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Sound of the Season


A Holiday Tradition

Publisher/Managing Editor Marco A. Rodriguez Contributing Writers Ariana Bacle Carolyn Brandt Broughton Deborah Cassell Shaunacy Ferro Natasha Wasinski Logan Sobczak


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Global and Shop Local: Sustainable Holiday Shopping By Logan Sobczak


he holiday season is a time of many choices. Dinner parties, family gatherings, local events, religious celebrations, and company soirees all bring up those confounding questions of what to wear, what to say, and, of course, what to bring. Whether its giving a gift to a business acquaintance or a long-time friend, the past decade’s modern green movement has given consumers a new kind of power. Where choices of the past were all about price and brand, today, ethical decisions can be made with the swipe of a credit card. Sustainability was hardly at the forefront of commerce 20 years ago, but it’s now a term so widely acknowledged that many companies have created special branches dealing solely with the issue. According to the EPA, sustainability constitutes practices which limit waste and ensure that individuals and groups use natural resources wisely. The idea of leaving a light footprint started with the Green Revolution of the mid-20th century, but recent years have seen terms like “sustainable”, “organic”, and “carbon-neutral” skyrocket in usage and popularity. Most sustainable practices today seem very commonplace, such as using recycled grocery bags, fluorescent bulbs, or water-saving fixtures and shower heads. But there’s much more which can be done in everyday life and especially when making holiday purchases. Fair-trade is another phrase which has popped up everywhere from coffee houses and bars to local grocery stores. Not to be confused with free-trade, which has a lot

to do with international politics, fair-trade refers to the price paid to global suppliers. Often used concurrently with references to sustainability and organic agriculture, fair-trade certified products are purchased above market prices in developing countries like Peru, Ghana, and Indonesia. A pound of fair-trade coffee and a handmade fairtrade necklace might cost more than their standard counterparts because the people who picked the coffee and made the necklaces were paid a living wage. Sustainable and fair-trade goods are a great way to make a stance through the simple act of choosing one product over another. With the rise of social media marketing, rapid shifts in consumer demands are instantly available to producers. Buying a green gift for a friend or family member is like casting a vote encouraging businesses to be resource conscious and ethical. (continued on page 9)

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So how can one shop sustainably, ethically, and globally fair this holiday season? The answer lies right around the corner: the Evanston area has a wealth of local retailers that offer eco-friendly and fair-trade gifts. Buying locally is one of the World Wildlife Federation’s top ways to be more sustainable and it also supports the community. First, consider gifts that have a history. Antiques and vintage items are not only well-made but help keep a lot out of landfills. Everyone loves the prices and convenience of big box retailers, but their products are not built to last and items are mostly produced in Chinese factories. Evanston has numerous antique dealers, such as Folkworks and Secret Treasures, as well as specialty shops like Allegretti Rug Masters and Rouzati Rugs, which offer hand-woven, oriental rugs. Vintage jewelry can complement even the most modern of outfits while antique furniture and home decorations are elegant reminders of history and craftsmanship, all with the added bonus of being savvy, sustainable purchases. Look for handmade items, as they cut down on waste by cutting out large production facilities and shipping and processing plants. For beautiful, locally produced jewelry, stop by See Jane Sparkle in Evanston or She Beads in Wilmette. Shaker Traditions also offers American-made gifts from ceramics to cutting boards to furniture. For fair-trade, handmade items from as far as East Africa and India, Ten Thousand Villages has a wide selection of goods which support artisans in the developing world. For holiday dining, try to buy local, organic, or both, when available. When making dishes at home, buying produce from the Great Lakes region cuts down on the hidden effects of long-distance shipping and helps regional farmers. For parties, buy craft beer or wine from one of the many Chicago-based breweries. When dining out, try seasonal dishes which utilize local meat and produce from restaurants like Blind Faith Cafe and Oceanique. When it doubt, ask around. Many more Evanston retailers offer locally made, environmentally friendly goods and services that are ethically sourced while still being reasonably priced. So shop smart and sustainable this season: it’s easy!

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JT’s Bar & Grill 1639 Orrington Ave., Evanston. 847-328-6200

JT’s Bar & Grill opened at 1639 Orrington Avenue in October and customer’s are quickly discovering the appealing menu and welcoming atmosphere. Open from 7AM until 2AM, JT’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers an eclectic menu with something for every taste. They also feature a Kids’ menu along with daily specials. You’ll find hearty salads that are meals unto themselves, pizza, homemade soups, Safari Natural Herbs & Teas, Ltd. 1630 Orrington Ave., Evanston. 847-425-1470

Safari Natural Herbs & Teas, Ltd. opened in September and, as the name implies, the store offers teas and herbs as well as natural hair and body care products to help you live a healthier lifestyle. A visit to the shop at 1630 Orrington Avenue is calming from the start. The soft green décor and blonde wood floors provide a soothing backdrop for products that help to restore and rejuvenate. Bulk herbs line one wall of the store. Another wall is dedicated to herbal supplements

