The owners of the Ward Eight cocktail lounge on Howard Street in Evanston are seeking to exercise their option to buy the city-owned building in which the bar is located.

The City Council is scheduled tonight to approve an ordinance authorizing the city manager to negotiate terms of the sale. But those terms are already spelled out in agreements the city entered into to persuade the bar owners to rehab the vacant building and turn it into the cocktail lounge.

Post date: January 12, 2015 - 7:15am

The Evanston Children’s Choir hosts an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston.

The whole family can participate in special singing sessions, or just observe. Meet choir directors and other ECC parents. Singers ages 7-18 can register on the spot. And there'll be free pizza.

Post date: January 11, 2015 - 11:51pm

Some light snow is expected to fall in Evanston starting between 6 and 7 this evening.

Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says snow accumulation should be about one inch or slightly more than that -- with the heaviest snow fall ending around 11 p.m. Flurries and snow showers could continue on and off until 2 a.m.

Public Works has a crew on standby, Maiworm says, and will begin operations later this evening. Snow accumulations are expected to be below parking restriction levels.

Post date: January 11, 2015 - 3:50pm

Bestselling author William Ury will discuss his new book "Getting to Yes with Yourself" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Evanston Public Libary.

Post date: January 11, 2015 - 12:37pm

Christian Stankovic hasn’t had many opportunities to compete in the 200-yard individual medley event during his high school swim career.

But the Evanston senior is making up for lost time if his performance at the 50th annual Evanston Invitational Saturday is any indication.

Stankovic turned in the seventh fastest time to date in the state and placed second with a personal best effort as the host Wildkits made a splash of their own with a third place finish in the team standings.

Post date: January 11, 2015 - 6:54am

Down by 8 points with 2 minutes and 12 seconds remaining Saturday night, Evanston’s basketball team came close to pulling off a miraculous comeback against Oak Park-River Forest.

But the Huskies didn’t miss enough free throws.

OPRF survived 6 missed free throws in the final period when Connor Fuller sank a pair at the line with 2 seconds remaining to secure a 58-54 non-conference triumph over the Wildkits.

Post date: January 11, 2015 - 6:42am

Fire Department and insurance investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that severely damaged a home at 2519 Harrison St. in Evanston Friday afternoon.

Post date: January 10, 2015 - 10:33am

Fueled by Jerome Bynum’s career-best scoring output, Evanston’s basketball team stayed on top of the Central Suburban League South division standings Friday night with a 65-45 road victory at Waukegan.

Post date: January 10, 2015 - 7:13am

There’s a good side to the recent cold temperatures: City crews have flooded three outdoor ice rinks in time to begin skating this weekend.

This year, community members can skate at Bent Park (Central Street at Cowper Avenue), the Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park (Sheridan Road at Church Street), and Baker Park (Forest Avenue at Keeney Street)

Baker and Bent Parks will officially open to the public on Saturday, Jan.10, while the Arrington Lagoon location is expected to open on Sunday, Jan. 11.

Post date: January 9, 2015 - 5:09pm

Join Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Farmhouse Evanston, NU Food Talks, and Sketchbook Brewing Company in welcoming a panel of Evanston’s finest brewers to spend an evening talking about brewing and sustainability. 

Post date: January 9, 2015 - 4:08pm