Getting to Chicago
Northwestern is located approximately 12 miles north of Downtown Chicago, and our location allows students to experience the residential feel of a suburban college town alongside the opportunities of a major metropolitan area.
For a quick trip into the city, simply board the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)'s Purple Line or cruise down Lakeshore Drive; you’ll be there in about the same amount of time it takes to walk the length of our Evanston campus. Our Intercampus Shuttle also runs students between the Evanston campus and our downtown Chicago campus. For a more leisurely ride, take the bike path that runs from campus to downtown. Either way, you’ll find yourself in the heart of one of America’s best and biggest cities, enjoying all that it has to offer, from world-class museums, shopping, concerts and shows to internship opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.
Chicago - Student Stories
"I love exploring Chicago neighborhoods. One of my favorites, Andersonville, has an amazing annual sidewalk sale throughout the whole neighborhood. My favorite bookstore is there, there are countless coffee shops and gift shops, and an amazing brunch restaurant, M Henry. Chicago neighborhoods are just a train ride away, and it's so nice to be able to explore the city!" —Hannah, Weinberg '21
"The spring of my first year on campus, I took a history class on the musical "West Side Story." While we analyzed many clips from the movie in class, the best moment from the quarter was traveling into Chicago with my classmates to see the live performance. It was playing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago just in time for us to see in the last few weeks of class. Northwestern covered the price of tickets, and we all ventured down to the city to analyze everything we had just studied in the live production. Having Chicago so close made this class just that much more special. We got to study the production up close and personal, and analyze it from various forms of media. It was the cherry on top to an already fantastic class, and I am so glad that we were able to have the experience." —Sammi, School of Communication '21