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About Evanston

A city in Cook County of Illinois of the United States, Evanston sits about 19km north of downtown Chicago with a population of about 74,486 hanging out in mega shopping malls, going to the movies, gorging in restaurants and the inventive souls will be getting creative in coworking venues. The city has had numerous nicknames from "Heavenston" due to the fact that it had a strong Methodist influence when it was founded to the "City of Churches" in the 20th Century. During the late 20th century it was dubbed "The People's Republic of Evanston" (tongue in cheek) because of its often left-of-center politics. One of the north shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan, Evanston is home to the Northwestern University plus many other education institutions spawning tech savvy youth intent on taking over the world.

Evanston is close enough to Chicago to be included in their startup scene that has a strong talent pipeline from the local MBA and engineering programs with female founders coming to the fore in the playing field; about one third of its startups are run by women. The biggest cluster of startups appears to be in the historic Merchandise Mart building plus the West Loop area where you will find Google offices plus the food data company "Food Genius" amongst others. Said to be a hot bed for aspiring entrepreneurs, Chicago has about 3,000 startups within its midst with mentors and seed funders such as Genevieve Thiers supporting other women.

Coworking venues are overflowing with intrepid souls and highly skilled grads where cheeky food nerds get just as excited about the latest menus on offer in the city as what they are creating on their laptops.