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(Left to right) Musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Emma Koi, flute, Amy Hess, viola, and Desiree Miller, cello, perform a special concert at Mather Pavilion last Friday. | Bob Seidenberg/Sun-Times Media

Mather residents access memories through symphony program

Gary Morrissey of Chicago discovered the Skokie Lagoons by accident during a bike ride from his Chicago West Ridge neighborhood a few years ago.| Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media

Volunteers take on invasive Buckthorn at Skokie Lagoons

The reminder email from Dave Kosnik of Evanston typically starts: “Greetings Skokie Lagoonites!” The Lagoonites are focused on restoration of the 894 acres of the Skokie Lagoons.

What are the benefits of independent school curriculum?

Students attending independent schools have a number of advantages in their education, beginning with the unique mission of the school. Independent...

<p>Snow&nbsp;returned to&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;in the early evening on Monday, April 14. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times&nbsp;</p>

Record-low temperature in 20s could follow late-season snow

A mid-April snowfall that drew a collective sigh from Chicagoans late Monday afternoon was the precursor to some potentially record-breaking cold temperatures on Tuesday morning.

<p>Evanston received word&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_444080693">on Saturday</span>&nbsp;it is receiving a $1.5<br />million grant toward construction of &nbsp;bike lanes along Sheridan Road&nbsp;in 2015. Officials say the move could create a "comfortable" bike&nbsp;corridor stretching from Chicago to Wilmette. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Bob Seidenberg/Sun-Times Media</p>

State grant to fuel bike network expansion in Evanston

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Saturday that Evanston will receive nearly $1.5 million in state money for a dramatic expansion of its bike trail program.

Survey to gauge citizen-police interactions

Individuals who have encounters with Evanston police offices will soon be able to rate how those interactions went as a part of a new National Police Research Platform’s Police...

The door to Sketchbook Brewing Company, a soon-to-open brewery in Evanston. | Ben Meyerson/Sun-Times Media

Evanston grants craft beer license to Sketchbook Brewing

The Evanston City Council approved a craft brewer’s application on April 8 for the on-site production and storage of beer in large quantities at a new business at 825 Chicago Ave.

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How a home care provider can help aging parents live at home

As you approach retirement, you may be thinking about your long-term living situation, which could include a number of different options. While...

<p>A story system moving in Sunday afternoon could bring at least 12 hours of steady rainfall. &nbsp;| &nbsp;AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh</p>

Storm, ‘rain-snow mix’ headed toward Chicago

High temperatures throughout the weekend – including the first 80-degree day of the year Saturday – were only temporary, as a storm system moving in Sunday afternoon could bring...

Evanston officials have adopted new comprehensive policies governing the operation of the city's animal center at 2301 Oakton St. | File.

Evanston invites animal shelter groups to submit qualifications

The City of Evanston is moving forward to find a new partner to operate the city animal shelter at 2310 Oakton St., sending out request for qualifications to potential candidates.

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What is the value of a college education?

While the value of a college education is often discussed in monetary terms, there is much more to gain in college than earning power in one...

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