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The Chicago Drivers Guide to Rideshare Street Smarts: Follow the Money/The Lake's Edge-Evanston

Updated on May 17, 2019
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I drive people to their destinations in my drive to my destiny.


Lake Michigan is the dominant feature on Chicago's landscape. In fact, it is key to Chicago life and has played a big part in the city's history. Today, seven of the "Prime Place 10" locations lie next to it. Evanston's Northwestern University campus ,(pictured) is included among the iconic locales for which it provides a beach front.

The best locations for rideshare revenue gathering in Chicago have an abundance of certain traits. I refer to such traits as "go to qualities" because these qualities contribute to making a place profitable for the Chicago driverpreneur. (driver-entrepreneur) The lake front is full of "go to" potential.

Go to Qualifiers

Off Peak Hour Options
Business is good between a.m. and p.m. rush hours
Rush request during non rush hours.
Many and the Money
A good combination of quantity (many) and quality (money) trips.
Several "'round the block hops" followed by big distance big $ trip.

The Prime Place 10

1 Bucktown

2 Evanston

3 Hyde Park

4 Lakeview

5 Lincoln Park

6 Loop (the)

7 River North

8 South Loop

9 Streeterville

10 Wicker Park

More GTQ's

Red Hot Rideshare Zone
Places that attract riders
Norhwestern U campus
Happenin Housing
A residential or hotel property that is a rider magnet
The Orrington Hilton


Evanston combines the best of big city allure with small town charm. Northwestern University students supply big numbers of request. The remainder of the town people pitch in with even more request. Together they make this lake shore gem good for business. As such, the soft spot in my heart for Evanston is not simply due to fond memories of having once lived there.

Downtown Evanston
Downtown Evanston | Source

Rider Street Smarts Tip

right car, right driver, right result

Car- The riders' app list the make/model, color of car and license plate number

Driver-The app also includes the driver's name and a picture of him/her.

Result- Riders who look at this information get what they want: the safe ride in the safe car from the safe driver that they're supposed to get. Happy riding!

Evanston GTQ's in the spotlight

Red Hot Rideshare Magnet Zones

Arguably, the whole city can be considered a rideshare magnet zone. However, the part of Northwestern's campus that faces Sheridan Road stands out. I have received pickup request from here while miles away from that area. The downtown is also a productive place for driverpreneurs.

Off Peak Hour Options

Evanston doesn't maintain the night time vibe akin to the Wicker Parks and River Norths of the rideshare world. As a result, I don't go there at night unless I happen to take passengers that way. However, what it doesn't offer at night is more than made up for with a brisk off peak afternoon business. It provides lucrative airport runs and Loop destinations during this time. The superburb may well be the best place outside of the Loop between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.

Many and the Money

Often, I've experienced driving a few short trips are followed by a big $ trip.The town's off peak hour prowess contributes to its ability to provide many and money revenues.

Happenin Housing

One particular downtown apartment building has provided mucho quantity of airport runs. I estimate that this building has provided more such opportunities than many entire Chicago neighborhoods. And, it's not the only place like that.

Class of the Coast

The lake supplies ample rideshare locales. Evanston is one of many such places. And, for Chicago's driverpreneurs, it's a good one.

© 2019 James C Moore


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    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Comment is noted.

    • justthemessenger profile imageAUTHOR

      James C Moore 

      4 weeks ago from The Great Midwest


      I now feel compelled to provide safety tips given Samantha Josephson's tragic death. She is the South Carolina college student who entered into what she thought was her Uber car. People have often jumped into my cab without checking first. Be careful with rideshares. Happy riding!

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, James, I greatly appreciated your comments. Have a nice weekend, and thanks.

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      4 weeks ago from USA

      I like that you included safety tips.

    • justthemessenger profile imageAUTHOR

      James C Moore 

      4 weeks ago from The Great Midwest

      Ride sharing is now the on demand way of traveling. I expect this will last both as a business model and a means to get around. Thank you for your visit and comment.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Nice article with beautiful photos. Unfortunately, I am a Nigerian resident in Nigeria, my country. Certainly, worth giving it a try if I am abroad. Many thanks for sharing.


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