City turns out for CommUNITY picnic


Perfect late-summer weather greeted hundreds of Evanstonians who gathered in the park behind the Civic Center Sunday for the 2014 CommUNITY picnic.

Celebrating the end of the summer that many feared would never get here, the annual picnic is a sign that school is about to begin and that work schedules are ready to gear up for a busy fall, with football, leaf-raking, and the inevitable bites of frosty mornings due to make their appearance in the coming days.

This year, a free shuttle bus provided by Davis Transportation picked up picnic-goers from around the city, but nevertheless it was tough finding a place to park within several blocks of the civic center.

The free admission and the promise of free food and entertainment, coupled with ideal weather, however, was a sure-fire attraction, especially for families with small children.

There was food…

And balloons…

And face-painting…

And exhibits…

And bands. Here is Steve Hausheer, leading the Bitter Root Band.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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