Evanston, Illinois, a city in Cook County. It is on the shore of Lake Michigan, immediately north of Chicago. Evanston is primarily a residential city and educational center, and has varied light manufacturing. Located here are the main campuses of Northwestern University and National-Louis University. Kendall College is also in Evanston. Numerous organizations, including Rotary International and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, have headquarters in Evanston. Among the city's interesting places are Grosse Point Lighthouse and the home, now a museum, of Charles G. Dawes, Vice President under Calvin Coolidge.
Evanston was laid out in 1853–54 around the newly founded Northwestern University. The community was named for John Evans, one of the founders of the university. Evanston was incorporated as a town in 1863 and as a city in 1892.