James L. Allen Center
Due to very limited parking, we encourage visitors to use alternate means of transportation.

From Chicago:

Take Lake Shore Drive north. Where Lake Shore Drive ends at the Sheridan Road and Hollywood Avenue intersection, turn right to go north on Sheridan. Take Sheridan north for five miles, following the green-and-white “Sheridan Road– Lake Michigan Circle tour” signs posted where Sheridan bends. (Note that Sheridan Road traffic in Evanston travels north on Forest Avenue for a few blocks.) Follow “Once you’re on campus” (below).

From O’Hare International Airport:

Follow outbound traffic to get on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) north and follow the “To Milwaukee” signs. Exit at Dempster east. At Potter Road (the first stoplight), turn left and follow Porter north one-half mile to Golf Road. Turn right at Golf and travel east about 10 miles to reach Evanston, where Golf becomes Emerson Street. Where Emerson ends at Sheridan Road, turn left to go north on Sheridan. Follow “Once you’re on campus” (below).

From Midway Airport:

Turn left out of the airport to go north on Cicero Avenue. Travel north for two miles to get on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Take I-55 north to Lake Shore Drive. Refer to the “From Chicago” directions (above).

From the north on the Edens Expressway (I-94):

Exit at U.S. 41 south and continue south to Lake Avenue (the second stoplight). Turn left onto Lake and travel east for three miles to reach Sheridan Road. Turn right to go south on Sheridan and follow the green-and white “Sheridan Road – Lake Michigan Circle Tour” signs posted where Sheridan bends. Follow “Once you’re on campus” (below).

From the north on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294):

At Deerfield, I-294 splits. Follow the “To Chicago” signs to get on the Edens Expressway (I-94). Exit at U.S. 41 south. Refer to the “From the north on the Edens Expressway” directions (above).

From the south on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294):

Exit at Dempster east. Refer to the “From O’Hare International Airport” directions (above).

From the south on the Edens Expressway (I-94):

Exit at Dempster east. Travel east for five miles on Dempster to reach Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Turn left to go north on Chicago, which merges into Sheridan Road just north of the intersection of Chicago and Clark Street. Follow “Once you’re on campus” (below).


All incoming directions (above) lead to Sheridan Road, the main street through Northwestern’s Evanston campus. On the opposite page is a campus map with the Kellogg facilities highlighted in red. The Kellogg School’s academic facilities are accessed from Sheridan Road. The McManus Living-Learning Center is just south of campus on Orrington Avenue in the Evanston business district. If you drive, please ask the department you are visiting for a one-day Northwestern University parking permit.
As many of you know, parking is tricky on campus (walk to take a cab if possible… if you’re at the Orrington, take the shuttle we’ve arranged).

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Kellogg buildings are highlighted in red on the Evanston Campus Map. On-campus parking regulations are enforced Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Public transportation is recommended for delegates living in the surrounding area. Both the El trains and Metra stop are convenient and very close to campus.

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

  • 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 right into Parking Lot D. Walk east through Parking Lot D towards the lake. Continue forward to a second parking lot and the Allen Center will be in front of you.
For more information about the Chicago Transit Authority:
+ Visit the CTA Online

via Metra Commuter Train

  • 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 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 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 left into Parking Lot D. Walk east through Parking Lot D towards the lake. Continue forward to a second parking lot and the Allen Center will be in front of you.
For more information about Metra:
+ Visit the Metra Information Center

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