Evanston, Chicago's neighbor to the north, is home to Northwestern University. Offering a small city feel, the university's presence offers many cultural and Big 10 sporting opportunities not usually found in the suburbs. Evanston also boasts one of the finest beaches on the north shore offering sailing, swimming, and quiet sunbathing opportunities. The sand is well maintained and restrooms, picnic areas, and food options are available. Park areas are home to several art and craft fairs throughout the summer as well as public golf courses and a farmers market. We love Evanston because of its proximity to Chicago (only a 10 - 30 minute drive), its many shopping and restaurant choices, great beach, and excellent public transportation which includes several stops serviced by the CTA's bus and train lines.