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Northwestern University
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

NU is a first class university. I was impressed with the breadth of their curriculum and what they had to offer to the student body.

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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We walked the entire campus on the last morning of our trip. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are countless old historic buidlings and beautiful gardens. I recommend.

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Went to graduate school in chemistry in the late 60's and had one of the best times of my life. The campus gets more beautiful every time I come back!

Thank aspens
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Finally decided to return to NU for homecoming. It was also a class reunion year. It's been so long that i'd forgotten how to get around the campus. Upon arrival (Thursday), it was in the mid-40s, but the weather gods prevailed and temps reached 70 that Saturday. Sunny, not too warm - perfect for a Big 10 football game and all the fun that comes with it. Evanston has always been a beautiful suburb; and it looks even better now. The campus is nestled on Lake Michigan with Sheridan Road running down the center of campus. What beauty! A nice area for walking, enjoying the beauty of nature. I am really looking forward to a return trip - UNLESS it's during the winter. LOL.

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Reviewed September 27, 2011

My wife and I wanted to take our three kids (8,6,6) to their first Big 10 football game at Northwestern. We chose the game against Eastern Illinois on September 10, 2011, at Ryan Field In Evanston, IL. While there were full-price tickets available through the Northwesten box office, the same tickets were available at significantly reduced prices through numerous legitimate ticket brokers. We bought tickets in the first five rows of Section 119 in the endzone for $5.00 each. The tickets arrived via Fedex three days brfore the game the transaction was seemless.

We drove to campus and parked along the street in a neighborhood about three blocks from the stadium. The streets closer to the stadium have very clearly mark "No Parking" zones and I got the very real sense that the Evanston Police had no problem in enforcing that ban! We arrived about three hours prior to game time because we read on Northwestern's website that there were many pre-game activities that were family and fan friendly. There were!

We started the day by lining-up along a short walkway with the Northwestern March Band, the cheerleaders and a whole bunch of other fans to cheer the football players as they got off of their busses and walked to the locker room. Lots of excitement and high fives from the coaches and players for both kids and adults.

After the walk, we moved over to Wildcat Alley which is a short walk from the football field. Wildcat Alley is a group of booths under tents, bean bag games and inflatable sports games including baseball, lacrosse and football. The City of Evanston had a water station set-up and they were giving away water bottles that we filled from their fountains. The Northwestern Athletic Department had a booth set-up and they game away schedules and posters of Coach Fitzgerald and many student athletes from a variety of sports. Whole Foods was giving away snacks; there were three ladies painting faces and one talented young artist doing drawings for kids. All of the activities were free to anyone who visited.

When we finished all of activities in Wildcat Alley we walked into the stadium to find our seats and have lunch. There is semi open-air food court that offers a variety of grilled and fried foods. The prices are pretty high for "real life," but about what we expected for a Big 10 sports venue. I would put the average entree at about $7.50. For the five of us to eat luch it was about $75.00 including drinks and popcorn. The food court is CASH ONLY so come prepared or plan to use one of the ATMs inside the stadium. There are also conventional concession stands set-up throughout the stadium that offer the standard fare of hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, etc., for about the same price as the food court. These concession stands do take the Discover Card, but only the Discover Card because they are the official card of the university.

Overall, our first trip was a huge success! Perhaps the best part of the day was that Ryan Field in a non-smoking/no alcohol venue. Every single one of the police officers, employees, ushers and volunteers that we met were pleasant, polite and professional. The whole family has fun and we're looking forward to going back as soon as possible.

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