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Staying at Home in Evanston, Illinois

Updated on September 19, 2015
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Flo is a "professional student" with degrees in psychology and an associates in computer programming and operations.

My "Stay Cation" in Evanston, Illinois

I am in school and have been neglecting my rocket squid challenges recently but the one about the stay "cation" interested me. I just moved back to Evanston in November of 2013 after having been away for over a decade. I lived here during some of my working years but found it too expensive when I was trying to go to school for awhile. Now that I am officially retired and on social security retirement benefits and Medicare, I was able to afford renting a shared apartment. After living there for awhile, I found an SRO (single room occupancy) near Northwestern University. I would gladly take a "staycation" in Evanston regardless of the time of the year or the condition of the weather. From walking and biking in the spring and summer to walking and shuffling through the leaves in the fall and the snow in the winter, I could make a trip out every day and see something new and interesting. (All pictures in the lens were either taken by me or given to me.)

A Neighborhood Walk

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A neighborhood park with a fire engine.Summer FlowersNorthwestern Gym Icon
A neighborhood park with a fire engine.
A neighborhood park with a fire engine. | Source
Summer Flowers
Summer Flowers | Source
Northwestern Gym Icon
Northwestern Gym Icon | Source
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Bike path in Evanston
Bike path in Evanston

The Bike Paths

Cycling through the Suburb

Evanston is a bike friendly town. There are two bike paths in Evanston, and bike lanes are marked off on several streets. The bike path by the lake starts at the rocks near clark square, and ends at Northwestern University. To get to the bike bath near Clark Square you can ride along the lake front on Sheridan road on the sidewalk with the lake on one side and the graveyard on the other. It is a fun ride. The picture to the right shows the bike path proper that begins in Evanston at Clark Square rocks.

Maps and Books about Evanston at Amazon - Cycling through the suburbs at Amazon

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helene

Winter in Evanston

Seasons are the seasonings of Evanston!

Evanston has a variety of weather - from stormy to snowy to rainy! To the left is a picture of my friend Helene outside her apartment on Chicago Avenue in Evanston on New Year's Day 2014. It was a very snowy new year's day! What is normally walking distance becomes shuffling distance. Believe me that a lot more calories are used slogging through snow!

Viaduct
Viaduct

Fall in Evanston

Once upon a dreary!

To the left is the viaduct that hangs over the sidewalk entrance to the street I live on. The street can not be entered from Chicago Avenue by car for some strange reason. I walk through there going and coming from the Howard el station where I can catch buses and trains to many nearby locations.

Summer time in Evanston - Street festivals Galore!

In the summer time there are street festivals galore. There is the Custer Street Fair, Taste of Evanston, etc. The Rose Garden near the corner of Oak and Grove is in full bloom. Walking is popular in the early morning and late afternoons. The above picture was taken of me at a Memorial Service for my friend Bernard, who used to take me on walks in Evanston. He died at the age of 86, and we thought the Rose Garden was the best place for his service. He used to love to go there and always had a story about it such as the Hare people selling the roses or events he had attended at the Catholic Church, Saint Mary's, across the way.

My pictures of Evanston - Through the seasons!

