O'Hare to Evanston Campus

Transportation options for getting from O'Hare Airport to Northwestern University's Evanston campus include:

CTA

  1. From O'Hare Airport, take the Blue Line heading towards Forest Park. Exit at the Jackson stop.
  2. Transfer to the Red Line heading towards Howard. Exit at the Howard stop.
  3. Transfer to the Purple Line heading towards Linden. Exit at the Foster stop.  
  4. Walk East on Foster Street towards Sheridan Road and you will see the Campus.
  5. View the Interactive Campus Map to find your final destination.

Estimated Time:  2 hours

Rush Hour Option (This is an option when the Purple Line runs through Chicago, approximately 6:00-10:00 am and 3:30-7:00 pm on weekdays.):

  1. From O'Hare Airport, take the Blue Line heading towards Forest Park. Exit at the Clark/Lake stop.
  2. Transfer to the Brown Line heading towards Kimball. Exit at the Belmont stop.
  3. Transfer to the Purple Line heading towards Linden. Exit at the Foster stop.
  4. Walk East on Foster Street towards Sheridan Road and you will see the Campus.
  5. View the Interactive Campus Map to find your final destination.
Estimated Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Cost:  $2.25

CTA website: www.transitchicago.com

PACE Bus

Pace Bus #250 runs from O'Hare Airport the the Evanston Campus. This route begins and ends at the Davis Street CTA Station in Evanston.
  1. From the O'Hare Aiport terminal, take the free ATS (Airport Transit System) train to the Kiss-n-Fly/Economy Parking Lot stop.
  2. Take the Pace Bus #250 to the Davis St. CTA stop in downtown Evanston.
    Note: Depending on the day of the week and time of day, this bus leaves every 20-60 minutes. Check the PACE website for the schedule.
  3. Exit onto Benson Avenue, walk east on Benson to Church St.
  4. Walk east on Church Street towards Chicago Avenue.
  5. Turn left onto Chicago Avenue and walk until you see the campus.
  6. View the Interactive Campus Map to find directions to your final destination.

Estimated Time:  1 hour, 20 minutes

Cost: $1.75

PACE website: www.pacebus.com 

CTA and Metra

Depending on your arrival time, you may want to take a combination of CTA trains, CTA buses, and/or Metra trains. Check out the different options on the CTA website. Search for Google Transit options using the "Plan a Trip" module on the right side of the page.

Cost: $2.25 for CTA train, plus cost of Metra tickets, which should be around $3 each.

Estimated Time: variable

CTA website: www.transitchicago.com
Metra website: www.metrarail.com

GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express is a shuttle ground transportation provider for Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports. They offer a 15% NU discount for their efficient and economical shared ride airport shuttle services. Shuttles depart from O'Hare and Midway Airports every 10 minutes for Chicago downtown and suburban hotels/residences/schools/businesses.

O'Hare Airport to Evanston Campus: approximately $26 for one passenger, $32 for two passengers, and $10 for each additional passenger up to 10 people
(Note: GO Airport Express periodically runs special pricing that may differ from the prices listed here.)

For reservations, call 800-284-3826 and use corporate discount code "NWU", or visit their website:
http://airportexpress.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=NWU&LOGON=GO

Car Services

Several Car Services offer discounted rates to NU faculty, staff, and students through the WildCARD Advantage Program. Please visit the Automotive section to browse options.

Estimated Time: 35 minutes, but varies widely depending on traffic 

Taxi Services

Several Taxi Services offer discounted rates to Northwestern University. Click here to download a PDF chart of rates pdf icon (pdf) to and from both airports and campuses. 

Estimated time: 35 minutes, but varies widely depending on traffic

Airhop

Transportation to O'Hare and Midway airports is available for a fee at Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, and the end of Spring Quarter through AirHop, a Northwestern Student Holdings company. Note: Tickets may only be purchased just prior to these travel times. Visit AirHop's website to learn more about airport shuttle options and to purchase tickets.

Cab Corner

Established by ASG, Cab Corner is a website that facilitates cab sharing. Exclusive to students with a @(u.)northwestern.edu email, this site allows you to enter your destination and the time you intend to leave, and you will be matched  up with fellow riders who need to leave at the same time.

Learn more at: http://nu.cabcorner.com