Evanston

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.

 

Schools

Evanston-Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65

  • Dawes Elementary School
  • Dewey Elementary School
  • Kingsley Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lincolnwood Elementary School
  • Oakton Elementary School
  • Orrington Elementary School
  • Walker Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
  • Willard Elementary School
  • Chute Middle School
  • Haven Middle School
  • Nichols Middle School

Evanston Township High School District 202

  • Evanston Township High School

 

Top Employers

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

 

Demographics

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.

Newest Evanston Listings

$829,000
3 Beds 3 Baths 11990898 MLS
First time on the market in 49 years! You will fall in love with this absolutely charming English style home featuring archways, freshly painted interior walls, perennial gardens (featured in two Evanston Garden Walks), patio and a separate artist/writer studio in the back yard. The sun filled living room features a gas fireplace with surrounding built in shelving, oak floors and floor to ceiling windows facing south; the separate dining room features a separate nook with floor to ceiling windows and two mirrored built in china cabinets; the efficient kitchen has custom storage, butcher block counters and view of the back yard; and the family room addition features four full length newer windows plus glass doors accessing the patio, a wood burning fireplace and a wall of built in bookcases. The primary bedroom is quite large with French doors leading to a small balcony, walk in closet and access to the shared hall vintage style bath. Two additional hall bedrooms - one of which has access to additional attic storage. The basement is partially finished with a shower bathroom, laundry, play area, utility and storage. At the back of the property sits the converted heated studio which was used as an artist's studio with exposed rafters, tiled and wood flooring, and skylights allowing plenty of natural light. Ideal location on a quiet tree lined street within walking distance of schools, the new Robert Crown Community Center, Main Street and downtown Evanston shops and restaurants, and both the Metra and CTA. Recent improvements include: Boiler and hot water heater - 2016; new roof and gutters - 2018.

1209 Lee Street, Evanston

$2,800,000
8 Beds 6 Baths 11981023 MLS
This distinguished 3-story Tudor is an exquisite landmark sitting on almost 1/2 an acre of Evanston's lakefront historic district. The English half-timber structure is the oldest surviving home overlooking Lake Michigan in South Evanston. The refined and decorative elements will take your breath away - from the grand parlor, detailed millwork, original wood and limestone fireplace mantle, and stunning front portico where you can enjoy lake breezes and fully experience the season changes. Entertain in your spacious and welcoming living room with new solid oak floors, and gorgeous wood built-ins. Dine with friends in your elegant formal dining room with rich, detailed moldings and lovely french doors through which you will glimpse the blue of the lake. Create culinary greatness in your chef's kitchen and memories in your sunny family room. Bask in the sunshine of your lush back garden where you can rest and relax to the sounds of the fountain or grab a game of volleyball with friends. Upstairs the central gallery will lead you to the primary bedroom where you will wake up daily to enchanting lake views from your restored antique windows. Many spacious rooms will embrace your family's needs and allow for home-work space, guests, or lounging. The historical details will impress and delight you while you bathe in modern conveniences. Enjoy the bike paths and beaches right outside your front door. A quick walk to world-renowned Northwestern University, downtown Evanston, public transportation to downtown Chicago, and a short car ride to the prestigious North Shore Ravines. The home was built in 1894 for the owner of the Brass & Copper Foundry and later owned by the president of Illinois Steel Company. The charming back coach house was built in 1966 and is a wonderful rental opportunity or space for guests. The home was entered into the historic structures survey in 1972 and has been lived in and lovingly maintained by the same family for a 1/4 of a century. Now is your chance! See the 3D tour & video for more detail.

1012 Lake Shore Boulevard, Evanston

$489,000
3 Beds 2 Baths 11989603 MLS
Welcome home! In a fabulous South/East location, this fee simple end unit town home with parking and a huge yard, lives like a single-family home. Thoughtfully renovated and totally updated with so much new, there's nothing to do but drop your furniture and enjoy. New white kitchen with custom cabinets and quartz counter, farm style sink, all new appliances, range hood with fan venting out and under cabinet lighting. Big living room offers enough space to entertain guests and includes a pleasant bay window bringing in warm natural light. Dining room is open to kitchen, overlooks yard and gets warm southern exposure. New bathrooms include 2nd floor tub/shower combo, custom vanity and tile surround. 3 bedrooms up with large south-facing master overlooking yard. Walk-out lower level is bright with great ceiling height and offers a recreation room and storage/laundry space. New spacious rear deck with full southern light (loads of sun!) and easy access off kitchen - convenient for grilling and warm weather enjoyment. Big yard ready for you to customize and 3 outdoor parking spots where a garage or ADU could be built with city permits. New tear-off roof, new HVAC system, new light fixtures, refinished floors, new rear deck, updated windows and so much more! Please ask agent for full list of improvements. No assessments. A+ location walkable to everything hot South/East Evanston has to offer including: Beach, Bike Path, Parks, Lincoln school, Purple line EL, Metra, Bus lines, NU Shuttle to Evanston and Chicago Campus, local Main St shops, Cafes, Restaurants, Sketchbook Brewery and so much more - Love where you live!

318 South Boulevard Unit #318, Evanston

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