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Mid-Rise Apartment
Downtown Evanston, 1500 Chicago Ave | Evanston
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  •  24-Hour Front Desk
  •  Building Laundry Room  
  •  Controlled Access
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Minimum Lease Term  
  •  Parking Garage  
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Rooftop Deck
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Walk-in Closets
  •  Wall-to-Wall Carpets

User Rating

7.8
Great
79 Reviews

About this Location

Whole Foods Market
7 min walk
UP-N (rail) - 10 min
205 (bus) - 1 min
Dawes Park
9 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 
updated Apr 15

Studio, 1 Bath
$1,525+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,450+
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
$2,050+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,100+
Schedule Appointment At
(872) 704-8022
  • Bathrooms

    •  Bath Tubs
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Convenience

    •  Package Receiving
  • Entertainment

    •  Rooftop Deck
  • Included

    •  Gas Included
    •  Heat Included
    •  Trash/Recycling Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room  
  • Lease Terms

    •  Application Fee  
    •  Minimum Lease Term  
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning  
    •  Large Windows
    •  Lots of Sunlight
    •  Wall-to-Wall Carpets
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
    •  Parking Nearby
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
    •  Controlled Access
    •  On-site Maintenance
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
  • Storage

    •  Additional Storage Available
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Overall rating 7.8/10, based on 79 renter reviews

8.3
Location
5.4
Amenities
8.0
Management
8.9
Value
7.2
Social
8.4
Safety
Excellent
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1500 Chicago Ave reviews and highlights

  • Most units have central heating and the apartments remain fairly warm during the Winter
  • No fancy amenities
  • Apartments facing Chicago Ave. have street noise
  • Very comfortable and clean
  • Large rooms and lots of closet space
  • Located in downtown Evanston and close to grocery stores and restaurants
  • Very good value for the money
  • Laundry room is reasonable
  • Rooftop is great for summer parties
  • Building staff is very attentive
  • Good location and most tenants are Kellogg students
  • Walls are thin and the building is old and a bit outdated
  • Love the natural light through the huge windows
  • Management is very responsive
  • Spacious living room
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Great cost-benefit, great location

The building is a bit older than other options, however the plant is big, and maintenance is great - we never had any problems.
Location is excellent, 18min walk to Kellogg, 5 to Whole Foods, 10 to Jewel Osco and Trader Joes, close to all restaurants downtown.
It has a small gym (treadmills only). Very warm during winter.
Overall, don't expect the modern feel of the newer (more expensive) options, but if you're looking for a great bang for your buck, this is the best option in Evanston (that I could find, at least).

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Great Location

Close to all the shops and bars in Evanston. A bit dated but quiet and one of the less expensive options for Kellogg students.

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Worth it

Affordable price with responsive staffs

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Good Spot

Solid and spacious

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Highly Recommended - Best Apartments for Price

I love my apartment. It's spacious, comfortable, everything I need. Great location! ~20 min walk/5 min bike ride to Kellogg Global Hub. Near a bunch of restaurants and bars in downtown Evanston, a few minute walk to Whole Foods, close to Trader Joes and Jewel Osco as well. Slightly older building, but they do a good job maintaining. The bathroom is a bit small and outdated, but kitchen is newly renovated and nice. Carpet flooring with "wood" in kitchen. A couple things I had to get used to, like wall-mounted AC (though there is central heating), no bathroom fan, and old curtain fixtures... but things I got used to really quickly, and small price to pay for all the benefits and great price!!

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Loving it.

Love it, management's very nice and prompt.
Note that the thermostats in the rooms are kind of fake - they definitely don't make the apartments warmer.
But the air conditioners work great!!
Shuttle's right outside for when it's frigid or when you need to go to Chicago.
Lots of students living here though not as many as E2 and Park Evanston - but that's kind of refreshing.

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Awesome Place

Great location, very well maintained, very affordable

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Very Quiet

2 bed 1 bath with a roommate.
Pros: apartment is really quiet, huge windows offer lots of natural light, laundry room in building is always available, access to the bike parking through the building garage doors, maintenance team is responsive
Cons: bathroom drains clog easily, heating is centrally controlled and upper floors can get warm in the fall, the fitness center does not have any weights (just treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals)

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Huge Rooms

Great big rooms and living space. Lots of natural lighting. A mini-driveway which is great when returning via Uber/Lyft. Friendly tenants. 20 minute walk from the Kellogg Global Hub. Probably the best value for money of all apartments in Evanston.

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Very good apartment

Well worth the money

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

24 Recommendations

Edzo’s Burger Shop
527 Cafe
Soulwich
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2 Recommendations

Whole Foods Market
Trader Joe’s
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2 Recommendations

Walgreens
7-Eleven
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28 Recommendations

TITLE Boxing Club
Fonseca Martial Arts
Tier One Training Center
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6 Recommendations

Dawes Park
Clark Street Beach
Merrick Rose Garden
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14 Recommendations

Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Other Brother Coffeebar
Cupitol Coffee & Eatery
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About Downtown Evanston

Since it's home to Northwestern, Downtown Evanston is the most popular residential area for Kellogg students. Most apartment buildings in Downtown Evanston are a 20 minute walk from the Donald P. Jacobs Center, and several public transport options can cut that commute even further. This safe and hig...
Walkable
Easy Commute
Great Location
Student Friendly
Social Community
Great Accessibility
Proximity To Amenities
Median rents in Downtown Evanston
Studio
$
1,200
1 Bedroom
$
1,600
2 Bedroom
$
2,500

Getting around Downtown Evanston

UP-N (rail)

10 min

Purple Line (metro)

7 min

205 (bus)

1 min

201 (bus)

2 min

208/213/250 (bus)

7 min

93 (bus)

7 min

Downtown Evanston Reviews

48 reviews
Great downtown location, two blocks to Whole Foods, 8min walk to Trader Joes/Jewel, 2 blocks from the lake front, across the street from a park, decent walk to campus (and campus shuttle stop outside). It's a quick 1.5 blocks to Nevins, Prairie Moon, Bar Louie, Cupitol and Bangers and Lace, and less than 10min to all the other bars students frequent.
There's plenty to do, but it still takes some effort to get downtown. If you want the quickest ride (metra), then you have to plan ahead and deal with the (infrequent) train schedule. The purple line only runs express during rush hour. Depending on the time of day, your commute can run 20 minutes to an hour and a half.
Optima Views is in a great location. It is a two minute walk to the CTA and Metra and is also close to all of the downtown Evanston restaurants and shops. The building is also in close proximity to good workout options including Evanston Athletic Club and studios (Pure Barre & Cyclebar).
Everything is good. Except that E2 is on the western edge, slightly north of downtown, so not exactly smack in the middle. There are better properties if you want to be in the middle of downtown Evanston, all of which are no further from NU campus anyway.
I love being close to both stretches of downtown Evanston - the Dempster and Chicago intersection with Union Pizzeria, etc. and Nevins, Coralie, Vinic, etc. as well as close walking distance to Whiskey Thief, Found, Bat 17, World of Beer, La Macchina, etc.
The neighborhood is great and we are directly across the street from the movie theater and restaurants. It's easy to take the train into the city from here as well. However, when the new building opens the walk time will increase significantly.
I like being in downtown Evanston because I'm close to both the Metra and L. I also like being close to the restaurants, bars and to a decent gym. I have to walk a block to get to a park for my dog but it's not that bad.
Its nice to have everything you need within walking distance - from fast casual restaurants to bars, sit-down restaurants and CVS. It provides all the convenience you need for your busy student life.

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