Just north of downtown Chicago is Evanston, a city with its own thriving downtown district highlighted by three shopping areas, 90 restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, several nightspots and 300 businesses.
Evanston is home to Northwestern University, and also located within the city limits are two top-flight medical centers – Evanston Hospital and Presence Saint Francis Hospital. Residents have diverse housing choices in a variety of neighborhoods, and Evanston has become a popular movie production location in recent years.
The community ranks high in sustainability, with cooperative efforts by individuals, businesses and the local government to "go green." The median household income in Evanston is more than $70,000, and the city has several parks, trails and open spaces.