Like the Lake Michigan shores to the east, Evanston’s diverse arts community is vast and sustaining. From the home of Rotary International, a 1.2 million-member non-profit organization inspiring millions to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems, to the many ideas, programs, projects and events offered daily, this north-shore community is indeed a sparkling gem on the water.
Living in Evanston, ranked one of ‘America’s Best Cities to Live’, the comforts and conveniences lending themselves to an inspiring life are everywhere you look. You don’t have to travel far to realize the storied history of Evanston’s origin, or the famous faces that have help put it on the map. Just 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, Evanston has forged its own identity amidst the shadow of the big city to the south. It is a resolute and steadfast community, and has been since Edward and Rebecca Mulford purchased land along an old Native American trail known as “The Ridge” in 1836.
The Mulfords built the 10-Mile House, which served as a tavern for travelers and a community center (post office, meeting house, church and school). Today, this establishment still stands as a social and economic center, a true testament to Evanston’s focus on arts and culture, advocacy, business and economic development, and collaboration.
Evanston boasts one of the largest and most diverse arts communities in the state of Illinois. Not only are the arts and artists celebrated often, but also there are abundant opportunities to get involved. In fact, this past December, a documentary focusing on the arts in Evanston was nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Cultural.
The Arts in Evanston is a documentary highlighting 24 local artists and focuses on the importance of the arts in creating a livable city. This nomination is just another example of the strong commitment to the arts and community in Evanston.
From life long learning possibilities, an emphasis on fitness and wellness, live entertainment and special events, to the pursuit of new hobbies, The Merion shares a grand sense of community and love for the arts. Additionally, its’ proximity to downtown Evanston’s retail and restaurant hub, Northwestern campus, Osher Life Long Learning Center, Lake Michigan beaches and lush parks makes it the ideal epicenter for a lifestyle of aging well.