Allen Center

2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

T. 847.864.9270


Attendees may park anywhere on campus for free the day of the conference, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Visitors traveling by car will be able to reach the Allen Center by entering from Lincoln Street at Sheridan Road, heading east on Lincoln and following Campus Drive to the north entrance of the building. Due to construction, car traffic will no longer be able to reach the Allen Center via the entrance off of Sheridan Road or the section of Campus Drive it feeds into. For more information on parking, please visit:

Public Transportation

Traveling via METRA commuter rail:

  • Take the Metra/Union Pacific North Line toward Kenosha
  • Get off at Davis St, 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 Sheridan. Walk North on Sheridan towards the intersection of Foster and Sheridan. Just past this intersection of Foster and Sheridan you will see a parking lot. Make a right through the parking lot towards the lake. Follow the sidewalk down the hill. The Allen Center is on the far side of the parking lot.
  • For more information about Metra, visit the Metra Information Center

Traveling via Chicago Transit Authority (CTA):

  • Take the "CTA Purple Line" north toward Linden
  • Get off at the "Foster" stop
  • Make a right, turning east onto Foster St
  • Walk two and a half blocks to Sheridan Rd
  • Just past the intersection of Foster and Sheridan you will see a parking lot. Make a right through the parking lot towards the lake. Follow the sidewalk down the hill. The Allen Center is on the far side of the parking lot.
  • For more information about the Chicago Transit Authority, visit the CTA website

Lodging Options

Hotel Features

This eight-story hotel has 269 spacious rooms and suites with pillowtop mattresses, high-thread-count linens and feather duvets, as well as work desks, laptop safes, free Wi-Fi and dual-line phones with voicemail. In-room entertainment is provided by an mp3 docking station, stocked minibar and flat-panel LCD cable TV. European-style baths have plush towels, spa bath amenities and a free-standing, full-size hair dryer. This hotel also has a fitness center, business center and a concierge desk. On-site dining options include Futami Japanese Cuisine, the Globe Cafe and the Indigo Lounge. Room service is available. Other conveniences include an ATM, laundry/dry cleaning service and valet parking for an additional fee.

Hotel Location

1710 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

The Hilton Orrington/Evanston hotel, 17 miles east of O'Hare International Airport and 22 miles northeast of Midway Airport, is located north of Chicago in the city center of Evanston. Centennial Park, situated along Lake Michigan, is a 10-minute walk away. Northwestern University is just two blocks from the hotel.

Hotel Features

The six-story hotel contains 178 inviting rooms with either a king or two queen-size beds with luxury linens and thick mattresses. A large desk, ergonomic chair and free Wi-Fi and remote printing make it easy to get work done. Additional services are available in the business center, and there's also a restaurant and indoor pool available.

Hotel Location

1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

In addition to its proximity to Northwestern, this Hilton is also less than a mile from lakefront parks and from Wilmette's landmark Baha'i Temple. A commuter rail that runs to downtown Chicago (about 14 miles away) is a block from the hotel. O'Hare is 25 miles away.

Hotel Features

This 12-story hotel boasts 159 rooms where beds sport pillowtop mattresses covered with sinkably soft duvets, cable TVs offer movies and games, and there's free Wi-Fi. The morning brings a free, generous continental breakfast of muffins, bagels, donuts, cereal, hard-boiled eggs and more. Seek out the hot pot of java, always brewing for free in the lobby or just do your best cannonball into the heated outdoor pool. For dinner, get your Irish up at the pub across the street or head to any of the several restaurants nearby.

Hotel Location

1501 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

Located in Evanston, just north of Chicago, the Best Western University Plaza is 16 miles northeast of O'Hare International Airport and 25 miles northeast of Midway. The hotel provides free shuttle service to any destination in a two-mile radius, including world-renowned Northwestern University. Get in the game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs (20 minutes south) or mingle with monkeys at Lincoln Park Zoo, a 25-minute drive south. Right next door to the zoo is the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The CTA's Purple and Red Lines bring guests south to the Magnificent Mile, Chicago's high-end shopping mecca.

Hotel Location

1625 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201