Evanston apartment review, E2, 1890 Maple Ave

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E2 is a new 356-unit apartment complex at 1890 Maple Ave and 1881 Oak Ave in Evanston. The first residents moved into the 14- and 16-story towers in the spring of 2015.

The developer is a joint venture of Fifield Companies and Carroll Properties. McHugh Construction is the general contractor and FitzGerald Associates is the architecture firm. Morgante Wilson, an Evanston-based architecture firm, designed the building’s common areas.

E2 has been designed to LEED Silver standards.

The apartments

E2 has a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhomes.

Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info can be accessed online.

The apartments have 9-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, plank flooring and Bluetooth audio systems.

Kitchens have quartz countertops, glass tile backsplashes and a stainless steel appliance package.

Baths have quartz vanity tops, porcelain under-mount sinks and full-height ceramic tub surrounds.

Select units have balconies.

All of the apartments have in-unit washer / dryers.

Views. E2 is bordered by low- to mid-rise buildings.

Views vary by exposure and apartment height.

Amenities, services, policies

E2 has the most extensive common-area amenities in an Evanston apartment building.

E2-s sprawling, south-facing pool deck spans nearly an entire block.

The pool deck has gas grills, a variety of venues for social gatherings, and a fire pit to take the edge off the evening chill.

E2’s basketball court doubles as a volleyball court and a yoga studio.

E2 has a resident lounge with a fireplace, billiards and shuffleboard tables, a coffee bar and multiple seating areas.

The fitness room has cardio and strength-training equipment and is adjacent to the resident lounge and the pool deck.

There’s a business center with computers, printer and a conference room.

Additional amenities include a party room with a chef’s kitchen and adjacent dining room, a theater room with surround sound and a massage room.

E2 is pet-friendly and smoke-free. The building has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff. Garage parking is available on-site and there’s a bicycle storage area.

The location

E2 is at the edge of downtown Evanston, a short walk from shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public transportation.

E2 is two blocks from the start of the Northwestern University campus and within a 10-minute walk of many campus locations. E2 is just over a mile from Evanston Hospital.

Shopping. E2 has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

The nearest full-service grocery, Whole Foods, is just over half a mile east on Chicago Ave. The nearest Jewel-Osco is a mile away on Chicago Ave.

Evanston’s downtown farmers market, the best on Chicago’s North Shore, draws more than 50 vendors to a location a half-block from E2.

Downtown Evanston, a few short blocks south of E2, 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 E2.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance of E2.

Some of the locals contend that Buffalo Joe’s, a few blocks from E2, has the best wings in America.

You’ll almost always have a weekend wait for breakfast at Le Peep or its next-door neighbor Dixie Kitchen, a few blocks south of E2 on Church St.

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 E2 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.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is a few minutes’ walk from E2. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near E2.

Parks, recreation. The location is not convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas.

Evanston’s public beaches are just over a half-mile east of E2.

Transportation. E2 has good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is about a 5-minute walk from E2.

The CTA Purple Line stop at Davis St is just beyond the Metra stop.

Several Northwestern shuttles stop outside E2.

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

Enterprise has a car rental location near E2. 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.

E2 in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • New Evanston apartments slated for 2015 opening
  • E2 groundbreaking continues Evanston’s residential evolution
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    Address 1890 Maple Ave
    City Evanston
    # of Units 356
    Pets Pet-friendly, subject to limits
    Parking On-site garage parking
    Completed 2015
    Management Greystar
    Website E2

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