Downtown Evanston

Semi-Urban Feel and Home to Northwestern
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 highly walkable area has an open feel that one would deem “semi-urban”, and hosts most of the restaurants and bars popular with the student population. Most find this convenient and well established area an ideal place to call home.
What Downtown Evanston Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.9
value
8.3
amenities
6.1
social
6.2
management
7.5
safety
5.3
Median rents in Downtown Evanston
Studio
$
1,650
1 Bedroom
$
2,100
2 Bedroom
$
2,150

Living in
Downtown Evanston

Great Location
Proximity To Amenities
Great Bars And Restaurants
Walkable
Student Friendly
Easy Commute
Great Accessibility
Social Community
Downtown Evanston — 8.3/10 Rating (based on 267 neighborhood reviews)
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.
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Centrum Evanston
Pros: Great location near key Kellogg hangouts like World of Beer, Nevins, Five and Dime, Prairie Moon, etc. Also convenient to Bennison's Bakery! Great for late nights- can get home in < 5 minutes without ubering. Also near both Metra and L- ideal if you plan to spend some of your time in downtown Chicago.

Cons: Long walk from the Global hub. Closest grocery store is Whole Foods, a bit of a hike to TJ's and Jewel.
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Centrum Evanston
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.
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Optima Views
Close to Smylie Brothers, 5 and Dime, Bennisons and other Evanston bars and restaurants. Across the street from a park and a school, and about a block from Northwestern PD, so very safe. 201 bus stop a few hundred feet away gets you to campus in about 10 minutes.
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1567 Ridge Avenue
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
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Optima Towers
I believe the apartment could be better all around in regards to amenities. I do the like the management and the value is pretty fair. I am looking to move in the next year or so as I plan to get a new job closer to the loop where I love to be and eat.
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Lafayette Condos
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.
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Optima Views
Evanston is a great town. It has different types of restaurants, gyms, bars, shops and key stores. My only complaint is that the nearest grocery store is a 20 minute walk, which is long when you're carrying a lot of bags.
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E2 Apartments
E2 is a great place to live for location. I can get to Starbucks/Chipotle/the bars in under 10 minutes. The El and Metra are not far away either. The walk to school is a bit long, but so are the other buildings
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E2 Apartments
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.
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7
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531 Grove St
I love this location. It is very close to the Jake (10-15 minutes walking door to door) but also close to bars, restaurants, etc. Living at E2 also means that there are lots of Kellogg students in the building and nearby apartments (e.g., Optima Horizons and Optima Views). I would highly recommend the general downtown Evanston location to other students.
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E2 Apartments
Hinman Ave is only one block east of the main street in Evanston (Chicago Ave). It's a beautiful, quiet tree-lined street that has more of a neighborhood feel. It's a convenient location: 10-15 minute walk from the Jake, 5 minutes from Whole Foods, and less than 10 minutes from Trader Joes. It's far enough away from the hustle and bustle that you won't get distracted, but close enough that it doesn't feel like a big effort to go out at night if you want to. Lots of restaurants and coffee shops within a 5 minute walk.
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Hinman House
You are really close to the bars and the other buildings where most students live (Optima Views, E2, Park Evanston). You are also only a 15 minute walk from campus so it is a good in between.
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Optima Horizons
I'm glad I live here. It's extremely easy to get to all the recruiting and social events in Evanston. It's right by both train stations. All the food and bars are within a few minutes walk.
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8
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Optima Horizons
Plenty to offer; lots of restaurants, bars, and common services (hardware store, movie theater, CVS, etc). Close to the L and Metra, as well as the lake. Overall, a great place to be!
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Optima Horizons
Close to most of the bars Kellogg student's go to which is really convenient; also close to the metra and the CTA purple line. Only bad thing is it's a 1.1 mile walk to Kellogg
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8
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Centrum Evanston
Great, safe neighborhood. Right across the street from World Market which comes in handy and some food options close by. Slightly far from the hub, though (~18 minute walk).
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8
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Optima Views
Walking distance to everything you need: Jewel Osco, WholeFoods, Trader Joe's, Prairie Moon, Whiskey Thief, Bat 17, etc. NU shuttle stop is located across the street.
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8
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1500 Chicago Ave
I love that I'm close to all of the restaurants, bars, etc. in downtown Evanston, though the apartment is further than average from the Global Hub (~25 min walk).
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8
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1576 Oak
The building is a few blocks from the lake and about one block away from Whole Foods. Add a 15-20 minute walk to the Glub and it's pretty hard to beat.
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9
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John Evans Building
It's really nice and safe on Hinman Ave. It's quite but still very near bars and restaurants (walkable). I can also make it to class in 12 minutes. Several of my classmates live nearby too. I especially like being a block from the Whole Foods and the Evanston Library.
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John Evans Building
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.
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1410 Chicago
Everything is walking distance (with the exception that Jewel and Trader Joes is about a 20 minute walk)--happy to be in the downtown Evanston area
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Optima Horizons
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.
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8
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Optima Views
You get sick of the same bars and restaurants all the time but there are new ones popping up everyday. Really easy to get to campus and downtown.
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9
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Optima Horizons
I love downtown Evanston. It is young and vibrant and bustling. The energy here is great and people are pretty friendly for the most part.
