The City of Evanston is a Home Rule community located in Northeastern Illinois along Lake
Michigan. The City is governed by a Council-Manager form of government, which includes a Mayor and nine ward-elected Aldermen. The City provides a wide variety of services, including fire protection, law enforcement, water and sewer utilities, health and human services, recreation, public works, libraries, and community development.
The City of Evanston’s eight square miles include over 33,000 housing units for an estimated 74,486 residents. Evanston also hosts a top tier institution of higher learning, Northwestern University. In addition, the City is home to several other international and national non-profit and philanthropic organizations.
By combining a high quality of life and close proximity to the City of Chicago and Lake Michigan, Evanston continues to be a highly desirable residential community. The quality of Evanston’s earliest neighborhoods has been preserved and enhanced by foresight in planning and zoning. Due to cultural opportunities and flourishing commercial districts, the City of Evanston is increasingly a destination for business and pleasure alike, rather than a purely residential community.