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“Lovely Campus by the Lake”

Northwestern University
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$180.00*
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Private Chicago North Shore Half-Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Evanston
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

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.

Thank wendy L
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Even if attending the university is not in your plan, tour the campus and walk along the lakefront where, on a clear day, you can get a wonderful view toward the Chicago skyline.

Thank kayco23
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Located on Lake Michigan, wonderful walkways and great views of the lake. Next to downtown Evanston that has great places to eat, and some shops for those inclined to visit and support locally owned business's.

Thank james326Chicago
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Most of the campus is behind the buildings visible on Sheridan Rd.--a main road through Evanston. It's difficult to park on campus because you need permits. There is some parking at the South end by the theater and there is Evanston city parking within a 3 or 4 block walk. If you're going for a tour I'm sure you can get information and permits. It is just beautiful, right on Lake Michigan and well worth a walk. Downtown Evanston has plenty of restaurants and interesting stores. There are a few hotels there also.

Thank easterngal
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Couldn't go on campus as it was finals week, but got to drive around enough to get my son an idea what the campus looks like as well as the surrounding city.

Thank lovemycab
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