Getting to Campus
Whether it be by plane, train, or car, there are numerous ways to get to both Chicago and Evanston. Visit the visitors' section of the Undergraduate Admissions page to view travel directions, which includes area maps, specific breakdowns of travel routes, and turn-by-turn directions.
Which airport should I fly into?
Chicago has two airports: O'Hare International and Midway. While O'Hare is located about a half hour outside of downtown Chicago (13 miles), Midway is near the Southwest Side of Chicago, and about a 50-minute drive from campus (30 miles). Which you decide to fly into may depend on your preferred airline and ticket costs.
What kind of public transportation is there in Evanston?
Chicago's Transit Authority (CTA) operates in Evanston, including bus service and the Purple Line. Generally, it's also easy to catch a taxi. Visit Northwestern's visitors' page for more information on routes.
Parking on Campus
For information on where to park on campus during Wildcat Welcome and Family Weekend, please visit our parking page to view a campus map with open parking lots.
Where's the best place to stay in Evanston?
Five hotels are within walking distance from campus: The Hotel Orrington, Hilton Garden Inn, Best Western, Margarita European Inn and The Homestead. Because they're so close to campus, these hotels book up early during Family Weekend and Wildcat Welcome, so make your reservations as soon as possible.
It's also possible to book a hotel in Chicago's loop, though it'll be about a 45-minute commute to and from campus via Chicago's elevated subway system, known as the El.
If you have a car you might consider staying at a hotel in Skokie, Ill., about a 20-minute drive from Evanston. The closest mall, Old Orchard, is also located in Skokie, as well as such stores as Office Max, Best Buy, and Dominick's.
When researching hotels via a third party website or finding hotels within a reasonable distance, please feel free to use our campus address to find the most accurate distance:
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208
Map of hotels in the area
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