ETHS alumnus Adam Langer talks about his latest book, which is set in Evanston

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Adam Langer is kind of from Evanston and from Chicago.

As a kid growing up in the Chicago area, he lived in Rogers Park, but went to Baker Demonstration School in Evanston before attending Evanston Township High School.

“My father considered himself an Evanston taxpayer, if not an actual resident of Evanston,” Langer said. “Possibly, many years later, that would be a problem for us. But at the time, it seemed almost legal. Whether [legal] Or not, I was a teenager. I didn’t check.”

Despite the initial embarrassment of being a “Chicago kid” at ETHS, Langer said he’s always viewed Rogers Park as an extension of Evanston, rather than a separate city. He spent many summers going to Lighthouse Beach, and some of his best friends to this day are the people he met in high school.

“It wasn’t really my actual home, but it looks very much like his hometown,” he said.

Adam Langer, author

He and his family ended up on Chicago’s North Side after his grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe to a West Side ghetto in the 1920s. Interestingly, while growing up in a quiet, close-knit street of Jewish families in Rogers Park, he actually thought of Evanston as the big, exciting city he couldn’t wait to explore.

After ETHS, Langer went to Vassar College in New York before returning to Chicago and working his way through some of the city’s most popular media organizations and radio stations, including The Chicago Reader, WBEZ, WBBM, and WXRT. Eventually, he moved to New York City, where he became a novelist and executive editor for The Washington Post straight aheada non-profit Jewish news organization.

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