Evanston, Illinois is the anchor of the North Shore and Chicago’s lakefront neighbor to the north. This incredibly diverse and progressive community of over 75,000 residents features a thriving urban downtown, beautiful tree-lined residential streets, sandy lakefront beaches, historic landscaped boulevards, an abundance of parks, historic mansions, several local business districts, and a world-renowned Big Ten research university.

There’s quite literally no other place in the country that presents all of the outstanding qualities of both urban and suburban life, public transportation, walkable communities, access to amenities, and deep cultural identity.

Arts and cultural opportunities abound with theaters and a vibrant nightlife, live music and performance venues. Shop independently owned stores, visit legacy businesses, or dine in the many outstanding restaurants concentrated downtown, in the Main-Dempster Mile, along Central Street, Howard Street, or Chicago Avenue, and scattered throughout town. Enjoy the best public beaches in the Midwest, Big Ten sports and the beauty of Gross Point Lighthouse, Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park, Ladd Arboretum, Fountain Square and more.

Only 30 minutes north of Chicago’s Loop, getting to and around Evanston is easy with a multitude of available transportation options. The CTA Purple Line and Metra UP-North Line make Evanston one of the most connected and accessible cities of its size anywhere on the continent. Evanston is only 45 minutes from O’Hare International Airport, with nonstop service to more than 200 worldwide destinations.

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