Campus Services & Amenities
Explore the topics below for more information on campus services.
- Food Services on Campus
- Campus Maps and Parking
- Campus Transportation Options
- Airport Transportation
- Travel Services
- Fitness and Recreational Facilities
- Athletics Tickets
- Musical Activities
- Northwestern Theatre Tickets
- University Services
- Office of Sustainability
There are a number of locations on both campuses where you can get a quick snack or a whole meal. Daily menus and hours of operation for Northwestern Dining facilities are located on the Northwestern dining website or by calling 847-491-3741.
Faculty and Staff can add Cat Cash to their WildCARD and never have to worry about carrying cash for food while on either campus. Cat Cash makes your WildCARD a declining balance card for a quick, convenient, and easy way to pay for food on either campus. If you lose your wallet, you won’t lose your Cat Cash! Simply alert the WildCARD Office and they will cancel your card, securing your Cat Cash balance, and issue a new WildCARD. Visit the Northwestern Dining page to add Cat Cash to your WildCARD using a credit card.
Evanston has six Residential Dining Halls across campus (1835 Hinman, Willard, Allison, Foster-Walker, Sargent, and Elder). Each offers all-you-care-to-eat meals with a variety of entrées and made-to-order options as well as traditional staples such as a salad bar, desserts, coffee, and soft drinks. Allison Dining Hall features a Kosher station and Foster-Walker West has Halal meats on request. All six locations offer gluten free options. Northwestern faculty and staff and their guests are welcome to use the dining halls during any meal period by swiping in using the Faculty/Staff WildCat Meal Pack Meal Plan or by paying a daily rate. Cash, Cat Cash, and credit cards are accepted when paying at the door. Faculty and Staff can also pay with a chart-string by pre-arranging Dining Hall Meal Vouchers by contacting the Food Service Office or calling 847-491-3741.
Northwestern Dining has a variety of restaurants and cafés on the Evanston Campus. Additional details, menus, and location information for all of these locations can be found on the Northwestern Dining page or by calling the Food Service Office at 847-491-3741. To view a map of the various dining locations on the Evanston campus, please visit the Northwestern Dining website.
Also in the Technological Institute, the Jerome B. Cohen Commons Faculty & Staff Dining Room (Cohen Commons) serves hot buffet lunches during fall, winter, and spring quarters up until finals week. Cohen Commons is located in the Tech Building, L482, 4th floor north, and is open from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Reservations for group of 4 or more must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Email Cohen Commons or call (847) 491-5550 to reserve a table. Menus and additional information are posted online.
Faculty/Staff Meal Plan
Faculty and Staff may purchase a discounted meal plan for dining in the Evanston Dining Halls. Northwestern Dining offers a variety of meal plans for faculty and staff. View the list of 2018-2019 meal plan options and prices on the Northwestern Dining website. For more information please email Northwestern Dining or call 847-491-3741.
Additional Dining Options (not affiliated with Northwestern Dining)
Faculty members and their spouses or partners from any school in the University may make reservations for lunch at the James L. Allen Center of the Kellogg School of Management located on the lakefront in Evanston. Priority for luncheon reservations is given to members of groups holding meetings at the Allen Center. Lunches are currently $20 per person and can be paid for by credit card. Reservations can be obtained by calling 847-467-7024. Café Kellogg, located in the Levy Atrium of the Donald P. Jacobs Center on the Evanston Campus, offers deli sandwiches, salads, pizza, soups, as well as some breakfast items. Café Kellogg does not accept Cat Cash or WildCat Points. Questions: 847-467-4175
Unless otherwise noted, all locations accept cash, credit or Cat Cash (formerly known as Munch Money) as forms of payment. Faculty and Staff may use departmental chart strings to purchase meal vouchers for Cohen Commons and the Residential Dining Halls. The Departmental Meal Voucher request form is available on the Food Service website or by calling 847-491-2020.
