In an effort to help our fellow Huskers joining us in Evanston for the Nebraska @ Northwestern Game, Chicagoans for Nebraska have put together some tips and suggestions to
make your trip to Chicago and Evanston to watch the Huskers play on October 20th a memorable one.
GO BIG RED!
TICKETS: Single game tickets for the game are SOLD OUT. (Mainly to Nebraska fans, which we are very proud and excited about!) To check other options, visit the Northwestern Ticket Office website www.nusports.com/tickets/
ARRIVING IN CHICAGO BY AIR, TRAIN, AND BUS: Chicago is served by two airports - Midway and OHare. Downtown and Evanston are accessible from both airports by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) El trainMidway by the Orange Line, and OHare by the Blue Line. Follow signs for CTA trains to City and visit www.transitchicago.com/ for more info on train schedules, fares, etc. All stops are equipped with ticket vending machines to purchase fare cards. Chicago Amtrak service and bus service (including Megabus) is served by Union Station, located in the downtown Loop area. CTA transportation is available from Union Station via the Blue Line Clinton stop.
WHERE TO STAY: Chicago offers MANY hotel options. If staying in the city, most hotels are located in the Loop and River North sections of downtown. Some popular hotels with fans coming to town are The Sheraton www.sheratonchicago.com/ and The Wit www.thewithotel.com/. The Loop and River North are served by all CTA train lines and offer many attractions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining and nightlife.
ATTRACTIONS: Chicago has tons of great things to do and see. Here is a list of the most popular attractions: -Navy Pier~Chicago Childrens Museum, sightseeing and architecture cruises, dining, Ferris wheel -Willis Tower, formerly known and the Sears Tower - Skydeck viewing platform -John Hancock Building- Signature Room for dining and cocktails, viewing deck (best sky high view of Chicago, in our opinion) -Chicago Field Museum - natural history at its bestincluding a T-Rex named Suethough we still prefer our Rex and Suh! -Science and Industry Museum~explore a German WWII sub, trains, planes, automobiles, a coal mine, and see how a tornado forms -Adler Planetarium -Shedd Aquarium
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If you plan on doing more than one of the above, its worth checking out www.citypass.com/Chicago, where you can buy passes to several attractions at a discount. -Michigan Avenue- some of the worlds best shopping -State Street- what we like to call normal shoppingmore of your typical mall stores -Wrigley Field - just take the Red Line up to Addison and you cant miss it!
DINING: If you are looking for deep dish pizza, youre in luck! Here is a list of some Chicago staples, as well as a few more upscale options. - Ginos East~deep dish pizza - UNO Pizza~ Ginos rival - Lou Malnatis~ yet another deep dish option - Portillos Hotdogs~ Chicago Dogsdont ask for ketchup! - Harry Careys~ named after the legendary Cubs announcer, a great steak house and bar - Chicago Chop House - Gibsons - Chicago Cut Steakhouse
NIGHTLIFE: Chicago does many things well, and one of those is the bar scene. Even though you pretty much cant go wrong, here are a few of our favorite areas to celebrate a Husker victory in, as well as a list of our Official Chicagoans for Nebraska watchsite bars. -River North - offers many great upscale sports bars, lounges, and restaurantsHubbard Street and the surrounding blocks have some of Chicagos most popular and trendy places to have a drink. A few of our faves are Rockit, Bull and Bear, Public House, Howl at the Moon, Paris Club, English, La Salle Power and Light, and Moes Cantina. -Gold Coast - just north of River North, a great upscale neighborhood for a Martini or cocktail and to see and be seen -Wrigleyville hop on the Red Line up to Addison and youre in the heart of itall the sports bars you could ask for plus morewe think of it as our version of O Street. Some of our faves are Rockwood ( a Husker bar!), Houndstooth Saloon, The Cubby Bear, and Sluggers. -Lincoln Park/Bucktown-Wicker Park Neighborhoods: If youre looking to get out of downtown and the tourist/trendy side, these are two neighborhoods that cant be beat. Both accessible by the CTA (Lincoln Park by the Red, Brown, and Purple Lines, Bucktown/Wicker Park by the Blue Line.) Lincoln Ave. near DePauls campus in Lincoln Park and Division Street in Wicker Park are two of our favorites areas for a late dinner and drinks.
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Here is a list of our Official Husker Barsall of them are looking forward to a Sea of Red all weekend! -Kirkwood - www.kirkwoodbar.com - 2934 N Sheffield, Chicago, IL
-Located in Lincoln Park, just off the Brown Line Wellington stop -Becketts - www.beckettschicago.com - 3466 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL -Located in Lakeview, a short walk from the Brown Line Paulina stop -Rockwood Place - www.rockwoodplace.com - 3210 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL -Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, about a block south of the Stadium on
Clark Street, take the Red Line to Addison Additional Watch Sites in the Chicago surrounding area-suburbs: -Fox & Hound Aurora: 4320 E. New York Ave, Aurora, IL -Fox & Hound Schaumburg: 1416 North Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE THE GAME: Chicagoans for Nebraska would like to welcome all Husker Fans to Chicago by hosting a Paint Chicago Red Party on Friday the 19th at Sidebar, located in River North near the corner of LaSalle and Wacker. We have reserved the bar starting at 7 pm and would love to have you join us for some local beer specials and to get us in the Husker Spirit!!!!
