Evanston’s  etc. Music School will hold a “front porch concert” at 2739 Lincoln St. this Sunday as a fundraiser to help pay for music lessons for the city’s youth.

The school’s two studios, housed at the Noyes Cultural Center, are operated by its founder and artistic director, Mike O’Mara, an Evanston resident and teacher with 15 years teaching experience.

Post date: September 2, 2014 - 1:03pm

California-based chain 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is planning to come to Evanston.

The company has filed an application with the city for a special use permit to open at 812 Church St. downtown.

Post date: September 2, 2014 - 11:55am

The Evanston Community Foundation's Leadership Evanston program next month will offer Snapshot Evanston, a one-day orientation to the city.

Post date: September 2, 2014 - 11:45am

Evanston city officials plan  to try again to sell the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion -- this time to the State of Illinois.

Aldermen at Wednesday's Human Services Committee meeting are scheduled to review a proposal to authorized City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz to negotiate terms for the sale of the mansion buildings and a lease of the grounds to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Post date: September 2, 2014 - 6:17am

Amir Sufi, professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, speaks Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave. in Skokie.

In “House of Debt: How We All Caused the Great Recession.” Sufi will discuss his theory about the causes of the financial crisis of 2008 and how the next one can be prevented.

A coffee hour follows the talk. For more information, visit

Post date: September 1, 2014 - 9:56pm

Martha Bayne, writer, editor, and author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook, speaks Sept. 21 on “Building Community—One Soup Pot at a Time.”

Based on her long-running community meal project “Soup & Bread,” Bayne will examine the historic and contemporary uses of soup as a tool for strengthening community and fostering social justice.

A coffee hour follows the talk. For more information, visit

Post date: September 1, 2014 - 9:40pm

A dramatic fire on Oakton Street turned out to be the last story of August -- and the most read for the month among Evanston Now readers. Here's a rundown of the top 10.

Post date: September 1, 2014 - 9:21am

Anthony Pinn, a professor of Humanities at Rice University, speaks Sept. 14 on “How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist.”

An expert in African American religion and humanism, Pinn will describe how the issues of human suffering and material need prompted his leaving the evangelical ministry. He will discuss how his intellectual development and social life led him to rethink his beliefs and move on from a preoccupation with personal salvation and assurances of eternal life.

Post date: September 1, 2014 - 9:17am

Operatic soprano Christine Steyer will perform at the Ethical Humanist Society's Second Saturday Coffeehouse, hosted by Vicki Elberfeld, at 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

Steyer's recital will feature arias from The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, and The Gypsy Baron.

She will also perform some favorite songs by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, songs of Fernando Zor, and a new work, “Music of the Universe,” set to the poem by Charlie Rossiter. Accompanying her will be pianist Marta Johnson and narrator Paul Geiger.

Post date: September 1, 2014 - 9:14am

A major fire at the North Shore Towing yard on Oakton Street sent black smoke pouring over Evanston this afternoon.

The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. and, despite problems getting sufficient water on the blaze, the black smoke had shifted to a light grey color by about 3:30.

Fire officials asked the city's utility's department to raise water pressure in the southwest area of the city to help increase the supply available to fight the fire.

Post date: August 31, 2014 - 3:26pm