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153 Apartments for rent in Evanston, IL

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Last updated December 17 at 11:48am UTC
The Presidential
800 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL
Updated December 16 at 6:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
941 Chicago
941 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
Updated July 4 at 12:18am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
2321 Central
2321 Central Street
Evanston, IL
Updated July 5 at 7:06pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1410 Chicago
1410 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
Updated July 4 at 12:18am UTC
1 Bedroom
3 Bedrooms
1303 Maple
1303 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL
Updated July 4 at 12:18am UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
316 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1139 Oak 1W
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
1 Bedroom
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
1 Bedroom
1033 Dempster W1
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
810 SEWARD 201
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1128 Maple A3
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
1 Bedroom
828 Seward St
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
1 Bedroom
831 Forest
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 11:45am UTC
1 Bedroom
208 Madison
Evanston, IL
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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

December 2018 Evanston Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Evanston Rent Report. Evanston rents increased 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 rents increased slightly over the past month

Evanston rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Evanston stand at $1,300 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,530 for a two-bedroom. Evanston's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.7%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

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, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Palatine has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.3%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,360, while one-bedrooms go for $1,160.
  • Elgin has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,180; rents rose 0.6% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.
  • Naperville has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,760; rents were up 0.4% over the past month and 1.7% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Evanston

As rents have increased slightly in Evanston, 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 $1,530 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 1.6% rise in Evanston.
  • While Evanston's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Baltimore (-1.2%) and St. Louis (-0.3%).
  • 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 $1,080 $1,270 -0.0% 1.1%
Aurora $1,110 $1,310 0.8% 0.4%
Joliet $1,030 $1,210 0.6% 0.2%
Naperville $1,500 $1,760 0.4% 1.7%
Elgin $1,000 $1,180 0.6% 0.2%
Arlington Heights $1,240 $1,460 0.2% 1.1%
Evanston $1,300 $1,530 0.2% 1.6%
Schaumburg $1,380 $1,620 0.4% 2.0%
Palatine $1,160 $1,360 0.8% 2.3%
Des Plaines $1,040 $1,220 0.3% 1.1%
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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.