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1420 Chicago is an 8-story, 28-unit contemporary apartment building at 1420 Chicago Ave in Evanston.
1420 Chicago was built in 1962 and has been recently remodeled. Locals call it “the blue building” for reasons that are readily apparent.
1420 Chicago has a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. Two- and 3-bedroom apartments have two baths. Floor plans are available online. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,295 to $2,675 depending on apartment size.
The building has only four units per floor. The apartments have bright, spacious living rooms with hardwood floors and wall-to-wall windows.
Updated kitchens have good counter space, gas ranges and dishwashers.
Two- and three-bedroom units have two updated baths.
Bedrooms have hardwood floors and are large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. The apartments have good closet space.
The apartments have baseboard heat and through-the-wall air-conditioning units
Amenities, services, policies
1420 Chicago has limited amenities, but more than you’ll find in most buildings of its size.
The building has a fitness room and a laundry room.
There’s a bicycle storage room with direct access to the outside.
Parking is available on-site. Cats are welcome, dogs aren’t.
1420 Chicago is in a solid edge-of-downtown location. The building is close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation and Lake Michigan parks.
1420 Chicago is about a half-mile from the Northwestern University campus.
Shopping. 1420 Chicago has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.
Whole Foods, the nearest full-service grocery, is two blocks north on Chicago Ave.
Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..
The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is accessible by a bus route that stops just outside the building.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within a few blocks of 1420 Chicago.
Wine aficionados look forward to the twice-weekly tastings at Vinic Wine, less than a block south of 1420 Chicago.
Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.
As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near 1420 Chicago to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.
A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1420 Chicago
Parks, recreation. The location is reasonably convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas.
Raymond Park, a few doors north of the building, has greenery and benches and not much more.
Evanston’s public beaches are less than half a mile east of the building.
Transportation. Residents of 1420 Chicago have good access to public transportation.
All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Evanston apartments.
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