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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Art: Julie Cowan Prints at Wilmette Public Library



Evanston photographer and visual artist Julie Cowan will have prints on display 
at Wilmette Public Library through mid-December 2014

See more of Julie's work at http://solidprint.com/art/

Nov. 29: Art Under Glass in Downtown Evanston



The energizing Art Under Glass program that showcases the work of Evanston artists in vacant storefront windows is returning to Downtown Evanston. The new exhibit opens Saturday, November 29, as part of the festivities surrounding Downtown Evanston’s holiday and tree-lighting celebration. A reception introducing the artists and their work will be held 3 p.m. in the lobby of the newly renovated The Merion at 1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
After Mayor Tisdahl and project coordinators welcome attendees, the artists will offer a tour of their art. The exhibit will fill windows on the corner of Chicago Ave. and Davis St., the 1700 block of Orrington Ave., in Sherman Plaza on Sherman Ave, and a unique glass box on Davis, just east of Orrington. All but the Orrington stores are new venues for the project. The reception and tour are free and open to the public.
Participating local artists are Janet Austin, Raissa Bailey, Kristin Fippinger-Cahill, Dr. Lloyd Davidson, Doug Haight, Catherine Katona, Natasha Kohli, Didier Nolet, Harrison Parkes, Jack Weiss, and Jerry Woods. A variety of art forms, including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media are featured.
The partners on this project were Penny Rotheiser, Co-chair of the Evanston Arts Council's Arts & Business Committee; Annie Coakley, Executive Director ofDowntown Evanston; and Fran Joy of the Evanston Arts Council. They were assisted by Jason Brown, the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Intern.
The team announced the exhibit opening by saying, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase more Evanston artists on the streets of our city, and, at the same time, beautify the community and attract potential renters. “Art Under Glass” is another great reason to come downtown.”
This cycle, the sixth since Art Under Glass began in 2009, is a joint effort of the Evanston Arts Council’s Arts & Business Committee, Downtown Evanston, and the property managers who have opened their unoccupied storefronts: The Merion, Farnsworth-Hill Inc., Inland America, and Davis Street Land Company.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shop: Gather hosts Gift for Good Fair



http://www.meetatgather.com/
Location
602 Davis Street
Evanston, il 60201
Contact Us
847.859.2312
info@meetatgather.com

Saturday, November 22nd from 9 – 3pm, Gather will host artisan mommas, caregivers, and social enterprises in their first annual “Gift for Good Fair!” Support local artists and shop mission-driven products while your children play! This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 22nd, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Holiday Gift for Good Fair

Gather will host artisan mommas, caregivers, and social enterprises in our first annual “Gift for Good Fair!”  Check out the artistry & craft of Toni Goehring, Leslie Grayson, Tina Zemen, Amanda Tarver, Angela Lyonsmith and more. Support the missions of CEW: Creatively Empowered Women (http://creativelyempoweredwomen.com), Mama Power Gear (http://www.mamapowergear.com) & Soku Rafiki, fairly traded items from East Africa to support the work of Global Alliance for Africa, and shop an amazing selection of children’s literature by Usborne Books & Barefoot Books. Support local artists and shop mission-driven products while your children play! This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Evanston Food News: Ten Mile House Opens on Central Ave.




The bustling food scene in Evanston gets a new entry starting today at 4:30 p.m. with the arrival of Ten Mile House (formerly named The Wood Shed) in the Central Station building. Ten Mile House, named in homage to "Evanston's first gathering point" founded in 1836, will seat 110 throughout its dining room, 25 at the bar and more in the outdoor patio (once warm weather returns to us).
From a team that includes Unite Urban Grill owner Joe Krouse and a kitchen headed up by Lettuce Entertain You vet Greg Carter, Ten Mile House is implementing a menu filled with comfort-food favorites alongside healthier items.
In 1836, Major Edward H. Mulford established the original Ten Mile House.  Combining a tavern, post office, inn and courthouse, Ten Mile House served as the social and economic center of the community now known as the City of Evanston.
178 years later, Ten Mile House restaurant reestablishes the area’s first public gathering point and continues the tradition of hospitality.  Neighbors and area visitors alike are welcome to enjoy our thoughtful comfort food in a vibrant, welcoming setting just steps from Northwestern University. 
Ten Mile House is an ideal venue for a variety of experiences, including family-friendly dining, game day gatherings, after-work get-togethers, a casual night out and more.
http://www.tmhevanston.com/about-2/

This Thursday: Evanston Craft Beer & Spirits Tour



In honor of Evanston Entrepreneurship week, join Downtown Evanston and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, November 20 for a tour of Evanston’s many craft beer and spirits establishments.

Travel to Evanston’s distillery and breweries throughout the evening to sip craft brews and spirits, network, and see why beer means business. The tour includes stops at Smylie Brothers, Temperance, Peckish Pig, Few and Sketchbook.

Click here for tickets, and check out all the other great events going on during Evanston Entrepreneurship Week.

