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.

Ward One-derful Meeting

Ward One-derful Meeting

Date June 30, 2022Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmVenue TBA

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Greetings and happy summer.

  This month’s Ward meeting will be held at the end of the month on Thurs., June 30 rather than the usual 3rd Thursday of every month (due to travel and conflicting schedules with other City committee meetings this month). 

 As the COVID situation waxes and wanes, I’d like to get a sense of residents’ current preferences regarding in person vs. virtual (Zoom) Ward meetings. 

 Please complete this brief survey regarding your preference for in-person versus virtual (Zoom) First Ward meetings.
Thank you. Take First Ward Survey 

 Meeting agenda: 

  •  Update on the City Manager Search 
  •  Safety Update 
  •  Introduction of a Ward One-derful business/owner 
  •  Fountain Square Update 
  •  City Summer Events 
  •  Downtown Developments 
  •  And more…

    Always feel free to email me at with any topics you would like addressed at our Ward meeting and I will do my best to include it. A more detailed agenda will be forthcoming along with the location after reviewing results from the above survey.

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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.