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Friday, July 31, 2015

Swing Set Drum Kit at Lake Shore Arts Festival

This weekend see Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford at the Lake Shore Arts Festival 

August 1-2, 2015

Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Free admission.
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Since 1973, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. The festival takes place the first weekend in August on Evanston's stunning, historic lakefront.
The festival showcases fine art by over 100 artists in 11 categories. While browsing and buying the artwork, you can listen to live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque and indie pop music. Be sure to make a bid or two at the Silent Art Auction, and bring your children or grandchidren to the popular Children's Craft Tent. The festival hosts eleven restauranteurs serving a variety of culinary delights. Admission is free.
For more information, please call 847-448-8264.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Meet Mayor Morton

Mayor Morton

Calling All Mayor Morton Fans! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Evanston history buffs and political enthusiasts, spend an evening with former Mayor Morton on Saturday, August 1, 2015 beginning at 7pm at 27 Live – Upstairs, 1012 Church Street in Downtown Evanston. There is a $10 cover charge. 

Ben Hollis of Wild Chicago will interview the legendary former Mayor of Evanston, like you have never seen or heard before. It’s live, it’s local and in-person. This event is not to be missed. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Multiple Emmy Winning Ben Hollis (WTTW's Wild Chicago) will engage The Honorable Mayor in a lively, no-holds- barred conversation that you can only experience by being here IN PERSON.
It's What's It Like to be You, Evanston? -- the spontaneous storytelling event hailed by the Chicago Tribune as bringing "Big laughs and endless surprise...No one can sit through such a show and not get a feel for the vulnerabilities and strengths of those who participate."
Ben will also interview a few lucky audience volunteers. Come early to make your pitch to Ben should you want to tell your story!

To view special happenings in downtown Evanston go to

This event is accessible via public transit. To get to downtown Evanston take the CTA Purple Line “el” to Davis or the Metra to the Davis stop.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saturday: Free Ice Cream at The Dawes House

Saturday, July 25
1:00-4:00pm (Rain or Shine)
This event is free

Join us for an afternoon of summer fun! Come listen to music on the grounds of the Dawes House, watch Kevin Kelly's hilarious and entertaining magic show, enjoy a serving of Andy's Frozen Custard, and enjoy free admission to the Dawes House and "Evanston Ties the Knot," an exhibit of Wedding Fashions and Customs, and much more! This is a summer favorite for kids and adults and it is entirely free!

Event Schedule:
The Ridgeville Band, 1:00-2:00pm
Kevin Kelly's Magic Show, 2:00-3:00pm
Face Painting for Kids, 1:00-4:00pm
Dawes House Open for self-guided tours of house and exhibits, 1:00-4:00pm

Plus: Games for Kids, Popcorn, Lemonade, Andy's Frozen Custard.

If you have any questions about our Ice Cream Social you can contact us by email, by clicking here.

Presented in Partnership with the Evanston Public Library. The EHC gratefully acknowledges Andy's Frozen Custard

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hackstudio Launches Fall 2015

As many of you know, I’ve moved on to a fantastic new project working as Engagement Director for Hackstudio, a widely re-imagined after school program for kids in Evanston that launches Sept. 21. We’re located in a huge warehouse on Green Bay Ave, across from the Metra and CTA stations. (It's the old Domicile Building, and by huge I mean 16,000 sq ft)

I’m sharing this information so that you can either apply to work with us as mentor OR send your kids/friend’s kids/neighbor’s kids to our program.

The Hacky Life Blog Launches!
Meet the founders and learn about the mission of this great new program serving kids in the Northshore & Chicagoland.

We’re taking applications for Fall 2015!
If you're a kid (3rd grade to senior in high school) ready to be a contributing member of a supportive community and take advantage of the chance to really do what you really love, this is the place for you! “Hackstudio, a place where kids can go and check anything off of their bucket list.”  -Marin

We’re hiring mentors!
Mentor groups of 6-8 kids, 4:30 - 10:30 p.m., weeknights. The job of a mentor is not to instruct, but to help kids discover the wealth of resources available to them - for developing their own skills, making their own discoveries and gaining experience and support around their own endeavors. This means the mentor’s principal skill is the ability to CONNECT.

Tell everyone in your network you think might be interested. Learn more about what we do at

Press Release

Hackstudio launches in Evanston, taking applications for Fall 2015

July 21, 2015 - This September, Evanston will be home to “a wildly re-imagined program for kids” with the launch of Hackstudio at 2510 Green Bay Road. 