On the Chicago campus, Northwestern Dining provides service at four locations. Harry’s Café is located at 375 E. Chicago in Rubloff 160 (Law Atrium). Harry’s serves coffee and an array of soups, sandwiches and sides. Kafé Kellogg, located on the third floor of Wieboldt Hall at 340 E. Superior offers artisan sandwiches, light snacks, salads, bottled beverages and Starbucks Coffee. The Coffee Cure, located in the Method Atrium of the Ward building at 303 E Chicago Ave, provides fresh brewed Seattle’s Best coffee, Tazo tea, pastries or Simply-to-go salads or sandwiches. Zest Bistro/ZeBi is located in the Ryan Family Atrium of the Lurie Center at 303 E. Superior and features salads, soups, made-to-order deli sandwiches, flatbread pizza, Aspretto Coffee, bottled beverages, a Coke Freestyle machine, chips, and snacks. All locations on the Chicago Campus accept Cat Cash, cash, and credit cards but they do not accept Meal Plan WildCat Points.
In addition to these dining facilities, both the Evanston and Chicago campuses offer a variety of catering services ranging from coffee and bagels to five-course meals.
Evanston Campus Parking
A current Northwestern parking permit is required to park on the Evanston campus from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parking permit restrictions are not enforced in most lots after 4:00 p.m. The Evanston University Police Parking Office at 2341 Sheridan Road administers parking registration for the Evanston campus. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will be required to present a WildCARD and a valid driver's license to obtain a parking permit. If the WildCARD has not yet been received (see the above section on Obtaining a WildCARD), you can present a memo or letter from the department explaining that you are a new faculty member with a WildCARD pending, and you will be issued a temporary parking permit. Parking permits are non-transferable. Parking Office personnel may request additional documentation as necessary to verify address, affiliation and vehicle ownership.
In 2017-18, a full-year faculty parking permit will cost $564.00 and a part-time permit will cost $360.00. In addition, a $25 permit is available which allows the holder to park at the Ryan Field lot (located at Central Street and Ashland Avenue) during the day and take a free shuttle bus service to the main campus. Holders of the $25 permit are permitted to park on the main campus during the evenings, weekends, and in several lots on campus during summer quarter. The $25 permit must be purchased prior to the end of winter quarter.
Parking is paid through a pre-tax payroll deduction only. The cost of the permit is divided into twelve pro-rated equal installments. Faculty should always check with the university parking office to verify current rates and procedures for obtaining permits.
Chicago Campus Parking
Chicago campus parking permits are sold annually or quarterly. Annual parking is from October 1 through September 30 of the following year. Annual parking permits go on sale the first working day after Labor Day each year.
To qualify for Northwestern University's subsidized parking, you must meet the following conditions:
· at least 50 percent of your salary must be drawn from the University via a NU paycheck;
· you must live outside of the designated boundaries of the Chicago campus (Halsted Street on the west, North Ave on the north and Congress Pkwy on the south); and
· you must be approved for parking privileges through the department/school space allocation process.
At the NU Parking Office, you must supply a valid driver's license and a current vehicle registration card for your vehicle. You may pay for your parking through pre-tax payroll deductions.
Parking fees for faculty and staff are structured on a tiered basis and determined by annual salary (includes NU, NMH and RIC salaries). In 2018-2019, tiered rates for commuter parking in the Erie-Ontario garage, the 441 East Ontario garage or the Abbott Hall flat lot will range from $744 to $3,192.
The commuter parking permit gives unlimited parking access to the assigned garage. The evening/weekend permit gives evening faculty access to their garage beginning in the late afternoon (4:00 p.m.); these parkers have weekday access to their garage until 8:00 a.m. each morning and 24-hour access on the weekends. Evening/weekend parking does not require departmental/school approval.
