Canal Shores Golf Course President Karl Leinberger told Evanston 7th Ward residents Wednesday night about the course’s new management partner.

Northbrook-based KemperSports has been in operation more than 40 years and runs hundreds of golf and hospitality facilities around the country.

Leinberger said he believes Kemper will help Canal Shores deliver on its four pillars of golf, youth development, ecology, and community to Evanston.

He said Kemper “brings proven and unrivaled management expertise combined with an appreciation and understanding of the charm of Canal Shores.”

Leinberger reported a net profit for Canal Shores’ provision of parking during the Northwestern football season.

He said that after a soft launch of its newly acquired liquor license with no issues, the course plans an expansion of that business aided by the acquisition of a mobile beverage cart. 

Canal Shores Ecological Committee Chair Ed Nesbitt said the course’s nature trail has especially been a favorite among residents.

“Personally, I’ve found the nature trail to be a wonderful addition to the golf course,” Ald. Eleanor Revelle (7th) said. “When walking on it, you sometimes forget you’re in Evanston. It’s a really special place and I recommend all our citizens take the chance to visit.” 

Revelle announced that a neighbor-led Stadium Project Working Board has been established to monitor Northwestern’s Ryan Field renovation and meet with the project’s representatives, starting on Thursday

And she said the Central Street bridge project is ahead of schedule and should be completed some time early this summer. She said plans for another bridge renovation project — on Lincoln Street — will be discussed at a meeting in May.

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