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Directions and Details

Prepare to visit campus

Our 240-acre Evanston campus sits just minutes north of Chicago.

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.

Download a campus map

The map highlights several Northwestern buildings and landmarks visited on our student-led campus tour.


We want to make sure you feel at home during your visit to Northwestern. Please contact Valerie Smith, Associate Director of Admission, at least one week prior to your desired visit to share more about any accommodations you may need.

  • Wheelchairs are available for any registered guest to use for the duration of their visit 
  • Certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available for all programming hosted in the Visitors Center, including campus tours
  • Service animals are always welcome at the Visitors Center


You are invited to park at the Segal Visitors Center garage. The cost to park is $9.00, but guests who have registered for programming through the Office of Undergraduate Admission can park for free with validation from the Visitors Center staff. Note: Parking validation is only available to registered guests when the Visitors Center building is open.

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.

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.