Maps and Directions
Directions to the Evanston CampusTravel times from both O'Hare and Midway airports can range from 45 minutes to one and one half hours.
From O'Hare, take Mannheim Road north to Oakton Street. Turn right and follow Oakton east to Gross Point Road. Turn left and follow Gross Point north to Golf Road. Turn right and follow Golf (Emerson Street in Evanston) east to the campus.
From Midway, take Cicero Avenue north to Interstate 55 (Stevenson Expressway). Follow I-55 east to Lake Shore Drive. Follow Lake Shore Drive north to Sheridan Road. Follow Sheridan into Evanston to the campus.
From the west or north, take Interstate 294 (Tri-State Tollway) or Interstate 94 (Edens Expressway) to the Dempster Street east exit. Follow Dempster to Chicago Avenue in Evanston and turn left to reach the campus.
From the east or south, take Lake Shore Drive north to Sheridan Road. Follow Sheridan into Evanston to the campus.
Local Transportation: From downtown Chicago, take the Union Pacific (Metra) commuter train to Davis Street in Evanston or take the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated train to Davis
Map of the Evanston Campus, Parking Lots, and Shuttle Bus Route and Stops
Shuttle Bus Service and General Parking
The shuttle bus route begins at the intersection of Elgin Road and Maple Avenue and ends at Ryan Field, stopping at specified locations on Clark Street and the east side of Sheridan Road. Northwestern University provides continuous, complimentary shuttle service between the campus and the Ryan Field-McGaw Memorial Hall area for Commencement events on Friday and Saturday. The shuttle bus circulates every 15 to 20 minutes, stopping at specified locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Guests are urged to park in campus lots and use the shuttle bus service. Parking in the area will be very limited.
Handicapped parking is available in all campus parking lots, and a fully accessible bus is available at all shuttle stops (see map above). Limited parking for vehicles displaying a valid handicapped tag as well as a drop-off site for persons with disabilities are available at the stadium.
Download the shuttle map (pdf).
Map of Ryan Field and McGaw Memorial Hall/Welsh-Ryan Arena Area
Picture taking is encouraged at two specially created photo backdrops displaying the University seal. These spots, available before and after the Commencement ceremony, are located under the west stands of Ryan Field near Gates S and N.
Information booths and refreshment stands serving complimentary water and lemonade are conveniently located in the Ryan Field area.
First Aid Stations
The Ryan Field First Aid station is located at Gate P.
Download the Ryan Field/McGaw Memorial Hall Area map(pdf).