May / Jun 2021

Evansville Living

A Great Run

Few events in Evansville have been as iconic and beloved as the Arts Fest River Run. Organized as a promotional vehicle for the annual Arts Festival, participants would set out on a 12K course that began at Audubon State Park

Meals on Wheels

The Cheese Queen The Cheese Queen took the throne in August 2019 when Michele and Don Smith purchased the truck from a friend. Since then, the duo’s made-to-order, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches — as well as chips, burgers, hot dogs,

Planking with a Purpose

It’s 11 a.m. in the Tri-State. Most people are finishing up tasks before heading to lunch, but if you head to Yoga 101’s Facebook page, you can join in on an exercise that takes no movement and only five minutes.

A-maize-ingly Made

Corn, or maize, is the world’s most consumed staple food that, along with rice and wheat, comprises nearly half of all human food consumption. With this in mind, Purdue professor Torbert Rocheford set out on a mission in the 1990s

Editor's Letter

Those Three Words

“Why not Evansville?” Those are the three words that inspired this magazine and the question that no doubt has been the impetus for countless ideas taking root here in the River City. It’s what Susan and John Pickens asked when

Cheap Eats

Lunch Break

At Milanos Italian Cuisine at 500 Main St., the glass front door is often propped open, luring in passersby with enticing Mediterranean scents. Inside, at the end of an intimately lit buffet, Rafic Hachem has welcomed customers to the Downtown

Art Talk

Reinventing the Shot

Most artists have their own style, whether it be abstract, minimalism, impressionism or others. For photographic-based designer Jenna Citrus, her style is non-style. “As I kept developing as an artist, one thing people kept saying is, ‘Oh, as you get


The Beat Goes on in New Orleans

I have an eccentric friend that can be as refined as a debutante fresh out of finishing school or as ribald as a sailor on leave, a contradictory nature I embraced long ago. When we’re together, I’m her malleable sidekick,

Global Game

Growing up, cricket was more than just a game to many South Asian families who reside in the Tri-State: It was an integral part of their home culture. Now, a group of families in Evansville is bringing this worldwide game

Online Exclusives

Up in the Air

Editor's Note: The B-17 Flying Fortress “Texas Raiders” was one of two planes destroyed in a fatal mid-air collision at the Wings Over Dallas air show Nov. 12, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. Commemorative Air Force load master Col. Dan Ragan,

METS mobile vaccine clinics hit the road

The Indiana Department of Health reports that 80,832 Vanderburgh County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of July 7. To help boost the area’s vaccination rate closer to 100 percent, the Vanderburgh County Health Department and the City

Z is for Zen

Looking to relax this summer? The River City has you covered. From recreation to meditation, the best place to chill out is outdoors. Here are some ideas. Nature Trails Enjoy a quiet stroll through Howell Wetlands, 1400 S. Tekoppel Ave.,

The Best of the Best

Since 2001, Evansville Living has featured the “Best of the City” story. Each year, local people, businesses, restaurants, and more are voted the “Best of” in their category by the community or chosen as an editor’s pick. From Best Burger

Deaconess Women’s Hospital Tennis Classic

Get ready for a week of fun and competition at the 22nd United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit Women’s Hospital Classic. The Women’s Hospital Classic will be held July 12-18 at the Wesselman Park Tennis Center at 551 N. Boeke

Mysterious bird illness hits Vanderburgh County

A mysterious illness that has led to the deaths of songbirds in the eastern part of the country has made its way to Vanderburgh County, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The state DNR says the unknown disease

‘Be That Helping Hand’

Under an overcast sky, 21-year-old Eddie Gill cast off from Dress Plaza on Evansville’s Riverfront and launched his inaugural Journey For A Cause on the morning of June 1. A Carmel, Indiana, resident with a lifelong love of the water,

Y is for Yum

Evansville has long been known as a small city with big eats. From the West Side to Newburgh, Indiana, the area offers restaurant delicacies for all palettes. While Evansville Living keeps a full list of all local dining options, new

Fourth of July Festivities

This weekend, the U.S. marks its independence the American way with fireworks, parades, and barbecues. This year’s holiday comes a year after COVID-related event cancelations, so celebrate the most patriotic day in the U.S. with these events across the Tri-State!

Lifting LGBTQIA+ Voices

It’s time to listen. Evansville Living has and always will be a platform to celebrate our city. June is Pride month, a celebration, but also a remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, New York, that sparked the Gay

Garden Walk, Block Party, and Bill Engvall

Looking for ideas for your home garden? What better way to explore new concepts and techniques than at the 2021 Tour de Fleur Garden Walk, presented by the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association. That’s just one of many fun and

Snacks on the Lanes

Three consistencies exist at every bowling alley — finding the perfect size and weight bowling ball is near impossible, you’ll be jealous of the children who get to use the bumpers (it’s unfair that there is an age limit!), and

W is for Worship

You may recognize the historic steeple of Sacred Heart Catholic Church on the West Side or the stained glass windows at Trinity United Methodist Church Downtown, but did you know the Tri-State is home to a diverse range of religious

Blues, Festivals, and Juneteenth

The streets of Henderson, Kentucky, and Haubstadt, Indiana, will be filled this weekend as the Tri-State celebrates two summer festivals. There’s also lots to do in Evansville, so get explore everything our region has to offer! W.C. Handy Blues and

Meet Evansville Living’s summer intern!

Evansville Living welcomes Grace McFadden, a Memorial High School graduate and Indiana University rising junior, as our summer intern. Grace will be working with our editorial, art, and marketing teams through June and July, and we are excited for her

Bird is the Word

Evansville native Susan Tromley first shared her passion for bird watching in the March/April 2021 issue of Evansville Living. But her story didn’t stop when the pages of the magazine turned. Since her print debut, Tromley has found a new

V is for Vanderburgh County

The history of Vanderburgh County traces back to the late 1700s, when the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 opened land for settlement north and west of the Ohio River that was ceded to the United States by Great Britain at the

U is for Underground

The streets of Evansville may be bustling with activity, but it would be a mistake to think the only excitement is above ground. For readers with a penchant for hidden places, here are three of our favorites. Grotto at St.

Bazaar, Strawberries, and the (first) First Friday

Now is no time to slow down after the long weekend. Get out and enjoy these lively outdoor events happening across the Tri-State! First Fridays at Haynie's Corner 5:30 p.m. June 4 Haynie's Corner First Fridays kick off this weekend

“Doughnut” Stop Me Now

Sprinkled, glazed, iced, jelly-filled — no matter how you prefer your doughnuts, make sure to order one (or a dozen) for National Doughnut Day. The U.S. celebrates the official holiday each year on the first Friday in June, and the

Splash into Summer

Summer is finally here in Evansville, and there’s no better way to cool down than at one of the city’s spray parks, splash pads, and pools. Take a break from the heat and visit one of these seven local water

Runs, Fun, and Food Trucks

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Evansville! There’s plenty to do with runs, Downtown shopping, plane rides, and a food truck festival. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to get out and see what our city has to offer. 2021 Run Victoria