Chicago Blackhawk’s owner Rocky Wirtz is scheduled to attend Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Evanston’s new Robert Crown Community Center.

The $53 million project includes a new 6,000 square foot branch library where neighborhood kids can receive tutoring and mentoring.

In addition, the new Robert Crown Community Center will upgrade the pre-school, which serves over 100 Evanston families and improve the physical plant so families can get access to quality, affordable child care close to home.

The new center will feature two NHL-size ice rinks, a large gymnasium, Evanston’s first publicly-available artificial turf fields and an indoor running track.

More than 550 families, businesses, foundations and organizations have donated over $11.4 million to the project, including selling 212 personalized bricks at $500 each.

The groundbreaking will be held at 4 p.m. at the project site at 1701 Main St.

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  1. Robert Crown
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Mr. Wirtz donated the $53 million. Most of us would be happy to rename the place for that.

    1. The Blackhawks wanted to make

      The Blackhawks wanted to make Robert Crown their preseason training facility but the neighbors made a fuss that there would be too much traffic in the area.  Oh well, Evanston misses out again and now will be forced to sell bonds for the ever growing cost for this facility that doesn’t benefit 100% of community at all.   

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