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A rash of shootings — including a mid-morning murder by a gun-wielding motorcyclist on McCormick — were among the stories Evanston Now readers read most in July.

But they also learned of dining options coming and going and the loss in a bicyle accident of a beloved librarian.

  1. Gunman on motorcycle shoots, kills motorist – July 22 – Skokie and Evanston police are investigating after a gunman riding a motorcycle and dressed all in black shot a motorist at the intersection of Oakton Street and McCormick Boulevard about 9:45 this morning.
  2. Evanston man shot on Dodge – July 8 – Police say a 21-year-old Evanston man was shot in the leg at 2040 Dodge Ave. just before 1 p.m. today.
  3. Librarian hurt in bike crash dies – July 2 – An Evanston Public Library children’s librarian, Gigi Galich, who was critically injured when the bicycle she was riding collided with a motorcycle in front of the library Monday morning, has died.
  4. Buffalo Wild Wings to fly away – July 8 – The owner of the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on Maple Avenue in downtown Evanston is planning to fly the coop to Old Orchard.
  5. Shooting victim no stranger to guns – July 23 – The man pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston Tuesday after being shot by a motorcyclist on McCormick Boulevard in Skokie had been involved in a wild lakefront chase with police in Evanston two years ago.
  6. Two shot on Emerson  – July 21 – Evanston Police are investigating a shooting in an alley off the 1900 block of Emerson Street about 7:25 p.m. this evening.
  7. Police seek to locate missing teen girl – July 28 – Police are attempting to locate a juvenile — 15-year-old Alishianna Harris of Evanston — reported missing and last seen Thursday.
  8. New home for Lulu’s, Taco Diablo up for approval – July 13 – Plans for a new building to house revivals of two well-known Evanston restaurants are up for review by the city’s Planning and Development Committee Monday night.
  9. Makes a wrong turn, gets shot on Custer – July 2 – A 19-year-old Chicago woman made a wrong turn on Custer Avenue early today and ended up getting shot in the leg, Evanston police reported.
  10. New supermarket coming to Evanston Plaza – July 9 – An owner of Arlington Heights-based Valli Produce Inc. says his firm plans to take over the shuttered Dominick’s store in the Evanston Plaza shopping center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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