"A University "Creates" A Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Evanston by deecat
Evanston Travel Guide: 97 reviews and 149 photos
The history of Evanston is so intermingled with Northwestern University that you cannot speak of one without the other!
Northwestern University was actually founded before the city of Evanston. Once the university was founded (1851), its founders submitted to a county judge its plans for a city. They named the town Evanston after one of the university's founders, John Evans.
The university purchased a "397-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan" and established a campus and then developed the land near it as the town of Evanston.
I've visited Evanston several times over the last thirty years, but until our VT meeting and tour of Evanston, lead by Pedersdottir (Katja), I knew very little about its history. Katja pointed out that the University still owns much of the land that the town buildings sit on. The business people can own the buildings, but they cannot own the land.
Evanston is located just north of Chicago (12 miles) Evanston has a population of almost 80,000 people, people of all nationalities. This Chicago suburb is well-known for its beautiful tree-lined streets, "Painted Ladies" (Victorian Houses) along Sheridan Road, downtown Condominiums with Lake Views, Lakeshore Mansions, , excellent and convenient public transportation, wonderful parks, and a stunning location on beautiful Lake Michigan.
Diverse, both racially and economically, it has always been known for its social consciousness as well as for its many civic ventures. One of its drawbacks is its history of high taxes.
I've always known of Evanston for
its numerous eating establishments that are highly recommended. After the VT tour (October, 2004), I'm convinced that I will be visiting Evanston to find out for myself.
- Pros:Diverse, Beautiful, Innovative, Excellent Restaurants, Great University, Stunning Location
- Cons:High Taxes
- In a nutshell:A Lovely City On Prime Land
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