About Evanston

Founded in 1892, the city of Evanston is the closest north suburb of Chicago. Did you know…?

  • The first NCAA championship final was held at Northwestern University in 1939.
  • Evanston is the international headquarters of Rotary International.
  • Evanston is the birthplace of actors John & Joan Cusack, Charlton Heston, and Seth Meyers, EDM artist Kaskade, musician Eddie Vedder, and journalist Charlie Gibson.
  • The classic comedy film “16 Candles” was filmed in Evanston, IL.
  • Graduates of Northwestern University include retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, comedian Stephen Colbert, and actors David Schwimmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Reed (Brady Bunch),Tony Randall, and Warren Beatty.