Word of plans for a new downtown dining venue drew the most interest from Evanston Now readers in February. They also ate up news of a big hike in property assessments and a gaping hole in a local street. Here’s a rundown of the month’s top stories.

  1. Former TV host to open restaurant here — Feb. 17 — Alpana Singh, who hosted “Check, Please!” on WTTW for a decade, is planning to open what will be her third Chicago-area restaurant in the former Bravo! space at 1701 Maple Ave. in Evanston.
  2. Sink hole opens on Monroe Street — Feb. 3 — The front end of an SUV became trapped in a sinkhole that opened today in the 1300 block of Monroe Street in Evanston.
  3. Homeowners may get a shock in the mail — Feb. 26 — Many Evanston homeowners will find some shocking news from the Cook County Assessor’s office in their mailbox soon.
  4. TV filming to disrupt lakefron traffic — Feb. 15 — Filming for the NBC television series “Chicago Fire” will disrupt traffic patterns along the Evanston lakefront near downtown on Wednesday and Thursday.
  5. Man shot on Dobson Street — Feb. 2 — Evanston police say a man was shot about 3:20 this afternoon in the 1300 block of Dobson Street.
  6. Shots fired at person on Emerson — Feb. 3 — A person was shot at while standing on a sidewalk on Emerson Street Monday night.
  7. Streets blocked over fear of falling debris — Feb. 19 — Streets around the Sherman Plaza complex downtown were blocked off this afternoon after officials noticed debris falling from the roof of the high-rise building.
  8. Aldermen reject student housing development — Feb. 23 — Evanston aldermen Monday night rejected a planned development that would have generated $1 million a year in new property tax revenue largely because of concerns that it was designed to provide housing for college students.
  9. Neighbors critique senior housing project — Feb. 11 — Neighbors offered up the usual litany of complaints about a new Evanston residential development Wednesday night — too tall, not enough parking.
  10. Man found dead in closet a week after going missing — Feb. 29 — Evanston police say a 43-year-old resident of the Albany Care mental health facility was found dead in a closet Sunday, just over a week after he’d been reported missing from the facility.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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