Evanston house built by high school students on the move

A home designed and built by students in a high school math class was on the move on Monday morning as the two-story house was moved through an Evanston neighborhood.

WGN speaks to Evanston’s Laura Harrier, Spider-Man’s love interest in latest reboot

Laura Harrier, a graduate of Evanston Township High School, stars as Liz Allen, the object of Peter Parker’s (a.k.a Spider-Man’s) affections in this summer’s Spider-Man reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie, starring young British actor, Tom Holland as the Spider-Man, will release on July 7th. Robert Downey Jr. and other notables such as Zendaya, Donald Glover and Michael Keaton, will all be making appearances in the movie. The movie follows a young Peter Parker after the events of the Captain America: […]

2 Men, Teen Boy Charged After Crashing Stolen Car In Evanston

CHICAGO (CBS) — Three people are facing charges after a parolee crashed a stolen car while trying to drive away from a traffic stop early Sunday in north suburban Evanston, according to police. An officer driving north at 2:46 a.m. in the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue saw a 2010 BMW driving south with a flat rear passenger-side tire, according to a statement from Evanston police. As the officer turned around, the BMW turned west onto Greenleaf Street and south onto Asbury Avenue. Dejuan C. Banks Jr. (left) and Najolie J. Evans (right). | Source: Evanston Police The officer activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and tried to pull the BMW over, police said. A check of the license plate revealed that the BMW had been reported stolen in Chicago. It slowed as if it was going to stop, but then attempted a westbound turn onto Mulford Street. During the turn, the driver lost control because of the flat tire and the BMW crashed into a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Mulford, police said...

Chicago Weather: Storm uproots large trees in Evanston, Wilmette

Cleanup crews were hard at work Thursday clearing debris from streets and removing trees from homes and on top of cars.

Evanston Cleaning Up Major Storm Damage After Apparent Microburst

CHICAGO (CBS) — A massive cleanup effort was underway in north suburban Evanston, after an apparent microburst during a brief but powerful storm ripped up trees, and left behind flooded streets. The storm lasted only about 30 minutes, but toppled dozens of trees, uprooting portions of a sidewalk and damaging a playground. How fortunate. #Evanston police: No reports of injuries after a #storm. But wait till you see the damage @10 @cbschicago @RobJohnsonCBS2 pic.twitter.com/amB72rqwQ6 — Jeremy Ross (@JeremyAdamRoss) June 15, 2017 CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist said the damage likely was caused by a microburst – a localized but powerful downdraft within a thunderstorm that can cause extensive damage. One Evanston man said he had to ride his motorcycle to work Thursday morning, because his car was parked between two downed trees, and he couldn’t get out. At least half a dozen cars along one stretch of Harrison Street were damaged by fallen trees. One Evanston homeowner said her..

Wednesday Night’s Storm Absolutely Battered Evanston

More than 80 trees or limbs were downed. Some trees were uprooted entirely. Incredibly, no injuries were reported. [ more › ]

Storms Wallop Evanston, No Injuries Reported

(CBS) – Quick but powerful storms hit Evanston on Wednesday, leaving downed trees and other damage in their wake. What Mother Nature lacked in duration it made up for in intensity and power, CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports. Neighbors say at least a half dozen cars off of Harrison sustained damage from debris. Also destroyed were part of a sidewalk and a playground. Lisa Sparrow’s home was damaged by debris. Fortunately, no one inside was injured. “I am so thankful that was all that happened because I was home with my two children and it scared the daylights out of everybody,” she says. Evanston police said no injuries had been reported. The storms also were blamed for roof damage at NorthShore Evanston Hospital and for causing delays and flight cancellations at Chicago’s airports.

Evanston program provides free breakfast, lunch to children during summer

Starting Monday, the city of Evanston will begin their free summer youth food service program.

Evanston program provides free breakfast, lunch to youth during summer

Starting Monday, the city of Evanston will begin their free summer youth food service program.

As Evanston moves to fire ‘Cranky Librarian,’ e-mails reveal longtime board plan to get...

