Town is saddened by loss of Jeff Russell owner of Cross Rhodes restaurant



I am shocked to hear that Jeff Russell passed away suddenly Sept 11th. I had known Jeff for 20 years and when I would call in to order food he would recognize my voice and say “OK Noah, give me 10 minutes”. This was the nicest man and a person who had no enemies anywhere. The food was excellent and Jeff’s humor was something you would never forget. The best burgers Gyros, chicken and an unusual way of doing his fries fried in Olive oil instead lard or what ever they use. This is a great shock.

I quote Brian Cox of the Chicago Tribune now:

One thing that was not officially on the menu at Evanston’s Cross Rhodes restaurant was free advice.

But regular customers at the popular Greek-American establishment at 913 Chicago Ave. knew that if they wanted feedback on anything, all they had to do was sit at the table by the front window and start chatting with Jeff Russell, who owned and operated Cross Rhodes for 28 years.

Russell, 60, died Sept. 11 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston from injuries received the night before, when he fell down the back stairs of his apartment above the restaurant.

Two days later, more than 100 people attended a memorial for Russell at his restaurant, many still in shock and teary after hearing of his sudden death.

“He had genuineness,” said longtime customer Becky Nulle. “He’s been angry with me at times in my life because I made poor choices, but he always loved me and I will always love him.”

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop Set for Sept. 24 says the city of Evanston IL


Getting refinance offers that seem too good to be true? Having trouble affording your mortgage? Living in a building that’s in foreclosure? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, our free Foreclosure Prevention Workshop is for you.   Join us to learn how to protect your fair-lending rights and avoid getting trapped in a mortgage scam.

Monday, September 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Evanston Public Library 1703 Orrington Ave. in Evanston

Interfaith Housing Center is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency. Their housing counselors can help you negotiate loan modifications with your lender — they are fluent in Polish, Russian and Spanish, as well as English. They are based in Winnetka and offer additional office hours at the Evanston Civic Center. All services are free and confidential.   

To register for this free workshop or ask questions, visit, call 847/501-5768 x 404 or email

The Evanston Sidewalk Sale + Artwalk!

Thanks to the Evanston Patch to remind us that September 20th through the 25th is the sidewalk sale and art walk. Another event that makes Evanston such a great town with so much to do.

Downtown Evanston is now accepting applications from local artists to be a part of this years’ Evanston Sidewalk Sale + Artwalk! Shoppers hit the sidewalks where independent retailers and national chains set up shop with too- good- to- resist deals. This year, local artists and live musical groups are invited to join downtown’s weekend event.

Don’t forget 9-11


Today is the tragic anniversary. This day changed our lives forever. Over thousands of years people have learned so much about so many things but why are we still killing each other? In another thousand years will it be the same? In this way people are so uncivilized. It makes me feel sad.

Power money and religion causes people to do this. Even when I read that Bin Laden had been killed it made me sick. I am not saying he is not an evil man I am saying that what have we learned? When will we grow up?

Any thoughts?