Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cookie Crawl. Downtown Evanston. Saturday.

Free cookies until they are gone.


Reliable source says that this Saturday, November 29, downtown Evanston businesses will be hosting, possibly the first annual, Cookie Crawl, in coordination with its Holiday Bash and Treelighting. Visit any of the merchants mentioned below for a free* cookie starting at most places at 3 p.m.

630 Davis St. - Show off your coloring skills and get a fresh baked cookie!

1608 Sherman Ave. - 15% off women's clothes for moms after the tree lighting

Unicorn Café
1723 Sherman Ave. - Stop in from 5-8 p.m. for a yummy cookie!

Bookends & Beginnings

Mrs. Claus will visit with kids of all ages starting at 3 p.m. in front of
Bravo Cucina Italiano on Church St., Evanston. After taking a break at
around 5 p.m. for the treelighting, she'll be at back until 8:30 p.m..
(Note, it is likely she'll ask you what you're GIVING for the holiday.)

Santa will talk with kids immediately after the treelighting
until around 9 p.m. at The Merion.  [Photo by Genie Lemieux]

1712 Sherman Ave. - NPR West Coast Bureau Chief (and former WBEZ radio personality) Jason DeRose; nationally acclaimed Evanston writer (and author of the new bestselling book The Birth of the Pill) Jonathan Eig; and former owner of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Roberta Rubin.

ASHA SalonSpa
1604 Sherman Ave. - Enjoy complimentary mini manicures, mini massages and ornament decorating for the kiddos!

The Merion

1611 Chicago Ave. - Warm up with cider and hot chocolate, coffee and liqueur drink specials, plus lunch and dinner specials. Holiday singers will be in front of the building all afternoon. Don't miss the “Art Under Glass” kick off at 3 p.m. and visit with Santa after the tree lighting from 6:30 - 9pm.

LYFE Kitchen
1603 Orrington Ave. - Enjoy a yummy hot chocolate for $2!

Bravo Cucina Italiana
1701 Maple Ave. - Enjoy warm apple cider after your visit with Mrs. Claus!

*"Free" means no immediate cost to you in the form of funds. Potential toll on your bod, hmm. Sugar free, surely not. Fat free, doubtful. Gluten free, odds aren't good. Just sayin'. ;-)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Seen on Saturday: Quake at Sherman and Main

Have you been to Quake yet? Its grand opening was only less than a month ago, but it has already
brought much happiness to at least these boys. It warmed the cockles of my heart listening and
watching them geek out on the toys on Saturday, September 6.

Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary came to mind as I watched them.

More about the shop is on the Chicago Toy Collector's blog.

(It's not your eyes. I have blurred the boys' faces, oh, because it seems like the right thing to do.)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Talk About Peace :: August 7 at Rotary International

What would happen if everyone hearing about this discussion, at Rotary International headquarters on Sherman, came and worked in their own way on cultivating peace? See you there?

Printable flyer:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chicago Headline Club's Les Brownlee Summer Social on Judson - August 10


Friends, neighbors, journalists and students are invited to again celebrate the life of pioneering Chicago journalist Les Brownlee*.

Sunday, August 10, 2-8 p.m.
the home of Les and his widow, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall
537 Judson, Evanston

He worked at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago’s American, Chicago Defender, WLS-TV (“Les Brownlee: Channel 7 Eyewitness News”), and taught at Columbia College. If you were one of his students, he might have asked you to stand in class and shout, “I am great.”

Les was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalist, the first black president of the Chicago Headline Club.

The Chicago Headline Club annually honors Les each year with a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding Chicago area journalism student. This year’s recipient is Lauren Di Vito of Loyola University.

This party is both friend and fund-raiser. The suggested donation is $20 for all you can eat, drink and be merry while enjoying to remarkable Harriet Ellis on keyboard and Brian Gills on guitar.

If you cannot attend, we welcome tax-deductible contributions, payable to
c/o CHCF Treasurer Howard Dubin
Manufacturers News
1633 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
Those who contribute $100 or pledge an annual amount will receive a complimentary copy of "Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist." Copies will be available for sale at the party.

RSVP to Susan S. Stevens at or 312-733-1936.

* As far as we know, Les was not related to Evanstonian Joe Brownlee nor Les Brownlee, former U.S. Under Secretary of the Army.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Frances Willard called Evanston "a paradise for women." Really.

 Kris Hartzell will discuss why Ms. Willard might have thought of Evanston as a paradise for women during a walking tour starting at at Willard House and continue to Northwestern University and residential Evanston this Saturday, June 14, 2014. 

Ms. Hartzell is an architectural historian, Frances Willard Historical Association board president and co-author of Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places with her Design Evanston cohorts. 


Friday, May 9, 2014

Eat Pizza and Do Good: Fill up at Evanston Rotary's PIZZA FEST on May 13

Pizza lovers from near and far are invited to the Evanston Rotary's annual Pizza Fest.

Come eat pizza for Evanston kids! 

When: Tuesday, May 13 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Giordano's of Evanston, 1527 Chicago Av., Evanston 

Cost: $20/adult and $15/child at the door, but you can get your tickets for less if you go online.

The menu includes all the cheese, veggie, and cheese and sausage thin crust pizza you can eat, plus soft drinks. Beer and wine will cost extra.

Celebrities and Rotarians will be serving up the pizza and drinks. Evanston's own, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and broadcaster Art Norman have signed on, as well as some generous NU coaches. Stay tuned for more details.

Pizza Fest is just one of the ways Evanston Rotary and its charitable fund raise money to support youth-focused projects and non-profits in Evanston. 

For image of last year's Pizza Fest fun, check out Evanston Rotary's Facebook page.

Full disclosure: I am a Rotarian. I joined more than 4 years ago and am enjoying it. Our club includes some of the most substantial, funny, talented, community-oriented people I've ever met.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Shawn Colvin at SPACE in April

Thought you'd want to know.
She's not just a wonderful musician, but funny too.