Getting Here

Downtown Evanston - Getting Here

Welcome to Evanston! Located just north of Chicago, our vibrant city is easily accessible by train, bus, car and bike from neighboring communities or Chicago’s two major airports.

Once you’re here, stay for the day without worrying about high parking fees or sparse transit schedules.


Evanston is served by two train systems. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) purple line elevated trains make 7 stops in Evanston. During peak commute times, these trains run express from downtown Chicago, so you can get to Evanston even faster. If you’re flying into O’Hare airport (blue line train) or Midway airport (orange line train), you’ll first take your train to downtown Chicago, then connect to the purple line train to head north to Evanston.

Metra is the suburban commuter rail system for the Chicagoland area. The Union Pacific North line makes 3 stops in Evanston. Learn more.


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has 4 bus routes to help you get to the busiest parts of Evanston:

You can track buses with the CTA Bus Tracker.

Pace, the suburban system, also has 5 routes:

You can track buses with the Pace Bus Tracker.


Evanston is one of the nation’s top 25 cities for biking to work, according to a 2014 Bloomberg News report based on U.S. Census data. is your source for all things bike-related in Evanston. This site includes information about local events, plans and projects, bike safety videos, and maps. 


These companies are licensed by the City of Evanston. They offer fixed rates to and from the airports.

Parking Tips
  • Sundays: free parking on streets and City lots & garages
  • Anytime: free parking for the first hour at city garages
  • Check out our parking map