NU Schedule 2013
|H||Western Michigan||Sep 14|
|H||Ohio State (HC)||Oct 5|
|H||Michigan State||Nov 23||A||Illinois||Nov 30|
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Information for Visiting Football Fans
Time to get ready for 2013!
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.