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Public transportation

The L: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), runs the bus and the “L” train system. In Evanston the nearest L station to south campus is Davis Street; for mid campus is Foster Street; and for north campus is Noyes Street. The Chicago-State L stop is closest to the Chicago campus. Learn more

CTA Bus #201: Your WildCARD gives you free access to CTA Bus #201, which runs between the CTA Howard Street Station and Old Orchard Mall, with stops in downtown Evanston, campus, and Ryan Field. Learn more 

Metra commuter trains also stop at Davis Street and at Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago. 

The Pace suburban bus system has several routes in Evanston. 

Campus Transportation Options

University Services provides free shuttles for anyone with a WildCARD (including spouses/partners) along several routes, including between the Chicago and Evanston campuses Monday through Friday; around the Evanston campus; and between the Chicago campus and downtown train stations. The shuttle schedule and pick up/drop off locations can be found on their website. Learn more

Drivers Licenses and Illinois Vehicle Registration

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. Within the website is a page is devoted to New Residents of Illinois. Learn more 

City 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. Learn more at the City of Evanston website or the Chicago City Clerk website.

Campus Maps

Chicago and Evanston campus maps are available on the Northwestern website. Maps for specific buildings and departments can also be found on the University Department/Office Directory.

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. Obtain your permit at the Evanston University Police Parking Office. New Faculty Note: If you have not received your WILDCARD ID yet, 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. Since daytime parking is limited in Evanston, faculty, staff, and students who live close to campus may not use campus parking. Learn more 

Chicago Campus Parking

Chicago faculty who meet the qualifications can apply for a quarterly or annual permit at the Chicago Parking Office. 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. No one living within two miles of the Chicago campus will be issued a daytime Chicago campus parking permit. Evanston faculty may qualify for permits, please see the website for details.  Learn more

Pace Rideshare Program

Northwestern University, in conjunction with PACE, now offers a rideshare program for all full-time faculty and staff. 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. Learn more.

Bike to Work

Northwestern offers many services and resources for bicycle riders including secure bicycle parking and showers. In addition, commuters in both Evanston and Chicago can take advantage of Northwestern’s discounted membership with Divvy, the country’s largest bike sharing program though the Wildcard Advantage program. Learn more.