Welcome to Evanston
A well-established city on the border of Lake Michigan.
The city of Evanston sits just north of Chicago, along the north shores of Lake Michigan. The area showcases a unique beauty and character. Featuring a diverse population, rich history, and a lot of old-money charm, you'll love the sense of community. The many national landmarks in Evanston showcase that rich history, most notably Northwestern University, founded by John Evans in 1851.
Residential areas carry the same character as the rest of the city, with plenty of green spaces and neighborhood parks. Find yourself immersed in the tree-lined streets of tranquil communities that offer upscale single-family homes. The pride of ownership is seen in the well-maintained yards and gorgeous landscaping. The friendly neighbors look out for one another, genuinely showcasing a sense of community. If you prefer, there are also several luxury high rises with stunning condominiums and lofts where you have exceptional views of the city and Lake Michigan.
What to Love
Residents are exceptionally fond of Evanston for the wealth of history and charm this city exudes. You'll find character in every nook and cranny with an impressive number of national landmarks and gorgeous historical buildings. Locals enjoy getting time outdoors on one of Lake Michigan’s five beaches. They also love hidden gems like the Merrick Rose Garden, featuring stunning displays of roses. Settle yourself into one of the many residential areas, and you'll soon realize why so many call this city home.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Evanston features a selection of retail options that range from charming bookstores to luxury boutiques. In addition, residents enjoy a vast selection of culinary offerings in the area.
Firehouse Grill is a community staple featuring classic American cuisine and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Housed in a decommissioned firehouse from the 1900s, this well-loved establishment will quickly become your favorite. Trattoria D.O.C. offers an authentic Italian menu in a bright and friendly establishment if you'd rather head to a different part of the globe. Enjoy a selection of antipasti, freshly made pasta, or one of their wood-fired pizzas.
The Lucky Platter is an eclectic diner featuring made-from-scratch comfort food with a twist. Tantalize your taste buds with a pot roast featuring bok choy, or try the chicken pot pie with ratatouille. Whatever you choose, it's guaranteed to please.
Tapas Barcelona is another resident hangout that offers a funky and celebratory atmosphere. Everything is made with fresh ingredients and the desire to awaken your senses, whether it's the chipirones plancha or tarrina de chocolate.
Things to Do
Evanston offers a wealth of things for residents to do, from beaches and museums to several historical landmarks. Frances Willard House Museum, one of several museums in the area, was built in 1865 and remains remarkably intact and full of many original furnishings and artifacts. This home has had many uses throughout the years, from an extended family home to a boarding school for women, before becoming the first museum dedicated to a woman's life.
Other historic buildings to explore include the Evanston Art Center, in the Harley Clark residence of 1926, and the Evanston History Center, housed in the Charles Gates Dawes home of 1909. Evanston Beach is a resident hangout with sandy beaches and a designated swimming area. There is also a path that follows the shores of Lake Michigan for you to bike, run, or walk.
Bike The Ridge is an annual event featuring a community bike ride, walk, live music, food trucks, and entertainment. This event encourages the community to join together and celebrate health and wellness. Taste of Evanston features a delectable assortment of food selections from many of the most popular local restaurants. You'll also enjoy local beverage selections from breweries and wine shops while benefiting two worthy local organizations. There are plenty of other things for residents to enjoy, from concerts in the park to the Evanston Farmers Market.
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