Within Evanston’s 8 square miles, there lies historic shopping districts, a picturesque downtown and unique dining experiences.
You can find anything, from beaches and festivals to an art center and vegetarian café, all tucked into this vibrant community.
1. When Northwestern University was founded 160 years ago, the first class had 10 students. Now the Big Ten school boasts an enrollment of more than 19,000. Autumn afternoons are perfect for watching a Wildcat football game at Ryan Field or walking through the 96-year-old Shakespeare Garden, just north of the Frank W. Howes Memorial Chapel on campus.
633 Clark Street
2. The Evanston Art Center makes art accessible through classes, exhibitions and community partnerships. Don’t miss the family workshop on October 2, where kids can make Jack-O-Lanterns out of clay.
2603 Sheridan Rd.
3. Tags Bakery has been satisfying the North Shore community with its cookies, cakes and pastries since 1937. Owned by the Vetter family for more than four decades, siblings Greg and Gretchen now run the bakery, which is famous for its delectable Florentines. Patrons also enjoy the smiley cookies, tasty donuts and a variety of fruit tarts.
2010 Central St.
4. Hungry? Venture into Blind Faith Café for nationally renowned vegetarian dishes. Packed around lunchtime, the menu boasts everything from enchiladas to a Portobella sandwich. This Dempster Street staple will leave you full and satisfied.
525 Dempster St.
5. An Evanston favorite since 1996, Spice House might be the closest thing to heaven for hardcore foodies. The store is covered wall-to-wall with different herbs and spices, and their unique Chicago blends with familiar names like Lake Shore Drive and Hyde Park.
1941 Central St.