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:

Ribbon Cutting at Peckish Pig April 3

Join Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, 8th Ward Alderman Ann Rainey, and City staff in celebrating the ribbon cutting of Evanston’s newest restaurant and brewery, Peckish Pig, located at 623 Howard St., Evanston, on Thursday, April 3 at 5 p.m. Peckish Pig serves an eclectic mix of internationally-inspired cuisine along with handcrafted brews and cocktails in a…

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Self-Made Chef: Well Fed’s Keith Kreuser

For some, it was the Ecole du Cordon Bleu in Paris or the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, but for Evanston chef Keith Kreuser, it was Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Working there to make the ends meet while pursuing his rock and roll dreams in the rhythm section of Utopia…

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Orangetheory Fitness Ribbon Cutting

Orangetheory Fitness  Wednesday, March 19, 2014  12:15 pm  2800 Central Street EVANSTON, IL – All are invited to join Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, 6th Ward Alderman Mark Tendam, The Evanston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and staff to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting of Orangetheory Fitness. The celebration will also include staff members from the City of…

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Bars on the “L”: Purple Line Edition

We appreciated Thrillist Chicago’s “L” Bar Map, but they forgot the Purple Line. Maybe they don’t realize how many great establishments they’re missing out on by getting off the train before Howard. Though by no means an exhaustive list, here’s our rundown of some of the finest establishments the Purple Line has to offer: Ward…

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Buy The Yard Inc. Celebrates 20 Years of Excellent Customer Service

History of Buy The Yard Inc. In 1964, Evanston native, Jim Gannon opened a small business catering to landscaping and snow removal services, which quickly became known for his quality work and burnt orange trucks. With great success, Jim purchased property on Main St. in Southeast Evanston in effort to grow his business and to…

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New Starbucks Location Proposed for Dempster/Dodge Area

The City of Evanston’s Planning and Zoning Division accepted an application to convert the vacant former KFC restaurant, at 1901 W. Dempster St., into a full service Starbucks Café. The new Starbucks will provide residents, students and visitors with another option for coffee and snacks, and give momentum to the City’s and neighborhood partners’ continued…

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Shorefront Journal Story: Fleming Grocery and Market

Fleming’s Grocery and Market, owned by John Fleming and Carrie B. Dent Fleming was the first black owned grocery store in Evanston, Illinois. Initially located at 1101 Clark in the 1920’s, it moved to 1723 Simpson in 1937. The store was located on a large plot of land that also included the Fleming’s personal home…

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City of Evanston Grocery Store Working Group

On January 29, the first official meeting of the “Mayor’s Grocery Store Working Group” took place. The purpose of this special committee is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council with the purpose of addressing the vacancies created at the large retail spaces formerly occupied by the Evanston Dominick’s stores located at…

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Evanston’s Public Art Committee Launches New Series with Outdoor Art Displays

The City of Evanston’s Public Art Committee is excited to announce Evanston’s first “yarn bombing” on Saturday, February 8 from noon to 4 p.m., located at the Main Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The event marks the official launch of the Committee’s “Evanston Winter HeARTh” series, featuring community-sourced temporary public art installations throughout the city….

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Shorefront Legacy Center showcases Evanston’s Black History

Throughout Evanston’s long history, a thriving Black community grew and thrived. Though small in number in the beginning, its beginning began with two in the 1850s, 43 in the 1870s, 737 in 1900 and by 1930, over 5,000. Most who came filled a variety of domestic services, while at the same time, carried the spirit…

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