Located on Lake Michigan, Evanston is a vibrant North Shore suburb of Chicago. Evanston covers more than 7.8 square miles, has a diverse population of about 75,000 residents or 30,000 households and boasts gorgeous beaches and quiet tree-lined streets.
Distance to Downtown Chicago
Average Drive Times
25 minutes to Chicago Loop | 32 minutes to O’Hare Airport | 42 minutes to Midway Airport
Express commuter trains reach Chicago’s Loop in 21 minutes. Four CTA bus lines connect Evanston to the city and nearby suburbs. The Edens Expressway (I-94) is just west of town. Sheridan Road, which runs along the Lake, becomes Lake Shore Drive as you head into the city.
Shopping & Dining
Specialty stores, art galleries attract locals, city dwellers and suburbanites. Every Saturday in summer for the past 30 years there is a farmers market near Oak and University Place. From burgers to more exotic fare, Evanston is a premier dining center with local favorites like Found, Lulu’s, Lucky Platter, and Jilly’s Café, as well as Potbelly and Chili’s.
Elementary schools, Evanston Township High School, provide regular and accelerated studies programs in conjunction with Northwestern University, one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. The University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. NU provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of the Evanston Community.
Evanston has 3 community centers, a senior center, 5 public beaches, and an art center. Three theatre programs provide year-round entertainment: the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, The Children’s Theatre and the Piven Theatre. Programs are offered for every age and every interest: ballet, pee wee sports, gymnastics, ice-skating, hip hop or fencing to name just a few. Adults 55 and older can make friends and enjoy new activities at the Levy Senior Center.