Evanston is a vibrant and diverse community city, that over 73,000 people call home.
Located 12 miles north of downtown, Evanston is the closest North suburb of Chicago.Bordered by Chicago to the South, Skokie to the West, and Wilmette to the North, Evanston is a distinguished North Shore community that adjoins Lake Michigan.
Housing in Evanston ranges from lofts and condo developments, to vintage homes,stately Victorian houses and luxury residences. Evanston has five public swimming beaches: Lighthouse Beach, Clark Street Beach, Dog Beach, Greenwood Street Beach, Lee Street Beach, and South Boulevard Beach scattered south on Lake Michigan. Equipped with a boat launch, kayak and sailboat rentals, kayak fishing trips and miles of sandy beaches, you can easily spend the entire weekend at the lake. Evanston is a thriving center for business, culture, recreation and entertainment; and is home to a bustling downtown area, peaceful neighborhoods, beautiful tree-lined streets and relaxing parks.
The Skokie Sculpture Park borders Evanston along the western bank of the river and McCormick Blvd. With a meandering path running through it, the park is a favorite of joggers, cyclists and power walkers. Over 80 sculptures are placed at random intervals along the length of the 2 mile-long park. Evanston is also home to Northwestern University, a large, private university that sits on 240-acres next to Lake Michigan. In 1857, the founders of Northwestern, one being John Evans, submitted plans for a city, and the town of Evanston was named.The buildings on the campus are a jumble of architectural styles, ranging from gothic-style stone buildings to modern glass and concrete monstrosities.
Evanston-Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65, covering all of Evanston and a small part of Skokie, provides primary education from pre-kindergarten through grade
8. Notable private schools are also in the area such as: Baker Demonstration School, Saint Atthanasius School, and Roycemore School.
Evanston remains an important shopping destination for the north suburbs and NorthSide of Chicago, with numerous commercial centers throughout the city.Dempster Street, just off the Dempster “L” stop; boasts over 60 shops,many of them small and hip, including Bagel Art, the vegetarian Blind Faith Cafe, The Mexican Shop,2nd Hand Tunes, lollie (children’s boutique), FolkWorks Gallery, Union Pizzeria and SPACE, a music venue and recording studio.
Downtown Evanston centered around the Davis Street Metra and “L” stops, has over 300 businesses, several highrise office and residential buildings, three traditional low-rise shopping areas, an 18-screen movie theatre, and over 85 restaurants.
The CTA’s Purple Line runs through Evanston. From its terminal at Howard in Chicago, the line heads north to the South boulevard, Main, Dempster, Davis, Foster, Noyes, and Central station. The CTA’s Yellow Line also runs through the city, though it only stops at Howard.
Evanston is also served by six CTA bus routes as well as four Pace bus routes. Active modes of transportation include miles of sidewalks and bicycle lanes.Evanston today is a vibrant and diverse community, with many varied activities and cultural interests. It is the city which gave the world Tinkertoys (invented here in 1914), and originated the name for the ice cream sundae.
The Fountain Square Arts Festival takes place here once a year, blocking off one of the busiest streets to display hundreds of arts and crafts. With a healthy offering of arts events, a lakefront devoted to public recreation, and a thriving business environment, Evanston’s real estate future has never looked better.