Evanston faculty who have a valid Evanston campus full-time parking permit and are teaching evening classes on the Chicago campus may purchase the Chicago evening/weekend parking permit at a reduced rate each quarter. These individuals must provide proof of Evanston parking (Evanston receipt), and class assignment in a Chicago evening class. Evanston campus parkers who are interested in the Chicago evening/weekend parking permit but are not attending or teaching class may also purchase the permit at the regular permit rate. Chicago evening/weekend parking during 2018-2019 costs $165.00 per quarter or $432 for the full year. Faculty who do not have Evanston parking but are interested in the Chicago evening/weekend parking permit must pay the standard rate.
The Chicago Campus Parking Office is located in Abbott Hall, Room 100, phone: (312) 503-1103, and is open Monday -Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Extended hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the beginning of each academic quarter (with the exception of summer session). You can also contact them via email at email@example.com.
Evanston Walking Zone
Since daytime parking is limited in Evanston, faculty, staff, and students who live close to campus may not use campus parking. Evanston faculty must reside outside the Walking Zone to be eligible for an Evanston campus parking permit. Specifically, one must reside north of Central Street, west of Ridge Avenue from Central Street to Emerson Street, west of the Metra tracks from Emerson Street to Lake Street and south of Lake Street to be eligible for a permit. The Parking Office uses the official address of the building to establish residence. No one living within two miles of the Chicago campus will be issued a daytime Chicago campus parking permit.
Intercampus Shuttle: University Services provides a shuttle that runs from early morning into late evening between the Chicago and Evanston campuses Monday through Friday (except for University holidays). The shuttle schedule and pick up/drop off locations are listed the NU Shuttles website. There is no charge for the shuttle service for anyone displaying an active WildCARD (including spouses/partners). Travel time between campuses varies upon time of day. Please present your WildCARD when boarding the shuttle. Expired ID cards are not accepted. Contact University Services at 312-503-8129 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for further information.
CTA 201 Bus
Northwestern University in partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority will allow all Northwestern faculty, staff, students, and anyone else with active University photo identification to ride the CTA’s No. 201 bus to campus and other Evanston destinations for free. The free CTA service for Northwestern riders is offered from September through June. It will take the place of the Ryan Field Shuttle and offer more buses, longer service hours and extended routing. The No. 201 bus route extends from the CTA Howard bus and rail terminal to the Northwestern campus, with stops in the Evanston business district, at Ryan Field and all the way down Central Street to the Westfield Old Orchard shopping mall in Skokie. Service on the No. 201 route is provided weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To encourage people to use the off-campus Ryan Field parking lot during the academic year, University Services provides the intercampus shuttle and has contracted with the CTA to link the north and south ends of the Evanston campus. Both shuttles run between Ryan Field and several points on campus, Monday through Friday, between early morning and mid-evening. The CTA 201 does not offer free rides during July and August, but employees with Ryan Field parking permits are allowed to park in the commuter lots on campus during the summer. Visit www.shuttle.northwestern.edu for the shuttle schedule and pick-up/drop-off locations. Anyone with a WildCARD (including spouses/partners) can use either shuttle; there is no charge for this service. Should you have any questions, visit the University Services transportation page or call 312-503-8129.
Chicago Shuttle Services
The Northwestern Chicago campus train station shuttle runs in the morning and afternoon between Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center (widely known as the Northwestern station) and the LaSalle and Millenium (formerly Randolph St) train stations. The shuttles run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes, but delays may be caused by heavy traffic or special events which often take place on Friday afternoon. At the time of printing, the shuttle costs $20.00 for ten rides or $49.50 for a monthly pass. Tickets may be purchased at the Feinberg cashier on the second floor, the Fresh Market at Fairbanks at Prentice on the second floor (cash only), the Rehabilitation Institute cafeteria, or in the University Services Office at Abbott Hall, Room 100. Train shuttle tickets can be purchased on a pre-tax basis. More information is available on the Chicago Shuttle Services page.
If you need to travel between Northwestern’s Chicago campus and the Lurie Children’s Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park, there is a shuttle service that runs approximately every 20 minutes, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The shuttle runs from Lurie Childrens Hospital at the southeast (Superior Street) corner of the main hospital driveway and drops off curbside at 2515 N. Clark Street. For additional transportation options and directions between the campuses, visit the Lurie Children's Hospital web page.
