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Northwestern University

You don’t have to be a student to appreciate the attractions and ambiance of this celebrated university on the banks of Lake Michigan.

Northwestern University, located outside the town of Evanston and just north of Chicago, is rooted in local history and features an array of attractions. Wander around the historic grounds of the university, enjoying the buzz of an active student population, before stopping by some of its venues and museums. 

Explore the grounds of a university that has been running since 1855, when it started with 10 students. It has since grown to encompass 12 faculties, with separate schools in Qatar and Chicago. The neighboring town of Evanston, which grew alongside the university, was named after one of its founders. 

Enter the campus through the Weber Arch, the symbolic gateway to the university where freshmen start the year with a marching band procession. 

Follow the paths through the leafy grounds to University Hall, a fairy-tale like building that dates back to the founding of the institution. 

Other landmarks on the campus include the Deering Library, which is modelled after King’s College in Cambridge, and the Shakespeare Garden, where you will find plants that feature in the Bard’s plays.  

Wander around the Arts Circle, a cluster of venues in the south of the campus. The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art hosts a range of temporary exhibitions and film screenings. Its permanent collection includes work by artists such as Andy Warhol and Albrecht Dürer. These sleek modern buildings also host the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, the Josephine Louis Theater and studio spaces for students. 

Leave the academic buildings behind and wander down to the lakefront. Students enjoy relaxing on two beaches here to break from their studies. Look south to see the skyline of Chicago in the distance. 

Ride a CTA bus or train from Chicago up to Evanston, then wander along to the campus. Alternatively, drive here from Chicago in about 35 minutes and use the parking located around the campus.


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Hilton Orrington / Evanston $143
Hilton Orrington / Evanston

Hilton Orrington / Evanston

1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Evanston, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Northwestern University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loyola University Chicago and Skokie Theatre. Lincoln Park and Wrigley Field are also within 9 mi (15 km). Davis Metro Station is only a 4-minute walk and Evanston Davis Street Station is 5 minutes.

    The Homestead Evanston $137
    The Homestead Evanston

    The Homestead Evanston

    1625 Hinman Ave, Evanston, IL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Northwestern University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loyola University Chicago and Skokie Theatre. Aragon Entertainment Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km). Davis Metro Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dempster Station is 10 minutes.

      Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston $103
      Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston

      Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston

      1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Northwestern University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loyola University Chicago and Skokie Theatre. Swedish Covenant Hospital and Aragon Entertainment Center are also within 6 mi (10 km). Dempster Station is only a 4-minute walk and Davis Metro Station is 6 minutes.

        Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston $135
        Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston

        Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston

        1515 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Evanston, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Northwestern University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loyola University Chicago and Skokie Theatre. Swedish Covenant Hospital and Aragon Entertainment Center are also within 6 mi (10 km). Davis Metro Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dempster Station is 7 minutes.

          Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston $131
          Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston

          Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston

          1818 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Evanston, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1 km) from Northwestern University and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Baha'i House of Worship. Loyola University Chicago and Skokie Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km). Foster Station is only a 5-minute walk and Davis Metro Station is 6 minutes.

            Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member $105
            Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

            Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

            1566 Oak Avenue, Evanston, IL
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Evanston, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northwestern University and Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Ryan Field and Grosse Point Lighthouse are also within 2 mi (3 km). Davis Metro Station is 6 minutes by foot and Evanston Davis Street Station is 6 minutes.

              Two Bedroom, two Full Bath Master Bath Jacuzzi . Washer Dryer Gourmet Kitchen
              Two Bedroom, two Full Bath Master Bath Jacuzzi . Washer Dryer Gourmet Kitchen

              Two Bedroom, two Full Bath Master Bath Jacuzzi . Washer Dryer Gourmet Kitchen

              Evanston, Illinois
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Evanston, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Northwestern University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loyola University Chicago and Skokie Theatre. Swedish Covenant Hospital and Aragon Entertainment Center are also within 6 mi (10 km). Dempster Station is only a 2-minute walk and Davis Metro Station is 12 minutes.

                Jacuzzi Master Bathroom and Master Bedroom , a Master Suite
                Jacuzzi Master Bathroom and Master Bedroom , a Master Suite

                Jacuzzi Master Bathroom and Master Bedroom , a Master Suite

                Evanston, Illinois
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Evanston, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Northwestern University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loyola University Chicago and Skokie Theatre. Swedish Covenant Hospital and Aragon Entertainment Center are also within 6 mi (10 km). Dempster Station is only a 2-minute walk and Davis Metro Station is 12 minutes.