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10
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Evanston Galleria
McManus's Downtown Evanston location is fantastic! Conveniently located close to the station, great restaurants, convenience stores, etc.
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Downtown Evanston is the best place to live if you care about being close to school and close the majority of your Kellogg classmates.
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E2 Apartments
Nothing is far away. Bus/Rail, bars, restaurants, and town is right here. The grocery stores are farther (0.5 miles) if you don't want to shop at Whole Foods. The Jake is about 12 minutes walking. The new building will be farther.
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Residences of Sherman Plaza
For a suburb it's got a lot going for it. Bars, restaurants, easy access to the lakefront, campus, and CTA/Metra into the city.
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McManus Living-Learning Center
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.
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Evanston Galleria
Great restaurants, bars, and grocery stores in walking distance. Close enough to Kellogg and great daily convenience.
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9
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1500 Chicago Ave
This is the place to be as a Kellogg student. Super close to school as well as restaurants, bars and other students.
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9
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McManus Living-Learning Center
While E2 is slightly farther from school than a few other buildings, the location is great for everything else
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8
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E2 Apartments
Close to all the restaurants and bars in the area, just still a small suburb and less exciting than downtown.
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The Park Evanston
close to supermarkets (whole foods), coffee shops, transit, restaurants, and bars. also close to school!
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The Park Evanston
Very cute downtown area. Lots of restaurants and bars to chose from for weekend or week night outings.
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9
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1700 Hinman Avenue
Not as close to the main drag of Evanston as other apartment buildings that Kellogg students live in.
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8
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E2 Apartments
E2 is a quick walk from downtown Evanston and is close to L and Metra stops for trips into the city
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9
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E2 Apartments
Close to downtown Evanston without being far from campus. Near grocery store, restaurants and bars.
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7
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Optima Horizons
Small town feel. Bear anything you could want/need, except school which is about a 25 minute walk
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8
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E2 Apartments
Close proximity to downtown Evanston, public transit and (relatively) closer walk to Global Hub
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10
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E2 Apartments
A little far from grocery stores, bars, and restaurants but convenient for Kellog social life
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8
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E2 Apartments
This is next to a retirement community. There is 0 crime in the area and it is very quiet.
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8
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John Evans Building
Nice neighborhood with lots of restaurants, some shops and bars. Definitely has some 'college town' feel to it with Northwestern but also a fair number of families and young professionals.
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8
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Optima Horizons
5 minute walk from CVS, restaurants, bars; 10 minutes to Whole Foods; 20 minutes to TJs
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9
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Optima Horizons
Evanston is great and is especially busy for a suburb! I just prefer downtown Chicago.
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9
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E2 Apartments
You are expending most of your time out of class here, meeting team at McManus or cafes, meeting friends at bat17 or 27live, grocery shopping and so on. Highly recommend staying nearby!
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McManus Living-Learning Center
The building is next to a mental halfway house. It's really nice being close to Jewel/Trader Joe's, but it's so far from campus, which hurts in the winter. Close to LA Fitness though.
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1420 Chicago
Everything is within walking distance, and both the El and Metra are a block away.
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8
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Evanston Galleria
Located in downtown close to bars/restaurtants and right next to the L and Metra.
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Optima Views
Love how easy it is to get to restaurants and pop on the CTA or metra downtown
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8
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Centrum Evanston
Location right across the street from Evanston Rocks is convenient on Tuesdays
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7
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Sienna Court
Very close to downtown, very close to the quieter neighborhood and the beach
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7
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1500 Chicago Ave
A little too close to Ridge & not close enough to a convenience store.
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1717
-convenient downtown location, close to restaurants, bars, grocery stores
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8
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Church Street Condos
The food options are a bit of a walk but nothing is far in Evanston
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9
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E2 Apartments
Just minutes away from Jewel Osco, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
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6
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1410 Chicago
Good neighborhood. Decent restaurants and bars for the suburbs.
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Lakeview Terrace
West Evanston, just on the other side of the Metra railroad.
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8
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1228 Emerson Street
All bars, coffee shops and restaurants are a short walk.
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8
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1570 Oak Avenue
Great town with lots of bars, restaurants, and shops!
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Optima Views
Close enough to hub, no reason not to live downtown
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E2 Apartments
