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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Public Art Installation Pays Tribute to Evanston

Community members are encouraged to view Evanston’s latest public art installation, “Geocommunetrics: An Intersection of Evanstons,” on the corner of Davis St. and Oak Ave., where a major fire took place in December 2013. Over the next two weeks, local artists will work with the designer Jason Brown, also known as "The Zip Code Kid" (TZCK), to complete the art display paying tribute to the three Evanston zip codes: 60201, 60202 and 60203.

The Evanston Arts Council brought this idea to life to provide a unique way to challenge perceptions on the use of empty lot space. This display aims to showcase how all public areas can be transformed into a point of interest through art, even during a business’s development stage.

The plaid-based design will be woven based on the numbers in the zip codes and will include the following colors: brown, for land, representing 60201; blue, for Lake Michigan, representing 60202; green, for wilderness, representing 60203; and orange, which serves as the common thread that weaves our community together.

Once completed, the mural will be on display for the general public until the development at Davis St and Oak Ave. is completed in 2015. To view similar designs, please visit

For more information on the mural, please contact Cultural Arts Coordinator Jennifer Lasik at 847-859-7835.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Evanston’s 40th Annual Fall Flea Market

The following is from the City of Evanston:

Evanston’s 40th Annual Fall Flea Market will be held on Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.

There’s something for everyone at the market. More than 70 tables will sell a wide variety of items at this year’s event, including sporting equipment, household goods, jewelry, books, toys, games and much more. Proceeds from table rentals benefit the Robert Crown Center Advisory Board.

Admission to the flea market is free (no early birds, please). For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Evanston Public Art Project Geocommunetrics

Traveling downtown? Check out Evanston’s latest public art installation, “Geocommunetrics: An Intersection of Evanstons,” on the corner of Davis St. and Oak Ave. The art display pays tribute to the three Evanston zip codes: 60201, 60202 and 60203.

Free Day of the Dead Concert this Sunday

Enjoy a free "Day of the Dead" concert with Sones de Mexico Ensemble on Sun., Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at the Levy Center! The event will also feature interactive arts stations where families can create ofrendas, and a costume parade for all ages.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Evanston offers free bike lights

From City of Evanston website:

In an effort to promote bicycle safety in Evanston, on Thursday, October 30, the City of Evanston will hold the “Pedal Bright” Bike Light Giveaway and Installation event.

The exciting initiative will provide bicycle safety information and help cyclists increase the visibility of their bikes as the days get shorter during the fall and winter months. Teams of volunteers will install 400 free bicycle lights, distribute city bike maps, and provide a quick tutorial on the rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicycle lights will be installed on Thursday, October 30, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at two Evanston locations:
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. 
  • The Weber Arch at Northwestern University, Chicago Ave. and Sheridan Rd.
The morning and afternoon hours are often peak times for bicycle traffic on local roadways. Later sunrises and earlier sunsets make visibility especially important for bicycle commuters and recreational cyclists alike. Bicyclists in need of lights are encouraged to have a light installed at one of the locations. Lights will only be installed on bicycles without lights; lights will not be handed out to individuals without bikes.

Illinois law requires that every bicycle when in use at nighttime be equipped with a front lamp capable of emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet, and a red reflector on the rear visible from 100 to 600 feet. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to a red reflector.

This event is sponsored by the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, the Evanston Bike Club, Wheel & Sprocket, Downtown Evanston, Active Transportation Alliance, Roycemore School and The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices.

For more information about the event, please contact Cindy Plante at 847-448-4311 or

Friday, October 17, 2014

Edzo’s owner Eddie Lakin Wins Life Changer Award

Evanston’s Curt’s Cafe will honor Edzo’s owner Eddie Lakin with Curt’s Cafe’s first “Life Changer Award” at it’s Second Annual Gratitude Bash on Saturday, November 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel.
Lakin is being honored for his commitment to hiring Curt’s “graduates” to work in his popular burger joint and giving them a chance to change their lives. Lakin currently has five Curt’s grads on his payroll.
Several months ago, Curt’s Cafe founder Susan Trieschmann and Edzo’s owner Lakin met for the first time when they and some of their staff members found themselves at side-by-side booths prepping and peddling their respective culinary creations at a fundraiser for the Center for Independent Futures. On November 1, Curt’s Cafe, and Evanston Cafe that provides job and life-skills training to at-risk youth will honor Lakin of mouth-watering burgers, fries and shakes fame, for his strong support of Curt’s at its second annual Gratitude Bash at the Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston.
According to Trieschmann, whose two-year-old Evanston cafe provides job and life-skills training to at-risk youth, “Eddie stood next to us all day watching our students make food and interact with customers. Last December, we approached him at Edzo’s about hiring some of our students and he and his manager were willing to give our guys a shot. Edzo’s had just started staying open for dinner, and they hired our Justin, Cliff, and Tevin at the same time.” The three Curt’s graduates are still there along with two more Curt’s hires. And that’s a win-win for Curt’s and for Edzo’s.
Visit Curt’s Cafe on any given day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you will find it packed with patrons—some communing with a computer and a cappuccino, others chatting and knitting on the comfy couches, and still others eyeing the displayed artwork while ordering Curt’s famous “green drink,” or a muffin, salad, soup or sandwich. People come for the food and friendly atmosphere.
But their visits mean a lot more to the 15- to 22-year-olds who cook, clean, bake, serve and staff the cafe. That’s because Curt’s, which Treischmann opened on Central Street in 2012, is first and foremost a job-training program where youth who have been incarcerated or who are at risk of incarceration gain restaurant and life skills—along with huge doses of love and support from Treischmann and a large number of intrepid and committed volunteers. Curt’s enrolls four or five students at a time who train for about three months, and are then helped with job placement and the transition into full-time employment. To date, Curt’s Cafe has “graduated” 32 young people, and has a waiting list far longer than the Cafe’s capacity.

For tickets to the Gratitude Bash, or to donate to Curt’s, go to

artruck returns Oct. 18

artruck is coming back for the 7th time! Saturday, October 18th, 7pm - 10pm, folks will gather around and inside of two UHaul trucks to look at art and talk on the 1100 block of Ashland in Evanston.

For more information, visit or visit the artruck Facebook page.
See below for list of artists who's works will be on display:

Artist Listing

Here are the participating artists in artruck on October 2014. Come by and see their work!

  • Carol Bobrow
    Cie Bond
    Julie Cowan
    Matthew Cummins
    Jack Demuth
    Susan Dickman
    Joyce Elias
    Dave Ford
    Charlie Friedlander
    Bill Friedman
    Greg Gavelek
    Brad Gibbs
    Mary Graham
    Tom Graham
    Doug Haight
    Sophie Haight
    Lea Basile Lazarus
    Steve Leith
    Gerry Macsai
    John Macsai
    Joerg Metzner
    Katherine Metzner
    Terri Michaels
    Patti Montgomery
    Leslie J. Riley
    Gay Riseborough
    Marla Seibold
    Sean Steward
    Jean Vansickle