Evanston apartment review, 1500 Chicago Ave

1500 Chicago is an 8-story, 168-unit contemporary apartment building at 1500 Chicago Ave in Evanston. The building was completed in 1961.

The apartments

1500 Chicago has a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Two-bedrooms have either 1 or 2 baths. Floor plans are not available online.

In late-December 2014 rents started at $985 for 460 square foot studios, $1,325 for 860 square foot 1-bedrooms and $1,800 for 1,000 square foot 2-bedrooms. Rents are higher for units with updated kitchens

The apartments have wall-to-wall windows and good closet space. Heat is included in the rent. Air-conditioning is via through-the-wall units.

Amenities, services, policies

Like most buildings of its era, 1500 Chicago has limited amenities. There’s a rooftop sundeck and resident storage lockers. Covered and uncovered parking are available on-site.

Cats and dogs (except for service animals) are not accepted.

The location

1500 Chicago is in an attractive downtown location close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation and Lake Michigan parks.

1500 Chicago is four blocks from the Northwestern University campus.

Shopping. 1500 Chicago has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

Whole Foods is a block north of 1500 Chicago.

Sea Ranch Fish Market is three blocks south of 1500 Chicago and Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are a block further.


Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand national retailers.

Residents of 1500 Chicago who are setting up their first apartment will find much of what they need at Lemoi Ace Hardware and Affordable Portables a few blocks from the building.

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 1500 Chicago.


If highly-caffeinated is your preferred state of being, you won’t have to go far to maintain it. Peet’s and Kafein are on the next block north, and Other Brothers and Starbucks are nearby.


There’s an abundance and variety of restaurants near 1500 Chicago, including Addis Abeba, Giordano’s, Edzo’s, Trattoria Demi and Tapas Barcelona, to name just a few.

Wine aficionados look forward to the twice-weekly tastings at Vinic Wine, across the street from 1500 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 1500 Chicago to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.


You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s within a few blocks of 1500 Chicago.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is a few blocks from 1500 Chicago. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1500 Chicago
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Parks, recreation. The location is reasonably convenient to public parks and outdoor recreation areas.

Raymond Park, across the street from the building, has greenery and benches and not much more.

Evanston’s public beaches are four blocks east of the building.

Transportation. Residents of 1500 Chicago have good access to public transportation.


The CTA Purple Line stop at Davis St is two blocks northwest of the building and Metra’s North Line is just past the CTA stop

Several Northwestern shuttles and the #201 and #205 CTA bus routes stop near the building.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

Both Enterprise and Zipcar have a car sharing location several blocks from the building. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Evanston apartments.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

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1500 Chicago

Address 1500 Chicago Ave
City Evanston
# of Units 168
Pets No pets except for service animals
Parking Surface and covered parking on-site
Completed 1961
Website 1500 Chicago

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