Evanston is a suburban city in Cook County, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. It is one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan. Evanston is the home of Northwestern University. The CTA’s Purple Line, part of the Chicago ‘L’ system, runs through Evanston. From its terminal at Howard in Chicago, the line heads north and terminates at the Linden station in Wilmette. Metra’s Union Pacific/North Line also serves Evanston, with stations at Main Street, Davis Street and Central Street, the first two being adjacent to Purple Line stations. The CTA’s Yellow Line also runs through the city. Evanston is served by six CTA bus routes as well as four Pace bus routes. Active modes of transportation include miles of sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Evanston remains an important shopping destination for the north suburbs and North Side of Chicago, with numerous commercial centers throughout the city. Evanston’s downtown area adjoins Northwestern University. There are over 300 businesses, several highrise office and residential buildings, three traditional low-rise shopping areas, an 18-screen movie theatre, and over 85 restaurants. Central Street is comprised of several shopping districts linked along the northernmost of the city’s principal east-west arteries, with the most active clustered around the Central Street Metra station and characterized by specialty shops and restaurants in a walkable environment with an eclectic, vintage “small-town feel” strongly protected by the community. Dempster Street is located just off the Dempster “L” stop with over 60 shops, many of them small and hip boutiques. Main Street Station is approximately 3 blocks of mostly independent boutiques and restaurants abutting both a CTA and Metra stop, in a gentrifying neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to the South Branch of the Evanston Public Library. The neighborhood is also home to the Evanston Arts Depot. Howard Street has many small shops that line the city’s border with Chicago; at the west end of the avenue, near the border with Skokie, Howard Center, a small thriving shopping mall was built. Chicago Avenue is an extension of what is called Clark Street in Chicago runs parallel to the rail lines and is the principal north-south artery in Evanston from Howard Street north to its terminus at Northwestern University. Chicago Avenue connects the Main Street, Dempster Street, and Downtown shopping districts with a mix of small independent businesses and chains, including a busy cluster of supermarkets near its intersection with Dempster. Once home to a great number of auto dealerships, it has attracted numerous restaurants and a growing number of multi-unit residential structures.
Evanston-Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65
Evanston Township High School District 202
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
1. Northwestern University, 5,325
2. NorthShore University HealthSystem, 3,780
3. Saint Francis Hospital, 1,649
4. City of Evanston, 1,000
5. Evanston-Skokie School District 65, 700
6. Evanston Township High School District 202, 566
7. Presbyterian Homes, 533
8. Rotary International, 460
9. Jewel/Osco, 455
10. C.E. Niehoff & Co., 450
As of the census of 2010, there were 74,486 people residing in the city. As of 2011, the estimated median income for a household in the city was $60,033, and the median income for a family was $102,706. Male full-time workers had a median income of $66,106 versus $52,727 for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,732.
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