Evanston, the first in a string of North Shore Chicago suburbs, stretches along four miles of Lake Michigan. A truly “urban suburb,” Evanston includes residential neighborhoods, parks, business districts, beaches and recreational facilities. Evanston’s downtown area maintains thriving shops, restaurants, movie theaters, art galleries and more. The city is just a short train ride away from downtown Chicago. Chicago’s public transit system is extensive and far-reaching, with many bus and train stops throughout both cities.

A mecca for lovers of jazz, blues, delicious food, and diverse cultures, the Windy City is only a 30-minute ride from the Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. For cultural activities, head for the Museum Campus where you will find the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium, or you can visit the Art Institute, or the city’s burgeoning theater district. Spend an afternoon on the Chicago River taking an architectural boat tour, or stop by Navy Pier for an IMAX movie and a ride on the ferris wheel. Sports fans can take in a professional basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer game, and jazz lovers shouldn’t miss Al Capone’s old haunt, The Green Mill. We encourage you to take advantage of the many entertainment opportunities offered by this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

Additional information for visitors is available at The City of Chicago’s Official Tourism Site as well as at Downtown Evanston.

Google Maps provides walking, biking, driving, and transit directions throughout the Chicago area. You may also access transit information via the Chicago Transit Authority’s website.


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