Evanston is 'Putting Dance on the Map' with free dance performances taking place Sunday afternoon at various locations around town. There are also open houses to explore on Sunday. Here's a sampling of some of the homes available to tour.

12 Milburn Pl.

12 Milburn Park

Post date: October 31, 2013 - 11:25pm

Graffiti was found inside an apartment building in the 400 block of Howard Street between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.  Graffiti was also reported in the 400 block of Ridge Avenue Wednesday evening. These and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police. 

Post date: October 31, 2013 - 5:21pm

Westminster Place, a Presbyterian Homes continuing care retirement community, hosts its annual holiday sale on Friday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Elliott Hall, 3131 Golf Road in Evanston. 

Post date: October 31, 2013 - 11:52am

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is asking aldermen to approve spending $150,000 as part of next year's budget to buy a "mobile city hall vehicle."

Asked for more detail about the project, Bobkiewicz responded that what he has in mind is something like Boston's "City Hall to Go" step van pictured above.

He says the Evanston version is "intended to bring information and services to the community" in cooperation with the Evanston Public Library "reaching out to residents where they live and play."

Post date: October 31, 2013 - 9:56am

Erie Family Health will open its Evanston/Skokie center on Monday, Nov. 4.

The new center at 1285 Hartrey Ave. at the corner of Dempster Street in Evanston replaces the temporary Erie facility at Evanston's Civic Center.

The center's director, Tiosha Goss, says Erie has cared for over 1,400 medical and 850 dental patients at the Civic Center site over the past year and expects to be able to provide care for more than 5,500 people at the new state-of-the-art facility.

Post date: October 31, 2013 - 9:01am

Lake Street Church of Evanston will host its 19th annual gift fair, the Make-a-Difference (MAD) Market Sunday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Market provides a venue for not-for-profit organizations to sell unique gift items and donation cards.

Visitors can shop for the holiday season and special occasions while supporting organizations that provide vital services in our community.

Post date: October 31, 2013 - 7:52am

A gold chain and three charms were stolen from a retirement home in the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue sometime Monday evening. This and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police. 

Post date: October 30, 2013 - 3:58pm

A 25-unit vintage courtyard apartment building near Evanston's lakefront, gut-rehabbed for a never-completed condo conversion, has gone on the market for $8.2 million.

The building at 834-840 Judson Ave. was acquired by JMG Ventures LLC in 2006 for $4.5 million, according to county property records.

Mike Anguiano, managing director of listing brokerage Kiser Group, says the property has one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with one to 2½ baths. It also has eight garage parking spots.

Post date: October 30, 2013 - 1:01pm

Two Northwestern University spin-off companies, one based in Evanston, are among those spotlighted in a new national report issued this week by The Science Coalition.

“Sparking Economic Growth 2.0: Companies Created from Federally Funded Research, Fueling American Innovation and Economic Growth” identifies 100 companies that trace their roots to federally funded university research.

These companies -- while only a tiny fraction of the new companies formed each year -- are contributing to the U.S. economy in a significant way.

Post date: October 30, 2013 - 11:04am

Evanston's City Council this week gave final approval to an ordinance restricting the use and sale of electronic cigarettes.

The ordinance amends the city's clean air act to prohibit use of e-cigarettes where use of other smoking materials is prohibited and restricts their sale in the same way sales of conventional cigarettes are restricted.

Post date: October 30, 2013 - 10:40am