Kickoff:  NU home football season begins, Saturday, September 8

Northwestern University hosts four home football games in a row this month beginning this Saturday, September 8, a night game against Vanderbilt University.  Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.  NU Athletics expects 30,000 fans to attend this non-conference game.  Look for the pregame fly-over by a United States Coast Guard helicopter stationed out of Traverse City, Michigan, and piloted by NU graduate, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Blyth.  Saturday is Band Day at Ryan Field and the halftime show will feature high school bands alongside the Northwestern University Marching Band (NUMB), including Evanston Township High School's marching band.  The University will also use the opportunity to honor heroes and wounded warriors, ahead of Tuesday's September 11th anniversary.  
As with previous night games, light trucks positioned outside Ryan Field will illuminate the game and pivot outward to the parking areas after the game to facilitate egress.  Evanston and Northwestern University Police will be headquartered at a unified command center to manage and coordinate gameday operations.

Parking and transportation options:  With this year's season ticket base the third largest in the modern era of Northwestern's football ticket sales, the addition of Nebraska to the home schedule this year, and the NU Athletics'  welcoming outreach to the Evanston community, attendance at this year's seven home games will exceed last year's.  For the first time, PACE busses will provide transportation for west suburban NU fans from Schaumburg to Ryan Field.  Less remote parking is available at Evanston Plaza (Dodge and Dempster) and in campus parking lots, with free shuttle service to the stadium.  Parking on certain Evanston/Wilmette Golf Association fairways east of the stadium is available by subscription to season ticket holders. 
Additional game times have been determined, with two still subject to television broadcast scheduling: 
September 8:  Vanderbilt University (Commodores), 7 pm
September 15:  Boston College (Eagles), 2:30 pm
September 22:  University of South Dakota (Coyotes) 2:30 pm
September 29:   Indiana University (Hoosiers) 11 am  (EVANSTON DAY)
October 20:  University of Nebraska (Huskers) TBA
October 27:  University of Iowa (Hawkeyes), 11 am (Homecoming)
November 14:  University of Illinois (Illini) TBA 
The University of Michigan Wolverines return to the NU home schedule in 2013.  For more information and ticket sales, go to

Time to walk in peace, September 9

Please join the Peaceable Cities Walk and Talk this Sunday, September 9 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation synagogue at 303 Dodge Ave.  Join with, connect to, enjoy your neighbors and friends you haven't met yet for a healthy, peaceful stroll through several Evanston neighborhoods and four of our nine wards.  The 2.25-mile walk route will go north to its conclusion at the corner of Dewey and Foster at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ.   Arrive early at JRC and tour the country's greenest synagogue (LEED Certified Platinum).  Stay late and enjoy the hospitality of Christ Temple Church.

Grateful thanks:  Central Station Metra Viaduct Mural

Thank you to Jessica Baum and Olivia Chadnrasekhar, seniors at ETHS, for proposing and promoting the mural at the Central Street Metra viaduct. This is the first project through their inspired new initiative called Paint Evanston Beautiful.

The mural painting was completed by students participating in a summer program through Y.O.U., one of Evanston's youth-serving organizations.  Thank you Crystal Hernando, Alma Hernando, Crystal Kramer, Graigory Tertulien, Tiaira Scott, Sam Carvajal, Elijah Hicks, Qurshianna Leslie, Denzel Blaides. And thanks also to JC Licht Epco Paint at 2538 Green Bay Road for so readily and generously donating supplies for the mural project.  Union Pacific, which owns the Metra viaduct, approved the project as did the City's Public Art Committee.

Update:  Central Station Apartments

Construction of the Central Station Apartments continues apace.  Crews will finish the excavation, foundation work, and masonry for the load-bearing walls in the next few weeks.  The contractor is installing a nearly 300' storm water detention vault that runs the length of the building.  By the end of September, steel columns for the second floor will be erected, followed by concrete for the second floor, then walls and trusses for the second, third and fourth floors of the building.  In November, the contractor hopes to begin the masonry on the building facade.  More updates and information are available on the project's website,

Watch video of the groundbreaking event.

Additional Street Resurfacing Projects

For the next five weeks, the City will undertake additional street resurfacing projects on nine street segments in Evanston, including projects in north Evanston.  The projects involve more than just asphalt replacement and will include curb replacements as needed, roadway base repair, and selected sidewalk and driveway apron replacements.  Funding for these projects comes from the City's Capital Improvement Program funds.
The work will be initiated in the following sequence:  Pitner Avenue (Lee to Greenleaf); Dewey Avenue (Kirk to Oakton); Brummel Street (Elmwood to Ridge); Elmwood Avenue (Lee to Crain); Milburn Street (Ridge to Orrington); Asbury Avenue (Central to Chancellor); Jenks Street (Eastwood to dead end east); Hartrey Avenue (Lincoln to Central); and Bennett Avenue (Simpson to Payne).

To view a location map and for information, click here.

Discussion Calendar for Fiscal Year 2013 Proposed Budget
Please join the discussion and deliberation of the City's FY 2013 budget this fall at one of the following public meetings.  Informed citizen participation produces a budget that better reflects the values and priorities of our community. 

To inform yourself about previous City budgets, the proposed 2013 City budget, and updated meeting information, go to the City's budget website.

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