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Mid-Rise Apartment  «  BJB Evanston, LLC
Downtown Evanston, 1420 Chicago Ave | Evanston
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  •  Bike Storage
  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Doorman Building
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Oversize or penthouse units
  •  Resident Lounge
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Surface Parking Lot
  •  Walk-in Closets

User Rating

6.6
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13 Reviews

About this Location

Trader Joe’s
5 min via 213 (bus)
Dawes Park
10 min walk
213 (bus) - 1 min
Purple Line (metro) - 4 min
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,485+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$1,995+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,795+
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(847) 813-7457
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
    •  Smoke-Free Community
  • Entertainment

    •  Resident Lounge
  • Included

    •  Basic Cable Included
    •  Internet Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  Large Windows
    •  Lots of Sunlight
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Bike Storage
    •  Surface Parking Lot
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
  • Unique Unit Types

    •  Oversize or penthouse units
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Overall rating 6.6/10, based on 13 renter reviews

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5.8
Amenities
6.5
Management
7.8
Value
6.3
Social
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Safety
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1420 Chicago reviews and highlights

  • Older building but the apartments are fairly big and have hardwood floors
  • 5-7 minute walk to the LA Fitness
  • Trade off is that its fairly far from Northwestern's campus
  • Bus stop is a block away that takes you to campus
  • Living space is big
  • Free heat is great in the winter
  • Kitchen is on the smaller side
  • Small gym which is fairly limited on equipment
  • Close to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Jewel Osco
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Not bad

Good and price is fair. However, the gym in the basement really needs some upgrade, improvement, or maintenance.

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1420 Chicago Avenue Review

Great apartment

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Good place to live, if you don't care about the noise

Many apartments in the unit were recently renewed, and we have clean kitchens and bathrooms. Our apartment locates near Trader Joe's, Whole foods, Jewel Osco, and many other Asian restaurants, what's more, it is a 15-minute walk from the apartment to Northwestern campus. However, it is a little bit noisy here, due to the busy Chicago Ave and the metro station nearby. Also, the walls are thin and sometimes you can hear people talk in the rooms next to yours.

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Good price

Cheap and amazing

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Good for Students at NU

It is not far from the NU campus. It only takes me 12 min to walk to school. But my classrooms are on the south side of the campus. You should not live here if you usually have classes in the north of the NU campus.

I am satisfied with most of the things of BJB and the apartment except for the internet included in our rent. It shut down a few times during the last five months. The speed is not very fast. You could, of course, buy a different internet provider's service though. Besides, walls are relatively thin.

Other than that, whenever there is a problem, BJB will send someone to fix it within a few days. Very responsive.

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Great Apartment, Helpful Landlord

The apartment unit is great - there is plenty of sunlight on the upper floor, lots of windows and the unit is fairly spacious. If you’re particular about having your own bathroom, this is one of the rare few options available in Evanston. It is a 12 minute walk to the university arch and great for students with classes on south campus (like Medill students), but can be far for north campus/Kellogg students.

Trader Joe’s and Jewel Osco are 2 blocks away, and Whole Foods is 3 blocks in the other direction. It’s a great location from downtown, everything is in walkable distance and about 10-15 minutes away. The train station is also 2 blocks away so it’s really convenient for when you want to go to Chicago.

BJB Evanston keeps the heat on at a very cosy temperature (but you cannot control the temperature) and is very responsive to repairs and maintainence calls. There are air conditioners installed with the unit as well.

The bus stop towards university is about 3 blocks away and is only a block away on the way back, so it’s fairly convenient. The internet covered by the rent works well on most days. There is also coin-laundry in the basement.

For the drawbacks: The building itself doesn’t look the nicest when you enter, and the elevator is painfully slow. The gym is not great but has basic equipment and will do if you really want to workout. There also isn’t any mailroom for package delivery so packages end up staying out in the lobby itself, but I haven’t had any issues with stolen packages so far so it isn’t a big deal.

Overall I’d say this is a really great apartment!

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Management could be better

BJB Management is pretty bad. They don't do a whole lot for the tenants, and the wifi was horrible during the first year living here. The saving grace is how cheap it is. Definitely a trade-off.

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The walk can get old in the winter

The location is about .8 miles from the business school, which takes about 12-15 minutes to walk. There is a bus that runs about every 30 minutes, with increased frequency in the winter. This apartment is about a 5-7 minute walk south from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Jewel Osco, and about a 5-7 minute walk north to the LA Fitness. It's an older building but the apartments are fairly big and have hardwood floors. It's not a good location if you plan on hosting Kellogg people, because a lot of Kellogg people live north of you and tend to go out in that area. There is a small gym but it is has very little equipment. The building is a mix of grads and undergrads, but it usually pretty quite.

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Just OK

The building is outdated, a bit far from the campus (especially for winter). The living space is big but the kitchen is very small. I would pay a bit more to live in Optima Horizon.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 27 Recs

Giordano’s
Bagel Art
World of Beer
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grocery 2 Recs

Trader Joe’s
Whole Foods Market
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convenience 1 Rec

Walgreens
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fitness 32 Recs

Akemi Fitness Method
Pure Barre
IzzyFit Personal Training
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parks 7 Recs

Dawes Park
Merrick Rose Garden
Dog Beach
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coffee 16 Recs

FRÍO Gelato
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
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...
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Median rents in Downtown Evanston
Studio
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1,650
1 Bedroom
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2,100
2 Bedroom
$
2,150

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Downtown Evanston Reviews

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All in all ideal downtown Evanston location. Very convenient for public transportation to Chicago, next door to local favorite Bennison's (love the late night smell of donuts baking), and walking distance to plenty of bars, restaurants, and stores. Once the Target goes up by Sherman Plaza and we have an alternative to Whole Foods close by this will be perfect.
McManus is located right next to Evanston downtown, so everything (restaurants, bars, groceries) is very close by. It's also right next to Northwestern campus (~15-18 minutes to Kellogg Global Hub by foot), which helps quite a lot, esp. in the winter when you'd want to keep your commute as short as possible.
We are across from the movie theater and Chilis. In our local neighborhood, we have shopping, events, bars, restaurants, and are a close walk for the Tuesday night parties. The Frost Bite stops by our front door, and both Davis Street stations are a block away or less.
I don't think there is any other place to live if you are a Kellogg student. Almost all the students live in this neighborhood, it's where all the restaurants are, and near the University and the train. The only place in Evanston that doesn't feels like a suburb.
Good central location in Evanston
Close to bars and other apartment buildings that other Kellogg students live in
~25 minute walk to the Global Hub
Evanston itself is just a little boring - no night life
Very close to Davis Metra station and Purple Line
The neighborhood is great and it is centrally located. There is grass around for walking dogs and the movie theater and restaurants are close by. It is somewhat far from the new Kellogg building, but most everything is now.
Great, quiet neighbourhood. Lots of students around obviously (mainly grad students in this area).

Pricey, for sure. Not a lot of cheap grocery/food options within walking distance.

The bar scene is mediocre at best.
Most Kellogg students live in downtown Evanston, everything is walking distance, and the building is a block away from the Intercampus bus stop, and 7 min walk distance from Davis station, which is very convenient.

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