First Ward Meetings

Our Ward Onederful monthly meetings are held at 7PM on the third Thursday of every month.
Please see schedule below for locations and updates.

These meetings provide a venue for First ward residents and others to participate and collaborate in discussions and direction around important Ward and city-wide matters. This venue gives me an opportunity to hear from you, as my constituents, about the issues that matter most.

In an effort to to support the vitality and recovery of our downtown and to build community, promoting the First Ward’s small businesses is a regular feature of the meetings. First Ward meetings offer residents the opportunity to meet and chat with the owners and operators of many downtown businesses.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Other Meetings and Conversations of Interest

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Letter to the editor: Evanston doesn’t need to increase taxes

Council Member Clare Kelly seems to be the only council member who is asking hard questions about the budget. She pointed out that staff suggested using an employee vacancy rate of 2%, rather than the 4% the city used for 2023 (the actual rate has been 5%). After much effort, her suggestion was accepted by the council and had the effect of trimming $1.8 million off the proposed tax increase....

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Council commits to 100% funding of police, fire pensions by 2040

"Kelly, who came on the council in 2021 with full pension funding among her goals, predicted the change will bring “enormous economic benefits for Evanston residents and for the future of Evanston’s public safety’s first responders.” She urged council members to move...

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Clare Kelly

A lifelong Evanston resident and ETHS teacher for 30 years, Clare has a proven record of leadership, collaboration, and fighting for government accountability, transparency, and social justice.


Clare has always been committed to the ideals of equity, justice, democracy, and transparency in government. She has led successful grassroots campaigns that have benefited the Evanston community. Clare is an inspiring organizer whose effective strategizing and collaboration had a big impact on change at local, state and national levels.

Growing up in the First Ward , Clare has deep roots in Evanston dating back to her great, great grandfather who graduated with Northwestern University’s first class in 1859. Her two children, Nico and Gus, went through Evanston’s public schools and graduated from Vanderbilt and NU, respectively. She has two brothers, Mike and Max. Clare teaches Spanish at ETHS and is an Illinois Virtual Instructional Coach and a Spanish language debate coach. She has an MA in Spanish Linguistics and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Clare will retire next year in order to fully dedicate her time to the needs of the First Ward and the City of Evanston.