Evanston Named One Of America's Coolest Suburbs By Travel And Leisure
For years, the suburbs were regarded as vast, generic wastelands. The architecture of the city was miles away, and there was the misconception that suburbanites considered the Olive Garden fine Italian dining.
But things have changed.
While people will always hate on the suburbs, those willing to exit the city limits for an afternoon know better. There are the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and historic Lake Theater in Oak Park, the (original) caramelized crust deep dish pizza at Burt's Place in Morton Grove and then there is Evanston.
The lakeside home of Northwestern University, Evanston has a lot going for it--and it apparently charmed the folks over at Travel + Leisure.
In the magazine's roundup of "Coolest Suburbs Worth A Visit," Travel + Leisure put Chicago's neighbors to the north near the top. From T+L:
. . . Evanston is a midwestern intellectual hub and a regional incubator for high-tech industries. Besides the gorgeous campus, Evanston is home to four miles of wide, sandy public beach along Lake Michigan. Along Dempster Street, a diverse sidewalk café scene has emerged along with small, specialized shops catering to the community's young, hip crowd.
Travel + Leisure said visitors should check out the Grosse Point Lighthouse, and dine at the Stained Glass Bistro. We suggest stopping by Vintage Vinyl, too.
Check out the other U.S. suburbs that made the cut here.