Anybody Been to a Game at Northwestern and Know About Parking?

Show All Comments

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Here's a link for NU suggestions.

There is parking to be had in the area up around Ryan Field, but as the link suggests, it's pretty limited. Here is a link for lots that are pretty close, both free and pay lots. I would suggest looking in the blocks south of Central first as I've found you can find pretty good parking for free, that is still within minutes of the stadium.

HS
xbuceye's picture

I drove to 3 games when I lived in Chicago. Never had a problem finding parking to tailgate. Will be flying in this time so will be on the Purple Line this go around.
Sorry I don't have more detailed information, but it's been several years since we played there.

HS
HINYG8's picture

I recommend leaving your car at the hotel and taking Uber or Lyft.Particualry if you don't mind waiting about 30 minutes after the final whistle for most of the game traffic to clear out of the local streets.

Also, depending on where you are staying you can take the train.....works great before the game as the crowd arrival is spread out over several hours. can be a bit gnarly after as the walk to the station, the wait, and the train ride itself can be pretty crowded after the game.

And on fourth and one... would you believe?

HS
bucks_4_life's picture

I dont really have anything to add to your topic but was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the best away game to attend? I'd love to take in a buckeye game this year and feel the best way to afford it maybe to make a road trip.

The juice is worth the squeeze

HS
RollRedRoll's picture

Depends on where you are coming from my friend. If it’s just a price thing, the IU game will probably be the most affordable. 

HS
NavyBuckeye91's picture

If you're willing to make the trip, I recommend going to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. You won't be disappointed by the experience and the people are great.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

HS
bucks_4_life's picture

Thanks guys. I appreciate the info. Nebraska maybe a little further than I can make it but Bloomington could be right up my alley.

The juice is worth the squeeze

HS
EJRosencrans's picture

I've been 3 times. Once we had a rental car and we parked very near the stadium. I seem to remember it was free street parking. Maybe we got lucky. The other 2 trips we took the train. It's a fun environment for a game.

Go Bucks!

HS
Knarcisi's picture

I did in 2004 (we got beat that year, ugh). We were drinking all day and staying downtown so took cabs and trains. If you’re staying in Chicago, look into the train. It stops within walking distance of the stadium. 

HS
Kneelblender's picture

There is VERY little parking near the stadium.   I stayed at a Hampton Inn and was able to walk over.   The Stadium seemed inferior to high school stadiums I have seen in Texas!  The people were nice and it is fun, but very dated ...feels like you are thrown back to the 70's!
 

HS
Boulderbuck's picture

Both of my sons went to Northwestern. If you drive past the stadium heading west on Central, turn right on Broadway Ave and you will enter a large neighborhood with free on street parking, and a 10-15 minute walk to the stadium. It’s a safe, upscale neighborhood and an easy walk.

HS
lostbuckfan's picture

We have been going to Northwestern games since my wife and I moved to the Chicago area thirty years ago.   We have had season tickets to Northwestern football and men's basketball for much of that time (except when our sons' sports interfered).   The football stadium - Ryan field - is located at the corner of Central Street and Ashland, at the north end of Evanston and separate from the rest of the Northwestern campus.   The basketball stadium and baseball field are also located just north of the football stadium, and each has been rebuilt in the last two to three years.

One consideration is that the game is likely a sell out driven by OSU fans, and if past is prologue, there will be more scarlet in the stadium than there will be purple.   This means that street parking will be harder to come by and further away, but still quite doable.   Also, if you are willing to pay, there are small converted parking areas around (driveways, businesses, etc) but expect to pay a pretty penny - especially for this game.   My suggestion is that you do street parking, especially if you are willing to walk a fair distance.   Truthfully, in mid October, even for an evening game, a walk should be pretty comfortable, and the area around the stadium should be quite safe, even late in the evening.

There is street parking both west of the stadium and north of the stadium, but not in the immediate streets.   West of the stadium will go quickly and be limited for a sell out (Boulderbuck's suggestions are west of the stadium makes a lot of sense for many of the games during the season, and would require you get there early for the parking for the OSU game).   North of the stadium (north of Isabella) is Wilmette, which is a lovely tree lined suburb - in which we live.   5th Street in Wilmette, which runs North-South, turns into Ashland in Evanston, and is on the west side of Ryan Field.  You will not be able to park in the streets immediately near the stadium, and will have signs up to that effect, but you should be able to park in Wilmette and walk.   Hundreds of cars park in Wilmette for all the games - Greenleaf between 6th and 8th or Central between 6th and 8th is a reasonable target if you get to the game roughly a half hour early.   Give yourself 15 minutes to walk to the stadium.  Make sure you write down where your car is parked, because these are residential areas with limited street lights when the game ends late at night.

I hate the fact that this a Friday night game.   Everything about my being hates this, but we will be there rooting for the Scarlet and Gray.

Hope this helps and Go Bucks!

Lostbuckfan

HS
GlenBuck's picture

There are two trains within walking distance - Metra UP-N line and CTA Purple Line.  Use them.

HS
DuckBuck's picture

Been said a lot on here, but I just asked my wife who is from Chicago and she recommends the train. I've only been to Chicago once but taking the trains around wasn't too big of a hassle. You should be able to park somewhere in the city and get there in a relative short amount of time.

 
HS
wadcutter's picture

Haven’t been to a game there in a few years but we flew to Chicago and took the purple line. It lets you out a couple blocks from the stadium. Also ate in the med center cafeteria. Food was good,cheap and one of the chefs was an osu grad and made my wife and I buckeyes for dessert.

HS