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:

Two Evanston Businesses Named Finalists for Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards

Few Spirits (918 Chicago Ave.) and Hewn Breads (810 Dempster St.) were both announced as finalists for Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards. The awards spotlight small business owners and creative entrepreneurs in fields including crafts, design, food, and style. Few was among one of 800 businesses from around the country named to the finalist pool…

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Support Local Nonprofits at the Charity Wine Walk September 18!

Join the Chicago Dempster Merchant Association and Vinic Wine on Thursday September 18th for a lively neighborhood wine tasting event.  Beginning at 5:00, over 20 local businesses will be pouring tastings of French Wines. There will be a suggested donation of $15 per person that will benefit two local charities: No Boundaries – Train for…

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Evanston is a World-Renowned Oriental Rug Destination

Evanston shoppers truly have the world of fine rugs at their feet.  Even since 1897, when the Minasian family first opened their business, Evanston has been a hub for Oriental rugs.  In 2000, the Sun Times reported that Evanston had as many as 13 locations.  Many of these dealers are concentrated along Chicago Avenue within…

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Evanston Restaurants Dominate Dining Best-of

Make it Better Magazine announced the winners of their 2014 Best of the North Shore poll this week, and Evanston dominated the dining category, with over a dozen local eateries winning their respective categories. Local favorites like Hecky’s, Edzo’s, Oceanique, Campagnola, and Bennisons are named alongside several of Chicago’s world-class foodie destinations, including Alinea, Frontera,…

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COMING SOON: Evanston’s First Parklet!

Thanks to your support, the parklet project exceeded it’s funding goal on kickstarter and construction is currently underway! Working with the City of Evanston and local architects at Petrick Architecture, Hewn (810 Dempster St.) has envisioned a parklet that will serve as a public “front porch” for the Dempster Street neighborhood, providing an outdoor dining…

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Back to Back Sidwalk Sales: Chicago-Dempster and Downtown Evanston

Brace yourselves for two consecutive sidewalk sales in Evanston! The Chicago-Dempster sidewalk sale will be going on July 18-20, followed the next weekend with the Downtown Evanston sidewalk sale  July 25-27. The Chicago-Dempster merchant’s association invites you to their annual sidewalk sale July 18-20. The Chicago/Dempster neighborhood is packed with a wonderful variety of unique…

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Meet Evanston’s First Nanobrewery

Sketchbook Brewery, Evanston’s first nanobrewery, plans to open its orange door behind 825 Chicago Avenue later this summer.  Spearheaded by Samuel Adams Longshot contest winner Caesar Marron and Evanston artist Shawn Decker, Sketchbook will look to build community through their eco-friendly craft brew. Similar to community-supported agriculture where subscribers receive shares of local produce, Sketchbook’s…

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Shop Local at the Central Street Sidewalk Sale July 10-13

The Central Street Business  Association’s annual Central Street Sidewalk Sale starts this Thursday, July 10 and will run through the weekend, with many area merchants offering sales and specials, including some up to 90% off. The sidewalk sale is a great opportunity to get to know area shops and support local businesses. Central Street was…

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We All Scream for Ice Cream (and Other Frozen Treats)!

Summer is heating up here in Evanston, but there’s no reason to sweat for too long. Evanston is credited with being the birthplace of the icecream sundae, and the City has plenty of ice cream and frozen dessert establishments that can help keep you cool this summer, including several new additions that have opened since…

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Food Truck Fest Returns to Brummel Park on July 15!

Join us July 15 from 5:30-9pm at Brummel Park for food trucks and an old school R&B performance by local band The Rhythm Rockets. The list of food trucks participating this year includes Hummingbird Kitchen, 5411 Empanadas, Tamale Spaceship, Sweet Ride Chi and Taquero Fusion as well as Chicago Cupcake, Grill Chasers and Pierogi Wagon….

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