- Evanston was named in 1857 in honor of John Evans, a central founder of Northwestern.
- During the Civil War, Evanston fought on the side of the abolitionists.
- Evanston was formally incorporated in 1863.
- Northwestern was founded before the city of Evanston was.
- From 1858 until 1972, Evanston was a dry community, and it wasn’t until 1984 that the City Council voted to allow retail liquor stores.
- In 1855, Northwestern University held its first classes, with 10 students and 2 faculty members.
- Evanston is the birthplace of Tinkertoys.
- The “ice cream sundae” originated here. Well, Evanston claims it did….but so does New York, Wisconsin and Ithaca!
- The first NCAA basketball championship final was hosted in Evanston in 1939.
- More than 60 films have been shot here, some of which include: Sixteen Candles, Dennis the Menace, Road to Perdition, Home Alone 2 & 3, and Contagion.
- With it’s phenomenal lakefront, Evanston is home to six Lake Michigan beaches: Lighthouse Beach, Clark Street Beach, Greenwood Street Beach, Lee Street Beach, South Boulevard Beach & Lincoln Street Beach.
- Evanston has 76 parks and 50 playgrounds.
- 98% of Evanston households are within half a mile of green space.
- There are 268 acres of park area, 147 miles of streets and 76 miles of alleys.
- Two train systems serve Evanston. The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) purple line has seven stops here, and the Metra’s Union Pacific North Line has three stops here.
- The amazing Downtown Evanston Farmers Market hosts nearly 60 vendors every spring and summer.
THE MALOW TEAM @ COMPASS
Licensed Real Estate Broker
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