An alderman’s defense of skunks was one of Evanston Now’s most read stories last month — along with news of restaurants, real estate and property taxes.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Smylie seeks to bail on recycling center — May 11 —  Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. is seeking to bail out of its lease that would have turned Evanston’s shuttered recycling center into a beer production facility and tap room.
  2. For sale: Luxurious living a la Old Evanston — May 2 — If you have a hankering for the lifestyle of the early 20th Century, with live-in servants and marble bathrooms, and plenty of room for guests, there’s a 13-room Tudor mansion going up for sale a block from the lake in South Evanston that you should see.
  3. Work underway at new Prairie Moon — May 2 — Just a couple of weeks after the restaurant Prairie Moon closed on Sherman Avenue, owner Robert Strom says he’s hoping to reopen soon at a new site — 1635 Chicago Ave. — the former home of Dave’s Italian Kitchen.
  4. Renovated mid-century modern home for sale — May 17 — If you’re looking for a contemporary home in the heart of Evanston, 1510 Asbury Ave. may be the home for you.
  5. Two shot in south Evanston — May 18 — Two young men reportedly were shot in the 300 block of Custer Avenue about 1 p.m. today.
  6. Four car crash on Ridge — May 29 — Evanston police say four cars collided on Ridge Avenue near Monroe about 9:00 this morning.
  7. Death of NU student ruled a suicide — May 9 — The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office today ruled that the February death of Northwestern University junior Kenzie Krogh was a suicide.
  8. Alderman comes to defense of skunks — May 8 — Skunks found a friend last night on the Evanston City Council.
  9. We’re in the top 10 — for property taxes — May 1 — A new analysis of Census Bureau data says Evanston ranks seventh of nearly 600 cities in the United States in the share of housing cost represented by property taxes.
  10. ETHS chief explains early start date in 2019 — May 6 — There’s a good reason why Evanston Township High School wants to begin the 2019-2020 school year five days before the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 classes begin, says Superintendent Eric Witherspoon.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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