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Overview

Introduction to Evanston, Illinois

Evanston is situated near Lake Michigan and located in Cook County. Evanston is recognized as a suburb of Chicago and was established in 1836.

History

Before Evanston was settled by Europeans, the area was inhabited by the Potawatomis. They were relocated to Iowa in the 1830s. The Evanston area was created from the Grosse Point Territory during the 1830s. In the 1840s the region was inhabited primarily by farmers. In 1850 it was renamed "Ridgeville." Evanston was selected as the location for Northwestern University and was incorporated in 1863. It was named Evanston as a tribute to the founder of Northwestern University, John Evans.

Evanston had a thriving economy and a significant population increase shortly after the end of the Civil War. It has been estimated that the population quadrupled between 1860 and 1870. During this era, alcohol was not allowed to be sold within four miles of Northwestern University. The city became recognized for attractive architecture and beautiful houses along Lake Michigan. Evanston experienced a huge growth in the number of apartments in the area in the early stages of the twentieth century due to the availability of rapid transit which was provided by the "Chicago Loop." The population grew by an estimated 70 percent between 1920 and 1930.

Transportation

The city is served by the CTA's Purple Line which belongs to the Chicago El system. Metros's Union Pacific North Line has stations in Evanston. The city of Evanston is served by O'Hare International Airport and by the Chicago Midway International Airport.

Higher Education

The prestigious Northwestern University has a campus in Evanston. The campus offers undergraduate programs and is the location of the business school. The campus is home to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion as well as the Technological Institute.

Attractions

The lakefront area and the beaches are popular with residents and tourists. The beach areas include Lighthouse Beach, Demspter/Greenwood St. Beach, South Boulevard Beach, Clark Street Beach, and Lee Street Beach. Boating opportunities are available. Other attractions in the Evanston area include:

  • Evanston History Center
  • Frances Willard House
  • Grosse Point Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

Events

The city of Evanston is host to the annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. The festival features classical and jazz music and family entertainment. Other events in Evanston include:

  • Custer Street Fair
  • Fountain Square Arts Festival
  • Starlight Concerts
  • Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

Demographics

People

Total Population75,472
Male Share of the Population46.8%
Female Share of the Population53.2%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+35,957
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married41.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher65.9%
Median Earnings25+$49,311
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,052
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,993

Wealth

Median Family Income$104,409
% Above Poverty Level86.3%
% Below Poverty Level13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home8.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work14.3%
% Using Public Transportation22.2%

Housing

People Living Alone36.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,246
Median House Value$356,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.4%
Irish12.1%
English7.6%
Polish6%
Italian4.8%
West Indian3.8%
Russian3.7%
Jamaican2.2%
Scottish2.2%
French Except Basque2.2%
Swedish1.9%
Norwegian1.5%
African1.5%
Greek1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Haitian0.8%
Hungarian0.8%
Czech0.8%
Arab0.7%
Ukrainian0.6%
Belizean0.6%
Austrian0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Serbian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Australian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
German0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
South African0.1%
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Evanston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60201, 60202, 60203
P.O. Box Zip Codes60204
Company Zip Codes60208, 60209
Phone Area Codes224,773,847
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.06
Approximate Longitude-87.69

Evanston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.8 inches
StationWAUKEGAN
Distance23.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip34 inches
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Kenilworth2,613$250
Lincolnwood12,637$105,758
Morton Grove23,413$85,636

Evanston Public Libraries

Evanston Public Library
1703 ORRINGTON AVENUE
Evanston, Illinois
(847) 448-8600

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Evanston Hospitals

Evanston Hospital
2650 Ridge Avenue
(847) 570-2000
Presence Saint Francis Hospital
355 Ridge Avenue
(847) 316-4000

Evanston Public Schools

Dewey Elem School
1551 Wesley Ave
ZIP: 60201
(847) 859-8140
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Dr Ml King Jr Literary & Fine Arts Sch
2424 Lake St
ZIP: 60201
(847) 859-8500
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
Evanston Twp High School
1600 Dodge Ave
ZIP: 60201
(847) 424-7200
High
Total Enrollment 3080
Haven Middle School
2417 Prairie Ave
ZIP: 60201
(847) 859-8200
Middle
Total Enrollment 778
Joseph E Hill Education Center
1500 Mcdaniel Ave
ZIP: 60201
(847) 859-8301
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Kingsley Elementary School
2300 Green Bay Rd
ZIP: 60201
(847) 859-8400
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Lincolnwood Elem School
2600 Colfax St
ZIP: 60201
(847) 859-8880
Primary
Total Enrollment 391
Orrington Elem School
2636 Orrington Ave
ZIP: 60201
(847) 859-8780
Primary
Total Enrollment 376
Willard Elem School
2700 Hurd Ave
ZIP: 60201
(847) 905-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Chute Middle School
1400 Oakton St
ZIP: 60202
(847) 859-8600
Middle
Total Enrollment 539
Dawes Elementary School
440 Dodge Ave
ZIP: 60202
(847) 905-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Lincoln Elem School
910 Forest Ave
ZIP: 60202
(847) 905-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Nichols Middle School
800 Greenleaf St
ZIP: 60202
(847) 859-8660
Middle
Total Enrollment 610
Oakton Elem School
436 Ridge Ave
ZIP: 60202
(847) 859-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Park School
828 Main St
ZIP: 60202
(847) 859-8590
Other
Total Enrollment 60
Rice Childrens Center
1101 Washington St
ZIP: 60202
(847) 424-2450
Primary
Total Enrollment 36
Washington Elem School
914 Ashland Ave
ZIP: 60202
(847) 905-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Walker Elem School
3601 Church St
ZIP: 60203
(847) 859-8330
Primary
Total Enrollment 341

Evanston Private Schools

Chiaravalle Montessori School
425 Dempster St
ZIP: 60201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 171
Midwest Montessori School
926 Noyes St
ZIP: 60201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Roycemore School
640 Lincoln St
ZIP: 60201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 235
St Athanasius Elementary School
2510 Ashland Ave
ZIP: 60201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 342
The Barbereux School
3333 Culver St
ZIP: 60201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Pope John Xxiii School
1120 Washington St
ZIP: 60202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 250
St Joan Of Arc Elementary School
9245 Lawndale Ave
ZIP: 60203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 178
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