Evanston apartment review, 618 Hinman Ave

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618 Hinman is a 3-story, 25-unit vintage apartment building at 618 Hinman Ave in Evanston. It was built in 1915.

The apartments

618 Hinman has a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments. Floor plans are available online.

The apartments have hardwood floors, crown moldings and ceiling fans. Some of the apartments have sun rooms and decorative fireplaces flanked by built-in bookcases.

Kitchens have been updated and include dishwashers and gas ranges. Some of the apartments have space for an eat-in area in the kitchen.

The apartments have good separation between the public living area and the bedrooms. One of the floor plans has a formal dining room that works well as a family / TV room.

The apartments have radiator heat.

Amenities, services, policies

Like almost all vintage buildings, 618 Hinman has limited common-area amenities.

618 Hinman has a spacious rear yard shared by the apartments. The building has a laundry room, a bike room and resident storage lockers.

Cats are accepted; dogs aren’t. There is no on-site parking, but street parking is typically available.

The location

618 Hinman is near the southern border of Evanston on tree-lined, Hinman Ave. The predominantly residential location is close to public transportation but blocks from shopping and restaurants.

618 Hinman is about a mile-and-a-half south of the Northwestern University campus.

Shopping. 618 Hinman has comparatively poor proximity to grocery shopping.

Whole Foods is four blocks north on Chicago Ave and Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are a block further.

There’s a new Walgreens on Chicago Ave, a block from the building.

Main Street, two blocks north of 618 Hinman, serves up a quirky mix of retailers ranging from resale shops to handmade chocolates. Downtown Evanston shops are about a mile from 618 Hinman.

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is accessible by a bus route that stops a block from the building.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Residents of 618 Hinman have a few blocks’ hike to nearby dining and entertainment venues.

The Firehouse Grill, a block north on Chicago Ave, is the neighborhood go-to spot for burgers and a lot more.

Dollop Coffee and Hoosier Mama Pie Company share a space a block north on Chicago Ave.

Brothers K coffee house and Starbucks are two blocks north on Main St. Both have pleasant outdoor seating areas.

The Lucky Platter, on Main St, draws a crowd for comfort food and a great weekend brunch.

Siam Paragon, a local favorite for dine-in and takeout Thai food, and Lupita’s, a margarita mecca are a few of the additional options on Main St.

TimeOut Chicago’s Evanston City Guide recently ranked The Alcove, a few blocks north on Main St, as one of the best bars in Evanston.

Piccolo Theatre seats 50 for comedy plays at a space in the Main Street Metra Station.

Parks, recreation. The location does not have convenient access to public parks and outdoor recreation areas.

Evanston’s public beaches are about half a mile east of the building.

Transportation. Residents of 618 Hinman have good access to public transportation.

The CTA Purple Line stop at South Blvd is a block away from 618 Hinman.

Metra’s North Line stop at Main St is two blocks north.

Northwestern’s intercampus shuttle and the #205 CTA busstop a block from 618 Hinman.

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

There’s an Enterprise CarShare location two blocks north of the building on HInman. The nearest Zipcar car-sharing location is on Main St. 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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618 Hinman

Address 618 Hinman Ave
City Evanston
# of Units 24
Pets Cats only
Parking No on-site parking
Completed 1915
Management BJB Evanston
Website 618 Hinman

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