Plans by Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish to fence off his new lakefront home in Evanston drew flack from some neighbors and became the most-read story on Evanston Now in June. But readers also ate up stories about restaurants along with news of crime and local politics.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Cubs player wants to fence off front yard — June 12 — Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish wants to build a six-foot tall fence across the front yard of his new home at 90 Kedzie St. on the Evanston lakefront. He also wants to buy a strip of public land in front of his house.
  2. Too suburban for Evanston? — June 7 — Plans to bring a restaurant to the 1800 block of Simpson Street in Evanston suffered another setback Wednesday when a city staff committee concluded that the latest design for the building didn’t look urban enough for Evanston.
  3. Woman charged with unlawful use of gun — June 1 — A 24-year-old Evanston woman is facing weapons charges after police say they found a gun in her car during a traffic stop.
  4. Found to reopen, Cheesie’s to close — June 6 — Amy Morton’s Found restaurant on Chicago Avenue in Evanston is scheduled to reopen Friday with a new theme and a new chef.
  5. ETHS grad killed at Chicago party — June 19 — Evanston Township High School officials are offering counseling services for students after a June graduate of the school died early today after being shot in the head at a party on Chicago’s west side.
  6. Referendum could end election of clerk — June 4 — Evanston aldermen tonight are to consider whether to hold a referendum aimed at turning the city clerk’s job from an elected to an appointed position.
  7. Food beat: Big patio plans at Firehouse — June 1 — Firehouse Grill owner Pat Fowler hopes to dramatically expand the size of the outdoor dining area at the Chicago Avenue restaurant this summer.
  8. D65 hires three administrators — June 14 — The Evanston School District 65 board approved the appointment of three new administrators this week — including the district’s first executive director of black student success.
  9. Car misses turn at Starbucks, ends up at McDonald’s — June 21 — A number of cars were damaged about 9:40 this morning when a driver apparently lost control while rounding a curve at the Starbucks drive thru at Dempster and Dodge in Evanston.
  10. Parolee charged with weapons violation — June 1 — A Chicago man is facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon by an armed habitual criminal after Evanston police detected the odor of marijuana coming from his car.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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