Neighborhood

Evanston: Beyond a Suburb

Evanston is a suburban city in Cook County, Illinois. A mere twelve miles outside of downtown Chicago, it is one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan. Once the home of the first Marshall Field’s and Sears stores in suburbia, Evanston remains an important shopping destination for Chicago with its numerous commercial centers in the city. These areas features numerous shops, restaurants, and businesses in the Downtown, Central Street, Dempster Street, Chicago Avenue, and Main Street Station areas. Evanston hosts a plethora of festivals, street fairs, and concerts such as the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, the Custer Street Fair, and Starlight Movies & Concerts. For outdoor enthusiasts, Evanston’s lakefront and beaches are a popular attraction. With a boat launch, kayak and sailboat rentals, routine fishing trips, and miles of sandy beaches, everyone can enjoy a day at the lakefront. Whether you’re an avid shopper or ardent fisher, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the quaint suburb of Evanston!