appetizers, burgers and sandwiches – as well as spicy Mexican fare. Burgers are freshly made using only USDA Angus prime beef and are served with a choice of fries (sweet potato fries anyone?). There’s the JT Burger, the Artichoke Burger with a spinach-artichoke dip, the Turkey Burger and the delectable Swiss and Mushroom Burger. Skirt steak sandwiches are made with JT’s special balsamic vinaigrette marinade. If you love breakfast anytime of day, JT’s serves breakfast from open to close. You’ll find omelets galore as well as JT ‘Skillets’. There are also specialty eggs, French toast, waffles and pancakes. To top it off, there is a fresh orange juice machine where you can actually watch the oranges drop down one-by-one for squeezing to create your glass of delicious fresh-squeezed orange juice. Owner Sherrie Vidinich explains, “JT’s is the restaurant that rarely sleeps.” JT’s offers cozy wooden booths, flat screen TV’s, a fully stocked bar, and a separate ‘to-go’ dessert counter that sells sumptuous cakes, cookies and ice cream. There are also two party rooms available for larger groups. “JT’s is the neighborhood place – for families, sports fans, and folks who want to get out and enjoy a great meal,” says Vidinich. “Our slogan is ‘Just good food’ – and that’s just what we do.” and tinctures from brands including Nature’s Way, New Chapter and Herb Pharm. From Echinacea to Milk Thistle and from Astragalus to St. John’s Wort, there is a broad selection of remedies to ease a multitude of maladies. Safari also has an excellent selection of teas from Numi, Yogi Teas, Dr. Stuart’s and Equal Exchange, a fair-trade line of teas. You’ll want to explore Safari’s Bath & Body section to find just the right shampoo, conditioner or body wash to clean and nurture yourself. Products from Jason, Kiss My Face and Avalon Organics are featured to help you look and feel your best. In addition to Safari Natural Herbs & Teas, Ltd.’s retail business, they’ll be offering a variety of seminars as well. Owner Joseph Vlad plans to have natural health authors and experts present lectures and workshops at the shop – providing a community forum for healthy living. “We want to educate people about the steps they can take to follow a more natural path to good health,” says Vlad. “We see ourselves as a community resource – helping our customers build a healthier lifestyle.

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Koco Table 720 Clark Street, Evanston. 847-866-7055

Korean restaurant, Koco Table opened in early October at 720 Clark Street in the space that was formerly occupied by JK Sweets. Owner, Dong Uk Suh features Korean favorites such as yookgaejang (spicy shredded beef stew), and Bibimbop (rice with assorted veggies) as well as Soondoobu (tofu stew that is the traditional Korean soup). According to Dong, some of the most popular offerings on the menu are Bulgogi, sliced beef with vegetables and special sauce, Japchae, the traditional Korean noodles, Dduckbbokki, spicy rice cake, vegetables, fish cake and fried dumplings, along with the delicious Galbi, Korean

Squeezebox Books & Music 1235 Chicago Ave., Evanston. 847-943-9309

Squeezebox Books & Music is the tactile antidote to the world of downloads. Located at 1235 Chicago Avenue just south of Dempster, Squeezebox is a wondrous place to explore and discover retro as well as current-day second-hand gems. From a collection of classic children’s books in a variety of different languages (Harry Potter in Spanish, anyone?) to a second edition copy of ‘The Martian Chronicles’ signed by Ray Bradbury, to an LP of Roddy McDowell reading the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Squeezebox’s inventory is always intriguing. “I cherry-pick unique items that you’re not going to find a lot of places,” says Squeezebox owner Tim Peterson. “I love the fact that I

BBQ, served hot on the iron plate on which it was cooked. The restaurant also offers more adventurous Korean dishes such as stir-fried octopus for the serious Korean ‘foodie’. The wait staff is generally made up of Northwestern students who are very knowledgeable about all of the menu offerings. Dessert at Koco Table includes Bobtail Ice Cream, made locally in Wilmette, as well as cheesecake and tiramisu from JR’s Bakery on Howard Street. The restaurant also features pre-packaged Korean snacks and beverages, including a peanut crunch snack, shrimp chips, banana milk and a traditional aloe drink. Koco Table’s peaceful setting makes it a welcoming spot to stop for a relaxing lunch or dinner. Soft greens and grays create a serene atmosphere with traditional Korean blossom tree murals adding just the right tranquil notes. Owner, Dong says that Evanstonians and Northwestern students alike are appreciating the food at Koco Table. “Our customers enjoy authentic Korean food,” says Dong. “Many Korean customers tell me that, when they eat at Koco Table, they feel as though they are eating in Korea.”

never know what wonderful ‘find’ is going to come through the door next.” Coming through the door as often as possible is a key strategy for Squeezebox shoppers because the stock is always evolving, according to Peterson. “The books and music I have on hand can change radically from month to month,” he explains. “If you see it and like it – grab it because it may not be here tomorrow.” While many second-hand book and record stores can feel cramped and overwhelming, Squeezebox Books & Music has breathing space. Peterson says his customers seem pleased that there is a more manageable amount of stock. “People like the fact that the store is spacious,” says Peterson. “They can really see what’s here.” If you’re looking to clear out the attic or basement, Squeezebox is always looking to buy – offering fair pricing and trade options. Peterson says it’s yet another way to ‘go green’. “This business is a win-win proposition,” explains Peterson. “It’s about recycling in the most fun sense of the word.”

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Sounds of the Season

Make a memorable family tradition by attending one of the biggest holiday events in town: An Evansto n Symphony Christmas.

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is the season for song … just ask the Evanston Symphony Orchestra (ESO), which along with the Evanston Dance Ensemble, North Shore Choral Society and Evanston Children’s Chorus has been putting on a yuletide spectacular that brings families and friends together for seven years. An Evanston Symphony Christmas has “become a tradition both for our orchestra, the groups we work with and for so many audience members,” says Penelope Sachs, who joined ESO as a viola player in 1993, chaired the board from 2003 to 2006, and now serves as second vice president of the executive committee. “We have over 1,000 people come to hear the music every year. This concert always happens at the beginning of December. It’s

a way to start off the holidays with a song.” As always, this winter, attendees can look forward to an array of unique performances. Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) will reprise 2005’s “Snowflake Ballet,” composed by Steve Rashid, husband of EDE Co-artistic Director and Founder Béa Rashid, as well as the last movement of Bach’s “Violin Concerto in E Major.” In addition, the North Shore Choral Society will rejoin the ESO for “Three Holiday Songs” from the movie “Home Alone” by John Williams, both featuring the NSCS and Evanston Children’s Choir (ECC), plus “The First Nowell” and “Hallelujah Chorus.” The ECC also will perform “Jessye’s Carol” (from Jessye Norman). Meanwhile, the ESO will perform holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Greensleeves” (continued on page 15)

