Downtown Evanston

Downtown Evanston, located about ten miles north of the Loop, underwent considerable transformation during the 1920s and 1930s. Previously the retail and entertainment core of a fairly detached suburb of Chicago, Evanston’s downtown area saw the construction and expansion of several department stores, theaters, and hotels. Such establishments increasingly catered to not just Evanstonians but also to Northwestern University students, north-side Chicagoans, and residents all along the North Shore.

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