Two pickpockets collaborated and grabbed a woman's purse in a food store in the 1100 block of Chicago Avenue yesterday afternoon. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: September 19, 2014 - 3:42pm

Some 22 Evanston organizations have pledged a total of $227,875 in startup funds for a community-wide effort to help Evanston youth get a head start on their career objectives.

The initiative, dubbed “Cradle to Career,” was launched by Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 in an effort to deal with the achievement gap between white and African-American students in the public school system.

Post date: September 19, 2014 - 2:56pm

Imagine if you could assemble all of the Evanston restaurants where you celebrate special occasions—anniversaries, birthdays, and the like—in one room and that you could move from one to another, sampling any or all of their food  as often as you like in a single evening.

Post date: September 19, 2014 - 10:51am

Evanston will soon start replacing its 150th anniversary welcome signs at the city limits -- over nine months after the anniversary year ended.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the first of the new signs were delivered to the Civic Center Thursday and shown off at a 5th Ward meeting Thursday evening.

The new signs follow a design scheme adopted as part of a wayfinding signage program in July.

Post date: September 19, 2014 - 9:55am

Evanston's Economic Development Committee voted this week to approve more taxpayer assistance to two private businesses.

Post date: September 19, 2014 - 9:50am

The 'Kits, 'Cats and kids block party drew hundreds of people to Sherman Avenue downtown Thursday evening to listen to marching bands and chow down at food trucks.

Both the Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School marching bands were on hand, along with the flag-twirling and pom-pom waving groups intended to build school spirit.

Post date: September 19, 2014 - 6:41am

Valli Produce completed its purchase today of the Evanston Plaza Shopping Center -- reportedly for twice what seller Bonnie Management paid for the property less than two years ago.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says Valli reports it paid $16 million for the property. Bonnie Management and WHI Real Estate Partners purchased the property out of receivership from Bank of America in December 2012 for $8 million.

Post date: September 18, 2014 - 4:24pm

Renovations at Evanston’s Baker Park will be the featured topic at a 3rd Ward meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to Alderman Melissa Wynne.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Lincoln Elementary School, 910 Forest Ave.

Participants will review concept designs for improvements to the park at Keeney Street and Forest Avenue that are scheduled for next year. The city's director of parks, recreation and community services, Joe McRae, and Senior Project Manager Stefanie Levine are scheduled to attend. 

Post date: September 18, 2014 - 4:14pm

Evanston's 'Kits, 'Cats and Kids Block Party will turn Sherman Avenue downtown into a place for the whole family to play tonight from 5 to 7:45 p.m.

Children, teens and adults can participate in games, activities and crafts while listening to live music.

The Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School Marching Bands will perform at about 5:45 p.m., followed by special guests who will fire up the crowd in anticipation of the NU and ETHS football games to be played that weekend.

Post date: September 18, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Dajae Coleman Foundation (DC3F) will be hosting the second annual DaeDaeWorld Weekend from September 19-20, in memory of Evanston youth Dajae “Dae Dae” Coleman, who tragically lost his life to gun violence in 2012.

Post date: September 18, 2014 - 3:57pm