Evanston is a suburban city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Chicago. It is a home for the long-time residents of the city as well as the students and community of Northwestern University. Northwestern University was in fact founded before the City itself, in 1855 when Northwestern University opened its doors for the first time to 10 students. The founders of Northwestern, one being John Evans, submitted to the county judge their plans for a city and their wishes to rename the town Evanston in 1854. In 1857, the town of Evanston was named. After the Civil War, Evanston experienced significant economic and population growth. Today, Evanston is still thriving as an independent city. There are many cultural opportunities in Evanston, a thriving business economy, and public lakefront recreation activities.
Evanston offers a wide range of community events that are open to the public! Check out the City of Evanston's main website for a list of upcoming events and other important news.