Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Have you ever heard about DIVVY Bike share? It is a system where once you join you get access to nice bikes for a little riding around town by the hour. There are stations where the bicycles are set up and it is completely automated so you can get and return a bike whenever you want. So far this system is only available in New York City, Washington DC , Minneapolis, Miami, Columbus, San Francisco, Boulder, Boston, Houston, and Chicago Land.

Here is a photo I took today of a DIVVY bike station


There are different types of memberships available including one I think is really cool and that is the ability to share with a non-member and get to go for a ride with a friend for 30 to 60 minutes or so when ever you want. There is no need for a reservation. I think this sounds like a lot of fun and here is a link to the City of Evanston’s DIVVY program if you want to learn more about it.

See you on the bike path at the beach (maybe next summer when it warms up).

Fun Activities to Attend in March in Chicago Land

Here are some fun activities to attend in Chicago’s North Shore during March. Yes it is cold out but there is so much culture and so much to do. These are just a few suggestions to help you plan a fun time but there is so much more to add. If you have more suggestions, let me know.

Chicago North Shore Convention & Visiters Bereau

Thanks to the Chicago North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing us with this information, I am a long time member.

The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus which is going on now through March 23 at the Actors Gymnasium which is located at 927 Noyes Street, Evanston IL 60201. Celebrated Chicago clown, Dean Evans, returns to The Actors Gymnasium to headline this wild, circus adventure into the imagination. A simple creature who longs to be someone else, the Magical Exploding Boy learns that he cannot escape his unique destiny. This Main Stage circus event features original live music, aerial acrobatics, and the birth of a clown. Tickets are available online only and are $15 and $20. For more information

March “Entertainment” Madness At the North Shore for the Performing Arts which always offers wonderful musical and artistic events and has so much to offer. It’s is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie IL. You’re sure to be entertained with this month’s line-up at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. If you’re a Rick Springfield fan, you won’t want to miss getting up close and personal with the man and his music on Thursday, March 6 as he plays his most memorable hits and shares some wonderful stories. On Saturday, March 15, it’s Celtic Fire with famed Irish tenor Michael Londra who has created a blazing hot show featuring live traditional music, dance and song that beautifully sweep audiences off to Ireland. And, on Friday, March 28, it’s one of country music’s biggest and brightest stars, singer-songwriter Clint Black! For more information and tickets.

There is the 5th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Party Friday March 7 at the Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln in Winnetka IL 60093. Grapes or hops? Stemware or stein? Whether you prefer to imbibe red, white or amber you’ll find it at the Winnetka Community House’s 5th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting and Sale. Sample over 50 superb wines from around the world, alongside microbrew and premium beers, while indulging in delicious pairings of savory hors d’oeuvres, cheese and sweets. For those who wish to buy beer and wine for home, exceptional savings will be offered by the evening’s co-sponsoring vendor, The International House of Wine and Cheese. The event begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 in advance/$60 at the door.

Chapati staring John Mahoney Friday, March 7 through Sunday April 13 at the North light Theatre of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie IL. In this world premiere, romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan (John Mahoney) and his dog Chapatti cross paths with amiable Betty (Penny Slusher) and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship. After its run at Chicago’s North light Theater, Chapatti will be heading to Ireland’s Galway Arts Festival this summer.

Two Events Celebrate Frances Willard on Saturday March 8th and Sunday March 16. The Evanston Women’s History Project, which is located in the Evanston History Center, invites the public to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Frances Willard’s birth with two very special events. On Saturday, March 8, it’s a “Day of Service” in honor of Frances Willard. The theme is Do Something! Do Everything.

There are sine great new additions to Old Orchard Mall in Skokie IL. GNC has opened its doors at Westfield Old Orchard. Located near Helzberg Diamonds, GNC carries a wide variety of health, workout, and dietary supplements created for peak performance. Remaining on the cutting-edge of nutritional science, GNC has set the standard in the nutritional supplement industry by demanding truth in labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency – and is devoted to helping its customers improve the quality of their lives. Coming this summer to Westfield Old Orchard, Vince Camuto (high quality women’s accessories) and Uncle Julio’s (authentic border-style Mexican fine dining).

Just Ad Water Wednesday March 12 at 27 Live 1012 Church Evanston IL 60201. Just Add Water, Yale University’s premier IMPROV troupe will perform one public show in the Chicago land area at 27 Live at 8 pm. For ages 15 and up, the troupe tours only twice a year and has yielded many well- known performers including Allison Williams, currently seen as Marnie on the HBO series, Girls. Evanston Township High School’s IMPROV troupe, The Royal We, will be the opening act. 27 Live is downtown Evanston’s new neighborhood restaurant and entertainment venue.

Evanston Dance Ensemble, The Big Night. Friday March 14 through Sunday March 16. Josephine Louis Theater – Northwestern Campus 20 Art Circle Drive, Evanston IL 60201. The universal teen ritual of social dance events and the timelessness of dance as a social medium are the overarching themes of the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s (EDE) production called The Big Night. Presented in two acts, Graduation Ball and Prom 2014, The Big Night marks the first time EDE has created an evening of dance pairing a stylized classical ballet with a second act of individual contemporary concert pieces. EDE will present five performances of The Big Night (Friday, March 14 at 7 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, March15 and 16 at 1 and 4 pm).

