Evanston apartment review, Park Evanston, 1630 Chicago Ave

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Park Evanston is a 24-story, 283-unit contemporary apartment building at 1630 Chicago Ave in Evanston.

Park Evanston is part of a mixed-use complex whose ground-level retail tenants include Whole Foods.

Park Evanston was designed by Harry Weese Associates. It ended a 20-year drought of high-rise construction in Evanston when it opened in 1997. It is still the tallest apartment building in the city.

The apartments

Park Evanston has a mix of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online. In late-December 2014 rents started at $1,707 for studios, $2,136 for 1-bedrooms, $2,232 for 1-bedroom plus dens, $2,596 for 2-bedrooms and $3,483 for 3-bedrooms.

One-bedroom plus den apartments have 1 ½ baths. Two-bedrooms have 1, 2 or 2 1/2 baths and 3-bedrooms have 2 ½ baths.

The apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows and space-expanding bays. Finishes vary depending on updates. Some apartments have in-unit washer / dryers. There are no balconies.

Kitchens are all-electric and have dishwashers and microwaves.

Amenities, services, policies

Park Evanston has a full suite of amenities.

The building has a rooftop pool and sundeck, and a fitness room. The building’s website describes the pool as “Olympic-Size” but your description is likely to differ.

The building has a business center with a conference room, a party room with kitchen and furnished suites to accommodate overnight guests. There’s also a laundry room, a bike storage room and resident storage areas.

Garage parking is available on-site. Pets are welcome, subject to limits.

Park Evanston has on-site management, leasing and maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff.

The location

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

Park Evanston is about a quarter-mile from the Northwestern University campus.

Shopping. Park Evanston has excellent proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

Whole Foods is one door north of Park Evanston .

Sea Ranch Fish Market is four blocks south of Park Evanston 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.

Park Evanston residents might not make it past Envy and Gigi, which are just around the corner.

Residents of Park Evanston 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 Park Evanston – and an impressive roster of choices within a block of the building.

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

There’s an abundance and variety of restaurants within a block of Park Evanston, including Tapas Barcelona, Giordano’s, Davis Street Fishmarket, Joy Yee Noodle, Todoroki and Patisserie Coralie, to name a few.

Wine aficionados look forward to the twice-weekly tastings at Vinic Wine, a block south of Park Evanston.

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 Park Evanston 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 Park Evanston.

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

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

Raymond Park, a block south of the building, has greenery and benches and not much more.

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

Transportation. Residents of Park Evanston have good access to public transportation.

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

Several Northwestern shuttles stop near Park Evanston. The #201 and #205 CTA bus routes stop steps from 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

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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Park Evanston

Address 1630 Chicago Ave
City Evanston
# of Units 283
Pets Pet-friendly, subject to limits
Parking On-site garage
Completed 1997
Management Lincoln Property
Website Park Evanston

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