Evanston library's "Cranky Librarian" problem blew up in a major way during the last week. As the library's board initiated abrupt termination proceedings for Lesley Williams (aka "Cranky"), e-mails surfaced revealing that board members and the library's director had been conspiring to get rid of her for several years. …

As Evanston moves to fire ‘Cranky Librarian,’ e-mails reveal longtime board plan to get...

Evanston library's "Cranky Librarian" problem blew up in a major way during the last week. As the library's board initiated abrupt termination proceedings for Lesley Williams (aka "Cranky"), e-mails surfaced revealing that board members and the library's director had been conspiring to get rid of her for several years. …

Historic Mayo & Mayo designed Evanston mansion returns for $2.6M

The 10,000 square foot home has been on and off the market since early 2016 Built by prominent Chicago area architects Mayo & Mayo in 1911, this massive Evanston mansion is back with a new, lower price. The English Revival style structure features tons of old school touches like wood paneling, limestone fireplaces, and original plaster moldings. The sprawling, 10,000-square-foot home also sports a spacious tiled sunroof, dedicated billiards room, and a three-car coach house garage. The mansion was originally constructed for Anson Mark of Chicago area steel pipe supplier Mark Manufacturing. While some of the home’s flower print decor and dated kitchen appliances could arguably benefit from a less-frumpy makeover, the basic “bones” are still reflective of its notable architectural pedigree. Situated on a half-acre corner lot along Evanston’s Michigan Avenue, the property is a short walk to Lee Street Beach and nearby Lincoln Elementary School—one of literally hundreds of Illinois pub..

Evanston Non-Profit Organization Helps Those With Autism Transition To Independence

CHICAGO (CBS) – April is Autism Awareness Month. Eighty percent of adults with autism are unemployed, but at CBS 2’s Sandra Torres reports, there is one advocacy group making a big difference for those looking for jobs. Eight years ago, 29-year-old Nestor Gonzalez dreamed of having a place of his own. “To live independently outside of both parents’ supervision,” Gonzalez said. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. Gonzalez said his biggest challenge after high school was the sense of acceptance. “The stigma on certain people is that just because you have a disability they had hard time being accepted into the community,” Gonzalez said. But then he joined the Center for Independent Futures, a non-profit organization in Evanston that helps individuals with disabilities transition to independence. “They might need support in life skills – cooking, shopping, paying bills –initially learning a lot of those skills, maintaining them,” said Ann Sickon, CIF Executive Dire..

2 Men Charged After Cops Find Guns, Drugs in Evanston House

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men are facing weapons and drug charges after police found marijuana, cocaine and guns Wednesday afternoon in a house in north suburban Evanston. The Evanston Police Department’s Special Operations Group executed a search warrant at 3:15 p.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Pitner Avenue, police said in a statement. During the search, they found a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .357-caliber Glock that was reported stolen from Mississippi, ammunition, 1.5 grams of cocaine, 175 grams of marijuana, scales and drug packaging materials. Three men were arrested at the house and taken to the Evanston Police Department, police said. One of them, a 29-year-old Evanston man, was later released without charges. Police seized two guns and ammunition during a search of an Evanston home Wednesday. | Evanston police Nicholas M. Mayfield, 25, was charged with a felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, police said. He lives in the block where the sea..

Grandfather’s Lynching Motivates Evanston Family To Educate Others

EVANSTON (CBS) — Eleanor Hill, 90, reads and writes poems about her grandfather, Anthony Crawford, to help her cope with his brutal death. He was a wealthy farmer and minister, who was lynched in Abbeyville, South Carolina in 1916. She said he simply went into town to sell cotton. “And they did not want to pay the price because he was a black man. They beat him and then hung him” she said. CBS 2’s Sandra Torres reports. The incident forced Hill’s family to migrate to Evanston, which was still segregated at the time. Her heritage motivated her to become a librarian and to contribute to a black history resource center in Evanston’s school district. Hill said she felt it was important to teach the mostly white staff about a history they weren’t familiar with. “The majority of the teachers were white and they didn’t know any history,” she said. Hill’s grandfather’s story also made an impact on her daughter, Collette Allan. She leads a non-profit helping low income families at what was..