When to Visit Evanston, IL
The weather in Evanston is best in summer, and there are plenty of fun events. However, hotel prices are usually higher because the city has more visitors on vacation and for business events. If you're not visiting for a special event, try to see Evanston in spring or fall, when the weather is still nice but hotel rates are lower. Here are some of the events you can experience in summer.
The Custer Fair in June hosts over 300 local and regional artists, craftspeople, and vendors. Over 30 additional food vendors offer a full international menu with old favorites and new cuisine. You can also enjoy performances on three stages. The Festival Stage features some of the area's jazz legends, the Arena Stage shows theater, music, and novelty performers, and kids can get free balloon sculptures and face painting in Eiden Park on Washington Avenue.
The Chicago Food Truck Festival near Evanston is also in June. It has over 50 gourmet food trucks, games, live music, drinks, and more. The annual Brew To Be Wild tasting event at the Lincoln Park Zoo lets people who buy a tasting pass try over 75 specialty brews from more than 35 local and regional breweries. Visitors can also enjoy food, music, and lawn games. The Evanston History Center hosts its annual ice cream social in July, with free tours of the Dawes House, live music, ice cream, a magic show, and face painting for kids. You can even bring your children to the My Little Pony Fair and Convention that's also in July.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Evanston, IL:
Averate Rates by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs displaying average nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Evanston, IL. Analyze these charts to calculate the best dates to book in Evanston during the year.
Luxury Hotel Options in Evanston, IL
4 Star Average Prices: $126.05
Evanston, Illinois, also has several luxury hotels with great amenities. The Hyatt Rosemont near O'Hare is close to the airport, only a few minutes from Rivers Casino, and near the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and Allstate Arena. The rooms have refrigerators, desks, safes big enough for your laptop, complimentary wired and wireless internet access, game consoles, and premium TV channels. The bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. There's also room service, a 24-hour front desk, a 24-hour fitness center, a 24-hour business center, a coffee shop, a bar and restaurant, a gift shop, free newspapers in the lobby, over 17,000 square feet of conference space, wedding services, and laundry or dry cleaning service. A full breakfast is available for a fee.
Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel is also near the airport and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. This hotel is very close to Rosemont Theatre and lots of fun shopping at Fashion Outlets of Chicago. The rooms feature refrigerators, cable flat-screen TVs, pillowtop beds, and sofa beds. Internet access is available for an extra fee. The private bathrooms have showers, deep soaking bathtubs, and complimentary toiletries. Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites also has an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, a gift shop, a coffee shop, a bar, a restaurant, fitness and laundry, free newspapers, a business center, and a complimentary airport shuttle. The front desk is also open 24 hours with multilingual staff, and the hotel has almost 15,000 square feet of conference space for weddings and other events. This hotel's luxurious modern decor is perfect for a romantic getaway or a business meeting.
Lower Cost Hotel Options in Evanston, IL
3 Star Average Prices: $127.58
There are lots of low-cost hotels in and near Evanston. Chicago Getaway Hostel is close to Wrigley Field and John Hancock Center. Rooms have free wireless internet access, desks, and ceiling fans. You can rent a bicycle and the hotel is close to public transportation. There's also a free continental breakfast, a game room with a pool table, a meeting room, a computer station, a terrace, a barbecue grill, a picnic area, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour front desk with multilingual staff. There's an extra fee for parking, airport shuttles, refrigerators, and rollaway beds, but the hotel's total price is still low.
Motel 6 Prospect Heights, IL is close to the River Trail Nature Center and the Rob Roy Golf Course. It's about 10 miles away from the center of Evanston. Pets are welcome, and the rooms have free wireless internet access, cable TV, and blackout drapes or curtains. Each room also has a full kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, stove top, coffee maker, and cooking utensils. Bathrooms have bathtubs, showers, and hair dryers. The front desk is open 24 hours, and there's a business center, a fitness center, a meeting room, and laundry facilities. The decor looks a little outdated, but the rooms are clean, comfortable, and affordable.