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and “A Christmas Festival.” There’s even entertainment at intermission, during which attendees can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate — another beloved holiday tradition. “This is a very joyful concert,” Sachs says. “The orchestra loves to play the holiday music, and audience members leave humming and smiling.” Because it is designed for families, the show features many short pieces of music, in addition to full orchestral versions of well-known Christmas music, further illustrated by dance. “Two years ago, we did a tap version of ‘Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ for orchestra and dancers, which brought the house down, and we had to do an encore,” Sachs recalls. “This year, we are going to do ‘A Charleston Christmas’ with the dancers. The music has been specially written for us by a well-recognized composer/arranger named Jim Stephenson. Everyone will love that one!” “There is always plenty to look at and great music to listen to,” she says. ECC Director Gary Geiger couldn’t agree more, calling An Evanston Symphony Christmas “a wonderful blend of refined classical works and more pop-style fare, which is why I think it appeals to such a broad spectrum of our community. And this is truly ‘our concert,’ with an orchestra made up largely of community members, and participating singers and dancers from the EvanstonNorth Shore area.” “This is the ECC’s third year participating in this concert,” he continues. “And it has become one of my favorite things to look forward to about the holidays.” All in all, 80 orchestra players, 100 singers, 45 dancers, 35 ECC members, and 60 members of special singing groups from Evanston Township High School, in addition to soloists Julian Arron (concertmaster) and Julia Davids (soprano), will participate in the 2012 edition of the annual event.

The afternoon will end as any great Christmas party might, with a visit from Santa, who leads attendees in a good old-fashioned sing-a-long, while ECC “elves” give out candy canes, Sachs notes. “You can’t go to a holiday concert and not sing carols!” she asserts; as such, the audience joins the chorus as its members leave the stage — a move that helps everyone “feel connected and join in.” The show will conclude with a time-honored favorite: the “Hallelujah” chorus from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” “Music is very close to our emotions,” Sachs says. “We all know music that makes us happy and music that can match a blue mood. The holiday season is a joyful time, and what better way to get in the mood for a happy celebratory time with your family than coming along to our seasonal concert, An Evanston Symphony Christmas.” An Evanston Symphony Christmas Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 3 p.m. Evanston Township High School Auditorium (Free Parking) General Admission: $25 for adults, $10 for kids under age 18 Preferred Seating: $40 for adults; $15 for kids under age 18 A Family Package Special also is available Purchase tickets at www.evanstonsymphony. org/xmas.php or by calling 847-864-8804; also sold at the door. Volunteer opportunities available

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his holiday season, visit your local merchants on Central Street. Many have taken a great deal of time and effort to offer the best gifts and services on the whole North Shore. Year after year, these independent business owners carefully hand select the season’s most coveted items which make the best gifts for friends, family, four legged companions and even co-workers. Whether you are shopping for the perfect sweater, antique piece, children’s outfit, oriental rug, bottle of wine, or the map of yesteryear – Central Street has it all. During this season, many of the merchants provide added services such a free gift wrapping and ribbon bows for your purchases, as well as complimentary refreshments. Some stores open extra late to ensure you have plenty of time to shop for every special person on your list. Visit the Holiday Open House held on December 2nd- from 12pm to 5pm. Many of the stores and businesses located between the 1700 (east of the Metra Station) and

the 2900 (west to Lincolnwood Drive) blocks of Central Street, will celebrate the Holiday Season with discounts, raffles, refreshments, and strolling entertainers. Mark your calendars and be sure to visit Central Street on December 2nd. Who knows you might even run into Rudolph or Santa’s Elves. One thing is for sure, Central Street will be buzzing with cheer, laughter, and holiday spirit.

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Host for the Holidays Impress your guests by planning ahead this season. By Deborah Cassell


f you’re opening up your home to family and friends this holiday season, make the experience a pleasant one for both you and your guests. Anticipating the wants and needs of visitors, whether they’re stopping by for an afternoon or staying for dinner, will make you the perfect host.

The Game is Afoot

Everybody loves board games, so take inventory of what you own, and keep the most popular on hand during gatherings. Set out Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Checkers for children. Meanwhile, Monopoly, Scrabble and Scattergories provide timeless fun for groups of four or more, as does Trivial Pursuit and other knowledgebased Q&A games.

Make Way for Movies

Films that take place during the winter season are always a hit. Play one in the background during the evening; stack the rest within reach for easy selection all night. Favorites worth adding to your collection

include both old and modern classics such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Little Women,” “Love Actually,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Family Stone,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Home Alone,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “The Polar Express,” “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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make coffee, tea and cocoa on demand. All of the above can be turned into hot toddies with a shot of brandy, rum, whiskey or peppermint schnapps.

Good Eats

Be sure to keep enough food around for all eating occasions. Stock up on frozen appetizers, plus dried meats, cheeses, crackers and olives, all which can be prepared at a moment’s notice. Don’t forget the sweets! Peppermint is to the yuletide season what pumpkin is to fall, and there are plenty of cookies and candies in stores featuring this flavor come December – that’s in addition to online recipes, if you like to bake from scratch.

Guess Who

If your holiday dinner includes guests who don’t know each other, add place cards to your table setting. If it’s a family affair, get the kids involved in making them – this

crafts project will keep the little ones busy while you’re cooking the meal. Strategically place the cards so that new members are seated in between regulars.

Hello, My Name Is …

Holiday gatherings aren’t professional networking events, but nametags may relieve the pressure of remembering who’s who and encourage mingling. They also can be used as icebreakers when guests are asked to list a favorite hobby or their hometown on said stickers as a conversation starter.

Tip No. 1

When it comes to playing host, the most important area of the house to prepare is the bathroom. Supply plenty of hand soap and more than one hand towel or, if you prefer, disposal napkins. This simple courtesy will be appreciated. Now … eat, drink, and be merry!

