Planning a move to Evanston? Considered a piece of the “North Shore” community and home to Northwestern University and the Rotary International headquarters, Evanston boasts a diverse city of residents and businesses. Just 12 miles north of Chicago, and bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north, Evanston is considered one of the largest suburbs within the North Shore with several commercial districts catered to different residents.
Which commercial district should you live near, you ask? There’s quite a few to choose from! The downtown district, which is centered around the “L” stops and Davis Street, includes over 300 businesses within a variety of high rise offices and low-rise shopping areas. The Central Street district lies at the northernmost point of Evanston, and includes specialty shops and restaurants in a walkable environment. This part of the community is often described as “eclectic, with a small-town feel.” The Dempster Street commercial district is located just off the Dempster “L” stop, and while smaller than the other districts, it is home to several creative and philanthropic businesses. To the east, the Main Street district encompasses a myriad of independently owned boutiques and restaurants within a gentrifying neighborhood. Similarly, and to the west, the Howard Street district includes small shops and a shopping mall. Finally, Chicago Avenue, not necessarily a district, but a major commercial strip, runs from the north to the south and provides residents with a mix of small businesses and supermarkets. Recently, it has even attracted the building of mid-rise residential buildings!
With so many commercial districts to experience, it’s no wonder that those who move to Evanston always have something to do! Whether it’s visiting the museums, galleries, theaters or other cultural organizations, those interested in the arts will never be bored. Musical concerts, festivals and sporting events are also always available in Evanston. Finally, the renown Evanston Farmers’ Market is open from May to November, serving the community with fresh and local produce. The City of Evanston offers a great resource within their website for finding information and updates regarding Evanston’s news and events. Plan to bookmark this page once you move there! And remember to call Burrows Moving to get you started.