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:

Digital Visionary: Kona Company’s Kelly Cutler

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NOW HIRING: Valli Produce Opening in Evanston Plaza This Summer

Construction continues at the new Evanston location of Valli Produce, slated to open this summer in the former Dominick’s space at the Evanston Plaza shopping center. Officials from the company told the City Council last Monday that the 70,000-square foot store is on track to open by mid-July, and hiring is already underway for over…

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Frio Gelato Reopens April 17! Dempster Street Location Opens April 24

Frio Gelato has announced that their production kitchen at 1701 Simpson Street will kick off its summer season on Friday, April 17. Frio makes and sells Argentine gelato to wholesale customers like restaurants and grocery stores year round, and opened a storefront at their production facility last summer which became a favorite with neighbors and…

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West Village Business Association Brings Live Jazz to Curt’s Cafe South

The Evanston West Village Business Association is hosting its first event, a free jazz show at Curt’s Cafe South on Friday, April 24. Featured artist Donovan Mixon has performed in jazz festivals and clinics around the world, including the Chicago Jazz Festival. Curt’s Cafe South recently opened in the former Perla Cafe space at 1813…

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Recycling Center RFQ Open Through May 15

The City is seeking submissions from qualified developers for the reuse of a City-owned property located at 2222 Oakton Street. The site is comprised of a 13,000 square foot building that previously housed Evanston’s Recycling Center and now currently serves as storage for City equipment. The property is slightly less than one acre (39,000 square feet). The City is seeking…

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City of Evanston Seeks Proposals for Recording Studio and Café in Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center

The City of Evanston is seeking proposals for experienced organizations and businesses to lease, equip and fully operate the recording studio and café in the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St., located just northeast of Evanston Township High School. The Center is currently under construction. Recording Studio The 400-square-foot recording studio includes a control room,…

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8 Great Places for Easter Brunch in Evanston

When looking for a place for Easter Brunch in Evanston, there are plenty of options to chose from, with menus and locations to suit every taste. Eater Chicago recently called out Found as one of the 28 Best Spots for Easter Brunch in Chicago, but it’s hardly the only great local option. We found at…

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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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