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A Holiday Tradition By Logan Sobczak


veryone knows the holidays are right around the corner when the Santas come out at Folk Works Gallery. An Evanston tradition for years, the holiday scenes which adorn the windows and shelves of this cozy shop make their first appearance just after Halloween. Expect to see an incredible stylistic range of carved wood and paper-mache figures on display. The Santas – and all of Folk Works’ pieces – are hand-selected from folk artists by owner Cease Giddings. Her early experience in quilt collection contributed to her desire to create a venue for folk art that acted both as a gallery and a place for regional artists to sell their work. Without the exposure Giddings created, many of the wood-carvers, quilters, and jewelry makers whose works are on display in the gallery would have remained relatively unknown. With 23 years in business, Folk Works continues to amass a world-class collection of folk pieces. Of course, it took a lot of effort to get everything together. “It’s really been a labor of love,” Giddings remarks, “and it still is a labor of love.” In the beginning, contacting artists in Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and elsewhere to send in their works was difficult and involved a large degree of trust. “They’re like their babies,” says Giddings, going on to explain how artists who took sometimes months to carve a single sculpture

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had to hope that the items would sell and be safe as they shipped them off to Evanston. Today, Folk Works’ reputation as well as years of direct contact with artisans has made the process of acquiring pieces a lot less worrisome. “I really like the back and forth communication with artists,” notes Giddings. Giddings is always happy to highlight the stylistic differences displayed in Folk Works’ collection. She points to two sets of Santas for comparison. One group, elegantly carved and painted the traditional jolly red hue has refined features and is intricately detailed. “Some artists are driven by the shape and some artists are driven by the wood,” says Giddings. She holds up another Santa, explaining how it was carved from a fence post. This “driven by the wood” design is much more natural: the grain of the wood shines through a light wash of red and the form of the carving emerges from the still post-like base. Giddings describes how the

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artist started out wood-carving using the corner of the wood block as the shape for the nose. After years and years of practice, the artist still alludes to the source material while at the same time carving the facial features in great detail. Cease and her husband and co-owner Paul Giddings chose to open Folk Works Gallery in Evanston because of its friendly feel and “Midwestern sensibility.” Cease grew up in Evanston, and after returning to open shop, she found the support for small businesses to be amazing. “There is a sense of community here which is really important to us as a shop,” adds Giddings.

Many of Folk Works’ customers have been shopping there year after year, eagerly awaiting the newest collection of holiday carvings. “We’ve been blessed with wonderful customers,” says Giddings, recounting stories about how some people are so excited about the holiday collections and displays that they bring all their friends to the openings. Expect to see the finest hand-crafted Santa carvings for this year’s display as Folk Works continues its annual tradition. Whether visiting for the first time or returning to see what’s new this year, Folk Works offers up folk art pieces – and the stories behind them – everyone’s sure to adore.

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Fabulous 4List By Amanda Saintil


ith the school year in full swing, you need a surefire way to stay on top of your game. With vacations and lazy summer nights behind you, it’s time to tackle a season that for most students and families becomes busy. One way to stay on top of all the appointments, to-dos and errands is to create great lists. Lists always seem to have well-intentioned beginnings—but darned if you can find that napkin you wrote the grocery list on after lunch. If you believe in the power of lists, but haven’t quite mastered them yet, the tips below will help hone your skills.

4 Be consistent.

A fly-by-night list making operation will never succeed. If you write lists in fits and starts and park them in different places— the process is probably not working. Keep one to-do list in one place that’s always accessible. Old-fashioned pen and paper never fails—and for the tech-savvy there are apps and software programs to keep your tasks organized with any of today’s handy digital gadgets. Make time daily or weekly to review and update your list.

4 Be specific.

Putting a general task on your to-do list like “clean the house” will likely languish there. Maybe you did part of it—you started

it, but well, it’s not exactly totally finished just yet. Better to break down big projects into smaller, manageable tasks like: “dust living room, vacuum bedroom, launder the bedding.” So even if you don’t knock out the entire list in one day, you have a game plan for getting it done.

4 Be detailed.

It’s easy to write vague reminders on a list like “dentist”. Better to be explicit about what you need to do so you don’t have to wrack your brain to remember what the reminder was about. Try “schedule appointment with Dr. Moeller 888-333-6789”. Including the phone number saves time by not having to look up the information later.

4 Be realistic.

Someday you really do want to learn conversational French. But it can be defeating to see it appear over and over again on your to-do list and know that you haven’t taken any steps toward accomplishing the goal. For big picture, someday projects, write them on a separate long-term to-do list. This list can hold the big ideas you don’t want to forget without creating distraction from your daily/weekly to-dos. So get a kick-start on the hectic pace of a new school year and enjoy the organizational wonders of a beautifully crafted list!

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t’s a term that’s used often in sports and it applies to the Northwestern men’s basketball program as it embarks on the 2012-13 season. Over the last four years, the Wildcats have been involved in postseason competition each season while last year’s senior class graduated with a school-record 76 victories. Under 13-year head coach Bill Carmody, NU has continually put itself in position to win in the always-rugged Big Ten Conference. The league has five teams ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press preseason poll, including three schools in the top five of the rankings. Though no wins in the conference are guaranteed, the Wildcats like how they are positioned for the upcoming campaign.


