Northwestern University is a wonderful old university, tucked into a lovely, tree-lined neighborhood which sits right on Lake Michigan. The campus itself has some interesting old buildings, but the outdoor common areas and the lakefront are the things worth seeing if you are not interested in visiting the campus as a potential student. Near the student union building there is a beautiful pond stocked with fish, and a bike path that winds around campus and fronts the lake. This is my personal favorite way to navigate - bikes rule. Parking near the university and in the Evanston area is difficult on good days, and a disaster if there is a university event (ball game, graduation). Walk, bike, take the bus (or shuttles) and you will be much happier. But don't visit the campus without a before or after trip to the surrounding neighborhoods - south along the lakefront, and north/west of the campus. Beautiful, historic old homes, a lighthouse and public beach areas. Something for everyone.
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