The city of Evanston was founded in 1857, two years after the opening of Northwestern University. The founders of Northwestern created plans for a city and after submitting the plans to the county judge, a city named Evanston was developed. Between 1860 and 1870, an amendment passed prohibiting the sale of alcohol with four miles of Northwestern campus grounds. In 1874, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Evanston. For the full history of Evanston, click here.
According to the 2010 Census, Evanston has a total population of 74,486 comprised of 14,360 younger than 18 and 60,126 older than 18.
African American: 13,474
American Indian and Alaska Native: 175
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 16
Identified by two or more: 2,846
— 2010 Census
According to the City of Evanston, the average house value of a single-family home is $394,800.
The city of Evanston states that the per capita income is $42,394 and the median household income is $69,544.
Mayor: Elizabeth Tisdahl
1st Ward: Judy Fiske
2nd Ward: Peter Braithwaite
3rd Ward: Melissa A. Wynne
4th Ward: Donald N. Wilson
5th Ward: Delores A. Holmes
6th Ward: Mark Tendam
7th Ward: Jane Grover
8th Ward: Ann Rainey
9th Ward: Coleen Burrus
- Evanston/Skokie Consolidated District 65
- District 202- Evanston Township High School
- Baker Demonstration School
- Chiaravalle Montessori School
- Midwest Montessori School
- Pope John XXIII School
- Roycemore School
- St. Athanasius School
Recreation and entertainment:
- Evanston History Center
- Frances Willard House Museum
- Grosse Point Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
- Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
- Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
- Toby Jug Museum
- As You Like It Art Gallery
- Botti Studio of Architectural Arts
- Eve J. Alfille Gallery & Studio
- Folkworks Gallery
- Gallery 4502 at Evanston Civic Center
- Gillock Gallery
- Northwestern University Dittmar Gallery
- Noyes Cultural Arts Center Gallery
- Perspective Group and Gallery
- Simply Chicago Art
- Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre
- Evanston Children’s Theatre
- Muse of Fire Theatre Company
- Piven Theatre Workshop
- The Savoyaires
- B.O.O.K.: Theatre with a Spine!
- Starlight Concerts & Movies in the Park
- Custer Street Fair
- Fountain Square Arts Festival
- It’s Thursday, Let’s Dance!
- Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
- Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival
- Evanston Green Living Festival
- BackStage Evanston
- CommUNITY Picnic
- Day in the Life Photo Day
- ‘Kits and ‘Cats Week
- Marlon Brando, actor, known for “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now” and “On the Waterfront.”
- Stephen Colbert, comedian and writer, known for “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
- Kevin Cronin, musician, lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon.
- John Cusack, actor, known for “Being John Malkovich,” “High Fidelity,” “Serendipity” and “Say Anything.”
- Joan Cusack, actress, known for “Say Anything,” “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3.”
- Charles Gates Dawes, politician, 30th Vice President of the United States.
- Luke Donald, professional golfer, has been ranked #1 golfer in the world.
- Paddy Driscoll, professional football quarterback, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Robert Falls, Tony Award winning director, current artistic director of Goodman Theatre.
- Charles Gibson, former TV anchor and host for “Good Morning America.”
- Zach Gilford, actor, known for “Friday Night Lights.“
- Charlton Heston, actor, known for “Ben-Hur,” “Planet of the Apes” and “The Ten Commandments.”
- Anders Holm, writer and actor, known for Comedy Central’s “Workaholics.”
- Jake M. Johnson, actor and comedian, known for playing Nick Miller in “New Girl.”
- Tim Kazurinsky, actor and writer for “Saturday Night Live.”
- Amanda Jones, Miss USA 1973
- Bob Lackey, a guard/forward who played for the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Nets in the American Basketball Association.
- Jeffrey Lieber, writer, known for “Lost.”
- Freddie Lindstrom, a third baseman and outfielder for teams like the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Michael Madsen, actor, known for “Reservoir Dogs” and “Donnie Brasco.”
- Elizabeth McGovern, actress, known for “Downton Abbey.”
- Patrick Melton, writer, known for “Saw IV,” “Saw V” and “Saw VI.”
- Seth Meyers, actor/comedian/TV show host, known for “Saturday Night Live.”
- D.A. Pennebaker, documentary filmmaker, known for “Don’t Look Back,” “The War Room” and “Down From The Mountain.”
- William Petersen, actor, known for “CSI” and “Fear.”
- Steve Pink, director, known for “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
- Jeremy Piven, actor, known for “Entourage” and “Old School.”
- Donald Rumsfeld, politician, 13th and 21st Secretary of Defense
- Gordon Segal, founder and CEO of Crate&Barrel.
- Grace Slick, musician, lead singer of Jefferson Airplane.
- Erik Spoelstra, current head basketball coach for the Miami Heat.
- Patrick Stump, musician, lead singer of Fall Out Boy.
- Daniel Sunjata, actor, known for “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
- Peter Ueberroth, sixth Commissioner of Baseball and former chairman of the United States Olympic Committee.
- Eddie Vedder, musician, lead singer of Pearl Jam.
In popular culture:
- Parts of “Home Alone” were filmed at Haven Middle School.
- Parts of “Sixteen Candles” were filmed on Payne Street and Central Street.
- Parts of “Uncle Buck” were filmed on Lincoln Street.
- Parts of “Road to Perdition” were filmed in Evanston.
- Parts of “Lucas” were filmed at Ryan Field.
- Parts of “Major League” were filmed at Northwestern University.
- Parts of “Dennis the Menace” were filmed in Evanston.
- Parts of “Home Alone 3” were filmed at Haven Middle School and on Normandy Place.
- Parts of “The Weather Man” were filmed in Evanston.
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