Smylie Bros review is featured in this week's Chicago Reader:

Smylie Brothers Brewing Company: Steinbier
Steinbier is more a method than a style, and as a method it dates back millennia—basically you drop screaming-hot stones directly into your future beer, rather than applying heat to the brewing vessel. When such vessels were made of wood this was a handy way to avoid setting them on fire, but the technique persisted as technology advanced—especially among farmers in Germany and Austria. When that part of Europe discovered lagering, most Steinbiers became lagers as well.
When I visited Smylie Brothers in Evanston this summer, head brewer Brad Pulver told me he planned to make a Steinbier, and since then he has—twice, in fact. His version is a rustic Vienna lager, brewed with German Polaris and Tettnang hops and fermented with a San Francisco lager yeast.
The six grapefruit-size chunks of granite Pulver used, looped with stainless-steel wire so he could carry them to the brew kettle, reached almost 800 degrees Fahrenheit in the restaurant's brick pizza oven—he had to put on heavy leather work gloves over the elbow-length nitrile gloves he always wears. Still, he didn't boil the wort with just the stones, like a brewer would have back in the day—the kettle's steam jacket did most of the work. Traditionally the stones would be transferred to the fermenter, to let their burnt shells of malt sugar diffuse into the beer over time. Pulver instead left them in the kettle for the whole boil: "The caramel coating on the stones dissolved into the wort," he says, "like deglazing a pan."
Smylie Brothers' Steinbier is a lovely chestnut color, on the dark side for a Vienna lager; the flavor is toasty and nutty, rounded out by toffee and creme brulee. It's fruitier than you might expect from the style, with a touch of baked pear and red plum—Pulver fermented it warmer than a typical lager. The burnt sugar cuts through the creamy mouthfeel with a faint, almost smoky astringency—it reminds me of the crisp black skin on a campout marshmallow that's briefly caught fire, and it dovetails nicely with the soft herbal bitterness of the noble hops. The Steinbier will almost certainly be gone by the time you read this, but Pulver plans to brew it again—and double the number of stones. —Philip Montoro

Monday, November 17, 2014

Reason 500 We Love Evanston: City of Evanston Appoints LGBT Liaison

 From City of Evanston 
The City of Evanston obtained the highest possible score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy. 
Evanston appointed Director of Community Development Mark Muenzer as the LGBT Liaison to the city.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shop local,see Frozen characters and Art Under Glass all in Downtown Evanston


So much is happening in Downtown Evanston on Nov. 29 it's bananas! 

1. Olaf and the Frozen characters are lighting the Holiday Tree
2.  Small Business Saturday
3. Art Under Glass

Small Business Saturday will take place all over Evanston (and America)! Get excited to support local Evanston businesses on Nov. 29 for Small Business Saturday. Throughout the day, shoppers can take advantage of special offers, discounts and in-store happenings at shops, cafés and restaurants throughout Evanston as part of Small Business Saturday.

Hot Neighborhoods to Shop Locally in include:
  • Downtown Evanston
  • Chicago/Dempster 
  • Central Ave
  • Main Street 
 Tree Lighting Info




From Evanston Now
 
Santa and characters from Disney's "Frozen" will be on hand for Downtown Evanston’s Holiday Bash and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Throughout the day, there'll be special offers, discounts and in-store happenings at shops, cafés and restaurants downtown Evanston as part of Small Business Saturday leading up to the tree lighting in Fountain Square that evening.

Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. at Davis Street and Sherman Avenue, with the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a live musical performance by "Frozen" characters Elsa, Anna and Olaf.
In the spirit of holiday giving, warm clothing essentials will be accepted for donation to Hilda’s Place, Connections for the Homeless.

Free parking will be available all day at the three main downtown Evanston parking garages: Sherman Plaza, 821 Davis St.; Maple Ave., 1800 Maple Ave.; and Church St., 525 Church St.

For more information, visit www.downtownevanston.org or call 847-866-6319.

Santa and characters from Disney's "Frozen" will be on hand for Downtown Evanston’s Holiday Bash and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Throughout the day, there'll be special offers, discounts and in-store happenings at shops, cafés and restaurants downtown Evanston as part of Small Business Saturday leading up to the tree lighting in Fountain Square that evening.
Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. at Davis Street and Sherman Avenue, with the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a live musical performance by "Frozen" characters Elsa, Anna and Olaf.
In the spirit of holiday giving, warm clothing essentials will be accepted for donation to Hilda’s Place, Connections for the Homeless.
Free parking will be available all day at the three main downtown Evanston parking garages: Sherman Plaza, 821 Davis St.; Maple Ave., 1800 Maple Ave.; and Church St., 525 Church St.
For more information, visit www.downtownevanston.org or call 847-866-6319.
- See more at: http://evanstonnow.com/feed-item/evanston-now/2014-11-12/67201/tree-lighting-downtown-on-small-business-saturday#sthash.NPQa4yyK.dpuf
 
Santa and characters from Disney's "Frozen" will be on hand for Downtown Evanston’s Holiday Bash and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Throughout the day, there'll be special offers, discounts and in-store happenings at shops, cafés and restaurants downtown Evanston as part of Small Business Saturday leading up to the tree lighting in Fountain Square that evening.
Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. at Davis Street and Sherman Avenue, with the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a live musical performance by "Frozen" characters Elsa, Anna and Olaf.
In the spirit of holiday giving, warm clothing essentials will be accepted for donation to Hilda’s Place, Connections for the Homeless.
Free parking will be available all day at the three main downtown Evanston parking garages: Sherman Plaza, 821 Davis St.; Maple Ave., 1800 Maple Ave.; and Church St., 525 Church St.
For more information, visit www.downtownevanston.org or call 847-866-6319.
- See more at: http://evanstonnow.com/feed-item/evanston-now/2014-11-12/67201/tree-lighting-downtown-on-small-business-saturday#sthash.NPQa4yyK.dpuf