Evanston Travel Guide

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Evanston Things to Do

  • Free Prehistory Museum!

    Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop is a little gem! My little one and I got to Main Street Evanston a little early for the theatre production we were seeing and we decided to give it a look. My small one adored the colors and rocks and things he could touch, we did buy a very reasonable small bag of polished gemstones for 3 bucks. He got about 16...

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  • British Pantos in the US!

    I know when I lived in Britian I adored checking out the British Panto's during the holiday season. I was so thrilled to discover that the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble produces their own holiday panto! They also are constantly producing and preforming other comedic peices through out the year.If you have never been to a Panto, you should take it in...

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  • Alice Millar Chapel

    The Alice Millar Chapel is the chapel for Northwestern University's students and faculty. It was built in the 1960s and features beautiful stained glass windows that stretch to the ceiling and reminded us somewhat of Saint-Chapelle in Paris (although the Millar chapel windows feature much more modern designs). The chapel is open to the public and...

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  • The Rock

    The Rock is the most famous piece of stone on the Northwestern University campus. It is a large rock that gets painted and graffitied (along with the wall in front of it) multiple times per week by the university's students.

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  • Northwestern University

    Northwestern University is a large, private university located in Evanston along the shore of Lake Michigan. The campus is open to the public, and we enjoyed strolling around it one afternoon while we were in town. The buildings on the campus are a jumble of architectural styles, ranging from gothic-style stone buildings to modern glass and...

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  • Northwestern Campus: Donald Jacobs...

    When I was a student at Kellogg, the buildings where we held classes in was known as Anderson (after Arthur Anderson) and Leverone and the Dean of the school was Don Jacobs. Now the two buildings are known collectively as the Donald Jacobs Center. The original buildings were built in 1972 and Anderson was renovated in 2001 to include a cafeteria...

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Evanston Hotels

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  • Hilton Garden Inn Evanston

    1818 Maple Ave, Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Homestead

    1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Orrington

    My wife and I searched the online travel services thoroughly prior to our trip to the Chicagoland...

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Evanston Restaurants

  • Meat-less in E-town

    They have a nice array of foods for veggies, vegans, and they also offer a macrobiotic plate. Even meat eaters enjoy it! Their baked goods in the glass case have certain ingredients listed, which is very helpful for vegans. The smoothies are nice to try, but a little pricey. Hanging on the walls is some cool picture-esque quilting.While I often...

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  • Tapas

    Tapas Barcelona has a great, ecclectic atmosphere, with bright colors, great iron work and walls plastered with old spanish movie posters. You can dine inside or outside when weather permits. For those never who have never been to a tapas restaurant, think of it like a restaurant where you just order appetizers to share, and what wonderful...

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  • Pensiero Lives and is better than before

    What a great experience - from start to finish!Wine List - all Italian and a really appraochable Sommelier (unlike most you find)Service - Casual but refinedFood - The best Italian we've had in the NorthshoreThis is my new go to place!!!!Thanks Pensiero for a wonderful and memorable night Zuppa Crema di Piselli - Truffled English Pea Soup,...

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  • A small and friendly French restaurant

    Jilly's is a small French restaurant in northern Evanston where we ate brunch with friends. It was not cheap, but we enjoyed it very much. Jilly's has a French country feel and a very friendly staff. The menu features a mix of French and American items. The portions were large and the food was very good. The blueberry pancakes were especially...

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  • A friendly diner in Evanston

    Clarke's is a friendly diner in Evanston that is located a couple of blocks from the Northwestern University campus. It is open for breakfast, luch, and dinner, and its menu features a wide variety of dishes, including eggs, waffles, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Its menu has a 1950s theme, and was fun to read, with a number of spoofs...

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  • Funky Place to Eat Desserts

    Chain-smoking students, college-town hipsters and intellectual wannabes hang here instead of at corporate Starbucks down the street. This is the oldest coffeehouse in Evanston. They have sandwiches as well as baked goods. I like the coffee and the italian sodas.

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Evanston Nightlife

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    by pedersdottir Updated Feb 27, 2004

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    Neon lights blaze on newly developed Maple Avenue (at night, that is). The Century 12 and Cinearts 6 theaters show the best of recent releases in the heart of Evanston's new restaurant district. Wolgang Puck's cafe is just next door.

    Parking is available at the Maple St. garage diagonally across from the theaters - and is free with a validated ticket. (Theater personnel can direct you to the validation automats.)

    Grey day, neon night

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Evanston Transportation

  • Great Transportation Abounds in Evanston

    One reason that Evanston is such a great city is because of the wonderful and plentiful transportation that is available to and around the city.Taxi CabThere are five accredited and licensed (by the City of Evanston) Taxi Companies from which to Choose. The good thing is that rates are fixed to and from the airports. They all accept senior taxicab...

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  • Taking the EL to Evanston

    Both the Purple Line and the Red Line EL go from downtown to Evanston. The Purple Line runs express to and from downtown Chicago during rush hour on weekdays. At all other times, Evanston riders must transfer at Howard Street to the Red Line, which runs between Howard and downtown Chicago. There is usually a short wait at the Howard Street stop and...

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  • By Metra

    Evanston is also served by commuter trains coming from the northern suburbs and Chicago. Locals know this line as the Northwestern line but Metra has renamed it the Union Pacific District North Line presumably because it now leaves from the Ogilvie Transportation Center instead of Northwestern Station.This is a more expensive option (currently...

