Northwestern University




Buffalo Joe’s
812 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Buffalo Joe’s is famous on the North Shore for its wings (mild, spicy, BBQ or suicide) and waffle cut fries. But you can also get burgers, Chicago-style hotdogs, Bratwurst and Italian beef sandwiches. Buffalo Joe’s is a great carryout option for your tailgate.
Daily, 11am-12am

Hecky’s BBQ
1902 Green Bay Road
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 492-1182
Hecky’s has been serving BBQ with their secret recipe Creole sauce for over 25 years. Hecky’s will take care of catering your tailgate with pulled pork, ribs, hot links, baked beans, coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, and much more! Call ahead or order online.           Mon-Thurs, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-8pm.

Bennison’s Bakery
1000 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-9434

Since 1938, Bennison’s has been providing delicious baked goods not only to Evanston, but the entire Chicago area. Come in for breakfast for fresh scones or donuts, and a latte. At lunch try the Parisian-style sandwiches on their fresh baked breads. Brownies, cupcakes and macaroons are good any time of day! Call ahead of time to order pastries, breads or sandwich platters for your tailgate.
Mon-Fri, 6am-7pm; Sat, 6am-6:30pm; Sun, 8am-3pm

Evanston Farmer’s Market
Intersection of University Place and Oak Avenue

(Behind the Hilton Garden Inn)
Downtown Evanston
Just because you are in Chicago-land does not mean you can not find farm-fresh products! With over 50 vendors, the Evanston Farmer’s Market has been bringing the freshest produce, baked goods, and dairy products from the greater Chicago-land area, south-east Wisconsin, and south-west Michigan. Munch on fresh made crepes, artisan cheeses, and hot donuts. Stock up on fruits, veggies, breads, sausages, and cheeses for your tailgate-and maybe a nice bouquet of fresh cut flowers for your centerpiece! Parking is FREE in the adjacent 1800 Maple Ave. Self Park Garage; have your ticket validated at the City of Evanston tent.Saturdays, May-November, 7:30am-1pm

Evanston Whole Foods Market
1640 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 733-1600
It’s a chain, but Whole Foods does specialize in providing many local products. The beer and wine department is diverse and inexpensive, and their cheese selection is always a winner. Call ahead to place a catering order for anything from deli platters, to wings, to sushi.
Daily, 8am-10pm

Evanston First Liquors
1019 Davis St.
Evanston IL 60201
(847) 328-9651
Large selection of wines, craft beers and liquors. They also sell kegs.
Mon-Sat, 11:00am-10pm; Sun, 11am-6pm

Wine Styles
1741 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-4400
A family owned and operated wine shop offering wines from around the world, most at under $25 a bottle. Free wine tastings Thursday, 6pm-8pm and Saturday, 2pm-4pm.
Tue-Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm

Vinic Wine
1509 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 773-7000
Local and international wines of all types and price levels.
Mon, 11am-7pm; Tue-Thurs, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm



Walk With Us
Former coach Randy Walker (1954-2006), who led the Wildcats from 1999-2005, provided a huge boost to the morality of the Northwestern football program. The school honored him by naming the road northwest of Ryan Field “Walker Way.” Two and a half hours before kick-off, fans line Walker Way, or gather on Randy Walker Terrace inside the stadium overlooking Walker Way. There, they greet the players and coaches as they arrive at Ryan Field; a tradition known as “Walk with Us.”

Wildcat Alley
Two hours before kick-off, head to Wells Field, just north of Ryan Field behind Welsh-Ryan Arena, for a free pregame party open to all ages. Appearances by the NUMB, the cheerleaders and Willie Wildcat are the highlights, as well as free Goose Island beer (two beer vouchers are given to each adult of drinking age for redemption at the beer tent.)



  • Day-of-game campus parking lots open. See here for parking info.
  • 2.5 hours before kickoff: Walk with Us – team arrival on Walker Way, north west side of Ryan Field.
  • 2 hours before kickoff: Wildcat Alley opens north of Ryan Field.
  • 90 minutes before kickoff: Ryan Field gates open.