Your online toolkit for getting around campus.
Our 240-acre Evanston campus sits alongside the shores of Lake Michigan. Whether you stay in our vibrant college town or nearby Chicago—just a quick train ride away—you can use these resources to explore everything the area has to offer.
The map highlights several Northwestern buildings and landmarks visited on our student-led campus tour.
Directions to campus
After you arrive, your first stop should be the Segal Visitors Center, located at 1841 Sheridan Road in Evanston, Illinois.
It is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. September through April, the Visitors Center is also open select Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
You are invited to park at the Segal Visitors Center garage (1847 Campus Drive, Evanston). The cost to park is $8, but registered information session/tour guests can park for free with validation from the Visitors Center front-desk staff. NOTE: Parking validation is only available to registered guests when the Visitors Center building is open (weekdays 8:30am–5:00pm & select Saturdays).
If the Segal Visitors Center garage is full, we recommend using the City of Evanston Parking Garage located on Clark Street, between Hinman and Chicago Avenues (Church and Chicago Self Park, 525 Clark Street, Evanston). This garage offers reasonable rates, including the first hour free of charge.
In Evanston, most on-street parking has a strictly enforced two-hour time limit.
Registered visitors, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled program to secure and validate parking.