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This is a picture of the Ort on Chicago Avenue in Evanston.A picture of the storefront of Chicago Rare Books in Evanston.Storefront of the Classy Closet in Evanston on Washington and Custer!A picture of a flowering tree on a bike trip in Evanston near clark square.Winter time picture!My friend Mike visiting me in my Evanston apartment.My first Christmas back in Evanston after a long hiatus!This is a picture taken of me in an Evanston pharmacy right after a close shave.This picture was taken a few years back at an Osco Drugs.  It is now the site of a Barnes and Nobles.  This is my friend Helene in the picture.This is a picture of the Book Den on Chicago Avenue in Evanston.This is a shot of the condo where I am staying with my room mate.A pause in a bike ride by the rocks at Lake Michigan in Evanston yesterday.A scenic view of the Lake from my bike ride yesterday in Evanston.Spring time flowers in Evanston.Tai Autobody is alive and well in Evanston, IL.Evanston Properties Sign - a good place to lock my bike!A bike that bears a strange resemblance to a bike I had stolen at St. Francis hospital a couple of years ago. It has been tagged for pickup.  Karma.I saw this cool house on a recent Evanston walk.  It looks like an earth goddess hanging from the porch.
This is a picture of the Ort on Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
This is a picture of the Ort on Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
A picture of the storefront of Chicago Rare Books in Evanston.
A picture of the storefront of Chicago Rare Books in Evanston.
Storefront of the Classy Closet in Evanston on Washington and Custer!
Storefront of the Classy Closet in Evanston on Washington and Custer!
A picture of a flowering tree on a bike trip in Evanston near clark square.
A picture of a flowering tree on a bike trip in Evanston near clark square.
Winter time picture!
Winter time picture!
My friend Mike visiting me in my Evanston apartment.
My friend Mike visiting me in my Evanston apartment.
My first Christmas back in Evanston after a long hiatus!
My first Christmas back in Evanston after a long hiatus!
This is a picture taken of me in an Evanston pharmacy right after a close shave.
This is a picture taken of me in an Evanston pharmacy right after a close shave.
This picture was taken a few years back at an Osco Drugs.  It is now the site of a Barnes and Nobles.  This is my friend Helene in the picture.
This picture was taken a few years back at an Osco Drugs. It is now the site of a Barnes and Nobles. This is my friend Helene in the picture.
This is a picture of the Book Den on Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
This is a picture of the Book Den on Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
This is a shot of the condo where I am staying with my room mate.
This is a shot of the condo where I am staying with my room mate.
A pause in a bike ride by the rocks at Lake Michigan in Evanston yesterday.
A pause in a bike ride by the rocks at Lake Michigan in Evanston yesterday.
A scenic view of the Lake from my bike ride yesterday in Evanston.
A scenic view of the Lake from my bike ride yesterday in Evanston.
Spring time flowers in Evanston.
Spring time flowers in Evanston.
Tai Autobody is alive and well in Evanston, IL.
Tai Autobody is alive and well in Evanston, IL.
Evanston Properties Sign - a good place to lock my bike!
Evanston Properties Sign - a good place to lock my bike!
A bike that bears a strange resemblance to a bike I had stolen at St. Francis hospital a couple of years ago. It has been tagged for pickup.  Karma.
A bike that bears a strange resemblance to a bike I had stolen at St. Francis hospital a couple of years ago. It has been tagged for pickup. Karma.
I saw this cool house on a recent Evanston walk.  It looks like an earth goddess hanging from the porch.
I saw this cool house on a recent Evanston walk. It looks like an earth goddess hanging from the porch. | Source

Northwestern University

Northwestern University has a beautiful campus on the Michigan Lakefront. The University blends into downtown Evanston. Their library is open to the public during business hours. Their students volunteer at a number of charitable organizations in the Evanston area. Since a university does not pay taxes, there is sometimes differences of opinion between them and the "townies" but I for one am appreciative of their influence on Evanston.

Northwestern University Selfies

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Park in downtown Evanston, Illinois at the edge of Northwestern University.A shot taken when I visited the Northwestern University library in Evanston, IL.A selfie I took at a Northwestern University Building near the Evanston public library.
Park in downtown Evanston, Illinois at the edge of Northwestern University.
Park in downtown Evanston, Illinois at the edge of Northwestern University. | Source
A shot taken when I visited the Northwestern University library in Evanston, IL.
A shot taken when I visited the Northwestern University library in Evanston, IL. | Source
A selfie I took at a Northwestern University Building near the Evanston public library.
A selfie I took at a Northwestern University Building near the Evanston public library. | Source
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Northwestern University

Activism in Evanston

Evanston is a liberal town that supports many civil rights issues. It has a very diverse population, and there is a lot of community service work done here. We have a local Pioneer Press newspaper "The Evanston Review" as well as "The Roundtable" that caters to the opinions of people living in south Evanston. We also have "The Daily Northwestern" published by the students at Northwestern University. Evanston is a literate and educated town.

Activism in Evanston

Just Chillin'

Sometimes when I stay at home in Evanston, I am just "chillin'." For example, I just moved to a new apartment and in this picture I am drying my towels after a shower. Life in the slow lane.

My new Foster Home.

Just chillin' at my new Foster home.
Just chillin' at my new Foster home. | Source

Foster El

I live right by the Foster El, a few blocks from the Evanston Northwestern campus. I can use the el to travel to other hotspots in Evanston or use it to travel south to Chicago and north to Wilmette. In the selfie I am waiting for the train.

Life in the slow lane at the Foster el....

Would you like to stay at home if you lived in Evanston? - A stay cation?

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    • Flora Crew profile imageAUTHOR

      Flora Crew 

      4 years ago from Evanston, Illinois

      @monkette: Hi Monkette, I wish you didn't live so far. I would love to have you visit me more often. Thanks for your comment..

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      monkette 

      4 years ago

      Nice lens. Glad to hear you're back in Evanston. Only time I used to go to Evanston was to visit you and it always seemed like a mid western safe homey town. Yes, it is a great place to live. Like the photo gallery very much.

    • Flora Crew profile imageAUTHOR

      Flora Crew 

      4 years ago from Evanston, Illinois

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan! I appreciate your support.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love staycations and Evanston seems to have plenty of places to enjoy and explore. Thanks for the tour!

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