Organizers of Evanston’s sesquicentennial celebration — Evanston150 — held a reception for volunteers at the Evanston History Center this evening.

First Bank & Trust’s Jay Lytle, a member of the group’s steering committee, praised progress made so far by groups working on ten “big ideas” to provide lasting community benefits from the anniversary year.

Top: Jay Lytle. Above: Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz were among those who attended the event.

The projects range from the already successful establishment of a community health center in the city through proposals for a year-round farmers market, a youth development center, children’s swim programs and efforts to make the cty safer and more enjoyable for walkers and bikers.

Volunteers, and reporters, who turned out for the history center session.

Upcoming events focused on celebrating the anniversary year include

  • A rally celebrating 100 Years of Illinois Women Voting at the Frances Willard House, 1730 Chicago Ave. at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.
  • A 150 Birthday Candles Bash at the Evanston Arts Center, 2603 Sheridan Road, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.
  • Shaed Streets Evanston at Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1.

More information about anniversary celebration events and the 10 big ideas projects is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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