SATURDAY-GAMEDAY! -All Chicagoans for Nebraska bars are looking forward to hosting anyone before, during, and after the game. All bars have great gameday specials, featuring some Nebraska staples, like Elk Creek and Red Beers. -Kirkwood will be hosting a Bus Trip to Evanstonplease notethis event is SOLD OUT, but fans are welcome to go to Kirkwood to be a part of the festivities, Fans without bus tickets will be responsible for their own transportation to Evanston. Blur Parties will be hosting The Tailgate, sponsored by HuskerMax, in Evanston for the Nebraska @ Northwestern game, October 20th! The Tailgate is only three blocks east of Ryan Field and will also serve as a watch site during the game. Enjoy Runza's straight from Nebraska, appearance from the NU Spirit Squad, unlimited buffet, beer and wine, fire pits, HD TV's, music, Goose Island Reserve Vintage Collection tasting, giveaways and more! A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Husker Salute, Team Jack Legacy Fund by CureSearch and Husker Greats. Passes are on sale now! Visit www.blurparties.com/thetailgatenorthwestern to secure passes and for additional information.
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Getting to/Transportation to Evanston and Ryan Field: CTA: Ride the Purple CTA line to the Central Street train station, 2 blocks east of Ryan Field. Parking is available at both the Howard and Linden Stations.
Metra: The Central Street Metra Station is also conveniently located 2 blocks to the west of Ryan Field at 1601 Central Street. Fare varies.
Pace Bus: Pace's Northwestern Ryan Field Express swiftly moves fans from the FREE Schaumburg Park-n-Ride (near Woodfield Mall) to Ryan Field, arriving at the game 1 hour before kickoff. Take a fast ride and leave plenty of time for tailgating for just $4 each way, per person. Routes 213 and 250 also provide service to Northwestern for $1.75 each way, per person.
For more detailed information on the CTA, Metra and Pace please call 836-7000 from any Chicagoland area code (312, 847, 708, 630, 773, 224).
Football Parking & Directions
Parking -There is no day-of-game parking at Ryan Field. Street parking around the stadium is extremely limited, and violators will be towed. -If you do not have a season parking permit, proceed to the designated campus and city parking lots to avoid congestion. The east and west side stadium lots are reserved for season ticket holders only. -There are many free parking lots. Please see the map for specific campus and city parking lot locations.
Directions - Getting to the Game From the North: Take I-94 to Skokie Blvd/ Route 41 Exit. Exit ramp becomes Skokie Boulevard. Continue south to Lake Avenue (2nd traffic light). Turn left on Lake Avenue and proceed east to Sheridan Road and continue south to football parking lots.
From the South: Take I-90/94. Where I-90 and I-94 split, take I-94 towards Milwaukee. Follow I-94 to Dempster Street east and proceed east on Dempster Street to Chicago Avenue. Turn left onto Chicago Avenue and proceed north to football parking lots.
Alternate Route from the South: Take Lake Shore Drive north to Sheridan Road. Continue north on Sheridan Road until you arrive at the Evanston Campus. Proceed to the football parking lots.
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From the West/ O'Hare Airport: Take I-55, I-88 or I-90 to I-294. Follow I-294 north to Dempster Street east. Proceed east on Dempster Street to Chicago Avenue. Turn left on Chicago Avenue and proceed north to football parking lots.
Alternate Exit from I-294 and I-94: Take Touhy Avenue east and proceed to McCormick Boulevard. Turn left on McCormick Boulevard and proceed north to Dempster Street. Turn right on Dempster Street and proceed east to Forest Avenue. Turn left on Forest Avenue and proceed north to football parking lots.
Free NU Shuttle Bus Service -Free Shuttle Buses provide transportation from the campus and city parking lots to two conveniently located stadium stops. -Free shuttle buses run continually beginning two (2) hours prior to kick off until approximately one (1) hour after the end of the game. -After the game, Shuttles going to downtown Evanston lots will pick up on Ashland, NORTH of Walker Way (closer to Isabella). Shuttles going to the NU campus lots will pick up on Ashland SOUTH of Walker Way (closer to Central.) Charter Bus Regulations The City of Evanston provides free parking for charter buses for all Northwestern University home football games at Ryan Field. All buses must enter Ashland Avenue from Central Street and proceed north. Discharge passengers on the east side of the street at the stadium. The major streets at the stadium are closed temporarily to vehicular traffic at the end of the game due to the large number of fans walking east from the stadium. Buses must stay in the lot until 15 minutes after the end of the game. Staff at the lot will release buses at the appropriate time. This allows the majority of pedestrians to clear the stadium area before the buses return (about 30 minutes after the end of the game). Buses returning early are a hazard and will not be allowed in the stadium area.
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