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:

Howard Street Theatre Land Title Survey

The City of Evanston requested proposals for qualified theatre organizations interested in becoming a resident theatre to partner with the City to develop a theater on Howard Street.  That will include (but is not limited to) management, occupation, and routine maintenance of an 80-120 seat store front theater on a property that will be developed/constructed…

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Celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Evanston October 2

On Friday, October 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Evanston manufacturing professionals and neighbors are invited to celebrate National Manufacturing Day by attending the networking breakfast for manufacturers, supporting partners, legislators, sponsors, and community leaders at Ward Manufacturing, located at 2230 Main St., in Evanston. To register for the breakfast, click here >>> Beginning at…

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Chicago Dempster Wine Walk Returns September 17

The Chicago Dempster Merchants Association and Vinic Wine will host a lively neighborhood shop-for-charity event on September 17 from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm. More than 30 local businesses will pour Chilean wine samples at this second annual event to benefit local programs for people with disabilities. Ticket sales, raffle and a portion of merchant sales…

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VIDEO: Evanston Businesses Named “Best of the North Shore” for 2015!

Make it Better Magazine announced the results of it’s annual Best of the North Shore readers’ poll, and plenty of new and old Evanston favorites made the cut. Evanston restaurants were particularly well-represented this year, taking most of the top honors in the food and dining categories. Readers can party with the winners at a free…

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Two New Grocery Stores in Two Weeks

It’s a great time for grocery shopping in Evanston! Valli Produce will hold a ribbon cutting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 22 to mark the opening of its newest store in the Evanston Plaza shopping center at the intersection of Dempster St. and Dodge Avenue. One week later, Evanston’s third Whole Foods will open…

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It’s Sidewalk Sale Season in Evanston!

Sidewalk sale season kicks off on Central Street July 10-12. Downtown Evanston and the Chicago-Dempster business districts follow two weeks later, with both districts holding their sidewalk sales on July 24-26. Central Street merchants will be offering unique wares, food, and deals throughout the weekend, which will also include outdoor events like yoga, dance, and…

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Over 60 Evanston Businesses in the Running for Make It Better’s 2015 Best of the North Shore

Voting is open for Make it Better magazine’s annual Best of the North Shore poll, and over 60 Evanston businesses are among this year’s nominees. Evanston is particularly well-represented on the Dining ballot, where 30 Evanston shops and restaurants are up for one or more of the honors. Readers may vote for their favorites through…

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NOW HIRING: Whole Foods on Green Bay Road

Whole Foods is wrapping up construction on its third Evanston location, which is slated to open this summer in the former Dominick’s space on Green Bay Road. Company officials have announced that the new store will create over 100 new jobs in the Evanston community, and they are currently taking applications through their website.  Whole…

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Purple Line Pilot Program Adds Weekday Evening Express Train Beginning June 1!

The CTA and the City of Evanston will conduct a six-week pilot program from Monday, June 1 through Friday, July 10 to test an additional weekday evening round-trip Purple Line Express train between Linden and the Loop. The train will depart from Linden southbound at approximately 7:58 p.m. and make all regular Purple Line Express…

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Digital Visionary: Kona Company’s Kelly Cutler

Think back a couple of decades. Everyone had those screeching dial-up accounts and AOL discs were everywhere including streets and sidewalks. Marketers in conference rooms around the globe were wondering how to monetize the Internet.  Some of us even thought that Jeff Bezos was a little crazy when he gave up a six-figure Manhattan hedge…

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