Founders Mike Meiners and Randy Blaugh have already begun to ignite kids’ imaginations through an innovative framework that allows kids to pursue any avenue they find meaningful as long as they’re willing to commit to getting it done. 

In June, Hackstudio finished an 18 week beta session where 20 kids completed self-defined projects ranging from building a bat house to hip-hop choreography to founding a fashion design company (with sales!). One graduate calls Hackstudio “a place where kids can go and check anything off their bucket list.”

The partners bought the old Domicile Furniture warehouse; 16,000 square feet of creative space designed to help kids “find out what they’re made of by doing what they love.” 

Hackstudio is a privately held company located next to the Central Avenue CTA and Metra stations. Sessions are open to kids Monday thru Friday, in two-hour slots, 4-9:30 p.m., over a quarter term with schedules matching the school calendar.

For more information on how to apply, visit


Contact: Lisa Degliantoni,

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Photos: Made in Evanston Show 2015

This past June was the second annual Open Studios Evanston artist studio tour in Evanston and it was a great success on many levels thanks to all the artists who shared their process and creative space with the public.

The exhibit of participating artist at the Noyes Cultural Center, Made in Evanston, featured more than 65 works and a fantastic opening night crowd! Stay tuned for news about next year's event and save the dates; June 2 opening and June 4 studio tour. 

Link to photos:

Thank you to all the artists who participated and helped produce this amazing event; Beth Adler • Laura Allen-Simpson • Jerry Alt • Ken Avick • Raissa Bailey • Ruth Ann Begelman • Florin Berca • Patricia Biesen • Jill Birschbach • Chris Bradley • Robin Carlson • Jane Carney • Mark Collins • Colleen Conley • Julie Cowan • Lauren Levato Coyne • Rory Coyne • Susan Curry • Karen Daughtry • Melanie Deal • Mark DeBernardi • Denae Dietlein • Aydin Dincer • Judy Disman • Joyce Elias • Clark Ellithorpe • Peter Fagundo • Dave Ford • Judith Freilich • Melissa Gaulding • Larry Geni • Ted Glasoe • Matt Glavin • Nicole Gordon • Mary Graham • Tom Graham • Bridgette Guerzon Mills • Richard Halstead • Carol Hammerman • Heather Hancock • Dustin Harris • Jessica Harris • Justin Hart • Chris Heisinger • Betty Heredia • Jim Hutchinson • Jessica Jacobs • Katsy Johnson • Fran Joy • Fay Kaiser • Sarah Kaiser • Bonnie Katz • Bridgette Kelling • Ausrine Kerr • Peter Kime • Jill King-Wynn • Patty Kochaver • Jack Kraig • Joanna Kramer • Linda Kramer • Lorena La Grassa • Jim Lange • Lea Basile Lazarus • Judith Lewin • Stephen Lloyd • Angela Lopez • Larry Lundy • Amalia Malos • Kristin Mariani • Ross Martens • Laura McGinn • Alyce McQueen • Yvette Meltzer • Saray Meyer • Terri Michaels • Donovan Mixon • Paul Nebenzahl • Carol Neiger • Katherine Nemanich • Kristen Neveu • Emily Cruz Nowell • Darren Oberto • Katherine Orr • Annette Patko • Sara Piepmeier • Joanna Pinsky • Lisa Plefka Haskin • Layna Portugal • Adriana Poterash • Jennifer Presant • Josh Rains • Joann Rea • Peggie Robinson • Nadine Yadi Royster • Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz • Monica Steinmetz Sageman • Matthew Schaefer • Ray Schooley • William Schweigert • Barbara Seyfried • Dana Shearin • Jevoid Simmons • Naomi Sondak • Timothy Steinman • Lindy Stockton • Deva Suckerman • Joseph Taylor • Emily Testa • Verna Todd • Janet Trierweiler • Liz Tuckwell • Malik Turley • Rambod Vala • Maike van Wijk • Patti Vick • Juliane von Kunhardt • John Weiss • James (Cass) Whitworth • Amy O. Woodbury • Jerry Woods • Martha Yelenosky • Benita Zarling • Alex Theis 

Send your event photos to and I'll add them to this slideshow. If you are interested in participating in next year's studio tour, reach out to