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Evanston Shopping

  • Comics Chic

    Think comics are for kids? Ha! Comics are for revolutionaries and thinkers. Just read Grant Morrison's Invisibles and you'll know what I mean. For those subversive, high brow, comics readers there's Comix Revolution. The fixtures and atmosphere of this place is high class and ethereal. This is no dingy hole in some run down warehouse. This place...

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  • Purchase a Tinker Toy

    Evanston is the city which gave the world Tinkertoys. Tinkertoys are the invention of Charles Pajeau, a stonemason from Evanston, Illinois who established The Toy Tinkers company. Inspired by watching children play with pencils, sticks and empty spools of thread, Pajeau developed several basic wooden parts which children could assemble in a variety...

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  • Newspapers for the Global VIllage

    Magazines and newspapers from around the world are available here - along with coffee to go. A popular first stop for commuters heading downtown to work.If you are in no particular hurry, stay and walk this part of Old Town Evanston. There are a couple of cafes across the street. Head west one block to the Main St. shopping district if you like to...

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Evanston Local Customs

  • Come prepared for the RED, WHITE & BLUE

    Evanston celebrates the 4th of July in a big way. Beginning early in the morning, lawn chairs are set up the length of Central Street, from just below Crawford to the parking lot at NWU's Ryan Field Stadium. They are there 'saving places' for spectators who begin to show up at 1:30 for the 2:00 PM kick-off of the Independence Day parade. The show...

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  • Northwestern University sports

    Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston, is the smallest university in the Big Ten athletic conference, and is also the school with the highest academic standards (although some Michigan alumni may argue that claim). As a result, it is often in the bottom half of the league standings in football and basketball. However, Northwestern...

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  • Walk, jog or ski

    Evanston residents - and visitors- enjoy the open vistas along our Lake Michigan shore. In the summer this stretch along Centennial Park is a favorite spot to jog. Bright winter days attract cross country skiers.

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Evanston Warnings and Dangers

  • DANGER! Sales tax on alcohol in...

    I work on and off at a store in Evanston that sells alcohol, and it's a whopping 14.5% sales tax. I'm not much of a drinker, but since I'm cheap, I will not pay an extra 6% when I do imbibe!!!! You best get your wine and spirits in Skokie, Chicago, anywhere else. Where the sales tax is pretty standard: 7.50 to 8% ?? I'll double check and get...

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  • Parkers: beware!

    The biggest complaint of both visitors and locals? The parking meters! They are always hungry and will gobble up a pocketful of quarters in no time. Their local wardens - the metermaids and metermen - will strike you down with a fine in a flash the moment the little red 'feed me' flag goes up. So visitors: BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. Visitors from...

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Evanston Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Art in Unexpected Places

    Click for view of sculptureWhile visiting the Northwestern Hospital in Evanston, I was impressed with the art displayed there.I especially was quite fond of a large sculpture in the foyer of the Women's Section of the Hospital.As you see in the photo, it's a sculpture of a young mother in a dress who is holding her baby aloft and probably preparing...

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  • A Landmark at Northwestern University in...

    A tour of Northwestern University is not complete without checking out The Rock. This isn't just any rock, it's a landmark rock that has been a symbol at Northwestern University for over 100 years! The tradition of painting the rock started as a prank but soon became accepted as a means of expression. In the 1960's, painting The Rock was a means of...

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Evanston Sports & Outdoors

  • Nothing Better Than College Sports!

    Since my husband's father is a graduate of Northwestern University, we have been fans of their sport's teams for quite awhile. For awhile, we had season tickets to the Football Games. We have also gone to the Basketball Games when they play Indiana.Northwestern is a charter member of the Big Ten and the only private school in the conference. The...

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  • Northwestern Football

    Northwestern football has a long history of losing, but they still play an exciting brand of football in the Big 10. Occasionally, they will pull off a big upset at home, and in recent years they have been contending for a spot in a bowl game. Northwestern's mascot is the Wildcat.Games are played at Ryan Field. It is a small but very nice venue to...

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  • Around the World in 1 Hour

    See classic monuments of the world while playing a round of mini golf at TRAVELER'S QUEST ADVENTURE GOLF. The Great Wall of China stands between the Eiffel Tower and a replica of a Greek Temple. See the Sphinx or Lady Liberty upclose and personal. Just outside of Evanston, the Skokie Sports Park offers all this, and a driving range, too.Summer...

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Evanston Favorites

  • Dawes Park in Evanston

    Click to see panoramic of Lagoon and the ducks!Another place that we walked to on our tour of Evanston was Dawes Park.We stopped at the Lagoon and took photographs. Katja told us that on July 4th each year, people come, blankets in hand, to watch the fireworks over the lake.It's a delightful park and Lagoon...the ducks were enjoying it on the...

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  • Mather Place at The Georgian in...

    On our tour of Evanston, we walked passedMather Place at The Georgian, an imposing structure. We asked our tour guide, Katja, about it. She explained that it is a residence for older adults who do not want the responsbilities of home ownership. It's a great location because it is just steps from fine dining, shopping, and cultural opportunities in...

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  • Oldest Building on Campus at...

    Please CLICK to see the PANORAMIC photoThe high-Victorian Gothic building is the University Hall building on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston. It is the oldest building on campus and was completed in 1869 and is made of Joliet limestone.It is located at:1897 Sheridan RoadEvanston Campus60208Today it is where the English department...

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