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What do protests, food and the Olympics have in common?

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A demonstration, changes on Evanston's dining scene and a local woman's plans to run in the Olympics all got a lot of attention from Evanston Now readers last month.

Here's a rundown of the top 10 most-read stories:

  1. Black Lives protestors block rush-hour traffic — July 14 — About 75 Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets in and around downtown Evanston disrupting rush hour traffic for about 90 minutes this evening.
  2. Opening near for new restaurant complex — July 9 — The owners of the new three-restaurant complex at 1026 Davis St. in Evanston tested out their second-floor open-air dining space called Five & Dime with some invited guests Friday evening.
  3. ETHS grad to run in Olympics — July 15 — Margaret Bamgbose, a 2012 graduate of Evanston Township High School, will compete in the 400 meter race in the upcoming Summer Olympics in August, representing Nigeria
  4. Food beat: 27 Live is dead — July 14 — Downtown Evanston has lost a music venue and a Greek dining spot.
  5. Quick-serve chain pizza shop closes — July 28 — 800 Degrees, the California-based quick-serve pizza chain, has closed its downtown Evanston outpost, a little over nine months after it opened.
  6. Man with gun call leads to three arrests — July 2 — Evanston police say a call of a man with a gun near the intersection of Foster Street and Ashland Avenue about 11:30 this morning has led to three arrests.
  7. New Dodge bike lanes rile some neighbors — July 26 — Several people with homes near the new protected bike lanes on Dodge Avenue complained to Evanston aldermen Monday night that they don't believe the new road configuration is safe.
  8. City sees office development on library lot — July 8 — Evanston aldermen Monday will be asked to give the city manager authority to negotiate the sale of the city parking lot at 1714-20 Chicago Ave. for a potential office development.
  9. Noyes Cafe land escaped taxes for 15 years — July 1 — The land under the now-shuttered Noyes Cafe in Evanston has escaped property taxes for the past 15 years after it was sold by Northwestern University to a private owner.
  10. Man shot at IHOP on Howard — July 3 — Evanston police say a man was shot in the parking lot of the IHOP restaurant at Howard and Asbury at dawn this morning after he denied being a gang member.

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