At Optima Horizons you are right around the corner from the EAC which is a great gym. You are also close to a lot of the restaurants downtown and bars.
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Optima Horizons
About a 12 minute walk to the Jake. No nearby grocery stores. Walking to the East is perfectly safe, but walking West brings you to a sketchy area.
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7
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E2 Apartments
Walkable to all downtown restaurants; however the only close grocery store is Whole Foods, which gets expensive. Trade Joe's is pretty far away.
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9
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Optima Horizons
Everything you would want is mostly in walking distance. It is especially nice being very close to CVS and the gym I joined (Evanston Atheltic Club)
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Optima Horizons
This is probably one of the best location in town. In walking range to almost everything - school, restaurants, groceries, bars, trains, etc.
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8
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1500 Chicago Ave
Very walkable downtown, with several restaurants and shops easily in walking distance. Also, close to parks and the lake which is very nice.
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Optima Towers
Has a variety of restaurants and bars, and has become classier with unique options especially in the last year. Feels like a community.
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8
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Optima Horizons
Close to everything, including campus, metra and CTA. The only complaint is that the grocery store options are a little far away.
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Optima Horizons
Safe, good bars and restaurants. A bit far from grocery stores (besides downtown Evanston Whole Foods) if you don't have a car.
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9
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Optima Horizons
I love how green and cozy it is. Minutes away from the lake, grocery stores, train station. Lots of families with kids.
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8
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1408 Hinman Ave
You cannot beat the location. It's a very short walking distance to everything... the Jake, bars, restaurants, even e2.
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The Park Evanston
Great location for Evanston's bar/restaurant options. Will be somewhat farther from the new Kellogg building, however.
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The Park Evanston
Evanston is very fun! It's a little small, but with 1000 people at kellogg, anywhere we go ends up being fun!
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E2 Apartments
Close to everything in downtown Evanston, new building will add at least 5 mins to the walk to Kellogg.
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Optima Views
Close to campus, close to bars and restaurants. Pretty safe. Right by an El stop. Solid neighborhood.
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E2 Apartments
i never have any problem with the neighbor. most people in the building go to kellogg or nothwestern
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1500 Chicago Ave
Near everything you need (shops, trains, restaurants), but a little far from the new Global Hub.
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Residences of Sherman Plaza
Very close to school, Whole Foods etc. Great access to running trails along the lake as well.
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9
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Church Street Condos
Typical college town, a few bars, good restaurants and stores. Everything shuts down by 10pm
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Optima Horizons
walking distance from downtown Evanston and great location for the new kellogg building.
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10
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E2 Apartments
Located downtown Evanston - close to many restaurants and bars as well as campus.
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8
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Most of the restaurants and bars are pretty close by. Not too far from school.
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7
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1410 Chicago
Great community, everyone is super friendly. Close to bars and restaurants.
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1575 Oak
Downtown Evanston is wonderful. It's close to everything and very social.
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E2 Apartments
Doesn't get any better than this, as far as staying in Evanston goes.
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Residences of Sherman Plaza
Nearby Whole Foods, Whiskey Thief, and other going out establisments
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8
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John Evans Building
Further from the bars but a tad closer to school. Super social!
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E2 Apartments
Very central. Close to all downtown bars and restaurants.
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Optima Towers
Enough to do that it doesn't get boring - very walkable!
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8
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E2 Apartments
Everything you need can be found in downtown evanston.
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John Evans Building
Great, near school and other large student buildings
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7
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1717
Everything you need is walking distance.
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1500 Chicago Ave
Close to school and close to restaurants/bars!
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Optima Views
Good location
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Optima Views
Love being this close to everything in Evanston.
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9
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Evanston Galleria
Great neighborhood, close to everything.
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8
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Optima Views
Right in the heart of downtown Evanston
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Evanston Galleria
Evanston is very safe!
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E2 Apartments
Everything so close
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Optima Views
Close to downtown Evanston bars and restaurants
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7
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1500 Chicago Ave
Perfect - Evanston is lovely
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Optima Views
Close to everything.
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Optima Horizons
Great location.
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John Evans Building
Excellent
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E2 Apartments
Lots of restaurants and bars close by.
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Optima Horizons
Evanston downtown
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McManus Living-Learning Center
So cute.
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8