Pace Rideshare Program
Northwestern University, in conjunction with PACE, now offers a rideshare program for all full-time faculty and staff. Carpooling is an economical, convenient and environmentally friendly way to commute to work. Full-time Northwestern faculty who plan on carpooling at least three times a week and live outside the parking boundaries for their campus* are eligible for the program. Northwestern has also created an Emergency Ride Home Program (ERH) for registered PACE Rideshare participants from NU in the event of a personal and urgent emergency. Qualified ERH reimbursements will cover taxi rides and single Metra, Pace, or CTA tickets home. More information can be found on the Rideshare page.
*Parking Boundaries - Chicago: North of North Ave., West of Halsted and South of Congress. Evanston: North of Central, West of Ridge and South of Lake.
Bike to Work
Riding a bicycle to work is a commuting option that can have economic, environmental, and health benefits. The City of Chicago and the City of Evanston are both rated as some of the most bicycle friendly communities in the country and there are plans in place to install dozens more protected bike lanes to make your commute safer and more efficient. Commuters in Chicago can take advantage of Northwestern’s discounted membership with Divvy, the country’s largest bike sharing program though the Wildcard Advantage program. Northwestern offers many other services and resources for bicycle riders including secure bicycle parking on our Chicago Campus and showers located throughout both campuses, more details are available on the University Services page. All University shuttle buses are equipped with bike racks. Kryptonite brand locks are available for purchase at cost through the University Police. University Police also provides Bicycle Security Tips as well as free, online bicycle registration for the campus community. Contact (312) 503-8314 for additional information.
Northwestern has partnered with car sharing organizations ZipCar and Enterprise (formerly IGo) to provide low cost car sharing options on our campus. There are three ZipCars available on the Evanston campus and several more available nearby. Enterprise/IGo also has three vehicles on campus and offers discounted rates to our faculty and staff.
See the Northwestern Parking and Transportation website for information about transportation services to and from the two Chicagoland airports, O'Hare International and Midway Airports, for use by faculty, staff, and students. We recommend that you plan ahead to find out the current prices, reservation and cancellation policies, holiday schedules, and any other information that might assist you in making an informed decision.
When you use Travel Services, you are urged to complete a Traveler Profile with one or more of the approved agencies to speed the booking process. The University has a special negotiated rate on some fare classifications with United Airlines providing for a discount on some United Airlines tickets booked through Northwestern's list of approved agencies and the lower-cost online booking tool called Orbitz for Business. Transaction fees have also been negotiated with these agencies. NU-related business travel can be charged to a chartstring rather than your personal credit card.
Several recreational facilities are available on the Evanston campus through NU Recreation. Faculty may access facilities by showing their current Wildcard and paying a daily fee of $16, or $9 before 3pm, or by purchasing a facility membership. Membership fees vary depending on options selected. Please visit the Membership Registration page for details.
Membership provides access to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and the Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center (HCSP). Henry Crown Sport Pavilion’s spacious facility is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 3-lane indoor walking/jogging track, six tennis courts, a cardiovascular and weight conditioning area, personal training fitness studios, free weight rooms, racquetball and international squash courts, multipurpose courts for basketball, or volleyball, men's and women's locker rooms with showers and saunas and much more. There is also a private beach which is open daily from 10am to 6pm (weather permitting) beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day each year.
Two other gymnasium facilities are available: Patten Gymnasium, located at 2407 Sheridan and the Blomquist Recreation Center, located at 617 Foster. Northwestern also maintains a Sailing Center which rents sailboats and windsurfers and provides both sailing and windsurfing lessons between mid-May and early October. The Vandy Christie Tennis Center has outdoor courts available on a walk-up basis for faculty during the summer months.
