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Partnerships boost the arts in Evanston

Evanston is well established as a cultural hub for the arts. The city is also a catalyst for forging partnerships between the fine and performing arts organizations and important community groups. Open Studios Evanston is working to produce Evanston’s first open studios crawl on June …

Enchanted Evanston brings holiday magic to the North Shore

Evanston will transform into a winter wonderland for the season with festive celebrations, trolley rides for shoppers throughout the business districts, strolling carolers and the annual tree lighting ceremony. The city will host events through the end of the year for residents. To keep with …

Cross-train Community: The benefit of group workouts

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Exercising with a group can be a motivating way to begin a workout routine. Group exercise can help improve your fitness level and offer therapeutic benefits not commonly found in individualized workouts. David Lanz, owner of Orangetheory, fell in love with the program’s cardiovascular and …

Giving back: Live here. Help here.

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2014 was a successful year for many Evanston nonprofits. Some underwent physical transformations and renovations while others began new programs or reached out to a variety of members throughout the community. Evanston Community Foundation The Evanston Community Foundation launched a pilot program this year entitled …

Learning doesn’t take a vacation

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The holiday season brings a well-deserved break from the school year for many students. Their enjoyment of the time off, however, doesn’t have to be a complete break from learning.  Local educators — Carol Teske, director at the School for Little Children; and Geoffrey Anderson, …

Cradle to Career

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In 2012, a group of leaders from Evanston’s community based organizations wanted to align their goals of supporting and educating area youth with other like-minded groups. Their vision was that by the age of 23, all of Evanston’s young adults would be leading productive lives, …

Eureka! Discover unique, thoughtful gifts

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Whether shopping for the perfect gift or looking to treat yourself, Evanston’s shopping districts are filled with one-of-a-kind boutiques and independent businesses that offer unique gifts. Central Street More than 60 merchants and businesses can be found along Central Street, one of Evanston’s distinct shopping …

Evanston Dining and  Entertainment: SLOW FOOD and FAST MUSIC

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In recent years, Evanston has seen a growth of new restaurants influenced by the slow-food movement, which supports sustainability, preserving traditional cuisine and promoting small businesses. This is a growing trend in the North Shore. Hewn bakery, located in the Dempster shopping district, fully embraced …

First Night returns for family-friendly fun

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First Night — Evanston’s New Year’s Eve musical celebration — is back after a small yet successful return last year. The event had a comeback in 2013, but not to the record-breaking crowd numbers of its past. Board member Emily Guthrie, who has been a …

Improving families with Two-Generation approach

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A new community initiative aiming to increase Evanston families’ self-sufficiency has just wrapped its 13-week pilot program. The Evanston Community Foundation’s Two-Generation Education Initiative provides educational, financial and career guidance for parents — and high-quality early education for their children up to age 6 through …

Entrepreneurs shine in Evanston

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Evanston is a hotbed for entrepreneurs. Three business owners explain what they think makes small businesses thrive in the city. Miguel Wong owns coLab Evanston, 900 Chicago Ave., a co-working business, and is a partner in Box Evanston, 739 Main St., a boxing and cross-training …

Q&A: Jeff Bell on the new Beacon Academy

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Beacon Academy is a new Montessori-based high school, slated to open in Evanston on Aug. 25. The school is the first of its kind in the area, and it will be admitting high school freshmen and sophomores for its inaugural school year. Currently, 31 students …

Women Out   Walking

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Six years ago, Evonda Thomas-Smith set out to get Evanston women moving more. As the director of health for the City of Evanston, she and a small committee of peers created a vision for Women Out Walking, a program that encourage healthy lifestyles for women …

Howard Street’s renaissance

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Howard Street, one of Evanston’s southern borders, had spent the last few decades a bit neglected. “Howard Street was the lost child, so to speak,” said Alderman Ann Rainey. The stretch of the street on the east side of Evanston toward Lake Michigan had many …

Evanston institutions boost anti-bullying education

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Growing up is hard for any kid, and bullying has been taken more seriously in recent years. Two Evanston institutions are doing their part to help with the issue, from education to intervention. A program for elementary through high school students developed by a Northwestern …

Evanston  on the scene

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Evanston’s entertainment scene is on the rise. The city has long has a foothold in performing arts and theatre, but more music venues and contemporary entertainment venues are cropping up. “A lot of people who live in the northern suburbs used to bypass Evanston and …

Spotlight on the Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center

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The Erie Family Health Center in Evanston was the first location outside of Chicago. Tiosha Goss, director of Health Center Operations at the Evanston/Skokie location, provided an update on the center’s recent relocation to 1285 Hartrey Ave. 1. What updates do you have about Erie …

Plain and Simple is craftsmanship at its best

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In 2004, Plain and Simple opened its doors in Evanston’s Main Street Station shopping district, at 713 Main S. Its mission was to provide simply and elegant Amish-made furniture. It has been furnishing homes in Evanston and the surrounding areas ever since. From the popular …

Something borrowed, something bloom

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Something old? Check. Something new? Check. Something borrowed? Check. Something bloom? Umm. Couples needing assistance with floral arrangements for their big day can get a helping hand from the designers at Sunset Foods Floral Design. Sunset’s floral designer, Joanne Willing, said floral trends for 2014 …

Luck of the Irish

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For decades, siblings Paul, Lydia and Sophia owned and operated Irish-themed pub/restaurants throughout the Chicagoland suburbs. Then, in 1999, they opened The Curragh, an Irish Pub unmatched in authenticity and ambience in Schaumburg adjacent to the Woodfield Mall. It quickly became known for serving wonderful …

What a gem

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Cy Fredrics Jewelers, recognized as the premier jeweler on the North Shore for more than 55 years, specializes in fine quality and sophisticated looks of each season. Cy Fredrics was established and incorporated in 1958 by Cy Lemick and a partner. The original location of …

Tria Boutique, specialty shoe retailer, prepares to dazzle North Shore

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Chicago-area shoe-lovers: make room in your closets. Tria Boutique — a new specialty shop that offers a carefully curated mix of designer and contemporary shoes, handbags and fine jewelry — has opened its doors. Tria is co-owned by Jody Strauss-Figura and Tony Patel. David Sugg …

Evanston Art Center connects youths to art

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Founded in 1929 by civic and cultural leaders, namely Alice C. Riley, the Evanston Art Center (EAC) has been supporting diverse artists and enriching the community for more than 80 years, which makes it one of the oldest and most accessible art centers in Illinois. …