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Featured Building: Church Street Station

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Entry at Church Street Station
Church Street Station in the suburb of Evanston, Illinois provides the all the atmosphere and excitement of living in an urban high-rise without the chaos of living in downtown Chicago.

Evanston is a suburban community 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. Evanston has a population of 74,486 as of 2010.

Prior to the 1830s, the area that is now Evanston was mainly uninhabited and consisted primarily of wetlands and swampy forest. However, Potawatomi Indians used trails along higher lying ridges that ran in a general north-south direction through the area, and had at least some semi-permanent settlements along the trails. French explorers referred to the general area as "Grosse Pointe" after a point of land jutting into Lake Michigan about 13 miles (21 km) north of the mouth of the Chicago River.

Evanston was formally incorporated as a town on December 29, 1863, but shrank somewhat in 1869. Evanston expanded again after the Civil War with the annexation of the village of North Evanston. Finally, in early 1892, following the annexation of the village of South Evanston, voters elected to organize as a city and the 1892 boundaries are largely those that exist today.

The 17 story Church Street Station features 18 floor plans among its 103 condominiums, including soft lofts, tower homes, deluxe tower homes, and duplex penthouses. Layouts vary from one to three bedrooms, one to four baths, and have floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies or terraces.

The building also features a number of luxury amenities, including a door-person, indoor pool, outdoor sun deck, fitness center, hospitality room, bike room, private storage lockers, and rooftop terrace with garden. The building also has with 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.

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