The community was originally known as the village of Idlewood. It was renamed in 1893 after the city of Evanston, Illinois. Evanston was annexed to the City of Cincinnati in November 1903, or according to another source, 1911.
Evanston's most successful business district is the O'Bryonville business district, located along Madison Road at Torrence Parkway between the affluent neighborhoods of Hyde Park and East Walnut Hills. The lively business district is home to many boutiques, restaurants, specialty stores, and galleries and is a popular Cincinnati destination. Two Cincinnati Public School District (CPS) Elementary Schools are in the area: Academy of World Languages (AWL) a Foreign Language School teaching Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic- with English as a Second Language (ESL) and Hoffman-Parham Elementary School. Academy of World Languages is in a new school building, as well as Hoffman-Parham Elementary School, now called Evanston Academy. Nearby High Schools are Withrow University High School, Walnut Hills High School, and Clark Montessori High School.