Winnetka Historical Society Annual Luncheon on Wednesday March 19 at the Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka IL 60093. The public is invited to celebrate The Winnetka Historical Society during their annual luncheon from noon to 2 pm. This year, the luncheon will feature a program by the Amazing Women History Theatre with a Q & A afterwards. The performance (called Planes, Trains and Traveling Dames) portrays women who have broken barriers in the area of travel and transportation including Nellie Bly, Amelia Earhart and Anita Willets-Burnham, and ties into WHS’s upcoming 2014 rotating museum exhibit, The Adventurers: Winnetka’s Untold Tales of Travel, 1899-1929.

This is just a sample of what you can do to plan a nice evening away for the cold of our winter.

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Evanston IL 8th Best Small City

Evanston, IllinoisThe Movoto Blog which calls itself the “Lighter Side Of Real Estate” says that Evanston IL is in the top ten of best dressed Evanston IL Mapcities. They have an article that mentions this and that Evanston is number 8. They rated the cities by High end fashion shoe and jewelry stores per capita as well as tailors and dry cleaners per capita too. If you are interested in this article click the link above.

Also this was mentioned in the Evanston Now magazine. The number one spot went to Santa Monica, California and ten went to Miami Beach, Florida. This is great news for us because Evanston IL truly is a great place to live. I personally have been here for 35 years, the longest time I have lived in any area of Chicago and would not want to live anywhere else in Illinois.

What makes Evanston so great besides the shopping as they mention in these articles? We are right on Lake Michigan and have 6 public beaches which includes one dog beach. Three of those beaches are accessible to people with disabilities, Greenwood Street, Lee Street and Lighthouse beach and park. We have a boat launch and over 300 acres of park which is 97 sites and we are only a town of 74,486 people.

Evanston has many wonderful historical landmark Victorian properties which many are on the national register of Historic places. This is something I am very proud of because there is nothing I like more than seeing these beautiful houses. One of the main reasons I got into selling real estate and became a Realtor. I love looking inside these homes and always are excited when one comes on the market for sale and I get to tour it and perhaps sell it to someone who will take care of the home and take pride in living there.

Besides that there is so much to do here. We have so much live entertainment. We have a wonderful music venue called Space which features national music acts and is a really great place to go. Space also has a great pizza place inside called the Union Pizzeria. The food is great, I have been there many times. A new music venue just opened called Club 27 which I hear is also wonderful to go and hear all types of music and dining. We are also only 20 minutes by car to downtown Chicago, how can you beat that?

I could write hundreds of words to tell what is so great about my city but are going to let you explore that yourself. There is nowhere else in Illinois I would live beside Evanston.

Evanston IL 4th Celebration So Much More

The Theme is Evanston 150 Years Old!

Join everyone in the community at Dawes Park for a musical extravaganza and fireworks! Tune your radio to 90.5 FM

Evanston 4th of July Schedule

Playground Sports

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Kamen West Park
Baker Park
ML King Lab School
Elks Park
Raymond Park

9:00 am – 12:00 PM

Lincolnwood School
Willard School
Robert Crown Center

Roller Skating and Refreshments

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Fleetwood-Jourdain Center

Tennis Finals

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ackerman Park

4th of July Kids Fun Run

Start time 12:45 pm

Ackerman Park


Start 2:00 pm

Central Street
Central Park to Ryan Field at Ashland Avenue

Band Concert

7:30 pm– 9:00 pm

Palatine Concert Band
Dawes Park Lagoon

Lakefront Fireworks

9:15 pm

A Musical Extravaganza!
Tune your radio to 90.5 FM

Now people can access the Evanston IL Public library with a smart phone application

Access Library With Mobile App
Submitted by the City of EvanstonWant to renew a book or place one on hold? Now there’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There’s an app for that. Find information fast? Register for events? There’s an app for that, too.We’ve just launched a mobile app that puts the Evanston Public Library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into Library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the catalog, check your account, ask a question, find events and more. Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy. Then, once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone. To access the library’s mobile app, search Evanston Public Library in your phone’s app market or go to epl.org/mobile and download the app.

“It’s important for the library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our expertise and rich resources,” says Karen Danczak Lyons, Director of Evanston Public Library. “Our mobile app puts library information in your pocket or purse – just one click away. I hope everyone with a mobile phone takes advantage of this new way to use the Evanston Public Library by downloading our app.”

The app offers additional features, including BookCheck so patrons can check out books, CDs or DVDs from anywhere in the library, and BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Danczak Lyons. “If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.”

For more information on the library’s new mobile app, visit epl.org/mobile. Patrons, please note: *Sign-up on EPL’s online catalog required to activate. Already done that? You’re good to go. If not, you can sign up at epl.org/login or call the library for help. 847-448-8630. it’s worth it!

The library’s mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc. More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility. Easy to implement and affordable for all size libraries, Boopsie solves the problem of unwieldy website viewing on a small screen.

