Evanston: Lakefront Stately Charm
The first suburb north of Chicago, in the affluent North Shore area, is the lakeside city of Evanston, Illinois. It is home to the renowned Northwestern University, which gives it a vibrant college-town vibe and exciting dining experience. Evanston’s wide sandy beaches, historic mansions, and beautiful parks make the city a popular lakefront destination. Visit Evanston, IL through Chicago O’Hare International, an airport which is just 16 miles southwest by car or train.
Best Time to Visit
Evanston enjoys the same weather as Chicago—mostly gloomy and windy. But summers are glorious—peak season is during May-June, so best prepare your plans and wallet when traveling at this time. The best time to visit is during the months of July-August, when weather is still warm but Evanston, IL hotels are more affordable. Autumn is less expensive but can be quite chilly already.
What to Do & Area Attractions
Evanston’s Lakefront is the perfect place to begin your exploration, with its parks and beaches under the view of the Chicago skyline. A short distance is Northwestern University, which maintains a park-like campus on the shores of Lake Michigan, complete with gardens, art galleries, and eclectic architecture. For some history, drop by the historic Grosse Point Lighthouse or the interesting Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. A short drive north is the spectacular Baha'i House of Worship, the only one in North America. And of course, all of Chicago’s famous spots are just a short drive away. At the end of the day, relax at your home away from home in one of many hotels in the area, such as the fancy Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston, or charming The Homestead.