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Old 02-28-2007, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Evanston
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My wife, soon-to-be four kids and I are contemplating a move to Evanston from downtown. It seems to me that, more so than other suburbs, Evanston is made up of smaller neighborhoods - northeast Evanston differs from northwest Evanston which differs from central, west, or south Evanston.

Besides the obvious stuff I can get from a map (northeast Evanston is close to the lake; Central Evanston is close to downtown; northwest Evanston is close to Metra), I am looking for more insight on the neighborhood "feel". Are the various schools really different? Does diversity decline dramatically from south to north? What about crime? Does north Evanston still feel "urban"? For those that know Evanston, where would you recommend for a family of 6 with four kids under the age of 7?

We could probably afford up to about $1M for a house, so I'm hopeful we could find something decent in most parts of town.
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Hollywood/Brookfield, IL
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A few days ago someone made a very long post describing Evanston's neighborhoods, in this thread: Raising thinking children in the Chicago burbs?
Just by looking at the racial makeup of the schools, the west side seems to be a lot less diverse than the south side. Also, the schools on the south side don't perform as well as the others. Things may have changed since I lived in Evanston almost fifteen years ago, but I always thought the area around Lake & Asbury was nice for families.
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Evanston
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Thanks. That was a helpful link, but NE and NW Evanston is omitted from discussion. Any insights on those parts of town is appreciated. How's Orrington School?
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Hollywood/Brookfield, IL
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Orrington School is the second least diverse and the third best performing - a decent school I would say. NE Evanston looks a lot like neighboring Wilmette, which is definitely less urban. I don't think I've ever been to the NW part of Evanston, so hopefully someone who has can give you more insight on that.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Evanston
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What's the best school for combining diversity and performance? (I'm looking for the diversity I didn't get going to Highlands Jr. High and LT - class of '90 )
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Hollywood/Brookfield, IL
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That would have to be Dewey School. It's slightly more diverse than Orrington (51.6% white vs. 55.7% at Orrington) and the second best performing. (I have to agree, I wasn't exposed to much diversity at McClure JH or LT either - class of '87 here. )
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Old 02-28-2007, 02:24 PM
 
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The extreme NW seems more like a neighboring Skokie. As you progress south it begins to feel a bit more like an uptown sidestreet.
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