under a half-mile north, but left the community, albeit served by some nice small stores such as Foodstuffs or Fresh Foods, without a single large full-service grocery in Evanston north of Emerson.

The newest Whole Foods is a stunning state-of-the-art store that will no doubt attract shoppers from a wide area. Larger than the chain's other two Evanston stores (on Chicago Avenue) combined, the Green Bay store not only showcases the familiar Whole Foods offerings of organic and natural foods and household items, but features a wine bar (above), and a cafe that doubles as a taproom featuring a large selection of craft beers. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz believes that the Evanston store, said by some to have cost $5 million to construct, incorporated virtually every possible bell and whistle featured anywhere in the Whole Foods family.


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