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Evanston combines a college town with new development for a trendy lifestyle that is sure to impress. Located 12 miles north of downtown, it’s bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, Wilmette to the north and Lake Michigan to the east. Evanston is home to a world-renowned college, wonderful public schools, tons of parks and plenty of dining and shopping options – making it a great choice for families and established couples.
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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 remains an important shopping destination for the north suburbs and North Side of Chicago, with numerous commercial centers throughout the city. Dempster Street, just off the Dempster “L” stop, boasts over 60 shops, while downtown Evanston 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.