In 1796, the land was purchased by James Lyon from John Cleves Symmes and was farmland until 1875 when it was platted east of Montgomery Road. With the railroad system, the new subdivisions called Idlewood and Ivanhoe were established west of Montgomery Road. The area was later renamed Evanston after Evanston, Illinois in 1893. This bedroom suburb was a small population with no businesses. In 1903, the neighborhood annexed with Cincinnati. Evanston is the birthplace of actress Doris Day.
The active Evanston Community Council is focused on the revitalization of the neighborhood with a Ten-Year Plan for the improvement of housing, recreation and business district. One finds older homes from the late 1800s and early 1900s in the area along with newly constructed condominiums and homes.
Evanston has easy access to Interstate 71 for north and south travel. It is located 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Connections to I-74, I-71, and I-275 make traveling throughout Cincinnati a 15-minute drive. Cincinnati buses service the area.
Cincinnati’s area hospitals, including Bethesda North, Christ, Good Samaritan, Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University hospitals are all within 10 to 15 minutes by car.
The O’Bryonville business district is located within Evanston along Madison Road with many popular local shops, galleries and restaurants. Hyde Park is 5 minutes away and offers many national brand stores. Kenwood Towne Center is a 15-minute drive with over 200 stores including Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s.
Owl’s Nest Park (named for the former estate on its location) was developed in 1905 with a shelter building added in 1932. In 2005, the 10.5-acre park was renovated and restored. Bettman Preserve and Evanston Park each have over 6 acres of green space. Evanston Park offers a walking path, basketball, pool, playground as well as baseball and football fields. The community sponsors an annual Memorial Day Parade. The Evanston Recreation Center has community events throughout the year.