Evanston will soon start replacing its 150th anniversary welcome signs at the city limits — over nine months after the anniversary year ended.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the first of the new signs were delivered to the Civic Center Thursday and shown off at a 5th Ward meeting Thursday evening.

The new signs follow a design scheme adopted as part of a wayfinding signage program in July.

But efforts to come up with a new city logo design, begun early this year, failed, Bobkiewicz says, after the committee named to consider the issue couldn’t come to agreement on what a new logo should include.

So the city is sticking, at least for now, with the same logo it has used for at least the past decade or so.

Meanwhile, it appears Skokie has gotten the jump on Evanston in implementing other aspects of a wayfinding signage program.

Village officials there say the first of 68 signs to direct visitors around downtown Skokie were installed this week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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