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E2 Apartments
close to downtown!
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8
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The Park Evanston
Best place to live
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E2 Apartments
Super close to everything in downtown Evanston.
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9
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Optima Horizons
Great, no issues.
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Near lots of restaurants
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8
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E2 Apartments
Close to restaurants bars shops and more
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1410 Chicago
Super central
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Optima Views
Fun but tiny and quiet
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8
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Optima Views
I wouldn't live in a different part of town
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E2 Apartments
Very convenient
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Optima Horizons
It's a college town!
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Sienna Court
Safe, nice
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8
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1500 Chicago Ave
Safe
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9
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Average college town
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7
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E2 Apartments
Close to everything.
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Optima Horizons
Evanston is nice but not that close to Chicago
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E2 Apartments
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1500 Chicago Ave
The place to live if you go to Kellogg
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Optima Towers
Love living in evanston!
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E2 Apartments
Love Evanston.
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E2 Apartments
Close to everywhere. Safe.
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9
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1500 Chicago Ave
Quiet, Safe
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Residences of Sherman Plaza
Most central apartment building
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Evanston Galleria
Close to Campus, Close To Bars
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8
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1717
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.
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Downtown Evanston has all the amenities you might reasonably need, while being easily connected to the rest of Chicago by ample public transit options. Only real downside is that it feels expensive for a suburb, particularly given the neighborhoods in northern Chicago.
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1500 Chicago Ave
Slightly farther from GLUB than most places but it's been manageable. Takes me 20 mins to get to GLUB via walking. Like how it is closer to Jewel Osco and Trader Joes which is convenient when you have non-student JV at home. Also very close to Dempster street stop.
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1410 Chicago
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.
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Optima Horizons
OHO is very close to all of the downtown Evanston bars and restaurants, but is also a reasonable walk to the HUB. A great perk is being so close to both the L and the Metra - it makes it very convenient to take public transportation to downtown Chicago.
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Optima Horizons
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.
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E2 Apartments
Building is close to downtown Evanston (10-15 min walk) where there are lots of food and bars. It’s also about 20 min walk to the global hub which is closer than some other buildings that Kellogg students live in downtown.
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E2 Apartments
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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Hinman House
For the suburbs, the neighborhood is good-great. There's bars, restaurants, coffee shops , grocery stores, public library, and more. As a city person, the dining out and bar options leave much to be desired.
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The Park Evanston
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.
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Optima Horizons
I would 100% live in Evanston when choosing where to live for my time at Kellogg. There are plenty of amenities of all sorts - everything from two (!) Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's to amazing restaurants (Stained Glass, Boltwood, Found) and quick joints (Freshii, Cozy, Blaze, Cheesie's, etc.) to good bars ranging from dive-y (Bat 17) to more upscale (Bangers & Lace) to great retail, workout options (barre, boxing, and regular gyms), salons, and handy storefronts like hardware, cleaners, etc. Feels like home very quickly!
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1410 Chicago
The apartment is at the center of downtown Evanston, so it is convenient in all purposes like dining, drinking, shopping, etc. Also, the CTA and Metra stations are right next to the apartment.
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Residences of Sherman Plaza
Coming from Chicago, I thought that I would not like Evanston given the fact that it's a "suburb." I was so wrong. Downtown Evanston has everything you would want in a small city. It's great.
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E2 Apartments
20 minute walk or a quick bike ride to class. The commute to class is well worth being close to all the places you'll go outside of class (bars, restaurants, coffee shops, grocery store).
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John Evans Building
We're really close to downtown Evanston where most students live. It takes about 20-25min to walk to school but people often Uber together so it only comes out to $1-$2 a person.
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Centrum Evanston
Evanston is cute, but it’s definitely a suburb. Lots of chain restaurants and those that aren’t chains will not impress those coming from bigger cities with great food scenes.
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1717
As good as anywhere in downtown Evanston. Close to restaurants, Davis St. Station, etc. A bit of a walk from the social hub at E2, but that really hasn't been an issue.
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8
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Hinman House
Neighborhood is literally the reason to live here. It's in the center of everything, right next to a Whole Foods, and a straight shot down Sheridan to get to campus.
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8
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The Park Evanston
I love Evanston! It's an awesome suburb with excellent restaurants, proximity to the lake, and relatively easy public transportation to downtown Chicago.
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8
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E2 Apartments
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).