In addition to the various facilities available for drop in use, faculty and their guests are invited to take advantage of a variety of fitness programs and instructional classes. While membership includes access to all cardio/strength group fitness classes, Pilates, yoga, and other mind/body classes are available at discounted rates. Personal training as well as small group training services are offered by our certified fitness staff. The aquatics program provides scuba lessons as well as private and group swimming lessons. Group tennis classes are available for all skill levels. Private instruction is available for tennis, racquetball and squash.
The Chicago campus fitness facilities are managed by Auxiliary Services. Discounted membership is available at the River East Club. Fitness facilities are also available for Chicago-based community members at Chicago Park District's Lake Shore Field House.
Wildcat football and basketball tickets can be purchased through the ticket office at 888-GOPURPLE (888-467-8775) or online at www.NUsports.com (Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, are accepted).
Public football season tickets range from $159-$274 per person. Tickets are also available on an individual game basis at $20-$65 per person depending upon game and location. There is no faculty/staff discount for single game purchases. During 2017-2018, men's basketball season tickets for individuals are $294-$366. Tickets are also available on an individual game basis; women's basketball season tickets for individuals are $49 or $7 per game.
Each year, the Bienen School of Music presents more than 400 concerts and events on the Evanston campus. Many performances showcase the school's 16 faculty-supported ensembles, including orchestras, bands, choral organizations, opera, jazz and chamber groups, in a wide range of repertoire. Other events include solo recitals by faculty and students, performances and master classes by world-renowned guest artists, and two professional series: the Segovia Classical Guitar Series and the Winter Chamber Music Festival. For a schedule of events, visit the Bienen School of Music website.
Ticket prices range from $4 to $30. Subscribing to any Artist Series can reduce the cost of individual tickets by as much as 30%. Many master classes, all solo student recitals, and some additional concerts are free of charge. Discounts are provided to school-aged children, full-time students, and Northwestern faculty and staff with a valid WildCARD. Tickets may be purchased online, in person at the Bienen School ticket office, by phone or by mail.
Tickets for Northwestern student performances are available online or through the Theatre box office. Discounts are provided for Northwestern faculty. Contact information, schedules and a description of Northwestern student theatre events is available on the Theatre and Interpretation Center website.
As of January 1, 2016, University Services functions were organized into the following divisions: Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management, Procurement and Payment in Financial Operations, and Safety and Security (formerly University Police).
Auxiliary Services consists of a number of different service departments, including Travel Services, Chicago Fitness Program, Equipment Maintenance, Mail Services, Trademark Licensing, Vending, Calibration Services, and WildCARD operations.
Facilities Management is responsible for campus planning, space management, the design, construction and renovation of University facilities, and for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and utility systems. Requests for service can be called in to (847) 491-5201 for the Evanston campus or (312) 503-8000 for the Chicago campus or emailed to Facilities Management. In addition, many schools have persons in the dean's offices with special responsibility for the school's facilities issues and for bringing these issues to the attention of Facilities Management.
Procurement and Payment Services in Financial Operations
Procurement and Payment Services in Financial Operations oversees a variety of services including the Copyright Clearance, Vendor File Management, Shipping and Receiving, Accounts Payable, Employee Discount Programs, and WildCARD Advantage Programs. Additional information can be found on the Procurement and Payment Services webpage.
Safety and Security (Formerly University Police)
The Department of Safety and Security will be comprised of University Police, Chicago Parking, Transportation/Shuttle Service, and Emergency Management.
Northwestern has set a goal of being a national leader in sustainability in both our curriculum and in our operations. The Office of Sustainability facilitates many programs aimed at reducing our energy and resource use and reducing our waste through an active recycling and composting program. Northwestern recycles more than 1,800 tons annually, which represents 34 percent of the campus waste stream and recycling bins are provided by NU Recycling. More information is available on the sustainNU website or by calling (847) 467-4286.
Learn about Northwestern University’s first Strategic Plan for Sustainability, which has developed working groups to address key topics. New faculty are welcome to participate in the working groups. Also, see how you can Take Action in many other initiatives from Green Office Certification to Bike to Work Week.
For information about recycling services for your computer and electronic equipment, please see the University Services’ eCycling program.