Northwestern returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 19-14 overall and 8-10 in Big Ten play. The one lost starter is a big one as the ’Cats must find a way to replace John Shurna who graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer. An influx of talent, including some muchneeded size in the post, should help NU offset Shurna’s departure. In all, the Wildcats welcome eight individuals who have never appeared in a Northwestern uniform. A ninth – redshirt freshman guard Tre Demps – was limited to just four games a year ago due to injury. A pair of transfers will be counted on to step in and provide immediate leadership. Graduate student Jared Swopshire, a forward, has one year of eligibility remaining after

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spending the last four years at Louisville where he helped lead the Cardinals to a Final Four appearance in 2012. Another forward, Nikola Cerina, becomes eligible this season following his transfer from TCU. Both individuals should provide the ’Cats with versatility, athleticism and in the post. Senior forward Drew Crawford headlines the list of returners to the lineup. A year ago, he ranked sixth in the Big Ten with an average of 16.1 points per game on his way to being named a third-team All-Big Ten selection. A multifaceted player, Crawford can hurt opposing teams with his deadly 3-point shooting or by slashing to the basket. The ’Cats will look to him to carry the bulk of the scoring load. Sophomore point guard Dave Sobolewski heads a deep Northwestern backcourt. In 201112, he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team after averaging 8.3 points and 3.7 assists per game while leading the conference with a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. After sitting out most of last season, Demps will also provide quality minutes with his play-making ability. Two key seniors are also back at the guard spot. Reggie Hearn was perhaps the biggest surprise of the league last season as he went

from being a walk-on to someone who started all 33 games, averaging 7.4 points per contest. Alex Marcotullio has also been a starter at times in his career and is considered one of the top 3-point shooters in the league. Both players will provide a veteran savvy to the roster. Up front, the Wildcats will likely look to a freshman to start at the center spot. Sevenfooter Alex Olah, a native of Romania, gives NU a large presence in the post as the team looks to improve upon its rebounding and defense. Redshirt freshman Mike Turner brings outstanding athleticism to the lineup. The touted freshman class also includes wing players Sanjay Lumpkin and Kale Abrahmson and centers Chier Ajou and Aaron Liberman. All four individuals will have the opportunity to make an impact in their first season. Northwestern’s home schedule features Maryland (Nov. 27), UIC (Dec. 1), Butler (Dec. 8) and Stanford (Dec. 21) during the nonconference season, as well as traditional Big Ten powers Michigan (Jan. 3), Indiana (Jan. 20), Illinois (Feb. 17), Wisconsin (Feb. 20) and Ohio State (Feb. 28). For ticket information call 888-GO-PURPLE or visit

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any people take their cars for grant it. We utilize these machines to help us transport our loved ones from school to activities and even to go on weekend trips and holiday excursions on a regular basis. Yet, we all forget to follow simple maintenance schedules and service suggestions Before the hustle and bustle of the season begins, make sure to use the tips below to help you and your loved ones stay safe and save on costly repairs.

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Keep your tires properly inflated for better gas mileage and check for excessive wear regularly. Let your service technician properly align your vehicles suspension on a regular basis – it can save you tons of money and keep you safe. If you are planning a trip-have your mechanic check the oil, tire pressure, brakes, coolant level, and engine belts – as these are some of the most frequent items which can quickly curtail holiday fun. Keep you engine in tune and make sure that the air and fuel filters are clean. Check your gas cap frequently for proper locking. Almost 20 percent of vehicles on the road have damaged, loose, or missing gas caps. This causes millions of dollars worth of gas to vaporize each year.

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Avoid excessive warming-up time Drive the speed limit to maintain the optimal gas mileage Avoid sudden starts and quick stops – this lowers your gas efficiency.

Do not let your engine idle for long periods of time. We don’t always think about it – but we all do it at school, baseball practice, or ballet practices. It deteriorates your car sooner and it is bad for our environment. So before you head out this season – stop by your local mechanic, get your car checked and serviced to ensure that the machine you depend on can continue to function properly for years to come.

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The Actors Gymnasium

rabbing hold of their destiny, children from an orphanage form a secret society of superheroes to become greater than their past. That is what The Actors Gymnasium’s Fall Youth Circus is all about and isn’t a far stretch in describing the company in general. Founded in 1995, The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively.

Classes The Actors Gymnasium’s Winter I Session starts November 12th and runs through January 27th. Stay fit and warm in the beautiful gymnasium as the snow piles up outdoors. Located in the historic Noyes Cultural Arts Center overlooking Tallmadge Park and right off the CTA Purple line

stop, the classes are both easily accessible and serene. Keep the holiday pounds at bay while learning new skills and stories to share with friends and family. Registration is available online. Prorated rates are available for late enrollment. The Actors Gymnasium has a packed schedule this holiday season. In addition to their classes in Aerial Arts, Circus Arts, Contortion, Gymnastics, Stage Combat, Parkour/Free Running, The Actors Gymnasium has now added a Drama/Physical Theater class. Kids ages 12 to 18 work with Fall Youth Circus director Cole Simon to create and embody character with all of their physicality. By the end of the class, students will have developed a monologue that they can take to any audition.

Camps Looking for something to keep the kids busy during winter holiday break? Check out the Winter Break Circus & Performing Arts Camps. This year there will be 2 three day sessions, taking place December 26th-28th and January 2nd-4th from 9 am to 4 pm. The camp, geared for children ages 9 to 14, is perfect for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch and flex their creative muscles with circus, drama and movement.

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Shows “Due to popular demand, this year’s Fall Youth Circus has been expanded into 6 shows over two weekends.” The Fall Youth Circus is a performance-based training program that culminates in a fully-produced, original show. This intensive experience includes high-quality training in drama, dance and circus arts not to mention personal and interpersonal skills that are invaluable. The Fall Youth Circus is one of the most popular ticketed events each year, led by the artistic team consisting of Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, Cole Simon and Kara Karstedt. Performance Dates: November 10th at 4:30pm & 7:30pm, November 11th at 3pm, November 17th at 4:30pm & 7:30pm, and November 18th at 3pm. Then just weeks after the Thanksgiving break, on December 1st & 2nd The Actors Gymnasium mounts another popular program, their Magic Mastery Workshop & Vaudeville Magic Show presented by professional magician Sean Masterson. Presented in two parts, this program starts with the Magic Mastery Workshop where children will be introduced to the art of magic. Sean will lead his apprentice magicians step by step and encourage them to use their imaginations to create their own presentational touches. The children leave with confidence in their magical powers. Then in the second part of the

program, the Vaudeville Magic Show, Sean presents a theatrical magic show that incorporates sleight-of-hand manipulation, audience participation and an amazing levitation. Children who take part in the Magic Mastery Workshop can attend the Vaudeville Magic Show for only $5!

