Welcome to CIERA
Transportation from the Airport
We recommend O’Hare International Airport for its convenience to Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. You are welcome to fly into Midway Airport, but it is about 15 minutes farther away from Evanston than O’Hare.
1710 Orrington Avenue
1818 Maple Avenue
1515 Chicago Avenue
Weekdays 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
If your visit to CIERA is supported and you are driving to campus for the day, please request a parking permit at least two weeks in advance. We will mail it to you. When you arrive, look for a surface lot that allows the Yellow Visitor Parking Permit. Leave plenty of time, as lots fill quickly.
The South Campus Garage is a 10-15 minute walk and requires a different permit upon exit. If you park in a campus garage, we will exchange your Yellow Permit for a garage pass that you will insert when you exit.
After 4:00 PM and Weekends
Campus parking is free, with no permits or passes required, in surface lots and garages.
The closest City of Evanston parking garage is the 1800 Maple Avenue Self Park. Directions from Maple Garage to CIERA.
If your visit to CIERA is supported and you are driving to an Evanston hotel, please ask us to request that the hotel add your overnight parking to your bill.
While You Are Here
Organizing Your Schedule
Typically your host will take on the task of putting together your visit schedule; however, please let them know if there are specific people that you would like to try and meet while you are here. Relatedly, CIERA hosts many different events every week. Let us know if there are events happening during your visit that you would like to attend.
Guest Wireless Access
While visiting Northwestern, visitors can connect to the Guest-Northwestern wireless network. Guest wireless is a free service intended for use by visitors requiring short-term access. It is an unsecured connection and should not be used to send or receive sensitive information.
You should know in advance if your trip to CIERA is being reimbursed. To submit for reimbursement, you will need to:
- Fill out a Visitor’s Travel and Expense Form
- Send pdf of completed form and copies of all itemized receipts to:
CIERA Information Coordinator
1800 Sherman Avenue, Floor 8
Evanston, IL 60201
Our Information Coordinator will be able to assist with any questions relating to visit reimbursements.