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City Information

Explore the topics below for helpful information on living near campus.

Area Schools

Information on enrolling children in local schools can be obtained by contacting the appropriate school district.  Contact information for several of the school districts in our area are listed below:

The Skokie area encompasses several school districts. Callers to the Skokie number will be referred to the appropriate district office, which in turn will provide information for a specific school in the area.

Public Transportation

A variety of public transportation resources are available close to each campus, connecting those campuses to most parts of Chicago, Evanston, and beyond. The Chicago metro area is served by three public transportation systems: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and the Pace suburban bus system. Routes, schedules and maps are available at their websites.

The central bus depot in Evanston is just north of Davis Street on Benson Street. The “El”, Chicago’s local train system, runs from Evanston into the city and from there to many neighborhoods. In Evanston the nearest el station to south campus is Davis Street; for mid campus is Foster Street; and for north campus is Noyes Street. The Chicago-State CTA stop is closest to the Chicago campus.

Driver’s License and License Plates

Residents of Illinois are required to obtain Illinois auto license tags within 30 days of moving to the State and an Illinois driver’s license within 90 days. License plates as well as an Illinois driver’s license or Illinois state identification card can be obtained at the Secretary of State’s Driver Services Facilities. Offices of the Illinois Driver Facilities nearest to the Evanston campus are located at 8261 Golf Road, Niles and 5401 North Elston Avenue, Chicago. The office closest to the Chicago campus is in the State of Illinois Building, 100 West Randolph Street. All offices can be reached at (312) 793-1010. These offices are closed various days of the week, so it is well advised to check on hours before embarking on a visit. Depending upon the applicant’s prior record of traffic violations, a written and/or road test may be required. Auto license plates can also be obtained (for an additional service charge) at Currency Exchanges throughout the area.

Complete information is available on the website of the Secretary of State of Illinois. Within this site, a page is devoted to New Residents of Illinois.

Vehicle Registration

In nearly all area communities, including the cities of Chicago and Evanston, vehicles must be registered in the city where the car is garaged and must display that city’s vehicle sticker. 

Evanston residents may purchase their city vehicle stickers from the Evanston Civic Center located at 2100 Ridge Avenue or on the City of Evanston website.

Chicago residents may purchase their vehicle stickers in person at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 107 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Chicago city stickers can also be obtained using a form available on the Chicago City Clerk website. Chicago stickers are also available, for an additional service charge, from almost any currency exchange in the city.

Skokie residents may purchase stickers from the Village of Skokie located at 5127 Oakton Street.

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