Event Entertainment The Actors Gymnasium provides event entertainment for birthday parties, fundraisers and corporate events for budgets large and small. The company also provides professional quality holiday event entertainment. So if you are looking for an actor, acrobat, aerialist, belly dancer, clown, contortionist, fire performer, globe walker, living statue, juggler, hoop artist, magician, mime, stilt walker, unicyclist, wire walker, or other performer to make your holiday party a success, contact Event Entertainment Director Kiana Simon at events@ or at (847)328-2795 To get up to the minute information on upcoming shows, new classes, videos of performances and other exciting news from The Actors Gymnasium, follow them on twitter and facebook. For registration for classes and camps and tickets for shows, check out www.

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By Logan Sobczak


en Thousand Villages has always been a place to find unique, hand-made gifts from all over the world, but it’s recent renovation will be sure to entice new customers and longtime patrons alike. The newly-updated interior sparkles with a wide array of fair-trade and sustainably produced goods such as jewelry, clothing, ceramics, wood carvings, soap, and much more. One of the oldest fair-trade organizations in the world, Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit which has been offering artisan gifts for over 60 years. The Evanston location has been thriving in its Main Street storefront for fifteen years. As manager Doug Horst notes, “Ten Thousand Villages is a place for gifts that give twice.” Not only do their hand-made bowls and shea butter soaps make great gifts for the holidays, but these items support entrepreneurs in

countries like Peru, Uganda, India, and the Philippines. Fair-trade goods are purchased above market price, with the money going directly to the people who produced them. “It’s not charity,” says Horst, “it supports local industry.” Items are made by highly-talented artisans who might otherwise have difficulty in selling their wares, such as women and the urban poor. So buying a jacaranda-wood giraffe from Kenya or a hand-knit wool cap from Bolivia provides an outlet for artists and craftspeople and also makes a great gift. “It’s a joy to let people see how their purchasing helps,” says Horst, remarking that each piece has a story behind it. For example, take the tale of the hand-hammered bird and leaf sculptures from Haiti. Made from recycled oil barrels, the sculptors who made these items faced a very uncertain future after the 2010 earthquake. Ten Thousand Villages bought their whole stock of goods, ensuring they could have enough money to continue their livelihood after the tragedy. Ten Thousand Villages also features many sustainably created wares, such as recycled newspaper baskets, and carries wood carvings sourced from naturally fallen or sustainably-harvested wood. Choose from a huge collection of rings, bags, earrings, and necklaces from East Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia. Select from hand-carved ornaments for a small gift or an elegant scarf for a fashionable friend. And don’t forget to accompany fair-trade treasures with a hand-pressed paper card.

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D&D Finer Foods: For the Foodie in You By Carolyn Brandt Broughton


trip to D&D Finer Foods in the Noyes Street Business District is a treat in so many ways In addition to grocery staples, you’ll find a vast array of specialty and gourmet offerings – including wine, beer and spirits – that will keep you exploring, discovering and coming back for more delicious ‘finds’. D&D’s small store setting at 825 Noyes Street feels a bit like a European market where ‘old world’ traditions and the latest boutique specialty products come together in an eclectic mix. Customers appreciate the fresh produce, the desserts, freshly made Greek yogurt, and the bustling deli featuring D&D’s special roast beef, baked ham, cheeses,

and ‘build-your-own-sandwich’ take-out – as well as the aisles of grocery basics for ‘one-stop’ shopping. From a vast selection of olive oils and vinegars to premium ice creams to gourmet ginger ale with real ginger bits, D&D offers a wide variety of distinctive products. Alan Zunamon of Evanston has been a regular customer of D&D Finer Foods for the past seventeen years. “We’re very lucky to have D&D in the neighborhood,” explains Zunamon. “I’m also a big believer in supporting ‘mom and pop’ establishments.” Corinne Clarkson of Evanston has her D&D favorites. “I love the feta-spinach chicken sausage in the deli,” Clarkson says. “Their salads are delicious too.” ‘One-of-a-kind’ in Evanston, D&D Finer Foods has the distinction of being the last independent, family-owned and operated grocery store in town. Brothers, Tom and Peter Douvikas opened the business in 1973 just east of the Noyes Street ‘El’. In 1985 the brothers bought the property across the street and built a new and considerably expanded D&D Finer Foods. Nearly forty years after D&D first opened – the business is still going strong. “For me this is home,” says owner Tom Douvikas. “I’m here at 7AM every morning and I love what I do. It’s all about serving our customers.” Tom’s son, Kosta Douvikas represents the second generation to take the helm of D&D Finer Foods, and says it’s all about moving forward. “Our longevity is due, in part, to the fact that we’ve changed with the times,” says Kosta. “We’re always bringing in new products – meeting our customer’s needs in new ways.” Six years ago, D&D added beer and wine to its inventory and recently added spirits as well. They carry a variety of brands including products from the Evanston-based distillery, Few Spirits. The store has an outstanding craft beer selection, with over 70 different brews, and an eclectic collection of wines.

