Welcome to Evanston
Evanston is the perfect integration of beachside charm, collegiate prestige, and idyllic small-town vibes with access to one of America’s greatest metropolises. Northwestern University is the crown jewel of Evanston. Indeed, the university predates the neighborhood itself, with the district developing around the academic institute. As Northwestern University began to rise as one of America’s top-rated schools, Evanston also rose as a sought-after neighborhood.
Such academic qualities have made Evanston’s relationship with Northwestern University a haven for those who enjoy being within an intellectual environment. However, the neighborhood can also be considered a beach town. Due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, Evanston has an escapist feel, allowing residents to explore the beaches and enjoy the stunning collection of architecture found in residential homes and museums. The varying array of architectural styles, from Neoclassical, Tudor, Prairie, Victorian Gothic, and others, create a visual diversity that makes each building unique.
What to Love
- Northwestern University
- Stunning architectural styles
- A beachside feel
As with any college town, students and young people make up a fair percentage of the community. The saturation of students gives a constant sense of life and vibrance. Aside from students, year-round residents consist of established academics partnered with the college, families eager to have a pocket of paradise outside of the city, and retirees who enjoy walking the beaches and enjoying the community.
Evanston has been a hot spot for the film industry, featuring countless beloved classics as the backdrop for movies like Princess Bride, Home Alone, Sixteen Candles, and Cheaper By the Dozen. This neighborhood is the perfect setting for iconic films that want to highlight the homey sophistication beloved by locals.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
In a burst of floral elegance, residents can enjoy Saville Flowers. Though also open to the public, this florist shop has decorated top events across Chicago, providing arrangements for some of the city's most elite events.
The Barn Steakhouse is an upscale dining experience guaranteed to offer exquisite dishes such as its acclaimed dry-aged steaks. This beloved restaurant has maintained its prestigious rating due to its quality service and classic dishes.
Dozens of cafes, restaurants, and bars are found in Evanston, each with a unique style and taste. LeTour is a sophisticated approach to contemporary French-Moroccan cuisine, offering fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. In a town of young families and dedicated students, caffeine is king. Some locals want a spot where they can linger with spectacular food and the perfect espresso. For them, there is nowhere else but Cupitol Coffee & Eatery.
Things to Do
Evanston’s identity as a lakeside district means there is no limit to nautical pursuits. Grosse Point Lighthouse is a historical lighthouse adored by residents for its stately presence on the landscape. Lake Michigan is seen at its best from the windows of the structure.
Dearborn Observatory is perfect for those eager to look out over the stars and gaze at the heavens. As a building under Northwestern University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, it is open for the public to see the telescope. Tours are often given to explain how best to use the equipment and educate the public on astronomy.
As mentioned, the architectural diversity found in Evanston is unparalleled. Therefore, the Chicago Architectural Center has organized Evanston Along The Lake, a walking tour overlooking the schools, homes, and apartment buildings of architectural significance.
For those who want to get involved in community life, Evanston hosts numerous events for locals to come together. Evanston Made Makers Market allows local artisans to sell their work to the neighborhood and feature their talents. They also host inclusive seasonal events such as Christmas lighting, Kwanzaa Kinara lighting, and Menorah lighting, where residents can celebrate and explore new traditions.