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8
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Optima Views
It's great being close to the Metra and L, plus we're right near restaurants, the movie theater, and above Evanston Rocks for those Tuesday night get-togethers.
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9
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Church Street Condos
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.
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7
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E2 Apartments
good location, near Whole Foods, the restaurant, everyone in Evanston is basically in the same location, everything is 5mn walk, it's a small town
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8
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John Evans Building
It's better to be close to bars and restaurants than it is to be close to the Global Hub (though you pay a premium for it). Live here if you can.
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8
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Optima Horizons
It is a great town for grad school. Lots of nearby restaurants and bars. It is still close enough to Chicago to get the city feel, but far enough that you get to bond closely with your classmates and not deal with the bustle of a big city.
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6
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E2
Downtown Evanston is great. There is enough going on for it not to feel boring, but it is quaint enough to feel like a real neighborhood.
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7
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The Park Evanston
Located in the heart of downtown, everything is close by, including friends and classmates in buildings like Park Evanston and Centrum.
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8
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Optima Towers
Enough restaurants and access to public transportation to meet almost all my needs. Having a car or a grocery delivery service makes it even better as the closest walking distance option is Whole Foods which isn't as budget-friendly.
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7
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1645 Ridge Ave
It is close to downtown evanston but still further than other buildings and the streets to walk there are very dark and lonely.
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5
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1717
Convenient! 3 minutes walk to Wholefoods (supermarket) and close to restaurants. Less than 20 minutes walk to Global Hub
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10
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Evanston is a very charming college town. Unfortunately not as convenient as I would like to get into downtown Chicago.
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7
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John Evans Building
A nice little town that has a bit of everything, and is also close enough to hop a train or uber to downtown Chicago.
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10
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Evanston Galleria
There are tons of bars and restaurants in walking distance. It is also a quick walk to the el and metra trains.
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9
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The Park Evanston
Good location for Northwestern or Kellogg students. Between the bar and restaurant scene and campus buildings.
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8
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E2 Apartments
Quiet and safe neighborhood. Enough restaurant and cafe choices within 10 minutes walk from the apartment.
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10
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Optima Horizons
Right above Panera in the middle of downtown Evanston. 20-25 minute walk/7 minute bike ride to the HUB.
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9
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Evanston Galleria
Hinman is a very quiet street, full of trees and green areas. The apartment is very close to all you will need while leaving in Evanston (University, beach, restaurants, pubs, daycare, CVS, bank, etc.).
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10
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1700 Hinman Avenue
There isn't that much in the neighborhood, but it's a safe place with retail within walking distance.
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8
/10
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E2 Apartments
Cute neighborhood that's generally safe and is walking distance to a lot of restaurants and stores.
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7
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1717
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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10
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Optima Horizons
I wouldn't live anywhere else in Evanston. Close to everything that matters other than school.
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8
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Maple Grove
It's a college town, so it's got its share of bars and restaurants fit for student budgets. It's a perfectly fine place to live for your time at Kellogg and close enough to the Jake / Global Hub.
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8
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E2 Apartments
Just north of downtown evanston but closer to the global hub than most apartment buildings.
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9
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E2 Apartments
Good neighborhood but have had issues with people's packages being stolen from the lobby.
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5
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1575 Oak
Downtown Evanston has lots of quick and affordable food options within walking distance.
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10
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Optima Horizons
Great location close to grocery stores, restaurants, the lake, and easy walk to school.
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8
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John Evans Building
We are very close to the farmers market and not too far outside of downtown Evanston.
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8
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E2 Apartments
Great for restaurants and bars - also, there are some really useful shops close by.
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8
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1575 Oak
The only downside here is that the nearest cheap supermarket is a bit out of hand.
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8
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E2 Apartments
Evanston is a large suburb. There are plenty of restaurants, stores, and services.
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9
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Optima Horizons
Located right near downtown Evanston and one of the closer buildings to school
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8
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Optima Horizons
Nothing special but close to other people's apartments and walkable to school.
