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Northwestern University

Flanked by the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, Northwestern University is a world-renowned university consistently ranked one of the top ten university’s in the country.  It is the lone private university among Big Ten Conference. It is located in the City of Evanston, where Chicago meets the North Shore suburbs. The campus enjoys a gorgeous setting with lakefront vistas and is easily accessible to Downtown Chicago via the city's elevated "el" train. Traveling to watch more Big Ten sports? Visit www.citiesofthebigten.com for information on 14 Big Ten teams and how destination information for traveling to check out these great college towns. 

Northwestern University, Evanston

VISITING NORTHWESTERN
A visit to Northwestern's campus is a virtual experience for now. During Covid-19 restrictions, this is the best way to satisfy your curiosity about the university and to get answers to your questions about living and learning.

Plan Your Visit
Although it is temporarily closed, soon you will be able to visit the Segal Visitors Center. Until then, you may visit the campus remotely

MAPS
Campus Map & Guide
Parking Map
City of Evanston Map
Regional Hotel and Attractions Map


School-Specific Options
In addition to the general information sessions, Northwestern offers a variety of school-specific (see list below) virtual information options, click here

- College of Arts and Sciences
- Communication
- Education and Social Policy
- Engineering
- Journalism
- Music

GETTING TO NORTHWESTERN'S EVANSTON CAMPUS

ACCOMMODATIONS
Evanston is home to a variety of hotels. If you want to stay on or near campus, check out our list of hotels on Chicago's North Shore. Sort for the City of Evanston if you would like a hotel as close to campus as possible. 

Northwestern Wildcats Football, Evanston

NORTHWESTERN ATHLETICS
Many varsity athletic programs, Northwestern is a charter member of the competitive Big Ten Conference. Northwestern boasts 8 men's and 11 women's varsity programs. Currently, competitions are taking place without live audiences. The Northwestern Wildcats play football in Ryan Field. Big Ten basketball is played in the newly renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena

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Pick Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston

ARTS AT NORTHWESTERN
The Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts brings concerts, theater and music performances to the public from their renowned performing arts schools. Currently, a full roster of virtual performances is available for viewing. 

The Block Museum of Art is a dynamic, imaginative and innovative museum mounting exhibitions; organizing and hosting lectures and workshops and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema. Its growing permanent collection of approximately 6,000 works focuses primarily on prints, photography and drawings. 

CAMPUS MUST-SEES
Your visit to Northwestern's Evanston campus is not complete without a visit to these legendary campus must-sees.

The Rock
At Northwestern, "The Rock" represents an age-old tradition. This magnificent hunk of Baraboo quartzite, which originally contained a water fountain, was given to the university by the Class of 1902. In the 1940s, students began painting the Rock, first as a prank, then as an accepted avenue of free expression. In order to claim painting rights, students must camp out for 24 hours to "guard" The Rock. Over the years The Rock has displayed many different messages, including advertisements for student groups, birthday wishes and even a marriage proposal.

Shakespeare Garden
Set aside from the rest of the campus, this tribute to The Bard offers sweet respite to all who need it. The garden was created in 1915 when the Drama League of America gathered several commemorative ideas to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1616). Every plant in the garden was either mentioned in Shakespeare's plays or commonly grew in Tudor, England. Tucked away behind the Technological Institute, the Shakespeare Garden allows students to trade the hustle and bustle of student life for quiet reflection.

Deering Library
Built in 1932 and modeled after King's College in Cambridge, this quiet campus attraction is beautiful inside and out. Deering Library houses Northwestern's Art, Music and Special Collections as well as the University Archives. Deering Library remains a popular study space for students who want to groove to some classic tunes in the expansive music listening library or read by the light coming in through the stained-glass windows.

Block Museum of Art
The Block Museum of Art
is a dynamic, imaginative and innovative museum mounting exhibitions; organizing and hosting lectures and workshops and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema. Its growing permanent collection of approximately 6,000 works focuses primarily on prints, photography and drawings. 

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
Northwestern has state-of-the-art sports and recreation facilities. The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion is a 95,000 square foot facility is linked to the Norris Aquatics Center, the Combe Tennis Center and the Ryan Fieldhouse. Basketball, swimming, squash, racquetball, tennis, group exercise, cycling, weight lifting and general cardio & exercise related activities are available.

Ryan Fieldhouse, Northwestern University, Evanston

EXPLORING EVANSTON
Evanston is home to a vibrant downtown, and many interesting neighborhoods and merchant districts including Downtown Evanston, Main Dempster Mile, Central Street and Howard Street.

THE LAKEFRONT BEACHES
Located at both the north and south ends of campus, Evanston's beaches are popular places for students to relax.

SHOPPING AND DINING
Chicago's North Shore is bursting with award-winning culinary delights that are close to campus as well as in nearby communities. If you love to shop, you'll find everything you need on Chicago's North Shore from one-of-a-kind boutiques in Evanston to luxury brands at major shopping centers: Westfield Old Orchard and Northbrook Court.

GROSS POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Constructed in 1873, the Grosse Point Lighthouse is one of the most interesting landmarks in Evanston. Over the summer, you can tour the Keeper's Quarters Museum as well as climb the 141 steps to the top of the light tower. The lighthouse is often considered to be the symbol of the city of Evanston.

THE BAHA'I HOUSE OF WORSHIP
The Baha'i House of Worship
may be one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire North Shore area. The nine-sided architectural beauty, surrounded by lush gardens, is one of only seven Baha'i temples in the world. While situated just outside of Evanston, the structure's unique design has prompted many Northwestern students to add it to their jogging routes over the years.

MORE NORTH SHORE/CHICAGO PLACES OF INTEREST
Make sure you set aside some time to explore all of the exciting things to do along Chicago's vibrant North Shore.

NORTH SHORE DINING
Chicago's North Shore is bursting with award-winning culinary delights that are close to campus as well as in nearby communities.

NORTH SHORE SHOPPING
If you love to shop, you'll find everything you need on Chicago's North Shore from one-of-a-kind boutiques in Evanston to luxury brands at major shopping centers: Westfield Old Orchard and Northbrook Court.

CITY OF CHICAGO

Of course, no trip to Northwestern University is complete without a visit to the City of Chicago.  For information on what to see and do, click here

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