Districts & Neighborhoods

Florence AvenueOne part urban, two parts charming, add a splash of Lake Michigan, and stir together with convenience and out comes Evanston.

From North to South, to the lakefront and the cities western edge, Evanston is full of unique districts and neighborhoods, each one adding to this diverse community.  From quite residential streets to towering downtown condos, here there is a place for every lifestyle.  Active commercial districts stretch far outside of Evanston’s urban downtown core with bustling shops and restaurants found along tree lined Central Street, Howard Street, Dempster Street, and Main Street as well as modern large commercial plazas and shopping centers anchored by the biggest names in the industry.

From small local boutiques to large national retailers, all of which thrive together in Evanston!

Evanston Commercial Districts 


Please explore each of our unique districts and neighborhoods to learn more about what Evanston has to offer:

Central Street


Downtown Evanston

Hills Arts District

Howard Street

Main Street

Noyes and Foster Streets

Southwest Evanston

West Side

West End & West Village


Additional Resources: 

Historic Districts 

Residential Neighborhoods 

Click to download City of Evanston Commercial Districts Map PDF

Featured Stories:

Signs of Life: #WeLoveEvanston in Springtime

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and signs of spring are popping up all over Evanston! The warmer weather means it’s a great time to venture outside to support the local merchants that make springtime in Evanston so awesome. On Dempster Street, Hewn bread’s sidewalk bench emerged from its winter hibernation in honor…

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We’re Famous – Evanston On TV!

With several recent awards and best-of designations, the word has gotten out to Chicago-area news media that Evanston is the place to be. Several daytime shows have taken field trips north of Howard Street in recent weeks to showcase some of the businesses that make Evanston a great place to be, including ABC 7′s Windy…

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Celebrate Your City on #WeLoveEvanston Day March 7!

The City of Evanston is proud to announce Saturday, March 7 as “We Love Evanston Day.” The day has been created as a way to bring community members together to enjoy everything Evanston has to offer while celebrating the city’s participation in the World Wildlife Fund’s We Love Cities Challenge. Throughout the day, participants will enjoy…

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#WeLoveEvanston Bakeries!

With cold weather and Mardi Gras season upon us, the demand for baked goods like king cake and paczki this time of year is bringing some well-deserved praise for Evanston’s many awesome bakeries. From Central street to Chicago Avenue, from pie to patisserie to paczki and everything in between, Evanston’s bakeries have you covered for…

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Evanston’s Award-Winning Summer Youth Jobs Program Needs You!

In 2014, support from Evanston businesses helped the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) provide summer jobs and workforce readiness training to over 500 Evanston teens. Last week, MSYEP received first place award for small cities in the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) second annual National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge. The award honors outstanding achievement…

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Meet AMLI Evanston’s Artist-In-Residence

Museums have them.  So do colleges, conservatories and theater companies.  Not many real estate developments do, but thanks to the vision of real estate executive Stephen Ross, the vibrant community that is Evanston and the talents of a classical musician, there is an AMLI Evanston artist-in-residence and her name is Mary A. Simon. AMLI Comes…

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Vote for Evanston in the World Wildlife Fund’s “We Love Cities” Campaign Jan. 26 – Mar. 27

The City of Evanston is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist to represent the United States in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge, along with Cleveland and Seattle. This year’s challenge encompasses over 40 local governments from countries across the globe, including France, Singapore, South Africa, and…

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Join the merchants of Chicago-Dempster at Growlers For Growlers February 8th

Stop by the Chicago-Dempster neighborhood February 8th and have a locally brewed beer for a good cause! Local merchants are joining together to serve beer tastings from Sketchbook Brewery to raise funds for Blackdog All Breed Rescue. “Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue is beyond thrilled that local stores in Evanston have chosen us to be…

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Join Local Brewmasters to Discuss Sustainability on January 20

Join Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Farmhouse Evanston, NU Food Talks, and Sketchbook Brewing Company in welcoming a panel of Evanston’s finest brewers to spend an evening talking about brewing and sustainability. This latest iteration of Evanston Green Drinks and NU Food Talks is free and open to the public. Space is limited a capacity crowd is expected,…

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Chicago Restaurant Week in Evanston – January 30 – February 12

Chicago Restaurant Week is returning this year on January 30 and runs through February 12, 12015. Restaurants throughout the Chicago area (including 4 in Evanston) will feature multi-course  prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Prices start at $22 for lunch; dinners are either $33 or $44, making Restaurant Week menus a steal, particularly at some of…

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