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10
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Optima Horizons
Most things are within walking distance - would be more convenient with a car
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8
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E2 Apartments
Very close to bars, restaurants, and movie theater. Also close to other apartments where Kellogg students live. 12-15 minute walk to campus, very few students in the building.
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7
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Church Street Condos
Block from Whole Foods, three blocks from the lakefront/parks, five blocks from Trader Joes and the CTA/Metra stations, ten minute walk from the Jacobs Center. Great location
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8
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John Evans Building
McManus is conveniently located close to restaurants and grocery stores.
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9
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Bars, restaurants, a grocery store, and not too far from campus!
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9
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John Evans Building
Has a Whole Foods and CVS. Convenient proximity to a huge variety of downtown Evanston restaurants, gyms, bars, stores, etc. One of the closest areas to the Jake.
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10
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McManus Living-Learning Center
The building is a bit removed from Downtown Evanston. There are a couple of nearby restaurants, but is a 5 minute walk from downtown and 10 minutes from campus.
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8
/10
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E2 Apartments
Very walkable, close to public transit, close to the lake
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8
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Centrum Evanston
Love being near all the downtown shops and restaurants.
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3
/10
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1570 Oak Avenue
Building is in downtown Evanston, close to all the bars / restaurants that Kellogg students hang out at. Close to the metra and subway stations as well.
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8
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Optima Horizons
Safe, a little far from food/grocery but sufficient
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8
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E2 Apartments
Close walk to campus with lots of shops, restaurants and grocery store. Most Kellogg students live in this area, so there is a great social community.
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8
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Evanston Galleria
Close to Northwestern's campus. Only Whole Foods is nearby, Trader Joe's is a bike ride away. Feels like a safe area, but I'm a guy in my late 20s.
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5
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1134 Church
I really like Evanston; it is a bit small in but that really fosters a sense of community. There are also a lot of bars close by which makes it easy to plan things.
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7
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The Park Evanston
Easy access to transportation, bars & restaurants, shops, and other people. You can get to campus in 10 minutes walking or 5 minutes by bike.
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9
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Evanston Galleria
Cure neighborhood, but E2 is a 5 minute walk from the closest restaurant (Chili's) and about 7-10 minutes to get into the heart of the town.
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9
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E2 Apartments
Awesome restaurant and bar options 5-10 minutes. Nice diversity of casual dining and fancy. 2 gyms and a Whole Foods within 10 min walk.
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7
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1575 Oak
Living between a TJ's and Whole Foods is great! Plus being close to a lot of the popular bars and restaurants makes everything easier.
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7
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1500 Chicago Ave
Close to campus, grocery store is a bit of a far walk (but that's true of most places that are close to the jake), close to bars
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9
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Optima Horizons
Everything is nearby, which is great on cold days when you want to get food or see people - you're close to most everyone.
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8
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Evanston Galleria
Trader Joe's, Jewel Osco and Whole Foods are close by. There are also several good restaurants within walking distance.
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6
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1410 Chicago
Great for people without cars. Good walking distance to Trader Joe's/Union Pizza/Osco. 15 minute walk to school. Safe.
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6
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617-625 Grove St. Apartments
Best neighborhood in Evanston with 5-10 min walk from bars and restaurants, 2 gyms and a Whole Foods within 10 mins
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7
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1575 Oak
E2 is a little removed from the bars and restaurants of Evanston, but is an easy 10 minute walk to the Jake.
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8
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E2 Apartments
Definitely nice to live within walking distance of school and all bars / restaurants / grocery stores
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10
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E2 Apartments
Great! A bit further of a walk from campus, but hey, that's exercise! Close to restaurants and bars.
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6
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617-625 Grove St. Apartments
Although a little bit of a walk from campus it isn't bad. Close to grocery stores and restaurants.
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7
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1410 Chicago
Convenient, good food options, good for social reasons. Cons: way overpriced for what you get.
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8
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E2 Apartments
There are no shortage of things to get involved with at Kellogg that will keep you on campus.
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9
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Optima Horizons
The building is a bit far out from the main restaurants/bars, but walkable to everything.
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8
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E2 Apartments
Close to campus, coffee shops, restaurants and bars. I wouldn't live anywhere else.
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10
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Optima Horizons
It's nice but there aren't a ton of stores in Evanston and they all close early
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8
