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Shuttle Service, Parking & Maps

2020 Commencement Parking & Shuttle Maps

New Maps for 2020 to come.

Directions to the Evanston Campus

Travel times from both O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport 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 Dempster Street. Turn right and follow Dempster east to Chicago Ave.. Turn left on to Chicago Ave. 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

Parking & Drop-Off

Guests are urged to park in campus lots and use the shuttle bus service. University parking permits are not required for parking in campus lots during the Commencement weekend of June 18-22nd. A map indicating campus and public parking lots as well as shuttle bus routes are found on the maps provided on this page.

If you take a taxi or rideshare vehicle to Ryan Field, direct your driver to drop you off in the east parking lot.

Accessible Parking & Drop-Off

Accessible parking is available in all campus parking lots, and a fully accessible bus is available at all shuttle stops. Parking for vehicles displaying a valid handicapped tag as well as a drop-off site for guests with disabilities are available at the stadium. The accessible drop-off is located at Gate K at the south end of Ryan Field.


The University provides continuous complimentary shuttle bus service between the main Evanston campus and the Ryan Field. Parking in the Ryan Field area will be very limited.

It is highly recommended that graduates and their guests take shuttles early to avoid long wait times at shuttle stops. In past years, the wait and travel time increases as it gets closer to the 9:30 AM Commencement Ceremony start time.

On Friday & Saturday, University volunteers will staff the shuttle bus stops and provide information regarding the ceremony.

More shuttle information to come.