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Antique Map & Wine Dinner At Jilly’s Café
Wednesday, April 29th
6:30 pm
$59.00 + tax & gratuity
Nicolae& Domnica MarianGeorge & Mary Ritzlin
Jilly’s CaféGeorge Ritzlin Antique Maps&Prints
2614 Green Bay Road 1937 Central Street
Evanston IL 60201 Evanston IL 60201
847-869-7636 847-328-1966

Dear Friends,

We’re pleased to announce our Spring 2015 Wine & Map event at Jilly’s Café, 2614 Green Bay Road, Evanston for the evening of April 29th. During dinner we’ll offer brief comments on antique maps of the regions featured.

As we’re close to Jilly’s, you need park only once. Those arriving by Metra can just cross the street from Evanston’s Central Street stop to reach both locations.

For reservations please call Jilly’s Café at 847-869-7636. Seating is limited. We look forward to seeing you!



with Grilled Asparagus and Tomato-Balsamic Relish
Wine: Pinot Grigio, Belmondo, Italy


with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Red Wine Vinaigrette
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, Veramonte, Chile


with Orzo Pasta, Broccoli and Tarragon Butter Sauce
Wine: Chardonnay, Chateu Ste. Michelle of Columbia Valley, Washington

Pinot Noir Sorbet


with Blue Cheese Whipped Potato, Haricots Verts and Rosemary Jus
Wine: Nicolas Cabernet Sauvignon, France

Dessert, coffee and liqueurs will be served immediately after at Ritzlin gallery which is just around the corner.

Mini-Abe Visits Evanston's Central Street

Mini-Abe, the tiny mascot of the Illinois Tourism Bureau visited Evanston during Thanksgiving week, partly to see the Northwestern vs Illinois "Land of Lincoln" football game. However, he was not too busy to critique a political cartoon of himself from an 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly.

Many anti-Lincoln cartoons were published during the Civil War (especially in Punch). However, those appearing in Harper's with it's strong pro-Union policy were generally favorable to Old Abe.

Here he views "The Peace Commission..." an unsigned cartoon from the January 18, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly. Lincoln's reelection in 1864 dashed Confederate hopes of dealing with the peace-without-victory Democratic presidential candidate. Thus, in early January Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens and others requested a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State William Seward.

Lincoln joined the meeting near Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads, Virginia, but nothing was resolved.

"The Peace Commission" is just one of many Civil War prints, battle scenes and maps at our Central Street Gallery.

References: Bunker, From Rail-splitter to Icon, page 332; Smith, The Lines are Drawn..., page 140.

An Unusual Map Walks In

The most unusual map we've ever encountered recently walked (literally) into our gallery. A nice young woman mentioned in the course of conversation that she loved maps so much that she had one tattooed on her foot.

It's a map of the Chicago Transit Authority elevated system. She is a frequent user of the El lines and finds the map to be handy. She has even used it to give directions.

For those not from Chicago, the picture shows the map with north at the top. The individual lines are correctly colored. You can compare it with the CTA's on-line map:

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Evanston, Illinois 60201-5831
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