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Michael Jensen, D&D’s wine aficionado with thirty years experience in the retail wine business, is regularly on hand to share his expertise with D&D’s customers. “I’m very fussy about what I let into the store,” says Jensen. “I have a knack for figuring out what wines will be popular – I like to stay ahead of the curve.” D&D Finer Foods provides cheese, meat, and veggie trays for catered events, and for classic ‘fast food’, there’s the Douvikas family’s ‘DD Dogs’ right next door. The popular hot dog stand offers up Chicago style hot dogs, burgers, shakes and Greek specialties including gyros and seasoned rotisserie chickens made fresh daily. Tom Douvikas says it’s D&D Finer Food’s overall service that sets them apart. “We carry the specialty and hard to find items that the big box grocery stores don’t carry,” says Douvikas. “And, if we don’t have an item our customers are looking for, we do everything in our power to get it for them.” D&D Finer Foods is located at 825 Noyes Street. Phone: 847-475-4344. Hours: MonSat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am-5pm.

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ith the economy on the rebound the housing market today favors both buyers and renters. Property owners unable or unwilling to sell their homes are increasingly turning to leasing as an option. More rentals on the market means nice options are out there – you just need a strategy for locating the perfect place. Searching for an apartment is daunting. Luckily renters have free resources at their disposal to guide the way. While websites like and provide a range of housing options and connect apartment seekers directly with landlords, leasing agents can be very effective in your search. Leasing agents can do a lot of the footwork if they know a renter’s wants and needs. With their finger on the pulse of the market, these professionals are privy to listed and unlisted rental properties. Best of all, leasing services come at no cost to the renter. An agent might be the key to finding your new abode in Evanston and nearby areas. The renter’s search should ideally begin two to three months before the desired move-in date. Knowing where you stand credit-wise, saving copies of paycheck stubs, and keeping

a checkbook close by is critical to locking down a lease. “Be prepared to jump on something if you like it, especially in Evanston,” advises Tim Stroh of www.LeaseEvanston. com. “In a college town the inventory moves very quickly as residents are competing with students for housing.” But, first know for certain what you’re getting before signing an agreement. Does the rent fit within your budget? What utilities are and aren’t included in the rent? Does the unit come with parking? What’s the policy on cats and dogs? Pets can be a deal breaker, so make sure to establish your preferences for furry friends up front. As the hub for entertainment, work and transportation, downtown Evanston has rentals in high demand. But confining a housing search to one part of town is limiting. Other nearby districts, such off Dempster and Central Streets, are equally attractive areas but with generally less expensive units. If you’re open to the idea of moving to an unfamiliar neighborhood, you may discover new friends and hangouts in addition to a new home. “You might really be surprised in an area you had written off before,” Stroh said.

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Fine Dining in



he holidays are a time to spend with friends, family, and loved ones. Yet, many times we are very busy attending parties, planning events, and feverishly shopping for the perfect gifts. We can get so wrapped up in the spirit of the holidays – that we tend to exhaust ourselves with the hustle and bustle of the season and sometimes forget that a gift can be as simple as sharing a meal with a loved one, family or friends. Luckily for residents and visitors alike, Evanston boasts many superb restaurants to quench any palette from simple fare to the most fine refined. This season, make the most of your holiday by visiting these fine restaurants all over Evanston. If you find yourself in the Central Street area – stop in at Jilly’s Café where you will be pampered in this intimate gem located just north of Central Street on Greenbay Road. Jilly’s Café is great for special occasions such as anniversaries, graduations, and engagement parties. This French American bistro has delicious fare for everyone including the kids.

Those shopping, visiting, or staying at hotels in DT Evanston can seek refuge in three wonderful restaurants located within walking distance. Bistro Bordeaux, Quince at the Homestead Inn, and The Stained Glass are all very charming, sophisticated, and serve up unique gustatory delights. All three have an extensive wine list and pride themselves on serving seasonal dishes which will tantalize your taste buds. If you are in the area, they are not to be missed. Make sure to call ahead for availability as they are hot spots during the holiday season. To find out more on each restaurant or see their menu, please visit www. Located on the south-east section of the city and within the Main Street Station Shopping District, Oceanique Restaurant provides a warm and inviting destination in the heart of this shopping district. Grab your loved one or a friend and delve into the extensive wine list and delectable cuisine that they serve up. Oceanique has both wonderful seafood and steaks as well.

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618 Church St. • Evanston, IL Mon - Thur: 5:30p to 9p Fri & Sat: 5:30p to 10p Sun. Brunch: 10:30a to 1:30p Sun. Dinner: 5p to 9p • (847) 424-1483 The philosophy of the menu at Bistro Bordeaux is an expression of our French culinary heritage, for which we have a profound admiration. The support of our local farmers allows us to use the freshest produce and seafood, just as one would find in the markets in the south of France. The menu showcases the freshness of these pure ingredients through simple, flavorful combinations.

Quince serves contemporary American cuisine, in a lively and comfortable setting near downtown Evanston. For a light supper or cocktails with friends find Q2 across the hall from the main dining room. Our cozy, cocktail lounge is Evanston’s new gathering place. 1625 Hinman Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 570-8400 Open for dinner Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 Friday: 5:30 to 10 Saturday: 5 to 10 Sunday: 5 to 9

Fine French American Bistro in an intimate setting for special events such as anniversaries, elegant weddings, baby showers, graduations, and all landmark occasions. American cuisine with a twist making for enough dishes to keep our specials changing daily. We offer a Sunday brunch that carefully combine a traditional American brunch with French flavors, while champagne effortlessly flows throughout the course of the meal.

Jilly’s Cafe 2614 Green Bay Rd. Evanston, IL 60201 Ph: 847-869-7636

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Valet Parking • 847.864.3435 505 Main St. • Evanston IL •

Oceanique is an eclectic seafood restaurant in the French-American style. In all of our preparations, we endeavor to use the finest organic produce and seafood from sustainable, eco-friendly sources. And with our extensive wine list featuring over 900 carefully selected fine wines, Oceanique has won Wine Spectator Magazine’s coveted “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since 1994 being recognized as having one of the 750 best wine lists in the world.


