Getting to Evanston

Northwestern is accessible in a number of ways and easy to navigate for visitors. Nestled in Evanston, a quintessential college town, and close to Chicago, a world-class city, the Arts Circle is open to all. Driving directions and a number of public transit options are below.

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CTA "El" train

The Evanston campus is on the CTA Purple Line and is close to the Davis, Foster and Noyes stops.

The Foster and Noyes stops are both two and a half blocks west of Sheridan Road.

CTA bus service

#147 runs from Michigan Avenue to Foster Street in Chicago and then along Sheridan to Howard Station.

#22 also runs to the Howard Station from the Loop on Clark Street.

#201 runs from the Howard Station along Ridge Avenue to Davis Street and then continues north on Sheridan Road to Evanston Hospital and Ryan Field.

Picture of a CTA Bus
Picture of the Metra

Metra train

Metra has frequent service to Evanston from Chicago and the northern suburbs on the Union Pacific/North Line.

View the complete schedule the Union Pacific/North Line on the Metra website.

Driving directions

Visit our Driving Directions page for instructions from the north (via I-94), the west/northwest (via I-88, I-90 or I-190), the west/southwest (via I-55 or I-80) or from the south/southeast (via I-94, I-90, I-80 or I-57).


Picture of the freeway and people driving