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E2 Apartments
Lots of restaurants and shops nearby. Will be farther from campus soon though.
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9
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Optima Horizons
Good coffee shops, close to many of the bars that Kellogg folks frequent.
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6
/10
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617-625 Grove St. Apartments
There is no other place that's better if you want to be near everything
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10
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Evanston Galleria
Generally convenient for getting to campus and close to downtown area
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8
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E2 Apartments
Nice, close to the school as well as other restaurants and bars.
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9
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Close to the Jake and main Evanston attractions but also quiet.
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8
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Optima Views
Location is great right in the heart of downtown Evanston
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9
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Evanston Galleria
The Park Evanston feels pretty convenient to everything
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9
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The Park Evanston
Plenty of places to go out, fairly close to the city
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10
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E2 Apartments
Close to campus and public transit, feels very safe
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8
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Optima Horizons
Safe and close to everything
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9
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Optima Views
Where all social activity happens.
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10
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The Park Evanston
It's the best you are going to get in Evanston
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6
/10
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Optima Views
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8
/10
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The Park Evanston
everything you need.
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9
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Optima Horizons
Wouldn't live anywhere else while in school
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9
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Evanston Galleria
Extremely safe
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9
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Optima Views
Good location overall.
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9
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Optima Horizons
Safe. Good for Kellogg students. Lacks character.
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9
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Optima Views
Everything is in walking distance
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10
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Centrum Evanston
Amazing location
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10
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Really safe and convenient.
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8
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1500 Chicago Ave
Great nabe.
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9
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Optima Towers
everything is walkable
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8
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Good spot
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9
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E2 Apartments
Close to bars
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8
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Neighborhood Rating
E2 Apartments
Awesome, close to everyting
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9
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1500 Chicago Ave
Heavanston, enough said
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Residences of Sherman Plaza
Safe and fun neighborhood
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10
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Evanston Galleria
Safe and super close to shopping / pre-schools
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10
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Good to be close to everything in evanston
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8
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E2 Apartments
Safe and easy.
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8
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1717
It is close to all the bar/restaurant scene.
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9
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1500 Chicago Avenue
Close to everything you need!
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1500 Chicago Ave
Very easy to get downtown, great food options
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8
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E2 Apartments
Heavanston
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9
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E2 Apartments
Boring but fun.
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10
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Optima Horizons
Not too far from anything
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8
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Optima Views
Very safe though slightly inconvenient
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6
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E2 Apartments
It's the heart of the social scene at Kellogg.
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9
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1500 Chicago Ave
Downtown is nice
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Never had any problem
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10
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The Park Evanston
Close to downtown Evandton
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8
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Optima Views
Relatively close to campus and downtown evanston.
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8
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E2 Apartments
There are a lot of homeless in the neighborhood.
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9
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McManus Living-Learning Center
Great neighborhood, right in the middle of things
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The Park Evanston
Great area, but 10 min walk from campus
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8
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Optima Views
It's in downtown Evanston and near everything.
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7
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John Evans Building
Lacking in nearby grocery stores
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7
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E2 Apartments


