Getting Around

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In Evanston getting around is easy. The city is served by an extensive public transit system as well as streets easily navigable on foot, by bike and car. Buses and trains make getting around town and to and from neighboring communities and two major airports convenient.

Transit

There are a lot of great transit options in Evanston that make getting around without a car convenient.

Buses

Evanston has several convenient bus options to help get you around the city.

CTA Buses

Chicago Transit Authority operates several bus routes in Evanston. CTA buses can help get you to the busy areas of Evanston. Routes with stops in Evanston include: 

  1. Route 206 - Evanston Circulator
    • In AM rush, buses operate north on Ridge and Lake and south on Dodge and Asbury. In PM rush, buses operate south on Dempster and Ridge, and north on Dodge and Asbury. See schedule for full details.
      Service Hours:
      Howard (accessible) (Red, Purple,Yellow) north to Central/Crawford
      6:55a-8:55a & 2:40p-6:35p weekdays
      Central/Crawford south to Howard (accessible) (Red, Purple, Yellow) 
      6:35a-8:25a & 2:15p-6:20p weekdays
      Route 206 Schedule & Map

  2. Route 205 - Chicago/Golf
    • Service Hours:
      Howard (accessible) (Red, Purple,Yellow) north to Skokie Courthouse/Old Orchard Mall
      6:20a-6:30p weekdays
      Skokie Courthouse/Old Orchard Mall south to Howard (accessible) (Red, Purple, Yellow)
      7:00a-6:35a weekdays
      Every 30 minutes weekday middays.
      Route 205 Schedule & Map

  3. Route 201 - Central/Ridge
    • Service Hours:
      Howard (accessible) (Red, Purple,Yellow) north to Old Orchard Mall
      5:00a-8:00p weekdays, 9:10a-7:10p Saturday
      Old Orchard Mall south to Howard (accessible) (Red, Purple, Yellow)
      5:50a-8:00p weekdays, 8:55a-7:15p Saturday
      Route 201 Schedule & Map

  4. Route 93 - California/Dodge
    • Service Hours:
      Kimball (accessible) (Brown) north to Davis (accessible) (Purple)
      6:00a-9:00p weekdays, 7:00a-7:30p Saturday
      Davis (accessible) (Purple) south to Kimball (accessible) (Brown)
      5:50a-9:45p weekdays, 7:45a-8:15p Saturday
      Every 25 to 30 minutes weekday middays and all day Saturdays.
      Route 93 Schedule & Map

You can track buses with the CTA Bus Tracker.

Pace Buses

Pace is the suburban bus system that serves Chicago’s surrounding cities including Evanston. Pace also operates a number of other useful transportation services. Pace routes in Evanston include:

  1. Route 213 - Green Bay Road
    • Provides weekday and Saturday service from Northbrook Court to the Davis Street CTA Purple Line Station in Evanston making stops near New Trier High School, Ravinia Festival, and the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This route parallels a portion of the Metra Union Pacific North Line.
      Route 213 Schedule | Route 213 Map

  2. Route 215 - Crawford/Howard
    • Provides daily service between Westfield Old Orchard, Rush North Shore Medical Center and the Howard Street CTA Station (Red, Purple and Yellow Lines) operating via Golf Road, Crawford Avenue and Howard Street. Acts as a commuter service route to the Rapid Transit Station for commuters going to and from the City of Chicago.
      Route 215 Schedule | Route 215 Map

  3. Route 250 - Dempster Street
    • Dempster and then south to the O'Hare Kiss-n-Fly ATS Station. Service along this line includes the Davis Street CTA Station (Purple Line), the Skokie Swift CTA Station (Yellow Line), Notre Dame and Main East High Schools, and Lutheran General Hospital. Posted stop info.
      Route 250 Schedule | Route 250 Map

  4. Route 422  - Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court
    • Provides weekday service from Wilmette to Northbrook. Service operates from Linden CTA Purple Line station to Northbrook Court. Serves the following major destinations: Howard CTA, Linden CTA, Metra Union Pacific North Line (Wilmette), Metra Milwaukee District North Line/Amtrak (Glenview and Northbrook), Regina Dominican H.S., Edens Plaza, Loyola Academy, New Trier H.S. (Northfield), Westfield Shoppingtown Old Orchard, Skokie Courthouse, Christian Heritage Academy, Kraft Headquarters, UPS and Northbrook Court.
      Route 422 Schedule | Route 422 Map
  5. Route 208 - Green Bay Road
    • Provides daily service from Evanston to Schaumburg. Service operates via Golf Road from Davis Street CTA Purple Line/Metra Station to the Pace Northwest Transportation Center. Service on Sundays has a shorter span of service. Serves the following major destinations: Evanston Township High School, Westfield Shopping town Old Orchard, Kraft, Four Flags, Golf Mill, Oakton Community College, Metra UP Northwest Line stations (Golf, Cumberland and Des Plaines), Pace Headquarters, Continental Towers, Meadows Corporate Center, Centennial Center, 3 COM, Hyatt, Woodfield Mall and Streets of Woodfield.
      Route 208 Schedule | Route 208 Map

You can track buses with the Pace Bus Tracker.

Trains

Evanston is served by two train systems that can help you get to and around the city.

CTA Trains

Evanston is served by the CTA’s purple line “L” train throughout the day. The Purple Line makes the following stops in Evanston:

  • Central: Provides an easy way to get to Evanston Hospital, and Northwestern’s Ryan Field and Rocky Miller Park.
  • Noyes: From this stop you can easily get to the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Tallmadge Park, and Northwestern University.
  • Foster: From this stop you can easily walk to the central part of Northwestern University.
  • Davis: Offers easy access to downtown Evanston and its variety of shopping and restaurants, and the Evanston Public Library.
  • Dempster: Offers easy access to many shops and restaurants.
  • Main: Offers access to Main Street’s shops and restaurants as well as some of Evanston’s newest luxury apartments.
  • South Blvd: The first stop in Evanston is a short walk from St. Francis Hospital.
  • Purple line express trains during commuter times make getting to and from Evanston fast. Express services between Linden and Downtown
    • Linden to Loop: 5:20a-9:30a, 2:30p-6:30p
    • Loop to Linden 6:05a-10:15a, 3:15p-7:15p

In June 2015, CTA will begin offering later Purple Line Express trains with express southbound trains leaving Davis at 8:07.

Track CTA trains with CTA Train Tracker.

Metra

Metra is the commuter rail system that serves the greater Chicago area. There are several stops in Evanston on the Union Pacific North Line (UP-N): Main, Davis, Central. You can track trains with the Metra Rail-Time Tracker.

Taxi Cabs:

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

Car

There are a variety of maps that will help you navigate your car around Evanston.

Bike Evanston

Evanston boasts a series of bike routes and lanes that make cycling an enjoyable way to get around the city. Evanston is one of the first suburb communities to implement protected bike lanes, making bicycling safe and easy.

Many transit stops and shopping areas have bike racks for convenient bike parking. The city also provides safe and covered bike parking at two parking garages: 1800 Maple Self Park and Sherman Plaza Self Park.

Evanston has partnered with Chicago to expand the Divvy Bike share program.

Walk Evanston

Walking around Evanston is safe and convenient. You can check walkability scores for specific addresses on walkscore.com.

Maps