Crime & Safety
I am a student attending Northwestern University which is located in the township of Evanston. I have spent the last two years living in Evanston, and am about to start my third. Going into town has been one of the best aspects of my college career. It is a beautiful, diverse community with so much today and so many community members willing to engage. The relationship the town has with Northwestern is a great one, and the permanent residents of Evanston make it known through their welcoming demeanor and inviting atmosphere. I love going into town with friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon and choosing from the (many!) delicious options to eat. From signature frozen custard to authentic Indian food, we call Evanston the food capital of Illinois for a reason. It has been a joy calling it home, and I'm looking forward to my continued engagement with it over the next two years and beyond!
My experience living in Evanston is pretty good. Evanston is a little town north of Chicago. The neighborhoods are quiet, the houses are big, a lot of Parks, and the schools are great which is a prefect package for parents that live or looking to move there. Northwestern University is right there also if you to the downtown area. Downtown you'll find everything you need from the stores, restaraunts, gyms, doctors, dentists, therapists, banks its right there . The nightlife is somewhat live no clubs or dancehalls just bars not my kind of scene but to each his own. The diversity is very good, you'll find everyone from different ethnic backgrounds. Overall Evanston is top notch and I will probably stay to raise a family.
Evanston is an amazing city to grow up in. It's close to Chicago, and has both EL and metra lines, but is suburban enough to not feel crowded. Great schools, lots of diversity, and the ability to walk or bike most places is nice. Old orchard mall is close if you enjoy shopping centers. Lots of beach space and generally friendly people. Would love it if the bars were a bit more dispersed and not the only things open past 11, and if Northwestern and big development deals weren't given first priority over the actual citizens living here. Never make the mistake of forgetting about street cleaning. They line up tow trucks to clear you out. On single sided parking streets you aren't allowed to park on the other side, even when you live close to a business district. Back to the positive- if you want a place where you can know your neighbors, adventure outside but can get to the city easy- this is it.