Getting to Know
Downtown Evanston

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Sheridan Rd to Ashland Ave
North to South Boundaries: Emerson St to Greenwood St
dining
Bangers & Lace
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
Hearth Restaurant
Table To Stix Ramen
grocery
Whole Foods
convenience
7-Eleven
fitness
Bikram Yoga
Evanston Athletic Club
The Barre Code
TITLE Boxing Club
parks
Clark Street Beach
Dawes Park
Merrick Rose Garden
coffee
Andy’s Frozen Custard
Delbe’s Corner Cafe
G.R.I.N.D Cafe and Bistro
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
bus
201 (bus)
205 (bus)
206 (bus)
93 (bus)
rail
Purple Line (metro)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Downtown Evanston includes zip code 60201
Rent vs Own
39
%
of Downtown Evanston residents are renters
Driving to Work
49
%
of Downtown Evanston residents drive to work
New Construction
12
%
of housing units in Downtown Evanston have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
65
%
<20 units
15
%
20-49 units
21
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
18
%
18 - 34
36
%
35 - 54
22
%
55+
23
%
Unit Mix
7
%
Studio
19
%
1 Bed
30
%
2 Bed
44
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
53
%
Undergrad Student
25
%
Grad Student
9
%
Unemployed
4
%
Retired
8
%

Best Apartments
in Downtown Evanston


2 Beds $3,000

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Studio $2,215
1 Bed $1,950
2 Beds $2,855

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1 Bed $2,050
2 Beds $2,700
3 Beds $3,500

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1 Bed $2,500
2 Beds $2,300
3 Beds $4,200

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2 Beds $1,900

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1 Bed $1,800
2 Beds $2,400
3 Beds $3,600

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Nearby Neighborhoods

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Northeast Evanston
Suburban Setting & Popular for Kellogg MBA Students