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Evanston architect George Halik was appointed this week to fill a vacancy on the city’s Plan Commission.

Halik, 66, long a principal with the Booth Hansen architecture firm in Chicago, has been involved with dozens of major projects in Chicago and the Midwest, including two in Evanston —  the 1717 Ridge apartments, completed in 2013, and the never-constructed Fountain Square tower project, proposed a decade ago.

He was also a member of the city’s Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2001 and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 1970s.


Halik in 2008 holding a model for a 38-story version of the never-built Founain Square tower.

Halik, whose appointment by Mayor Steve Hagerty was confirmed by aldermen Monday, told Evanston Now today that he has a lot of reading to do about the city’s planning and zoning documents to prepare for taking on his new role on the commission that advises the City Council on major development projects and possible revisions to the city’s zoning code.

He left Booth Hansen at the end of 2017 and now is with The Lamar Johnson Collaborative.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Great choice

    Excellent choice for Plan Commission. I know George personally and professionally, and he is of the highest caliber in both arenas. 

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