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Information for Visitors

Welcome to CIERA

Are you visiting CIERA as a researcher, speaker, or collaborator?

Please peruse the information on this page to learn more about what to expect, and how to prepare for your stay.


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.

Order Taxi

Pre-order online, or call 847-673-1000 from airport as soon as you deplane. Company will text taxi number to you (please only take that taxi). Drivers are waiting nearby, and will proceed to terminal to meet you.

Ask for the flat rate to Evanston.

Estimate Fare

UberX is also an option for visitors. Please bear in mind that deluxe rides/surge pricing may not be fully reimbursable per Northwestern University policy.

Estimate Fare

Standard Lyfts are another option for visitors. Please bear in mind that deluxe rides/surge pricing may not be fully reimbursable per Northwestern University policy.

Evanston Hotels

Hilton Orrington

1710 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone 1-847-866-8700
Directions to Northwestern / CIERA

Hilton Garden Inn

1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone 1-847-475-6400
Directions to Northwestern / CIERA

Hyatt House

1515 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone: 1-847-864-2300
Directions to Northwestern / CIERA

Locating CIERA

 CIERA is located on Floor 8 of the 1800 Sherman Avenue building.

Get Directions to CIERA

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Need Parking?

On Campus


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.

Off Campus


The closest City of Evanston parking garage is the 1800 Maple Avenue Self Park. Directions from Maple Garage to CIERA.

Hotel Valet

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.

Public Transportation

For a small fare, experience Chicago’s public transportation options. Tickets can be purchased in-station and in-app.


CTA Bus & ‘L’ Trains

Nearest Major Stops |

Purple Line – Davis
Bus – Davis


Metra Commuter Train

Nearest Major Stop | Davis Street UP-N Station


Pace Bus

Nearest Major Stop | Davis

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.

CIERA People Directory Upcoming Events

Evanston Weather

Guest Wireless Access

While visiting Northwestern, visitors can connect to the Guest-Northwestern or eduroam wireless networks. 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.

Learn More


You should know in advance if your trip to CIERA is being reimbursed. To submit for reimbursement, you will need 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.