NU Schedule 2013
|A||California||Aug 31||W 44-30|
|H||Syracuse||Sep 7||W 48-27|
|H||Western Michigan||Sep 14||W 38-17|
|H||Maine||Sep 21||W 35-21|
|H||Ohio State (HC)||Oct 5||L 40-30|
|A||Wisconsin||Oct 12||L 35-6|
|H||Minnesota||Oct 19||L 20-17|
|A||Iowa||Oct 26||L 17-10|
|A||Nebraska||Nov 2||L 27-24|
|H||Michigan State||Nov 23||A||Illinois||Nov 30|
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Information for Visiting Football Fans
For those fans expecting to park in the campus lots, things will be tight this season. There is significant construction work underway on the lakefront campus, and the result is some lots are unusable and others are now filled with vehicles shifted over from other lots. It may still be possible to find room for Saturday parking, but it will definitely be more difficult than in past years. Note that the campus lots should not be confused with the stadium lots.
New for 2013!
A lot has happened in Evanston since 2012. First, a new bar called World of Beer has opened in Fountain Square building (1601 Sherman Avenue). They have roughly 50 beers on tap and hundreds more available in bottles. They have plenty of screens for watching sports, too.
There is also the new Farmhouse restaurant, which opened in July in the space at the south end of the Hilton Orrington Hotel. This establishment specializes in locally grown/produced food, beer, and wine. They feature 26 craft beers on tap, and they make their own sodas, including root beer and ginger ale.
As if that were not enough, the popular Bat 17 has expanded! The deli/pub at 1709 Benson Avenue has more than tripled its size by taking over the space next door. The new room features a huge bar, pool tables and plenty of room to just relax. They also decorated the new space with enough Wildcat signage that is almost a shrine to Northwestern sports.
But thereís more! A new music venue called 27 Live has opened at 1012 Church Street (the Old Carmenís Pizza location). This place really looks like a music club. Right now, they mainly open on weekend evenings, but in the near future they will add an everyday restaurant.
I will have more details on these places soon.
If you are planning a trip to Evanston and have never been here before, this web site may be helpful to you. This is my unofficial guide to Evanston's restaurants, bars, hotels, and game day activities. I have been attending Northwestern football games since the late 1970's and have been a season ticket holder since the mid-1990's.
Evanston is the first suburb north of Chicago and is filled with many of the attractions of a large urban area while also maintaining a college-town atmosphere. On football weekends, you can usually find small groups of fans from other Big Ten schools roaming around, decked out in their team colors. Most of the local residents and people who work in Evanston are not fanatical about college football, so it is unlikely that anyone will give you a hard time for wearing your school's colors. After all, this is the Chicago area, and life here revolves around the Bears, Cubs, Sox, and Bulls, as well as zillions of other entertainment options.
Evanston is perched on the shores of Lake Michigan and serves as a buffer zone between the city of Chicago to the south and the well-heeled communities of the north shore. The town resembles both a city and a suburb. In terms available parking, downtown Evanston is very much like a city.
The three areas of interest are the stadium area (note that the football and basketball stadiums are next to each other), the campus, and the downtown area. If you think of the layout as being like a large clock laying face up, the stadium area is at ten o'clock, the downtown area at six o'clock, and the campus at three o'clock.
For street maps of three areas, click on the links below:
For a map of the streets near the campus: campus.
For a map of Evanston's downtown: downtown.
For a map of the streets near the stadium area: stadium.
For the official Ryan Field brochure (in PDF format), which includes a map of the available parking lots, click here.