With so many sights just a train ride away, where will you start?
Regardless of the direction you choose, you’ll find almost endless opportunities to enhance your college experience academically, culturally and socially. And, of course, to have some fun.
Evanston Consistently ranked as one of America’s top college towns, Evanston has beaches, shops and restaurants to explore.
Downtown Evanston at dusk
Students hanging out by Lake Michigan
Students in a local coffee shop
Students eating at Andy's Frozen Custard
Students paint The Rock on campus regularly
Students at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
Painted lakefront rocks
Students roasting marshmallows at a bonfire
Students hanging out on the beach
A view of Evanston at dusk
My favorite spot is the farmers market. I live just around the corner and rarely miss a Saturday.” Maria Massucco, ’16
The perfect combination of a college town and bustling small city, Evanston offers everything you could need or want, and all just steps away.
downtownevanston.org to discover the many unique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, art galleries and theaters that are just down the street or around the corner from campus. For more information please visit the City of Evanston website, or to check out student favorites, visit feature story. The Daily Northwestern's Best of Evanston Chicago Some people only have a weekend to explore Chicago. You'll have a few years. Start now.
Students at Millennium Park's Pritzker Music Pavilion
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The Gene Siskel Film Center shows vintage and art-house films. Photo courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Aerial view of Chicago
The Old Town School of Folk Music
Gate at Northwestern's Chicago campus
A Chicago Transit Authority "El" train on an elevated track
Devon Avenue near Western Avenue, a multicultural spot to eat and shop
The Music Box Theatre, a venue for independent and foreign films
Facets Multimedia presents children's, international and classic films
Chicago Water Taxi, one option for commuting along the Chicago River
The Chicago River at night
Navy Pier's signature Ferris Wheel
Entering first-year students explore downtown Chicago
The Shedd Aquarium's front entrance
The Chicago Theater's iconic sign
Lion statues flanking the Art Institute of Chicago's entrance
Lakeshore Drive at night
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park
Lula Cafe, a boheme bistro of the unclassifiable kind offers a one of a kind dining experience. © Anthony Tahlie
Built in 1915, the Logan Theater includes a full bar & lounge for moviegoers.
My favorite spot in Chicago also happens to be my favorite activity: dancing at Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park.” Carter Sherman, '16
Just one trip to the city, and you’ll discover there’s nowhere quite like
Chicago. For a quick trip into the city, simply board the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)'s Purple Line or cruise down Lakeshore Drive; you’ll be there in about the same amount of time it takes to walk the length of our Evanston campus. There’s also our Intercampus Shuttle that runs students between the Evanston campus and our downtown Chicago campus. To enjoy a more leisurely ride, take the bike path that runs from campus to downtown. Either way, you’ll find yourself in the heart of one of America’s best and biggest cities, enjoying all that it has to offer, from world-class museums, shopping, concerts and shows to internship opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Back to top