Next Ward Meeting, Neighborhood Events, Spring Clean Up, and more!

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Alderman Donald Wilson

Neighborhood Meeting on May 16

Greetings! Please join me for a 4th Ward meeting on Wed., May 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert Crown Community Center Gymnasium, 1701 Main St., to discuss upcoming budget and community issues, and updates from the Evanston Police Department.

Downtown Farmers' Market is Now Open


The Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market season has begun! Up to 58 vendors will sell fresh produce, baked goods, meat, cheese, flowers and more at the market every Saturday through November 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located at University Place and Oak Avenue. A list of vendors is available online.

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Apply for Affordable Housing Opportunities in Evanston


The City has partnered with Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) to manage its centralized waitlist for affordable units provided through the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Please complete the pre-application if you're interested.

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Free Procurement 101 Workshop May 11

The City will host its 6th annual Evanston Procurement 101 workshop on Fri., May 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Morton Civic Center. Local businesses and contractors can learn how they can do business with Evanston's large organizations.


Sen. Duckworth & Reps. Schakowsky and Schneider host a Grants Workshop May 14

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The pane-style workshop will focus on resources available to community organizations with an emphasis on cultural programming and funding available through private foundations. Panelists will include Forefront, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (invited), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Lake County Community Foundation.

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Evanston Arts Council Calls for 'Pop-Up' Temporary Art by May 15


The Evanston Arts Council is issuing a call for artists to submit applications for “pop-up” temporary displays of artwork or performances of public art throughout Evanston during summer 2018. The Arts Council will provide three grants of up to $1,000 each for projects that must take place between June 10 and August 31, 2018.

In visual arts, preference may be given to work that has already been completed. Conceptual proposals will be considered if the artwork can be completed within the presented timeline, and applications are submitted with clear and detailed specifications and renderings.

Submissions must be emailed with attachments to by May 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2018.


Sauce Walk! A Neighborhood Art & Dessert Crawl May 17


Get saucy! Join your fellow neighbors for a celebration of arts and eats on the Main-Dempster Mile! Stroll through Pop-Up Art Galleries located inside the shops of the Mile, and sample delicious dessert bites and beverages along the way. 


Nature's Night Out at the Ecology Center May 18

Support programming at the Evanston Ecology Center at "Nature's Night Out" on Fri., May 18! The event will feature music, raffle prizes, and the best local food and craft beer offerings.

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YEA! Children's Art Festival on May 19


Enjoy the day at Raymond Park with your family, friends and neighbors. Walk, bike or roller blade to Evanston's premiere children's art festival. Bring a blanket and admire children's art, grab a bite from the food trucks, and enjoy the artist workshops. YEA takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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'A Home on the Lake' On Stage until May 20

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop present "A Home on the Lake," a play about two Evanston families in two eras whose lives are disrupted by matters of property and race. 


Enroll in the Private Elm Insurance Program

Enroll in the 2018 Private Elm Tree Insurance Program by Thurs., May 31! The program covers the removal of elm trees on private property lost due to Dutch elm Disease (DED).

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Discounted Beach Tokens Through June 8

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The beach season is set to begin on Sat., May 26! A beach token, also known as a season pass, is valid from the time of purchase through Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 3. Tokens will be sold at a discounted rate of $26 for Evanston and Skokie residents and $42 for nonresidents through Fri., June 8. On Sat., June 9, the price for a beach token will increase to $34 for Evanston and Skokie residents and $58 for nonresidents.

Donald Wilson    
Alderman, 4th Ward