Evanston, residential city (1990 pop. 73,233), Cook co., NE Ill., on Lake Michigan; settled 1826, inc. 1892. A largely residential suburb north of Chicago, Evanston has businesses and manufactures goods such as books and published documents, paper, paint, chemicals, and medical supplies. It is also the national headquarters of many companies and organizations, including the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Rotary International, and various agencies of the United Methodist Church. Evanston is an education center; Northwestern Univ., the National College of Education, Kendall College, and two theological seminaries are there. Frances E. Willard lived in the city, and her home is a national landmark. The house of Vice President Charles G. Dawes seats the Evanston Historical Society.
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