About Evanston

Evanston, Illinois is a bustling metropolis, thriving on rich history and cultural diversity! Covering 8.5 square miles, Evanston is surrounded by Chicago to the south and Lake Michigan to the east. With numerous public transportation options, residents of Evanston have easy access to all nearby events and activities. The Metra provides a quick 30 minute train ride into the Loop, a 25 minute trip down Lake Shore Drive gets you into the city, and the CTA Purple Line picks up right in the heart of Evanston!

You won’t have to leave the city limits, however, to have a good time. Evanston plays host to a lively summertime Farmer’s Market where shoppers can peruse delicious food and fresh produce to the beat of live musicians in this festival type atmosphere. But Evanston has festivals too- lots of them! From the Ethnic, Lakeshore, and Square Art Festivals; to the Starlight Concerts and It’s Thursday! Dance Nights there is always something to do!

Evanston is home to many attractions and organizations including Northwestern University, the headquarters of Rotary International, and the famous Grosse Point Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.  Evanston is continually developing new ways to make residential life unique. For example, the Office of Sustainability was created to improve energy efficiency and improve environmental awareness, and the Parks and Recreation Division provides sports leagues and leisure activities for residents of all ages.

And don’t forget the shopping! In the heart of downtown Evanston, and throughout the city, there is a variety of unique boutiques as well as national retailers to provide everything you could possibly imagine! After a day of browsing the sales, what better way to unwind than enjoying a delicious meal? Evanston is known for its fantastic assortment of restaurants and cuisines conveniently located throughout the city. Whether you have a specific meal in mind or want to try something new, every taste will be satisfied!

So if you’re here to visit or here to stay, you will enjoy what the great city of Evanston has to offer!

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First Night Evanston

It's Evanston's family friendly New Year's Eve party, and you're invited! Bring the whole family from kids to teens to adults!

On Dec. 31, afternoon children's activities will be held at venues such as First United Methodist Church from 1-4 pm and all other evening activities will take place in venues surrounding Raymond Park at Chicago Ave. and Grove Street including the Music Institute of Chicago, First Congregational Church, First Presbyterian Church, from 7 pm to midnight. You'll have your choice of dozens of musical performances, social dancing, a story slam, poetry, dance bands and a fantastic teen extravaganza, too.

Mark your calendar now for a fantastic night on the town!

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