Northwestern University

PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION
SPORTS
GOLF COURSES

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Evanston’s setting along the shores of Lake Michigan, with its white sandy beaches and magnificent views of the Chicago skyline, draws visitors, students and residents alike outdoors year-round.

Shakespeare Garden
Maintained by the Garden Club of Evanston, the Shakespeare Garden is located on the NU campus just north east of the Dearborn Observatory (2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208). Created in 1915, the garden commemorates the 300th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1616). Every plant in the garden is either native of Tudor England, or was mentioned at some point in one of Shakespeare’s plays.

Lakefill
85-acres of lakefill, just east of the Norris University Center, was created in 1962 with limestone, dirt and sand from the Indiana Dunes. The lakefill peninsula is the perfect spot for picnicking, jogging, biking or simply taking in the views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Read the full history of the lakefill construction here.

Dawes Park
1700 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60201
Stretching along Lake Michigan near downtown Evanston, just south of the UN campus, Dawes Park offers beaches, a lagoon, fountains, rock bluffs, walking paths and stunning views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. See the City of Evanston Parks website for a complete list of parks in the city.

Lake Michigan Lakefront
Along the lakefront, you will find five public swimming beaches. Swimming is permitted June-Labor Day from 10:30am-7:30pm, but the beaches are open for walking at other times. From June-Labor Day, rent a kayak or sailboat.
Walk and jog along the lakefront paths, or rent a bike.

Ten 27 Cycles 
1027 Davis Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 864-7660

Formerly known as Turin Bicycles, Ten 27 Cycles rents hybrids hourly or by-the-day for exploring Evanston and the lake shore paths.
See website for current rental rates
Mon-Thurs, 11am-8pm; Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm
 

Wildcat Wheels Rentals
Norris University Center
1999 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2345
The NU campus is perfect for biking along the lake front, around the lakefill peninsula, through campus and around Evanston.
Mon-Fri, 12:30pm-5pm
Single rider bike: $5 per day; Tandem bicycle built for two: $10 per day

Norris Outdoors
Norris University Center
1999 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

(847) 491-2345
Rent Frisbees, balls, croquet, volleyball and net, all for use on the grassy grounds of the Norris University Center. When it snows, rent cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore around campus and along the lakefront parks and paths.
Mon-Fri, 12:30pm-5pm

Outdoor Ice Rink
Created in the winter of 2011, students and the public alike are now able to enjoy skating outdoors on the NU campus.
Mon-Sat, 8am-11pm; Sun, 10am-11pm
Skating is free to those with skates. Skate rental only available to students, faculty, staff and their guests. General Public must provide their own skates.

Robert Crown Ice Complex
1701 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 448-8258
Home to the Northwestern Wildcats Men’s Ice Hockey Team, the Robert Crown Ice Complex offers public skating sessions and ice skate rental.
Office Hours:  Mon, 9:30am-6pm; Tue, 9am-8pm; Wed, 9:30am-6pm; Thurs, 9am-8pm; Fri, 9am-9pm; Sat, 8am-9pm; Sun, 12pm-4pm
Call for ice rental hours


SPORTS

Northwestern University Athletics
Ticket Office: 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775)

Combe Tennis Center
2311 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60201
The premiere, state-of-the-art tennis facility in collegiate athletics, Combe has six tennis courts with views of Lake Michigan for both men’s tennis and women’s tennis. Combe hosts numerous national meets and tournaments throughout the season.

Ryan Field
1501 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 491-7887
Tickets: 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775)
Ryan Field sits on what was once a football field that held 10,000 people on wooden benches in the very early 1900s. In 1926, a new stadium was constructed to seat 45,000, and was named Dyche Stadium after former Evanston Mayor, NU Business Manager and NU Vice President William A. Dyche. Renovations in 1949 brought the capacity up to 49,256. In 1996, Dyche Stadium received a complete overhaul, and was reopened in the fall of 1997 with grass turf and a capacity of 47,130. The stadium was renamed Ryan Field after The Ryan family. Patrick G. Ryan, a 1959 graduate, is the Chairman of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees and has been a board member since 1978.  His wife, Shirley Ryan, is a 1961 graduate and has been a member of Northwestern’s Women’s Board since 1978. Sitting less than a mile from Lake Michigan, spectators on the upper level of the west side of the stadium can catch a view of the water while those Lake Michigan winds whip through the stands.
2012-13 Football Schedule

Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208
Office: (847) 491-7887

Tickets: 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775)
Welsh-Ryan Arena, located just north of Ryan Field, is home to men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Opened in 1952 as McGaw Memorial Hall, Welsh-Ryan Arena seats over 8,100 fans.

 

GOLF COURSES

Frank Govern Memorial Golf Course
1031 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 475-9173
18-hole and 9-hole rates for players with all abilities.
See website for current greens fees.

Peter N. Jans Community Golf Course
1031 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 475-9173

18-hole executive style course with water hazards at every hole.
Call for current greens fees.