A devastating fire on Harrison, a crop of stories about restaurants, plus news of big houses and hot neighborhoods were among the stories readers read most on Evanston Now in January. Here’s a rundown of the top 10. 

  1. City fried over Chicken & Waffles — Jan. 7 — The City of Evanston will hold a liquor license suspension hearing Thursday for Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles, which — the city’s attorney says — has failed to renew its state liquor license and is substantially behind on tax and city loan payments
  2. Fire hits home on Harrison — Jan. 9 —  It took nearly three hours in extremely cold weather for fire crews from Evanston and several neighboring towns to extinguish a house fire at 2519 Harrison St.
  3. City to consider tearing down mansion — Jan. 4 — Evanston aldermen Monday will consider whether to move toward tearing down the city-owned lakefront Harley Clarke mansion.
  4. Oscar Mayer mansion up for sale — Dec. 31 — An Evanston property that once was the home of the son of the founder of the Oscar Mayer meatpacking firm has just gone on the market.
  5. Report: Evanston has a ‘hottest’ neighborhood — Jan. 22 — The Redfin online real estate site says Evanston’s Lakeshore Historic District is one of the five “hottest” neighborhoods in the Chicago metro area.
  6. Plans for Whole Foods on Green Bay approved — Jan. 14 — A city panel today approved plans to renovate the exterior of the former Dominick’s on Green Bay Road in Evanston to convert it to a Whole Foods Market.
  7. Reached our limit on Starbucks? — Jan. 19 — It seems we may have — at least temporarily — reached our limit on Starbucks coffee outlets in Evanston.
  8. Demo starts to clear way for new restaurants — Jan. 21 — The construction — or should we say demolition — fence is up behind the old Tom Thumb building on Davis Street.
  9. Overnight snow blowing not banned — Jan. 14 — Evanston Now has received email messages from two local residents this week asking us to “remind” readers that overnight snow blower use is banned under city ordinance. Trouble is, there isn’t any such ban.
  10. ETHS chief ‘regrets’ weather closure — Jan. 12 — Evanston Township High School superintendent Eric Witherspoon said Monday night that he regrets that the school closed because of cold weather last Wednesday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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