From its gorgeous beaches to its quiet, leafy streets lined with graceful Victorians, Evanston is a wonderful place to live. Located on Lake Michigan, in Cook County, just 11 miles north of Chicago’s Loop, Evanston is a diverse and vibrant Northshore suburb of Chicago.Residents enjoy activities for all seasons. Trekking Evanston’s bike trails or spending quality time with pets at the dog park and dog beach are popular in the spring and summer. Staying warm in Evanston is easy with a warm cup of coffee from Peet’s Coffee and Tea followed by a movie at Century 12 Theaters.

Evanston is home to many specialty stores that attract locals, city dwellers and suburbanites alike. Places like Paper Source and Ten Thousand Villages are known throughout Chicagoland. In addition, many unique boutiques such as Asinimali, Francesca’s, and Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio are found in Evanston. Whether it is a burger to go or more exotic fare, Evanston is a premier dining center with both popular chain restaurants (Potbelly and Chili’s) and its own city-specific eateries like Lucky Platter, Oceanique and Jilly’s Cafe.

Evanston has three community centers, a senior center, five public swimming beaches, and an art center. The Parks/Forestry and Recreation Department operates the Evanston Ecology Center and the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.Evanston’s Recreation Division offers three theatre programs to provide year-round entertainment: the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Piven Theatere associated with Northwestern University, and the Evanston Children’s Theatre. Preschoolers love Evanston’s ballet, pee wee sports and gymnastics programs; teens can ice-skate with friends or take a class in hip hop or fencing; adults of all ages are invited to exercise or learn a new skill; and adults age 55 and older can make friends and enjoy new activities at the Levy Senior Center, their home away from home.

Students attend District 65 elementary schools. Evanston Township High School, District 202, provides an accelerated studies program in conjunction with Northwestern University, the Big Ten university located in the heart of town. Founded in 1851, Northwestern is one of the nation’s most prestigious learning institutions. The University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of the Evanston Community.

Evanston Hospital is a 550-bed teaching hospital with a medical staff of 700. The facility operates a prenatal center, a rehabilitation unit, a kidney dialysis unit, and ocular center. All physicians are faculty members at Northwestern University Medical School. St. Francis Hospital also serves the community.

Evanston was incorporated in 1863 and covers more than 7.8 square miles. In addition to its neighborhood camaraderie, the people of Evanston feel a sense of community through its places of worship, interest groups like the Young Professionals of Evanston, and in the stands cheering on Wildcat football and basketball. Evanston has an ethnically diverse population of more than 74,000 residents in 29,000 households who are known for their progressive attitudes and cultural acceptance.

22 religious denominations are represented in over 78 houses of worship. Those not represented in this city can be found in neighboring communities.Commuter trains reach Chicago’s Loop in 21 minutes. Four CTA bus lines connect Evanston to the city and nearby suburbs. The Edens Expressway (I-94) is just west of town. Sheridan Road, which runs parallel to the Lake, becomes Lake Shore Drive as you head south to the city.