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A 16-year-old female used a stolen knife and machete to murder her Uber driver, a 34-year-old man from Wilmette, early Tuesday morning, according to a prosecutor.

Addressing the media at the Cook County courthouse in Skokie, the prosecutor recited details of the attack and murder of Grant Nelson by the teenage offender in the early hours of May 30 in Lincolnwood. 

The girl, the prosecuter alleged, took an Uber to the Walmart in the 3600 block of Touhy Avenue, walked through the store, stole a knife and a machete before calling for another Uber ride.   

Danielle Tabor
A new “neighborhood steakhouse” is set to open in the spring in downtown Wilmette.
Eric DeGrechie

The Wilmette Village Board referred to liquor license applications to a judiciary committee at its meeting Tuesday, February 24.

The first application came from a new restaurant, Napolita Pizzeria and Wine Bar, which will be located in the old Gilson’s location at 1126 Central Ave. Customers, however, can expect a new look when the restaurant opens in April.

According to owners Mike Chookaszian, Nick Hynes and Luke Cholodecki, they’re working on a reconfigured look, including an open kitchen where customers can watch their food being made.

22nd Century Media Staff
Elizabeth Pattara received a phone call in February she wasn’t expecting.
Eric DeGrechie
Wilmette’s St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier parishes soon will unite and have a new name.
Eric DeGrechie
It is with deep gratitude to the greater North Shore community that we announce the closure of the Lad and Lassie clothing store at the beginning of 2020.
Eric DeGrechie

Truth revealed on the blood-soaked battlefields of eastern Pennsylvania, Union Army private Richard Gilder took full poetic measure of the men with whom he served: “Better than honor and glory, and history’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow men.”

22nd Century Media Staff
After avenging their loss to the team that defeated them in the 2016 Class 8A state championship contest in a quarterfinal road game on Saturday, Nov. 10, the Loyola Academy Ramblers will return home on Saturday, Nov. 17, for a semifinal encounter in which they will try to bring down the team that beat them in the 2017 Class 8A state title game.
Michael Wojtychiw

Wilmette’s budding downtown restaurant scene saw some shakeup last week. This time in the subtraction column.

Part of Village Center for seven years, Gilson’s Restaurant, 1126 Wilmette Ave., shut its doors for good on Friday, Oct. 3. There was no immediate response from owner Chuck Rometty, who had another downtown Wilmette restaurant, The Big Black Dog Tavern, close in 2013 after just one year of operation.

22nd Century Media Staff
Joanne J. Matousek, 57, of Wilmette, was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence following a traffic accident at 10:48 a.m. May 5 at Lake Avenue and Ridge Road.
Eric DeGrechie