I have personally lived in Evanston fro the past 15 years and have been a Realtor for the past 8. I usually say that while you are having a beer at a local pub, you can have a Europen student to your left and a world reknown professor to your right and have a very stimulating conversation with both.
Quality of life is what you make it - but I am confident that Evanston is one of those places where everyine can find something for themselves - whether you like biking, jogging or boating, having fantastic suhi at the downtown Evanston restaurant, or watching independent or European movies at the Cine Arts here. You may choose to live close to the lake, or farther North in a family oriented neighbirhood with tree lined streets or be a part of a vibrant and condensed downtown with the new construction high rises - you name it it's here.
To commute to the city you may either choose to get to the highway (10-15 minute drive just to get to the ramp...), take big train Metra, elevated L, or jump on Lake Shore Drive and be on Michigan Avenue in 25 minutes (not rush hour).
Hope you will find the answers helpful. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
Ivona McCormick, Realtor
Prudential Preferred Properties
1600 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
We have a lot of great properties on the market, the commute to downtown is 45 minutes... and I don't honestly know the availability of jobs.
If you have a specific question, I'll be very happy to try to answer. Evanston is a great place to live, I've lived here for over 37 years.