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Home to Northwestern University, Evanston is an affluent suburb of the city of Chicago. It’s perfect for raising a family if you enjoy all of the perks a city has to offer.
Evanston sits on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, just a few miles from highway 41 and Lake Shore Drive. It is about a 15 to 20 minute commute from downtown Chicago.
Evanston was once the home of the first Marshall Fields and Sears stores in the suburbs of Chicago.
Evanston is the world headquarters of the Rotary International which has more than 33,000 clubs worldwide and 1.2 million members.
Evanston was originally a conglomeration of wetlands inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians. The first white settlers came into the area in 1836. It was originally called the “Grosse Pointe Territory.” Evanston officially became a town in 1863. Tinkertoys and ice cream sundaes originated in the area.
Evanston has an expansive transportation system. Miles of sidewalks and bike paths can be found throughout the neighborhood. The Chicago Transit Authority has several bus routes and trains running all over the area, as well as to and from Chicago, O’Hare International Airport, and Midway International Airport. As long as you are staying in Evanston and not headed to downtown Chicago, driving by car works for getting around seamlessly.
Evanston boasts a large network of schools for students of all ages, at all education levels. The suburb is served by the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
Chute Middle School – 1400 Oakton St, Evanston
Dawes Elementary – 440 Dodge Ave, Evanston
Dewey Elementary – 1551 Wesley Ave, Evanston
Haven Middle School – 2417 Prairie Ave, Evanston
Kingsley Elementary – 2300 Green Bay Rd, Evanston
Lincoln Elementary – 910 Forest Ave, Evanston
Lincolnwood Elementary – 2600 Colfax St, Evanston
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School -2424 Lake St, Evanston
Oakton Elementary School – 436 Ridge Ave, Evanston
Orrington Elementary School – 2636 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Park School – 828 Main St, Evanston
Walker Elementary – 3601 Church St, Evanston
Washington Elementary – 914 Ashland Ave, Evanston
Willard Elementary – 2700 Hurd Ave, Evanston
Evanston Township High School – 1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston
St. Athanasius School – 2510 Ashland Ave, Evanston
Pope John XXIII School – 1120 Washington St, Evanston
St. Joan of Arc School – 9245 Lawndale Ave, Evanston
Roycemore School – 1200 Davis St, Evanston
Chiaravalle Montessori School – 425 Dempster St, Evanston
Northwestern University – 633 Clark St, Evanston
Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary – 2121 Sheridan Rd, Evanston
Seabury-Western Theological Seminary – 1407 E 60th St, Evanston
The Edgewater Lounge is a great dive bar with a laid-back attitude and good selection of beers located in Evanston.
Original 1920s furnishings decorate the Green Mill bar (a former haunt of famous mobster Al Capone), which offers live music.
Downtown Evanston has no shortage of entertainment. You can begin by taking kung-fu classes at Lily Lau Eagle Claw Kung Fu. If you’re less action-oriented, visit the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art. Cinemark Century Theatres is one of the best places to see movies in Chicago, as it offers free parking on Sundays, great prices, and a wonderful film selection.
Enjoy French seafood? Oceanique is right up your alley. Need to keep it simple? Edzos offers awesome burgers and fries.
Great coffee, a friendly atmosphere, and a decorative interior make Brothers K Coffee House the place to go.
Many different events and parks are available in Evanston throughout the year.
The Starlight Concert Series, a regular series of outdoor events, runs during March of each year.
The Lakeshore Arts Festival runs during the first weekend of August annually, and showcases the work of more than 125 local artists.
Evanston has many parks available, and one of the best reviewed is Dawes Park. It has free parking, trails to run and bike on, an enchanting lagoon, and is right by Lake Michigan and the downtown area.
Lighthouse Beach 2611 Sheridan Rd.
Clark Street Beach 1811 Sheridan Rd.
Dog Beach – 1631 Sheridan Rd.
Dempster/Greenwood St. Beach – 1401 Sheridan
Office 1251 Lake Shore Blvd. (847) 859-7822
Lee Street Beach 1111 Lake Shore Blvd.
South Boulevard Beach 525 Sheridan Square
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