Consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the country, Northwestern’s scenic campus is located on Lake Michigan in the city of Evanston. Many feel it’s the ideal combination of college town meets city living, especially if you’re a fan of cold weather. While Evanston has everything you need right there, the city of Chicago is a mere 14 miles away—a short “L” ride or a 30 minute drive depending on the traffic.
Stay: Campus is just a few short steps away from the Hilton Orrington, so this is our first choice. It's right in the heart of downtown Evanston, so the majority of your exploring will be pretty close by. If the Orrington is full, there's the Hilton Garden Inn a couple of blocks away. A bonus? From late Spring to early Fall the local farmer’s market takes place in the parking lot on Saturday mornings.
Breakfast: The newest and already a Wildcat favorite is, Cupitol. You are going to love Prairie Joe’s, a 5-10 minute drive from campus on Central Street. It’s American comfort food with a Mexican influence all served in a kitschy, funky room. (Other Central Street favorites are Chalk, a high end fashion boutique, and Foodstuffs gourmet market.) If you are visiting on a weekend, try the brunch at The Peckish Pig. Fans of fresh juice will want to visit Peeled Juice Bar.
Lunch: There is a new pizza restaurant in town, Blaze. If you are not a fan of deep-dish pizza, this is your place. At any time of day you’ll see Northwestern kids hanging out inside. Soulwich has crazy good Asian fusion sandwiches, it’s more of a takeout with just a few tables. Grab a smoked turkey sandwich and a homemade chocolate chip cookie at Al's Diner.
Casual: Union Pizzeria is the spot for great pizza and a cool atmosphere. Edzo's Burgers is everyone's favorite for burgers and shakes. The Celtic Knot is an Irish pub offering authentic Irish fare .The menu is extensive - try the Shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage or fish and chips. For good, authentic ramen, head to Table of Stix.
A Step Up: Found Kitchen and Social House, a homey restaurant, is decorated to feel like you are in your own living room. Make a reservation because it can get packed, but come early to sit at the bar pre-dinner as the cocktails are not to be missed. The restaurant is locally sourced and the menu often changes. Leave room for dessert! The Cellar at the Stained Glass is another great option for dinner. Boltwood sources its ingredients from local farmers so their menu changes regularly. We hear great things about Terra & Vine offering rustic Italian-Mediterranean fare.
Local Attractions: The Block Museum is well worth a visit, the galleries change periodically and it’s always packed with students. It’s located near the student center, a good stop to get a sense of campus life. Weather permitting stroll the lakeside, checking out all the painted rocks with exclamations ranging from Class of '97 to Cathy-- marry me to Graduation Night '89. Chicago is a world class city, and a big part of student life.
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NORTHWESTERN FAST FACTS
Willie the Wildcat
White & Purple
1801 Hinman Avenue
PO Box 3060
Evanston, IL 60208-3060
(p) (847) 491-7271
Christopher Watson, Dean of Undergraduate Admission
NCAA Division I
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