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125 Apartments for rent in Evanston, IL

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Last updated April 26 at 7:37pm UTC
815 Forest Avenue
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 6:13pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
407 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 6:10pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
777 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 10:17am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1720 MAPLE Avenue
Downtown Evanston
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 9:48am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1000 Crain St
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 1:46am UTC
1 Bedroom
2541 PRAIRIE Avenue
Central Street
Evanston, IL
Updated April 25 at 5:26am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1616 Thelin Court
West Village
Evanston, IL
Updated April 25 at 2:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1715 Chicago Ave Apt 611
Downtown Evanston
Evanston, IL
Updated April 24 at 11:36am UTC
1715 Chicago Ave Apt 903
Downtown Evanston
Evanston, IL
Updated April 24 at 11:36am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1021 Dempster St
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 5:42pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
737 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 5:41pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
737 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 5:41pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
737 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 5:41pm UTC
1 Bedroom
632 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL
Updated April 26 at 5:36pm UTC
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Urban Suburban

Unlike many other Chicago suburbs, Evanston keeps some of that big-city atmosphere and unique character.

What to Expect: Because of its prominent history, Evanston is full of old houses and historic architecture, such as the old mansions that line parts of the lakefront. Like much of the Chicago area, what’s available for rent is a mix of funky vintage apartment buildings and more modern complexes, plus a little bit of everything in between. The majority of available apartments are updated units in older courtyard buildings and small complexes. Rental houses are not uncommon, but may be a little more difficult to come by.

Extra Fees: As with many places, an old apartment building with a steam radiator system will often come with heat included, which can sometimes help justify the hefty rental price tag on some of these places. Depending on the type of apartment you’re looking for, you may be able to find other utilities included, as well, but this isn’t common with houses.

Neighborhood Overview

Evanston has its share of smaller neighborhoods and areas that all vary in price and atmosphere from urban stacks of dwellings to cozy communities and abodes. Here’s a general overview of the sections of the city.

Downtown: While there are many commercial areas in Evanston with shopping, dining, parks and recreational activities, the downtown area is by far the largest. Downtown has some high-rise office and residential buildings as well, and a lot of the housing in the immediate downtown area is newer, or vintage and updated.

North: Neighborhoods begin to feel very suburban the further west you go, and the closer you get to the border with nearby Wilmette, the more the two will seem to blend together. It has a few smaller shopping and recreational areas.

South: Up and coming neighborhood with tree-lined streets.

East: The lakefront and surrounding areas on the far north and south sides have older, larger houses. Along the lakeshore there are many small parks and running paths, as well as beaches and such for the outdoorsy types. The southeastern portion of Evanston looks and feels a lot like the neighborhoods of Northern Chicago.

West: The west side of Evanston is considered a little more suburban than the rest of the city. It’s certainly more “neighborhoody”. The west side is nice and home-y, full of housing. The further west you go, the more the area feels like next door Skokie.

Tips & Tricks

Due to its ease of living and gorgeous scenery, Evanston is often nicknamed “Heavenston” by locals. Here are a few more fun facts and tips for those thinking about relocating to the City of Homes:

Sustainability One of Evanston’s big claims to fame lately is their efforts at creating a greener, more sustainable city. Through legislation and charity, its government and its institutions are currently working on numerous projects to lower their carbon emissions and preserve the lakefront. Evanston’s environmentally-friendly attitude is a large part of its appeal to some.

Public Transit: Much of the city’s growth and popularity is due to its proximity and accessibility to Chicago. The two are often synonymous at times.

By Train: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)’s purple line train runs regularly from Howard Street station, on the north edge of the city, making multiple stops in Evanston and terminating in southern Wilmette. Howard Street is the terminating point for the red line (which runs through most of the city of Chicago), as well as a few bus lines that run along the city, making for easy transfers. During rush hour in the morning and evening, the purple line runs express from Evanston to downtown Chicago.

By Bus: Evanston is served by multiple CTA and Pace (suburban transit) bus lines that go to and through the city.

By Foot: If you’d rather go au naturel, Evanston is also a very walkable place (depending on where you live and where you’re going, of course). It’s also very bike friendly, with many paths and lanes for our pedaled friends.

No matter who you talk to, everyone seems to agree that Evanston is a great place. So whether you’re looking to commute to Chicago for work, or just looking for an urban-feeling suburb with a lot of character, Evanston is definitely worth looking into.

Rent Report

April 2018 Evanston Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Evanston Rent Report. Evanston rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Evanston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Evanston rent trends were flat over the past month

Evanston rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased marginally by 0.9% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Evanston stand at $1,270 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,500 for a two-bedroom. Evanston's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.6%, but trails the national average of 2.0%.

Rents rising across the Chicago Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Evanston, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Chicago metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Elgin has seen rents fall by 0.5% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,170.
  • Aurora has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.3%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,300, while one-bedrooms go for $1,110.
  • Naperville has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,720; rents fell 0.2% over the past month but rose 1.6% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Evanston

As rents have increased marginally in Evanston, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Evanston is less affordable for renters.

  • Evanston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,500 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 0.9% increase in Evanston.
  • While Evanston's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Houston (+2.8%), Denver (+1.9%), and Columbus (+1.9%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Evanston than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Evanston is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Chicago $1,070 $1,260 0.2% 0.2%
Aurora $1,110 $1,300 0.3% 3.3%
Joliet $1,020 $1,200 -0.3% 1.5%
Naperville $1,460 $1,720 -0.2% 1.6%
Elgin $990 $1,170 -0.5% 0.8%
Arlington Heights $1,220 $1,440 0.1% -1.9%
Evanston $1,270 $1,500 0.4% 0.9%
Schaumburg $1,340 $1,580 -0.4% 2.0%
Bolingbrook $1,270 $1,490 -0.1% 1.6%
Palatine $1,130 $1,330 0.6% 2.1%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Evanston Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Evanston ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
A- Safety and crime rate
D Jobs and career opportunities
B Recreational activities
C+ Affordability
A+ Quality of schools
D Weather
B+ Commute time
D State and local taxes
B+ Public transit
B Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Evanston from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Evanston renters seem satisfied with their city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave a mix of below- and above-average scores.”

Key findings in Evanston include the following:

  • Evanston renters give their city an A+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Evanston was the quality of local schools, which received an A+ score.
  • Renters here also seem satisfied with safety (A-), commute times (B+), and access to public transit (B+).
  • Affordability and cost of living presents a slight concern for Evanston renters, who gave it a below-average score of C+.
  • One of the larger concerns for renters was Evanston’s local job and career opportunities (D).
  • Renter satisfaction in Evanston was right on par with Naperville, and was higher than nearby cities like Waukegan (C-) and Joliet (F).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.