Directions


IPR's administrative building is located at 2040 Sheridan Road on Northwestern's Evanston campus. The campus is 12 miles north of downtown Chicago and can be accessed by car, Chicago Transit Authority trains (also known as the 'L'), PACE suburban buses, and the Metra commuter rail.

If you are driving, a daily permit is required for Northwestern's visitor parking lots and can be obtained at the Parking Office located at 1819 Hinman Ave. Two-hour parking is also available on some residential streets close to campus. For more information on parking, visit here.

A detailed Google Map with parking lots, train stations, and other important IPR buildings is on the left. You can download a pdf of the map here (PDF).

Cabs to/from Airports
Directions from O'Hare International Airport  |  from Midway International Airport 
Directions from Union Station/Downtown Chicago
 

Cabs to/from Airports

If you plan to take a cab to IPR from the airports, we suggest pre-ordering a cab from either Norshore, Purple, or 303 cabs. They have flat rates from the airports and also know their way to and around Evanston. Chicago cabs charge one and half times the metered rate. You can reserve your cab the evening before or the morning of your flight.

Once you have arrived and retrieved your bags, call the cab company and tell them what Terminal/Door you are closest to. If you are at O'Hare, they will pick you up in the center lane outside of the baggage claim. At Midway, they will pick you up in the outer lane. It usually takes them about 5 minutes to get there.

303 Taxi
847-256-0303

Norshore Cab
847-864-7500 

Purple Cab
847-662-6000 

From O'Hare International Airport

By Car

  • Take the airport access road to Interstate I-190 E towards Chicago (2.3 mi)
  • Take exit 1C for I-294 N/Tollway toward Milwaukee (4.1 mi)
  • Exit onto US-14 E/Dempster St (9.7 mi)
  • Turn left onto Chicago Ave (0.7 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left. 

By Public Transportation

  • Board Pace Bus Route 250-Dempster Street at O’Hare’s Kiss-N-Fly station (located outside of the International Terminal/Terminal 5)
  • Take the bus to its final stop, Evanston-Davis St. 
  • Walk east on Church St., then take a left at Chicago Ave., continuing straight onto Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left. (0.6 mi)

For more information, schedules, fares, and maps visit the RTA website.

From Midway International

By Car

  • Head south on S. Cicero Ave. and make a legal U-turn onto W. 59th St. (2.6 mi)
  • Merge onto I-55/Stevenson Expressway via the ramp toward Chicago (7.0 mi)
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto US-41 N/S. Lake Shore Dr. (10.5 mi)
  • Turn right onto N. Sheridan Rd. (1.1 mi)
  • Turn right to stay on N. Sheridan Rd. continuing onto South Blvd. (2.7 mi)
  • Turn right onto Chicago Ave. (1.7 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left.

By Public Transportation via the 'L' (Weekday Rush Hours)

  • Take the Orange Line from the Midway stop towards Loop
  • Transfer at the Washington/Wells stop to the Purple Line marked ‘Linden’ 
  • Exit train at the Foster stop and walk east, turning left at Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left (0.3 mi)

For more information about Chicago public transit, visit the CTA website.

By Public Transportation via the 'L' (Non-Rush Hours)

  • Take the Orange Line from Midway towards Loop
  • Exit train at the Roosevelt stop and proceed down the stairs from the elevated line to the subway
  • Take the Red Line marked ‘Howard’
  • Transfer at the Howard stop to the Purple Line marked ‘Linden’
  • Exit train at the Foster stop and walk east, turning left at Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left (0.3 mi)

For more information about Chicago public transit, visit the CTA website.

From Union Station/Downtown Chicago

By Car via I-94-W

  • Head west on W. Adams St. (0.3 mi)
  • Turn right to merge onto I-90 W/I-94 W (8.0 mi)
  • Take a slight right to stay on I-94 W/Edens Expressway (5.8 mi)
  • Take exit 37B to merge onto IL-58 E/Dempster St. (4.4 mi)
  • Turn left onto Chicago Ave. (0.7 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left. 

By Car via US-41 N/S. Lake Shore Dr.

  • Head south on S. Canal St. (0.3 mi)
  • Turn left onto W. 26th St. (0.6 mi)
  • Turn left onto S. State St. (430 ft)
  • Take the first right onto E. 25th St. (226 ft)
  • Take the ramp on the left onto I-55 N (0.5 mi)
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto US-41 N/S. Lake Shore Dr. (9.6 mi)
  • Continue onto N. Lake Shore Dr. and turn right onto N. Sheridan Rd. (2.0 mi)
  • Turn right to stay on N. Sheridan Rd. continuing onto South Blvd. (2.7 mi)
  • Turn right onto Chicago Ave. (1.7 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left.

By Public Transportation via the 'L' (Weekday Rush Hours)

  • Walk east on W. Adams St. and turn right onto S. Wells St. (0.4 mi)
  • Board the Purple Line marked ‘Linden’ at the Quincy/Wells station
  • Exit train at the Foster stop and walk east, turning left at Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left (0.3 mi)

By Public Transportation via the 'L' (Non-Rush Hours)

  • Walk east on W. Adams St. and turn left onto S. State St. (0.7 mi)
  • Board the Red Line marked ‘Howard’ at the Monroe-Red Line subway station
  • Transfer at the Howard stop to the Purple Line marked ‘Linden’
  • Exit train at the Foster stop and walk east, turning left at Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left (0.3 mi)

For more information about Chicago public transit, visit the CTA website 

By Metra Commuter Rail

  • Walk west from Union Station on W. Adams St., turn right onto S. Clinton St., and then turn right onto W. Madison St. to arrive at the Ogilvie Transportation Center (0.3 mi)
  • Take the Union Pacific North line towards Waukegan
  • Exit train at the Evanston (Davis Street) platform 
  • Walk east on Church St., then take a left on Chicago Ave. continuing straight onto Sheridan Rd. IPR's administration building will be on the left (0.6 mi)

For more information, visit the Metra website