Directions to the James L. Allen Center

Map and Directions

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2800

Located on the western shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Evanston campus, the James L. Allen Center is the home of Kellogg School's Executive Education non-degree programs and Executive MBA Program. Designed and managed exclusively to support the school's degree and non-degree executive programs, the Allen Center hosts more than 5,000 executives annually to one or more of the School's 140 executive programs. For complete information on the Allen Center, please visit the Executive Education Web site.

Parking and Additional Information

Parking is limited at Northwestern. We strongly urge you to take a taxi or a limousine to the Allen Center. If you must drive, remote parking is available. In this case, please stop by our main desk before parking to obtain a permit and further information.

Parking Permit Kiosk
If the event you're attending at the Allen Center does not provide a parking permit, daily (same day) parking permits are available for purchase at an automated kiosk (credit card sales only) on the north end of campus between the Sports and Aquatic Center and the Frances Searle building.

Download Maps and Parking (PDF) for exact locations.

On-campus parking regulations are enforced Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Public Transportation

via Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) "El" trains and subway (walk 0.5 miles)

  • Take the "Red Line" north to Howard
  • At Howard, take the "Purple Line" north toward Linden
  • Get out at the Foster stop
  • Out of the station take a right, turning east onto Foster St.
  • Walk two and a half blocks to Sheridan Rd.
  • In front of you, on the east side of Sheridan Rd, is the Jacobs Center.
  • To get to the Allen Center, walk north on Sheridan, past the Jacobs Center, and turn on the path just south of the parking lot. Walk east towards the lake. Continue down the hill and the Allen Center will be in front of you.

For more information about the Chicago Transit Authority, visit the CTA Home Page.

via Metra Commuter Train (walk 1.2 miles)

  • Take the Metra/Union Pacific North Line to the Davis Street stop in Evanston.
  • Make a left, turning east onto Davis St
  • Walk one long block from Benson Ave to Orrington Ave
  • Make a left, turning north onto Orrington Ave
  • Walk two blocks to Clark St
  • In front of you, on the north side of Clark St, will be the Rebecca Crown Center.
  • Walk east on Clark to Chicago Ave. and make a left.
  • Walk North on Chicago Ave. (which will turn into Sheridan Road at the first light) to the intersection of Foster and Sheridan.
  • The Jacobs Center is at 2001 Sheridan, at the intersection of Foster and Sheridan
  • To get to the Allen Center, walk north on Sheridan, past the Jacobs Center, and turn on the path just south of the parking lot. Walk east towards the lake. Continue down the hill and the Allen Center will be in front of you.

For more information about Metra, visit the Metra Information Center.

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