Evanston apartment review, 2121 Ridge, 2121 Ridge Ave

2121 Ridge is a 3-story, 30-unit vintage courtyard apartment building at 2121 Ridge Ave in Evanston.

2121 Ridge was built in 1924.

The apartments

2121 Ridge has a mix of 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, all with a single bath..

Floor plans are available online. As of late-December 2014 2-bedrooms rented from $1,745 and 3-bedrooms from $2,595. Heat and cooking gas are included in the rent.

The apartments have hardwood floors, bay windows, crown moldings and ceiling fans.

Kitchens have gas ranges, dishwashers, built-in microwaves and 42-inch cabinets.

Baths have been updated. The apartments typically have good closet space and bedrooms spacious enough to accommodate large furniture.

Amenities, services, policies

Like most vintage buildings, 2121 Ridge has limited common-area amenities.


The building has a fitness room with cardio and strength-training equipment. The fitness room is adjacent to the laundry room.

There are indoor and outdoor bicycle storage areas and resident storage lockers.

2121 Ridge accepts cats but not dogs.

The location

2121 Ridge is in a predominantly residential area in the northern part of Evanston.

The location is about a half-mile north of downtown Evanston, a half-mile west of the Northwestern University campus, and a half-mile south of Evanston Hospital.

Shopping. 2121 Ridge has relatively poor pedestrian proximity to retail shops and major grocery stores.

The nearest full-service grocery, Whole Foods, is about a mile southeast on Chicago Ave. The nearest pharmacy, a Walgreens, is 3 blocks west on Green Bay Rd.

The compact D&D Finer Foods, a block north on Noyes, is a convenient option for light grocery shopping.

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 just under four miles west of 2121 Ridge.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. 2121 Ridge is not a walk-to-nightlife location, but it does have a number of reasonably-priced, return-to-often dining options nearby.


2121 is a short walk from Al’s Deli, Coffee Lab, D&D Dogs, Rollin To Go and Mandarin House.

Noyes Street Café immodestly aims to offer “exquisite food and impeccable service to create the perfect dining experience.”

2121 Ridge is just over a block from the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, which hosts a variety of music, theater and visual arts programs.

Parks, recreation. The location has convenient access to public parks and outdoor recreation areas.

Ingraham Park is across the street from the building, just behind the Morton Civic Center, home to Evanston’s city government offices.

Fireman’s Park, a block east of the building, honors Evanston firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Chandler-Newberger Center, a few blocks north of the building, has basketball and racquetball courts and there are tennis courts and ball fields in the adjacent park.

The Canal Shores golf course is several blocks from 2121 Ridge.

Evanston’s public beaches are about three-quarters of a mile east of 2121 Ridge.

Transportation. 2121 Ridge has good access to public transportation.

2121 Ridge is almost equidistant from the CTA Purple Line stops at Foster and at Noyes.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is about a 15-minute walk from 2121 Ridge.

Several Northwestern shuttles stop on Ridge near the building.

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

Enterprise CarShare is nearby at the CTA Noyes stop. 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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2121 Ridge

Address 2121 Ridge Ave
City Evanston
# of Units 30
Pets Cats only
Parking No on-site parking
Completed 1924
Management BJB Evanston
Website 2121 Ridge

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