Destination guide

The quaint university city of Evanston

Evanston is a small and friendly Illinois city, bordering the buzzing metropolis of Chicago in the south and the shimmering, ocean-like Lake Michigan to the east. The city is the home of the exclusive Northwestern University – with its leafy tree-lined campus – and because of this boasts a youthful and academic atmosphere. Shoppers will love Evanston, as the central streets celebrate a mix of low-rise shopping areas and eclectic boutiques. From family houses to lake-view apartments, there are Evanston vacation rentals to suit every type of traveler.

Things to do

Evanston architecture and inspiring artwork

Architecture enthusiasts can’t miss the Bahá’í House of Worship, an enormous star-white stone temple capped by a vast dome inlaid with intricate lace-style patterning, and surrounded by lush gardens, which include a serene reflecting pool. For interesting architectural contrast, see the Charles Gates Dawes Houses, a 19th-century lakefront Chateauesque mansion – now a house museum – which once belonged to former Vice President Charles Dawes. Art fiends can amble through the tranquil Northwestern campus to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, a modern glass-walled building with nearly 5,000 artworks, focusing on modern and contemporary Western artists.

Activities

Evanston is a paradise for specialty shoppers

Venture into Evanston and treat yourself to a shopping trip. Central Street sings with specialty, antiques, and independent clothing stores, while Downtown offers more traditional brand-name stores, and Dempster Street delights with hip boutiques – including vintage shops and local art galleries. If you’re traveling in summer, outdoor adventurers can rent a kayak and drift out across the deep-blue waters of sparkling Lake Michigan. If you’d rather relax on the shore itself, visit Greenwood Street Beach, a small and secluded stretch of soft sand, set far back from the busy road, offering a peaceful view over the lapping lake.

Weather

Sun-kissed summers and frosty winters in Evanston

When traveling during the summer months, book an Evanston vacation rental with a garden and BBQ to really soak up the honey-like Illinois sunshine. Summer in Evanston sees highs of 85 degrees, pleasantly undercut by the kiss of a Lake Michigan breeze. Bear in mind that the month of June brings the most rainfall to Evanston. For slightly cooler – but nevertheless balmy – temperatures, travel in September, when highs hit the mid 70s. During winter, temperatures plummet below freezing, so a trip in this season will be largely spent in front of your Evanston vacation rental fireplace.

Natural features

Evanston’s wilderness and beaches

Evanston is based 13 miles north from downtown Chicago itself – about a 30-minute drive, depending on traffic. To the north, Evanston is bordered by the peaceful residential village of Wilmette, and the larger village of Skokie to the west. Here, you’ll find the Skokie Lagoons marshland – a prime spot for boating and fishing, which is rich with lush plants and grasses, full of bass, pike, and catfish, and blessed by abundant birdlife. Evanston’s stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, meanwhile, is specked with sandy beachfront and green public parks.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Evanston

The nearest airport is in Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive), located 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), which is 11.8 mi (19 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Evanston Davis Street Station, Evanston Main Street Station and Evanston Central Street Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can get around Evanston by catching a ride on the metro at Davis Metro Station, Dempster Station or Foster Station.

Where to stay around Evanston?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,213 vacation rentals near Evanston. From 136 Houses to 1,028 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Evanston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Evanston?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Evanston:

  • Chicago Loop: 760 vacation rentals
  • Wrigleyville: 411 vacation rentals
  • Lincoln Park: 671 vacation rentals
  • River North: 500 vacation rentals
  • Magnificent Mile: 552 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Evanston?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Evanston. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Northwestern University: 1,645 vacation rentals
  • Evanston Central Street Station: 1,614 vacation rentals
  • Evanston Davis Street Station: 1,630 vacation rentals
  • Ryan Field: 1,601 vacation rentals
  • Grosse Point Lighthouse: 1,590 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Evanston listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Evanston?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 136 Houses in Evanston. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Evanston include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,028 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 14 rentals available
  • Studios: 858 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Evanston?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 113 vacation rentals with pool available in Evanston. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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