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A breezy 12 miles from The Windy City’s downtown district, bustling but livable Evanston holds its own beside the restful blue of Lake Michigan. Home to the top notch Northwestern University and its lively student population, the city comes packed with vibrant offerings for all. Soak up some highbrow culture and rich history in a gallery or museum, take a stroll along the picturesque waterfront, or shop, eat, and be entertained in eclectic style within the city’s high rise and happening downtown.

Things to see

Football fans can catch a game at Ryan Field, home turf of the Northwestern Wildcats football team. Set on the university’s campus, the 47,000-seater outdoor stadium regularly hosts action packed games. Whilst on campus, be sure to drop by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art too. Set behind a shiny glass façade, the museum features a sculpture garden, an art-house cinema, travelling exhibits, and over 4,000 artworks, many by Chicago-based artists. Built in 1873 in response to several shipwrecks, Grosse Point Lighthouse certainly has a few local stories to share. Now a museum, visitors can learn about its history and climb the 141 steps up to the light tower. The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian focuses entirely on North America’s native population, from the Paleo-Indian period through to the present day. Over 9,000 artefacts including tools, crafts, weaponry, and everyday items, detail the cultures and lifestyles of those from the Woodlands, the Plains, and everywhere between.

Hotels in Evanston

Whatever type of stay best suits you, the wide choice of hotels in Evanston can accommodate your needs. Take your pick from upscale chain name hotels with chic modern style, aparthotel suites with kitchens and living areas, or classical B&Bs with 4-poster sleeping arrangements and chandelier-lit charm. The larger options offer plenty of amenities, ranging from business centers, meeting rooms, fitness facilities, and restaurants, to swimming pools and hot tubs in some places too. Most hotels in Evanston don’t hold back with the in-room perks either. Common features include plush bedding, cable television, high speed internet, and tea and coffee makers.

Where to stay

Wherever your hotel in Evanston, the Pace bus system, CTA, and Metra railway networks make getting about a piece of cake. With its towering postmodern-styled marvels, Downtown Evanston is the city’s work and play epicenter. Centered on shopper’s paradise Davis Street, the district offers an endless choice of retail, restaurants, nightlife haunts, and entertainment hubs, suited to all tastes and pockets. Main Street in southeastern Evanston provides another drag of rich and varied commercial offerings, whilst Central Street in the north offers a slightly more local flavor. Walkable and village like, one of a kind stop-offs range from upscale fashion boutiques and coffee shops, to antique dealers.

How to get to Evanston

Those flying in shouldn’t have any problems getting into the area, with one of the world’s busiest airports just 16 miles from city’s core. Chicago O’Hare International serves most major US cities, along with destinations in Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. After landing you can get into Evanston by taxi, pre-arranged hotel shuttle, or the CTA railway network. For the latter you’ll need to get to Howard or Clark/Lake Station first, before taking the Purple Line to Evanston. A cheaper alternative is to take the Pace 250 route bus. It provides direct connections from O’Hare to the city, and stops off at Evanston Davis Street station.

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