A Day in Evanston Illinois
Just north of Chicago, Illinois, is where the magnificent and wealthy suburbs bordering Lake Michigan can be found. The North Shore, as what these collective suburbs are fondly called, showcases breathtaking and snapshot-worthy attractions. One of the most interesting suburbs is the great Evanston.
Before heading over to Evanston, drop by at the beautiful Wilmette where the sacred Bahá’í House of Worship is located. If you are travelling from Chicago, ride the CTA Purple Line that will take you from Howard Station to Linden Station in Wilmette. A 1-day unlimited CTA Pass is available for $10 however, if you prefer to pay the standard rate for each trip, the full fare is $2.25.
From Linden Station, head east toward 130 Linden Avenue. You will reach the notable sanctuary in just an 8-minute walk. The Bahá’í House of Worship has a magnificent architecture. Designed by French Canadian architect Louis Bourgeois, the temple’s intricate details were inspired by the essential unity of mankind, faith, and God. Bahá’í House of Worship’s principle of unity in diversity is portrayed in the nine spherical gardens that serve as outdoor space for prayer. Aside from having a circular fountain, each garden has various floras which make the place very appealing. The temple is open every day from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM.
Before catching another ride at the Linden Station, dine at one of North Shore’s finest restaurant- JP’s Pizza & Grill– which is only a couple of steps away from the terminal. Whether you’re craving for a full delectable meal or just savor the coziness of the place with a beer in hand, JP’s Pizza & Grill is a place that you shouldn’t miss. Their Chicken Wings is definitely a must-try. You can have it in five different flavors – Plain, Mild, BBQ, Buffalo and Thai. It costs $6 for a 5-piece meal and $10 for a 10-piece.
The next attraction to visit is Grosse Point Lighthouse. To get there, ride the train and get off at Central Station. Just walk down Central Street until you reach the end which is Sheridan Road where the site is. The Grosse Point Lighthouse is an interesting place to enjoy a scenic view. The quaint structure and foliage create a warm ambience. Access to the light tower is on a first come basis. Only twelve persons are permitted on each tour; children who are under eight years of age are not allowed. There’s a $6 fee for adults and $3 for children aged 8 to 12. After a tour at the tower, enjoy a private moment at the beach while admiring the beauty of Lake Michigan.
Take a leisure walk at the prestigious Northwestern University. Just near Grosse Point Lighthouse, the campus is known for its topnotch education and striking atmosphere. The lush green environment meshed with intricate-designed buildings creates an impressive scene. Some of the beautiful structures in the campus are the University Hall and the Deering Library.
Head over to Charles Gates Dawes House for more stunning architecture. Considered as a National Historic Landmark, the lakefront mansion was once home to the 30th U.S. Vice President and 1925 Nobel Peace Prize recipient – Charles Gates Dawes. The Chateauesque-style house was preserved to its original form. The designs of each room are really fascinating. There’s an admission fee of $10 for a docent-led tour.
End your journey by relishing the sight of Evanston’s lovely neighborhood. Walk down the tree-lined streets while feasting your eyes on the castle-like houses and indulging in the luxurious vintage vibe.