Directions & Transportation

Directions & Transportation

GETTING HERE

By Plane        By Car        By Bus or Train          Evanston Maps

The City of Evanston is the first suburb north of Chicago located on Lake Michigan. With its close proximity to Chicago, Evanston is extremely easy to reach. Evanston is only a half hour drive away from the bustling O’Hare International Airport and an hour away from Chicago Midway International Airport. The Chicago Transit Authority has extensive bus routes and trains running to and from Evanston to the city, the surrounding suburbs and the airports.

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O’Hare Airport is located west of Evanston and offers the most connections more times a day to more cities than any other airport in the world. It was voted the "Best Airport in North America" by readers of Business Traveler International for five consecutive years (1998 - 2002), and just reclaimed its title for the 2004 year. It is accessible by car and by public transportation.

Midway International is 10 miles south of downtown Chicago and about an hour drive from Evanston. After an eight-year renovation project, it is one of the fastest growing airports. Midway is accessible by car and by public transportation.

By Car

From O’Hare:

  1. Take the main exit from the airport.
  2. The exit becomes I-190, follow it east for one half mile.
  3. Exit right on I-294, the Tri-State Tollway, and head north towards Wisconsin.
  4. Continue north for three miles to the eastbound Dempster Street exit.
  5. Take Dempster Street east for 10 miles, through the towns of Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove and Skokie.
  6. Continue on Dempster through Skokie until reaching the City of Evanston.

From Midway:

  1. Take Cicero Avenue north to I-55.
  2. Turn right on I-55 and head towards downtown Chicago.
  3. Continue on I-55 until hitting Lake Shore Drive.
  4. Head north on Lake Shore Drive through downtown Chicago until Lake Shore Drive splits.
  5. Once Lake Shore Drive splits, get into one of the two right lanes and turn right on Sheridan Road heading north.
  6. Follow the signs for Sheridan Road, continuing north until reaching Evanston.

From the west or northwest via I-88, I-90 or I-190

  1. Take I-88, I-90 or I-190 until reaching I-294.
  2. Exit right on I-294, the Tri-State Tollway, and head north towards Wisconsin.
  3. Continue north for three miles to the eastbound Dempster Street exit
  4. Take Dempster Street east for 10 miles, through the towns of Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove and Skokie.
  5. Continue on Dempster through Skokie until reaching the City of Evanston.

From the north via I-94

  1. Go south to Skokie Highway
  2. Continue south on Skokie Highway 2 miles to Golf Road
  3. Take a left on Golf Road and head east.
  4. Follow Golf Road into Evanston.

From the west/southwest via I-55, I-80 or I-94 West

  1. If taking I-80, take it until the interchange with I-55.
  2. Take I-55 northbound.
  3. Continue on I-55 until the interchange with I-90/I-94, the Kennedy Expressway
  4. Go northbound on I-90/I-94 until I-94 splits from I-90.
  5. Bear right and stay on I-94 going north.
  6. Take I-94 north to Dempster Street, exit 37B.
  7. Follow Dempster Street into Evanston.

From the south/southeast via I-80, I-94, I-57 or I-90

  1. Taking any of the above routes, travel until reaching I-94 W
  2. Travel north on I-94 W.
  3. Take I-94 north to Dempster Street, exit 37B.
  4. Follow Dempster Street into Evanston.

By Bus or Train

Chicago Transit Authority Bus & train routes in metro Chicago & select suburbs

Pace Bus Suburban bus routes

Metra Rail Train routes in metro chicago and most suburbs

GETTING AROUND

Public Transportation

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Buses

CTA Bus Schedules   (City of Chicago & Evanston)

Pace Bus Schedules   (Evanston & other suburbs)   

 

Trains: The City of Evanston is served by both the Metra Train system and the CTA’s “L,” short for elevated. In the heart of Downtown Evanston, on Davis St., there is both a Metra Train station and an “L” Station. There are also many other “L” stops in Evanston.

The Metra serves the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry and Kane. It runs to many suburbs, downtown Chicago, Southern Illinois and other Midwestern states.

The CTA's "L" serves the City of Chicago extensively and the surrounding suburbs. The “L” runs to all sides of Chicago and to both airports. Evanston is on the purple line of the system.

Taxi Cab:

The following taxicab companies are licensed by the City of Evanston.  These companies offer fixed rates to and from the airports, and accept senior taxicab coupons.

Car

Use our collection of printable & interactive maps

Walking

Evanston is a very walkable city.  Check walkability scores for specific addresses on walkscore.com