Evanston aldermen voted Monday to delay for a month a decision on how much to force a local church to spend to re-roof its parish center in hopes of finding a less costly but still traditional-looking solution.

The city's Preservation Commission had approved restoring the original clay tile roof on the former convent and denied St. Mary's Church permission to replace the roof with fiberglass shingles to match what's now on the church building.

Post date: April 12, 2016 - 9:50am

A 44-year-old business that many regarded as a dining institution, Dave's Italian Kitchen, closed Monday in Evanston.

The shutdown came without warning and occurred on the very day when owners Dave and Ellen Glatt were to have received keys to the city from Mayor Elizabeht Tisdahl for their work providing free meals for the disadvantaged.

Post date: April 12, 2016 - 5:29am

Four homes were burgled and attempts made to gain access to two residences between Friday and Saturday. These among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: April 11, 2016 - 5:26pm

Evanston's new street sweeping signs are starting to show up around town, but James Maiworm of the city's Public Works Agency says it will take another couple of weeks to finish the job.

Maiworm says production of the signs by the city's contractor started with ones that bar parking on Thursdays, so those have been going up first.

Because opposite sides of most streets are cleaned on different days of the week, that means many streets now have the new signs posted on one side of the road -- while the old signs are still up on the other side.

Post date: April 11, 2016 - 3:53pm

Update 5:40 p.m.: A 16-year-old Evanston Township High School student from Skokie has been charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire in a third-floor locker at the school during the noon hour today.

Post date: April 11, 2016 - 1:04pm

Founded in Strasbourg in 1998 by pianist-conductor Jean-Philippe Wirtz, Ensemble Linea is committed to democratizing contemporary music.

The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18, in the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston.

The ensemble’s projects cover diverse aesthetic perspectives, from musical theater to electronic music and from Western European music to Asian and American repertoire. Regularly including dance, theater, and cinema in its performances, the ensemble has earned a reputation for dynamic staging.

Post date: April 11, 2016 - 12:10pm

Hear one of the world’s premiere brass ensembles perform pieces from the current North American tour of their hit show “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

Following the performance, the players will share with the audience stories of the ensemble’s origin and their process for programming and rehearsing, as well as answer questions from the audience.

Mnozil Brass has captivated audiences across the globe with their blend of immense virtuosity and theatrical wit.

More information.

Post date: April 11, 2016 - 12:03pm

St. Joan of Arc School marked the third year of its Service Day program on Friday, April 8. The program is intended to teach the importance of service. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade study a topic through the year, and then complete a service project about it.  

Post date: April 10, 2016 - 3:06pm

Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve a plan to demolish 13 blighted properties in the city with federal funds provided through the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

After the city acquires title to the properties, the $455,000 Blight Reduction Program grant would see ownership of properties transferred to the non-profit Community Partners for Affordable Housing, which would pay for the demolition work with the grant funds.

Post date: April 10, 2016 - 10:00am

No one wearing any Evanston uniform likes losing to New Trier.

But the Wildkit boys volleyball team sent a message this weekend at the Blue Devil Invitational tournament at Warren that when it comes to championship matchups --- they belong.

Post date: April 10, 2016 - 6:26am