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Evanston, Illinois

Evanston has 21 schools. One of the highest rated schools is Orrington Elementary School. The public schools in Evanston are part of Evanston Central Consolidated School District 65. Northwestern University, a private research university, ranked as one of the best universities is also based in Evanston with another campus downtown.

Evanston is a city in Cook County, IL. Evanston was once called “Gross Point” by French explorers in the 1830s. The city was later named after John Evans, who was most noted for being one of the founders of Northwestern University. The city was officially incorporated in 1863. Evanston is now home to almost 75,000 people. The Chicago Fire of 1871 led thousands of well to do Chicagoans, who feared another fire, to move to Evanston and build homes. In order to meet their needs, an influx of servants and tradesmen contributed to Evanston’s population. Evanston’s current population is about 75,000.

Evanston offers a unique blend of one of a kind shops and boutiques and national retailers. Evanston’s most popular restaurants reflect both its urban and suburban qualities. Most of Evanston’s restaurants are located in the downtown area, while others are located in small pockets of eateries, conveniently located near CTA stops. You can find anything from vegetarian cafes to sophisticated gastropubs. With Evanston being a college Evanston offers a unique blend of one of a kind shops and boutiques and national retailers. Evanston’s most popular restaurants reflect both its urban and suburban qualities. Most of Evanston’s restaurants are located in the downtown area, while others are located in small pockets of eateries, conveniently located near CTA stops. You can find anything from vegetarian cafes to sophisticated gastropubs. With Evanston being a college town, there are plenty of places with cheap eats from late night breakfast to coffee shops to casual spots for lunch and dinner., there are plenty of places with cheap eats from late night breakfast to coffee shops to casual spots for lunch and dinner.

35 minutes to Chicago Loop 

30 minutes to O’Hare Airport 

50 minutes to Midway Airport

Distance to Downtown

10 Miles

Evanston is located about 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. Evanston is served by two train systems that can help you get to the city. The CTA’s purple line “L” train makes several stops in Evanston, including Central, Noyes, Foster, Davis, Dempster, Main, and South Boulevard. The Metra also stops in Evanston. The Union Pacific North Line makes stops at Main, Davis, and Central.

If you’d like to check out some art, visit Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. This cultural institution is free and has over 5,000 prints, drawings, photos, and sculptures showcased from world-renowned artists. If you’re looking for dinner and a movie, head over to Evanston Century 12. This theatre boasts 18 screens and shows everything from the latest blockbusters to cool indie films. Be sure to check out a historical lighthouse off of Sheridan Road called Grosse Point Light. The lighthouse was completed in 1873. The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1999. There are also plenty of parks to check out including Lovelace Park, Penny Park, and Dawes Park.

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