NU Schedule 2014
|H||California||Aug 30||L 24-31|
|H||Northern Illiois||Sep 6||L 15-23|
|H||Western Illinois||Sep 20||W 24-7|
|A||Penn State||Sept 27|
|H||Nebraska (HC)||Oct 18|
|H||Michigan||Nov 8||A||Notre Dame||Nov 15|
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Information for Visiting Football Fans
For those fans expecting to park in the campus lots, things will be tight again 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 2014!
A lot has happened in Evanston since the end of 2013, some good, some bad. Let's get the bad out of the way. The Pine Yard restaurant burned down, and it is unclear when it will reopen, if ever. Also, the GIO restaurant closed, which was always a favorite of mine.
On the good side, the Smylie Brothers Brew Pub has finally opened - at last a brew pub in downtown Evanston! I was there on opening day and had dinner there a few days later. The space looks great. The owners did it right and completely renovated the building. The beers were excellent, and the wood fired pizzas were tastey. The prices seemed a tad high, by Evanston standards, but I could not argue with the atmosphere and the quality. This is a nice addition.
Note: Kick-off times for the first two home games have been announced. They are both set for 2:30 PM.
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.