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Overview of Evanston

Evanston is an idyllic city located just north of Chicago, and Evanston apartments for rent allow local residents to soak in the best aspects of living in the Midwest. In fact, Forbes ranked Evanston as No. 18 on its list of Top 25 Towns to Live Well because of its inventive environment, world-class businesses and dynamic culture. As the home of the prestigious Northwestern University, Evanston fosters creative thinking in students, professionals and families of all ages. Find some great Evanston apartments, and you could join the city's more than 70,500 residents in cheering on the Northwestern Wildcats.

Living in Evanston

In 1857, Evanston was founded and named to pay homage to John Evans, one of the founders of Northwestern University. Despite its close proximity to Chicago, Evanston has always been able to retain its own unique vibe and identity, and Evanston apartments for rent make great homes for families and students alike. This diverse community boasts several of the finest farmers markets in the region, as well as several fine restaurants and a stretch of shoreline along beautiful Lake Michigan. Local residents can also partake in Evanston's thriving arts scene, and visit institutions like the Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston History Center and Evanston Art Center to stay up to date on the latest artistic trends.

Evanston Apartments and Cost of Living

Evanston apartments for rent could be your ticket to everything happening in this vibrant college town. Although the city boasts a high cost of living, relocating here is still very manageable. According to City-Data, the median gross rent for Evanston apartments - both close to the Northwestern University campus and farther out in residential communities - is $996 a month. When compared to the rental prices just south in Chicago, this seems like a steal. AreaVibes also noted that Evanston is "Extremely Livable," and awarded the city a livability score of 79. Here, the essentials are easy to come by, and residents can expect to pay $3.99 for a gallon of gasoline, $2.71 for a gallon of milk and $1.44 for a loaf of bread.

Apartments in Evanston Work and Study

As a culturally rich town fueled by academia and initiatives, Evanston is a great place to live and work. The local business community has many job opportunities for local residents, ranging from influential leadership positions to service positions that support Evanston's students and visitors. According to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the top employers here are Northwestern University, the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, the City of Evanston, Evanston School District 65, Evanston Township High School, Presbyterian Homes and Rotary International.

Evanston is perhaps best known as the home of Northwestern University, which U.S. News & World Report ranks as the No. 12 best university in the United States. This means that apartments in Evanson can be ideal for students and 20-somethings. More than 8,400 undergraduate students attend classes in this institution, and enjoy spending their college years on the suburban, 231-acre campus. For those seeking a more faith-based education, the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is also located here.

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