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EvanstonUnited States of America

The university campus of this lakeside city contains many of its cultural treasures, while a canal meanders through the adjoining green parks.

Beyond the northern limits of Chicago on Lake Michigan, find the charming university town of Evanston. Locals pass their time on the lakeside promenade and around the museums and theaters of the city center. Soak up the atmosphere at one of the downtown pizza places or ice cream parlors.

For a window into the city’s youthful dynamic, embark on a guided tour of Northwestern University. Skirting the rim of Lake Michigan, its leafy campus is brimming with art galleries and neo-Gothic and modernist architecture.

Wander through the bucolic settings of the Northwestern University Lakefill and the Shakespeare Garden and visit the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Watch football at the university’s Ryan Field.

Stretching along the northern border of the campus is sandy Lighthouse Beach. Visit the 19th-century Grosse Point Lighthouse, which offers tours on summer weekends. Bring your kids to the playground in the heart of the adjacent Lawrence O. Lawson Park.

Tall masts rise from the diverse vessels in Wilmette Harbor, whose water twists through the city in the form of the North Shore Channel. Relax in some of the parks through which it passes, including Leahy Park, Chandler Park and William H. Twiggs Park.

Dawes Park and Centennial Park showcase Evanston’s verdant scenery along the lakeside area. Peruse the exhibits of the Evanston History Center in the southwestern corner of Dawes Park.

Venture inland to the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Paintings, sculptures and pottery made by indigenous groups line the walls.

The city sits on the western shore of Lake Michigan, 14 miles (22 kilometers) north of Chicago. Fly to O’Hare International Airport and arrange a hotel shuttle transfer. You can also get here from Chicago via bus, train or car. Rent a bike or take the metro to get around the city.

Evanston is filled with enchanting lakeside strolls, picnics in the park and youthful exuberance.

Top Hotels in Evanston

Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston
Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston
3.5 out of 5
1515 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL
The price is ¥10,665 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in the heart of Evanston, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Northwestern University and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Baha'i House of Worship. Loyola University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (693 reviews)

"Great location, great service, clean, spacious rooms. Perfect."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston
Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston
Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston
3 out of 5
1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL
The price is ¥8,013 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Northwestern University and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Baha'i House of Worship. Loyola University Chicago ...

4.1/5Very Good! (965 reviews)

"I booked a smoking room, but was told that the hotel doesn’t have smoking rooms. This should be updated on their booking. Nowhere did it say that it was a smoke-free hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
3.5 out of 5
1818 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,769 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (968 reviews)

"i like hilton. clen room.big room.good service.nice area to many restaurant very close"…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Evanston

Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
3 out of 5
100 Barclay Blvd, Lincolnshire, IL
The price is ¥7,259 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest College, and Chicago Botanic Garden. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (491 reviews)

"Free upgrade when asked for new room because of loud music in nearby rooms"…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
3 out of 5
200 Royce Blvd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
The price is ¥9,384 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Oakbrook Center Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Drury Lane Theater. College of Dupage ...

4.3/5Excellent! (715 reviews)

"It was clean with plenty of room. Staff was great. Not much parking so we did end up parking on the street 2 of our 3 nights but definitely not a deal breaker-we’d go back."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
4 out of 5
1140 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥31,527 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

This family-friendly Chicago aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of State Street, Second City, and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
#1 in Chicago

"It’s always very clean, quiet and very relaxing to stay at LEVEL"…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Evanston

Northwestern University
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Northwestern University

4.5/5(1,211 reviews)

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

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
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Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

Embrace the academic, artistic culture of Evanston in a university museum that hosts exhibitions, film screenings and events in a stylish modern space.

Grosse Point Lighthouse
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Grosse Point Lighthouse

Take a tour of Evanston’s 19th-century lighthouse, which was once used to guide ships into Chicago Harbor and today stands as an eye-catching lakeside landmark.

Clark Street Beach
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Clark Street Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Clark Street Beach during your trip to Evanston? Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

4.5/5(4,870 reviews)

A ferris wheel, shopping, restaurants and more can be found in this waterfront  entertainment district.

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(2,128 reviews)

Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.

Top things to do in Evanston

Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions
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Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions

¥8,867
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

¥2,671
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
The Field Museum
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The Field Museum

¥2,778
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour
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Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour

¥4,268
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions

¥11,645
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago
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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

¥2,885
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Evanston

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 31.724137931034484%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.4482758620689653%
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2 - Disappointing 1.0344827586206897%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Best town. Hands down.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

Absolutely fell in live with the area. Will definitely being going back once it’s safe to travel. Wasn’t able to leave the hotel room due to the current health problem. I did however, see all kinds of places to visit and eat in future.

3/5 - Okay

Patricia

Feb 18, 2020

The hotel had no hot water to take a morning shower

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

We attended a bridal shower Sunday and visited with family.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Great location for those with business / family in the area. Nice quiet city after 4 days in the Loop in Chicago. I could live there as a retiree.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

It's an excellent town to visit in its own right. With Northwestern University right there, there's a lot of very interesting restaurants & shops.

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