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.


Top Evanston online news and event sources


There are some excellent ways to get news or information online about Evanston Illinois. Is print dead? I don’t know and I am not judging today but here are a few I use to keep updated:

Evanston Now


Evanston Review (also known as the old Pioneer press paper that you can still  buy or subscribe to:


The Evanston Round table one of my favorites:


Topix has one too:


First  Ward news there are other wards but this has some interesting content


Daily Northwestern


The City Of Evanston!


All News Evanston


If you have more let us know.

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The Impulsive Traveler: Hitting the beach in Evanston, Il

By Julia M. Klein

“We don’t do beach,” said my cousin Bob, who lives less than four blocks from the alluring lakefront of Evanston, Il.

But he’d been warned. Every summer I visit the Chicago area to see friends I know from a mid-1990s fellowship year at Northwestern University. And ever since discovering three years ago, to my delight, that I had cousins living in Evanston, I’ve been dragging them to the beach.


The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Evanston, Ill.

Klein is a cultural reporter and critic in Philadelphia and a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review.

July Walking Tours in Evanston Il

Now these are activities you will never forget.

Thanks to the Evanston History Center which I am a member of

The Evanston History Center offers docent-led walking tours, showcasing the work of Evanston’s noted architects including Daniel Burnham, William Holabird, Myron Hunt, Dwight Perkins, and Thomas Tallmadge. The tours provide fascinating insights into the history and development of Evanston.

Tours begin at 11:00am and end at 12:30pm. All tours begin at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston. Admission is $20, $15 for EHC members

Architectural Evanston- Saturday, July 7 @ 11:00am

Walk through the original town of Evanston, with a view to the architectural styles of different eras and how they reflect the growth and change of the city.

Evanston Women’s History – Saturday, July 21 @11:00am

Explore the revolutionary history of Evanston’s women by viewing the houses and buildings where they worked to transform our cultural landscape.

To see the 2012 Walking Tour schedule click:


Special Walking Tour at the Frances Willard House Museum!

Join Kris Hartzell, the EHC’s walking tour guide, on Sunday, July 1 from 11:30am-1pm for the tour, “Frances Willard and Evanston’s Revolutionary Women: A Walking Tour of Their Extraordinary Legacy.”

Discover why Evanston was home to so many vanguards of the women’s rights movement. The tour traces Frances Willard’s path to worldwide leadership through the town she loved. Along the way you will pass the homes of the many other women who changed the course of history and created the world we take for granted today.

After the walking tour, the Frances Willard House Museum (Willard’s home beginning in 1865) will be open for tours at no extra cost. The award-winning exhibit, “Lifting as We Climb,” part of the Evanston Women’s History Project, will be available for viewing.

Walking tour departs at 11:30am at the Frances Willard House Museum, 1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL $10/Frances Willard Hisotircal Association Members FREE.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets today! Cash & checks only on day of tour.

Starlight Concerts Begin June 14

Chicago’s own Waco Brothers will open the City of Evanston’s 2012 Starlight Concert serieswith a free performance on Thursday, June 14, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue in Evanston. Presented by the City of Evanston, the series features 16 free outdoor concerts at six park locations throughout Evanston.

Founded by Jon Langford of the Mekons, the Waco Brothers’ train-wreck approach to country has been described as Johnny Cash meets the Clash. Other performers on the Starlight Concert series include garage rock legends ? and the Mysterians, down and dirty R & B singer Andre Williams, the raw county blues of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Django Reinhardt disciple Alfonso Ponticelli.

All performances are free to the public, and will take place from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, rain site information will be available after 4:30 p.m. on the show date by calling 847/448-8258, 847/448-8260 or 847/44-4311. More at www.cityofevanston.org/starlight.

Waco Brothers: Chicago alt country favorites: Johnny Cash meets the Clash, June 14, James Park

Juneteenth Day Celebration: Four urban contemporary groups: T-Dot, Da G-Twinz, Slique and T.L. Williams, June 19, Harbert Park

JT and the Clouds: Roots rock with a touch of Memphis soul, June 21, James Park

Expo ’76: Covers of dusties & one-hit wonders, June 26, Bent Park

Western Elstons: Western swing & honky-tonk, June 28, James Park

The O’My’s with The Loneliest Funk: Soul, hip-hop and blues, July 10, Twiggs Park

? and the Mysterians: Garage rock legends, July 12, James Park

Paul Green School of Rock: Kids cover classic rock, July 17, Harbert Park

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: country blues, July 19, James Park

Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan: Gypsy jazz, July 24, Dawes Park

Andrew Williams & the Goldstars: Down & dirty R&B, July 26, Brummel Park

Ken Arlen’s Indigo: Contemporary dance hits, July 31, Dawes Park

Taj Weekes & Adowa: Reggae from St. Lucia, August 7, Dawes Park

South Boulevard with Impressions of MJ: Blues rock, August 9, Twiggs Park

Musikanto: Experimental folk troubadour, August 14, Dawes Park

Archie Powell & the Exports: Power pop, August 21, Dawes Park