After nearly two years of inaction, zoning that would permit aquaponic farming in Evanston has come back to life.

The Plan Commission last week once again approved a proposal that would permit commercial aquaponics operations as a special use in business, commercial, industrial and manufacturing districts.

Post date: April 15, 2014 - 10:32am

As usual, retail sales in Evanston hit the post-holiday slump, but the numbers were still slightly ahead of last year.

Sales tax receipts distributed to the City of Evanston by the state this month, reflecting sales by merchants in January, totalled $1.168 million, up just 1.16 percent from $1.154 million a year ago.

But the year-over-year gain for Evanston was nearly twice the 0.65 percent gain reported for the state as a whole.

Post date: April 15, 2014 - 7:06am

The Evanston Wildkits were in control throughout the game Monday in a CSL crossover girls soccer contest with the Niles North Viking. 

It took about 25 minutes for the Kits to break through a very composed and organized  Niles North defense. The goal came in then from a free kick outside the box taken by sophomore Alex Berkley.

Six minutes later it was another sophomore, Nora Mertz, who capitalized on a pass from Maureen Kerr and with a right-footed shot from the top of the box brought the Evanston team up 2-0.

Post date: April 15, 2014 - 6:33am

Evanston’s young boys volleyball team is still learning what it takes to win at the varsity level.

Post date: April 15, 2014 - 6:27am

The Evanston History Center will host award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Amity Shlaes, author of the widely-praised biography, "Coolidge," tonight. 

The event includes a wine and light appetizer reception just prior to the talk. 

Details below:


Post date: April 15, 2014 - 5:00am

Tuesday, April 22, 6:00 p.m., Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Post date: April 14, 2014 - 7:31pm

Mayor Tisdahl has established a nine (9) member task force with a mandate to develop an Age Friendly Initiative, to include formulating a three-year city-wide action plan for implementation.   Mayor Tisdahl requested the Commission on Aging to appoint 4 representatives, the Mental Health Board to appoint one representative and the Human Relations Commission to appoint one representative to the task force. The remaining three were appointed from the Evanston community at-large.  Each member will serve without compensation for one five-year term.

Post date: April 14, 2014 - 5:20pm

The Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship will take place from Thursday, April 24 to Sunday, April 27 at Vandy Christie Tennis Center, 2310 Sheridan Rd., located on Northwestern University's campus. The first round of competitions will begin on April 24, as two matches are played simultaneously at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

In the event of rain, the games will be moved inside to the Combe Tennis Center, 2311 Campus Dr.

There is no cost to attend this event. For more information, click here. 

Post date: April 14, 2014 - 5:15pm

The Music Institute of Chicago presents Winds Chamber Music--featuring Barbara Drapcho and Stan Davis, clarinet, Meret Bitticks, flute--at its monthly Faculty Lunchtime Concerts and Conversations series. 

Complimentary coffee will be served.


Post date: April 14, 2014 - 5:05pm

Someone stole a laptop computer and six guitars during a party in the 2300 block of Grey Avenue. This among the stories in the weekend crime report issued today by Evanston police.

Post date: April 14, 2014 - 4:54pm