Central Street gallery closing

Chris Radke says he's closing one of the two stores he operates on Central Street in Evanston at the end of the month.

Radke says he's holding a liquidation sale for the rest of the month at his Dancing Bear Vintage Gallery, 1814 Central St.

The store features antiques including furniture, lighting, crystal and other objects from America, Asia and Europe.

Radke plans to continue operating his other store -- the Dancing Bear Native Gallery at 1922 Central. It focuses on Native American jewelry, art, antiques and collectibles.

Radke, who has run the native gallery for over 20 years, says it's been "a great and challenging experience" to run the vintage gallery as well.

“But in these tough times, people are spending their reduced resources more carefully, and I need to concentrate on those collectors who are still actively seeking fine Native American" objects, he added.

Promotion draws students to dine downtown

Thirty-nine downtown Evanston restaurants offered roughly 1,500 new and returning Northwestern students free samples of their food Sunday evening.

The free food offer drew a crowd to the Big Bite Night registration tables at the Rebecca Crown Center on campus to pick up maps to downtown restaurants and discount coupons.

The yearly event, called Big Bite Night, is a collaboration between Northwestern University, downtown Evanston restaurants and Evmark, the downtown marketing organization timed for the Sunday evening of new student week when residence hall kitchens are often closed.

"Big Bite Night is especially good for new students who don't yet know what lies off campus," says Associated Student Government Director of External Relations Jilian Lopez, who helped coordinate the event.

Green ordinance to get more tweaks

Evanston aldermen came close to passing a green building ordinance Tuesday night, but ran out of steam as they were trying to draft amendments on the council floor at 11:30 p.m.

So they directed staff to clean up the ordinance and bring it back in two weeks for consideration of several last-minute amendments proposed by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber sought to:

  • Exclude smaller scale, primarily decorative commercial renovation projects from the ordinance.
  • Offer the option of having a building meet environmental standards without requiring formal certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Exclude adaptive reuse renovations of buildings of less than 25,000 square feet.

Generally the ordinance would require construction or renovation projects of greater than 10,000 square feet to meet the silver certification standard in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

Editorial: Council kicks the little guy

Evanston's City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to ban licensed peddlers from the area around Northwestern's athletic complex on game days.

The process leading up to the vote was prime example of how public issues should not be decided in Evanston.

The police chief had private meetings with university security officials to develop the plan. The city manager slipped the item onto the City Council agenda and asked the council to suspend the rules and give the ordinance immediate effect.

The rationale for the ban is that on some game days large crowds trying to get past peddlers on the sidewalk surge into the street, creating a traffic hazard.

At no time, it appears, did anyone on the city staff reach out to the small business people -- the licensed peddlers -- whose livelihood will be disrupted by this ordinance.

Each of these peddlers is required each year to submit his or her name and address to the city collector's office and pay a license fee.

Here's some advice with that ticket

where-to-park-090925.gifYour next parking ticket may be accompanied by a flier with this cheery little retro graphic. Evanston's Parking Committee this week agreed to ask parking enforcement officers to add the flier to parking tickets they pass out in the downtown area. EvMark, the downtown marketing organization, is providing 10,000 copies of the fliers, which show the locations of the city's three downtown parking garages and what it costs to park in them. Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said she hoped the fliers would "say to people that we're really not out to ticket you" and want people to know where they can park legally and inexpensively. She said she's heard residents compare parking officers to vultures and rabid bats. "Nobody believes we offer a 10-minute grace period on the meters," Wynne added. After the jump: Plans to raise monthly parking rates -- but give shoppers a holiday break.