The Midwest premiere of James MacMillan’s “St. John Passion” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, will take place at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conductor Donald Nally will lead the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, the University Chorale, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Motet Choir.

Post date: April 10, 2014 - 3:24pm

Evanston's Plan Commission got a first look at the new Main Street Station Transit Oriented Development Plan final report Wednesday night.

The plan considers a variety of near-term and long-range strategies for improving access to and the environment around the CTA and Metra stations at Chicago Avenue and Main Street.

Post date: April 10, 2014 - 11:21am

The Downtown Evanston board has named Annie Coakley as the organization’s new executive director.

Coakley, who will start her new job in Evanston April 21, has worked since 1998 as the assistant to the commissioner for the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development.

She managed Chicago’s Special Service Area program developing the annual budget for the $28 million program.

Post date: April 10, 2014 - 10:03am

Evanston aldermen this week approved spending $86,000 to come up with a cost-efficient long-term strategy for storing water at the city's water plant.

The vote came despite complaints from two residents that the study was unnecessary.

Barbara Janes of 802 Colfax St. and Junad Rizki of 2784 Sheridan Rd. both aregued that the city had conducted enough studies and should simply take the lowest-cost short-term solution and repair the roof of the existing reservoir.

Post date: April 10, 2014 - 7:45am

After posting road victories at No. 10 Penn State and No. 12 Penn over the weekend, fourth-ranked Northwestern returns to the comforts of Lakeside Field this week to begin a month-long homestand, starting with a two-game weekend, this weekend, in Evanston.

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Post date: April 10, 2014 - 5:00am

Kick off Earth Month with the Unitarian Church Green Sanctuary and "No Impact Man."  

Join author and guilty liberal Colin Beavan as he and his family attempt to "Walk the Talk" on Sustainability for a year by completely eliminating their environmental impact.  Join speaker and community organizer Michael Drennan for light refreshments and discussion before and after. 

How low can we bring our environmental impact, and will it make us miserable in the process? 

Post date: April 9, 2014 - 11:45pm

Some of the most charming hidden treasures were written by women composers during the Romantic era. The Romantics revives the spirit of this music with pieces by Elfrida Andreé, Cecile Chaminade and Clara Schumann.  

Artists: Members of the Renovo String Orchestra

$15 online or at the door 

Post date: April 9, 2014 - 6:26pm

Celebrate Earth Month with a dynamic program looking back on Evanston’s environmental achievements and forward to next steps to make Evanston the most Livable City in America. Keynote speakers include David Driskell, Executive Director of Community Planning and Sustainability for Boulder, CO, and Wally Bobkiewicz, City Manager of Evanston.  Following the presentations, join fellow Evanstonians for lively discussions on Movability, Renewability and Growability. Share your thoughts on what more should be done and learn about various ways people can get involved.

Post date: April 9, 2014 - 6:11pm

The 6th Annual Rock4Autism Benefit Concert and All Ages Family event takes place on Sunday April 27, 12:00-6:00 p.m. at 27 Live, 1012-14 Church St. in Evanston. The event draws upwards of 1,000 people throughout the day with 5 live bands and loads of entertainment for the entire family.

Post date: April 9, 2014 - 5:17pm

The Illinois Senate today approved a program designed to encourage retirement savings by private sector workers.

Sponsor Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) says the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act would offer a solution to "a looming retirement security crisis."

Biss says over 2.5 million Illinois workers — more than half the state’s private sector workforce — do not have access to retirement savings plans through their employers.

Post date: April 9, 2014 - 5:10pm