The Stained Glass, located in the heart of downtown Evanston, offers upscale dining in a relaxed, urban atmosphere. Chef/owner Victor Hernandez, a veteran of the Chicago dining scene, prepares seasonal New American cuisine, combining traditional and international flavors that complement the global wine list. With 32 wines by the glass, the opportunity to indulge your senses and cultivate your wine palate is the reason this 13 year old restaurant is Evanston’s favorite.

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ather off Davis Street is the top new place for kids and parents to discover, learn, and meet up with friends. Featuring an arts and crafts area, an open play space, and a reading and puzzle nook for some quiet interaction, there’s always plenty to do. Parents can bring their kids and join a daily drop-in group where they can finger paint, draw on the huge chalkboard, play with toys, share in some story time, and more. Owners and mothers Karyn Mewett and Kristen Blakeman wanted to design a space that’s both bright and inviting as well as practical. “There really isn’t anything like this in Evanston,” says Mewett. “It combines somewhere to play with a home feel.” While the colors and activities entice children, parents flock to Gather because it’s a space where they can engage their kids in arts, crafts, and play time without worrying about having supplies or making a mess. “We wanted to create a space we would want to come to,” adds Mewett. And with the winter months approaching, Gather is cozy retreat for indoor play, offering complimentary coffee, tea, and wifi for adults. In addition to the daily activities at Gather, adult classes will be offered in the evenings. These include nursing circles, prenatal yoga, and creative writing that will be taught by professional instructors. There will also be music classes, both as part of the daily fun and as registered programs. So for parents and kids alike, Gather is a great place learn, create, and make new friends. Stop by and visit us soon!

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Evanston Living & Scene Celebrate! Evanston 2012 Saturday, October 13, 2012 The Woman’s Club of Evanston


The Evanston Community Foundation’s annual benefit marked the end of its 25th anniversary year. The event, with 250 in attendance, netted $110,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission of helping Evanston thrive as a vibrant, inclusive and just community.




1. Celebrate!Evanston co-chairs Kim Perutz and Julie Captain with ECF board chair Penelope Sachs. 2. Fellow nonprofit professionals Kathy Slaughter (YWCA Evanston/ North Shore), Sue Loellbach (Connections for the Homeless) and Kim Hoopingarner (Youth Job Center).

3. Tom Klitzkie, Paul Klitzkie, and Barbara Schwarz of Nature’s Perspective Landscaping (an event sponsor) with Diana Kim. 4. Young actors from Mudlark Theater performing the comedy sketch “A Day in the Life of the Evanston Community Foundation.”

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5. Members of the Executive Board of Northwestern University Dance Marathon volunteered to support fundraising efforts at the event. ECF is the secondary beneficiary of NUDM, a partnership that since 1998 has put $648,000 to work through local nonprofits.

7. Christian Farr shared emcee duties with ECF board member Kevin Mott. 8. ECF board member Dick Peach (2nd from left) with Marianne Schapiro, Gene Servillo and Rosie Rees.

6. Erie Family Health Center guests: President & CEO Lee Francis, RN Sara Polonsky, and development officer Steph Willding.

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he Big Black Dog Tavern & Grill opened its doors at 1141 Central Avenue at the end of October, and is bringing good old-fashioned BBQ to the North Shore. Located in the space formerly occupied by The Crystal Cave, The Big Black Dog Tavern & Grill offers BBQ, Mexican fare and other hearty entrees and appetizers, as well as a kids’ menu – all in a family friendly atmosphere. Generously sized booths with butcher block table tops, pine pillars throughout the dining area and a custom-built mahogany bar with old-fashioned captains chairs give the restaurant a true tavern feel. Owner, Chuck Rometty, who also owns and operates Gilson’s at 1126 Central Avenue, opened The Big Black Dog Tavern & Grill as a more casual restaurant where families can

enjoy a dinner out together, and where sports fans can gather to watch their favorite teams duke it out over a cold brew and a tasty bite. “Our focus is on providing top-notch food and an excellent customer experience,” Rometty explains. “We want our customers to think of us as their neighborhood place.” The new Wilmette eatery smokes its own brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and ribs, and offers three distinctive house BBQ sauces, Texas, North Carolina Mustard and Memphis Sweet. There are also over fifty craft beers to choose from, and a wine list designed to compliment the BBQ themed menu. A choice of pie, warm, cold or a la mode, rounds out the menu for dessert. The Big Black Dog Tavern & Grill accepts reservations, and, for larger groups, there are small, medium and large party rooms available. The Big Black Dog Tavern & Grill is located at 1141 Central Avenue. Phone number is 847-920-5681. Open for dinner 5PM-11PM.

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All Safe “Green” Cleaning For Those You Love...

Since 1970

818 Lake St. • Evanston, IL

Call 847-866-6668 The North Shore’s Carpeting & Oriental Rug Masters

FREE Rug Cleaning for Life

FREE Rug Cleaning for Life for any rug purchased from Allegretti by 1/26/13. Call for our convenient pick up and delivery schedule. Pick up and delivery charge applies.


40% OFF All Rugs 5x8 & Larger

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All rugs 5x8 & larger cleaned in our plant. Call for our convenient pick up and delivery schedule. Pick up and delivery charge applies. Expires 1/26/13.


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Call or email us for a reservation 1126 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL

847-256-2430 Weekly Specials!

Mondays: Live Jazz from 7 - 9pm Tuesdays: $4 Goose Island Drafts (Seasonal and Limited!) Wednesdays: 1/2 Price all wine bottles (Yes, EVERY wine bottle!) Thursdays thru Saturdays: Dinner entreé special featuring fish and meats prepared by our award-winning chef


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Call Today! 847-920-5681 We are open 7 days a week at 5pm…make a reservation today. Coming soon: Open for lunch on Saturday and Sundays Gift certificates available in time for the holidays.

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Shop Evanston Winter 2012  

The digital version of Shop Evanston's Winter 2012 issue.

Shop Evanston Winter 2012  

The digital version of Shop Evanston's Winter 2012 issue.