Chicago & Evanston

The Allen Center

Evanston, the first in a string of North Shore Chicago suburbs, stretches along four miles of Lake Michigan. A truly “urban suburb,” Evanston includes residential neighborhoods, parks, business districts, beaches and recreational facilities. Evanston's downtown area maintains thriving shops, restaurants, movie theaters and art galleries. The city is just a short train ride away from downtown Chicago. Chicago’s public transit system is extensive and far-reaching, with many bus and train stops throughout both cities.

A mecca for lovers of jazz, blues, delicious food, and diverse cultures, the Windy City is only a 30-minute ride from the Allen Center. For cultural activities, head for the Museum Campus where you will find the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium, or you can visit the Art Institute, or the city’s burgeoning theater district. Spend an afternoon on the Chicago River taking an architectural boat tour, or stop by Navy Pier for an IMAX movie and a ride on the ferris wheel. Sports fans can take in a professional basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer game, and jazz lovers shouldn’t miss Al Capone’s old haunt, The Green Mill. Hundreds of restaurants abound to satisfy every palate, from the upscale Gibson’s Steakhouse in the Gold Coast neighborhood to the Rock Bottom Brewery on State Street.We encourage you to take advantage of the many entertainment opportunities offered by this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

Whether you prefer department stores or cozy boutiques, you’ll find many places to explore along Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue, also known as the “Magnificent Mile.” Another favorite local destination is the Old Orchard Shopping Center, an open-air mall located just ten minutes (by car) from the Allen Center. Old Orchard offers a multitude of quality shops, salons and restaurants in a tranquil and beautifully maintained setting. There is also a variety of boutique and brand-name shopping options located just off campus in downtown Evanston.
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