NU Schedule 2015
|H||Eastern Illiois||Sep 12|
|H||Ball State||Sep 26|
|H||Penn State||Nov 7|
|A||Illinois (Soldier Field)||Nov 28|| |
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Information for Visiting Football Fans
New for 2015!
I am still in the process of updating the site for 2015. This should be completed soon. A lot has happened in Evanston in the last 12 months, some good, some bad. Here is a quick run down:
Let's get the bad out of the way. The Pine Yard restaurant burned down, and it is unclear when (or if) it will reopen. Buffalo Wild Wings has left downtown Evanston and moved to Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center. The GIO restaurant closed, which was always a favorite of mine. Also, Giordano's closed in the spring of 2015. Alas! I miss them all.
On the good side, we now have a brew pub in downtown Evanston, Smylie Brothers Brewing Company on Oak Street. 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.
Another big addition is Ten Mile House on Central Street, just a block away from Ryan Field. It is an excellent new restaurant with a fine beer selection. The location is awesome for pre-game or post-game get togethers. I predict this place will be packed on game days.
There is also a brand new hotel in the area, the Residence Inn in Wilmette. It is next to the Edens Expressway and very close to Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center. It is a ten minute drive to Ryan Field. All the rooms at this Residence Inn have a full kitchen. Also, there are some two bedroom suites (two bedrooms, two bathrooms, with a shared living room and kitchen), which are really nice for families.
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.