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

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