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Partnerships boost the arts in Evanston

Evanston is well established as a cultural hub for the arts. The city is also a catalyst for forging partnerships between the fine and performing arts organizations and important community groups. Open Studios Evanston is working to produce Evanston’s first open studios crawl on June …

Improving families with Two-Generation approach

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A new community initiative aiming to increase Evanston families’ self-sufficiency has just wrapped its 13-week pilot program. The Evanston Community Foundation’s Two-Generation Education Initiative provides educational, financial and career guidance for parents — and high-quality early education for their children up to age 6 through …

Entrepreneurs shine in Evanston

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Evanston is a hotbed for entrepreneurs. Three business owners explain what they think makes small businesses thrive in the city. Miguel Wong owns coLab Evanston, 900 Chicago Ave., a co-working business, and is a partner in Box Evanston, 739 Main St., a boxing and cross-training …

Q&A: Jeff Bell on the new Beacon Academy

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Beacon Academy is a new Montessori-based high school, slated to open in Evanston on Aug. 25. The school is the first of its kind in the area, and it will be admitting high school freshmen and sophomores for its inaugural school year. Currently, 31 students …

Women Out   Walking

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Six years ago, Evonda Thomas-Smith set out to get Evanston women moving more. As the director of health for the City of Evanston, she and a small committee of peers created a vision for Women Out Walking, a program that encourage healthy lifestyles for women …

Howard Street’s renaissance

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Howard Street, one of Evanston’s southern borders, had spent the last few decades a bit neglected. “Howard Street was the lost child, so to speak,” said Alderman Ann Rainey. The stretch of the street on the east side of Evanston toward Lake Michigan had many …

Evanston institutions boost anti-bullying education

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Growing up is hard for any kid, and bullying has been taken more seriously in recent years. Two Evanston institutions are doing their part to help with the issue, from education to intervention. A program for elementary through high school students developed by a Northwestern …

Evanston  on the scene

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Evanston’s entertainment scene is on the rise. The city has long has a foothold in performing arts and theatre, but more music venues and contemporary entertainment venues are cropping up. “A lot of people who live in the northern suburbs used to bypass Evanston and …

Spotlight on the Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center

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The Erie Family Health Center in Evanston was the first location outside of Chicago. Tiosha Goss, director of Health Center Operations at the Evanston/Skokie location, provided an update on the center’s recent relocation to 1285 Hartrey Ave. 1. What updates do you have about Erie …

Plain and Simple is craftsmanship at its best

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In 2004, Plain and Simple opened its doors in Evanston’s Main Street Station shopping district, at 713 Main S. Its mission was to provide simply and elegant Amish-made furniture. It has been furnishing homes in Evanston and the surrounding areas ever since. From the popular …

Play is work. Work is play.

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A child’s first years are critical in building the brain architecture that forms the foundation for future educational success. To emphasize the values of play, schools provide opportunities for creativity, music and movement as well as tinkering and construction in a safe, nurturing environment. To …

Here’s what to look for in a realtor

Your real estate may be your largest financial asset. When you are ready to sell or purchase, choose a broker who works with you to provide up to the minute information to make the most informed decisions. Select the a broker with who you can …Read More

Something borrowed, something bloom

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Something old? Check. Something new? Check. Something borrowed? Check. Something bloom? Umm. Couples needing assistance with floral arrangements for their big day can get a helping hand from the designers at Sunset Foods Floral Design. Sunset’s floral designer, Joanne Willing, said floral trends for 2014 …

Luck of the Irish

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For decades, siblings Paul, Lydia and Sophia owned and operated Irish-themed pub/restaurants throughout the Chicagoland suburbs. Then, in 1999, they opened The Curragh, an Irish Pub unmatched in authenticity and ambience in Schaumburg adjacent to the Woodfield Mall. It quickly became known for serving wonderful …

What a gem

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Cy Fredrics Jewelers, recognized as the premier jeweler on the North Shore for more than 55 years, specializes in fine quality and sophisticated looks of each season. Cy Fredrics was established and incorporated in 1958 by Cy Lemick and a partner. The original location of …

Tria Boutique, specialty shoe retailer, prepares to dazzle North Shore

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Chicago-area shoe-lovers: make room in your closets. Tria Boutique — a new specialty shop that offers a carefully curated mix of designer and contemporary shoes, handbags and fine jewelry — has opened its doors. Tria is co-owned by Jody Strauss-Figura and Tony Patel. David Sugg …

Lake County program helping residents manage their diabetes

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Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when her husband was serving in Iraq, Beatriz Mari of North Chicago struggled with the disease for several years. But now she’s got the assistance of Be Well-Lake County, a local program that is helping her to get her diabetes …

Israel Sport Center for the Disabled raises spirits and changes lives

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Karie Luc is with Lori Komisar and Stu Nitzkin in Winnetka as they explain the philanthropic mission of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled. Lori Komisar of Winnetka, and longtime supporter of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD), is a philanthropist who …

National Council of Jewish Women strives for social justice, turns progressive ideals into action

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Karie Luc is in Northbrook with Julie Newman of the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore Section. As membership and programming director for the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore Section in Wilmette, Julie Newman is used to putting others first. …

Technology for Humanity bridges the digital gap

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Andy Vass sees the key to improving a fragmented society resting in one object: the computer. The retail wholesaler-turned insurance broker realized it in the early 1980s when the economy was on the brink of change and then again in 1996 when the Internet world …

Local businessman doing good abroad

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Rick Glickman tries every day to be a mensch and live a life of mitzvah. That’s not easy, he said. “It takes a lifetime, but you’re working on yourself every day,” said Glickman. Glickman, president of the Northbrook-based Dream Kitchens, Inc., which specializes in kosher …

Beautifying Belmont-Cragin Elementary School

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Sabrina Morris learned early on what it felt like to give back. This year, for her birthday, she wanted to spread that feeling around. The Glencoe 12-year-old and her family have been very involved in fundraising, in particular for the cause of curing and controlling …

A guide to good deeds

The simple meaning of the word of “mitzvah” is deeply rooted in history: a biblical connotation that embraces many interpretations. Among those definitions, “mitzvah” means a good deed. Included in these good deeds are charity and philanthropic projects. Involving children in such work helps bring …

Evanston Art Center connects youths to art

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Founded in 1929 by civic and cultural leaders, namely Alice C. Riley, the Evanston Art Center (EAC) has been supporting diverse artists and enriching the community for more than 80 years, which makes it one of the oldest and most accessible art centers in Illinois. …

Volunteer Opportunities

A Safe Place provides shelter, court advocacy, referrals and counseling programs for victims of domestic violence. (Children, Domestic Violence, Housing and Shelter, Women) www.asafeplaceforhelp.org, 847-249-5147. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a 617-bed teaching, research and referral hospital and a Level 1 trauma center. It is …

New Morton Grove police cars ready for duty

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When the Village of Morton Grove's police vehicles were ready for retirement, police chief Mark Erickson needed to make a decision. The old Crown Victorias had served the department well, but Ford was discontinuing the model. Erickson turned to Mayor Dan Staackmann for his advice. …