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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.

Learn More About Evanston Campus Evanston Campus Map

Transportation from O'Hare/Midway Airports

Order Taxi

Pre-order online, or call 847-255-9600 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
Fax 1-847-866-8724
Directions to Northwestern / CIERA

Hilton Garden Inn

1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone 1-847-475-6400
Fax 1-847-475-6460
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 the Second floor of the F wing in the Technological Institute.

Map to CIERA in Tech

CIERA Offices Map

Get Directions to TechTech Room Finder

Need Parking?

Between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Weekdays

North Campus Garage
Enter the garage and park. If your visit to CIERA is covered, please see a staff member for a pre-paid exit voucher. Otherwise, please pay at the garage kiosk or exit lane upon exiting.

Surface Lots
If your visit to CIERA is covered, please contact CIERA or call 847-491-8646 at least two weeks before your visit. A permit will be mailed to you. Look for a lot that allows the Yellow Visitor Parking Permit. The closest surface lot is directly across from Tech, south of Noyes St.

Evanston Campus Parking Map

After 4:00 pm, and Weekends

All campus parking, including garages and surface lots, is free with no visitor permit required after 4:00 pm and on weekends.

While You Are Here

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.

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Evanston Weather

Restaurant Suggestions


Evanston has a thriving culinary scene, so exploration is encouraged! Here are some of our favorites nearby places:

On Campus (Lunch)

Norris University Center – Many à la carte choices
Allen Center – Quality buffet dining
Cohen Commons – Casual buffet; close to CIERA offices
Tech Express – Select lunch and snack options. Coffee!!

Off Campus (Dinner)

Oceanique – French-American style seafood
The Stained Glass – Wine bar and Bistro
Boltwood – Upscale American fine-dining
Farmhouse – Next door to the Hilton Orrington Hotel



Creating 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



You should know in advance if your trip to CIERA is being reimbursed. To submit for reimbursement, you will need to:
CIERA / Department of Physics & Astronomy
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3112

Our Information Coordinator will be able to assist with any questions relating to visit reimbursements.