The owner of 909 Foster St., just west of the CTA Purple Line tracks wants to add a new mixed-use building at the rear of the property.

The proposal, up for concept review by the city's Design and Project Review Committee this afternoon, calls for adding 900 square feet of commercial space and five apartments in a new three-story structure.

The existing building on the left and the proposed new building on the right, in a rendering from architect Greg Williams.

Post date: June 22, 2016 - 9:42am

Evanston police say a man who tried to steal a woman's wallet at the CVS on Central Street led police on a foot chase through northwest Evanston before finally being taken into custody.

Post date: June 21, 2016 - 4:10pm

The City of Evanston will host its sixth annual "Evanston Recycles" event on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at Evanston Township High School. The free “drive up, drop off” event provides residents an opportunity to recycle a variety of items and securely shred documents.

Post date: June 21, 2016 - 3:37pm

A pair of Samsung headphones was stolen in a burglary at a commercial establishment in the 800 block of Hinman Avenue. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: June 21, 2016 - 2:37pm

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, a significant makeover of the historic Shakespeare Garden on the Northwestern University campus, including newly installed lighting, was celebrated Monday night.

Post date: June 21, 2016 - 11:54am

Evanston aldermen approved some but rejected other staff proposals to consolidate some of the city's numerous boards, commissions and committees Monday night.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, was among those who spoke against a plan to merge the Housing and Community Development Act Committee and the Mental Health Board into a new Community Development and Human Services Committee.

Post date: June 21, 2016 - 10:43am

The Evanston Art Center wants your feedback!
Submit a snapshot of the community you represent or photos of community members participating in visual arts programs to the Evanston Art Center. These photos will serve as the lead topic during this group discussion about community arts efforts. 
Photo Voice aims to combine positive social change and visual arts to enhance and empower communities through documentary photography. 

Post date: June 21, 2016 - 10:24am

A new plan to deal with disruptive tenants sailed through an initial vote at the Evanston City Council Monday night -- in sharp contract to the angry response from landlords that a previous proposal from city staff received earlier this year.

"It's not perfect, but it's pretty good and probably will work," said landlord Mike Sehr, "Thanks for listening to our concerns."

His wife, Lisa Pildes, said the new proposal was "light years better" than the staff proposal that had been "drafted without input from stakeholders."

Post date: June 21, 2016 - 8:47am

A cell phone was lifted out of the pocket of an attendee at the Custer Street Fair, at Washington Street and Chicago Avenue, over the weekend. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.


Central Park at Grant

Elmo S. Hatfield, Jr., 47, of 2110 Dewey Ave., was arrested at Central Park Avenue and Grant Street at 12:15 p.m. Saturday and charged with aggravated assault.


1700 Dodge

Post date: June 20, 2016 - 2:35pm

Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to review a plan to try to better respond to complaints of crime and other disruptive activity by tenants of rental properties in the city.

The plan, developed this spring by a committee of three aldermen and three landlords with input from the city's police and legal departments, would amend the city's existing landlord-tenant and nuisance premises ordinances.

Post date: June 20, 2016 - 9:32am