Your Visit - Maps and Parking


600 Emerson Street (at Sheridan Road), Evanston, Illinois

Park free in Northwestern University lots on evenings and weekends.


There is major road construction on Sheridan Road and Emerson Street in Evanston.

All Northwestern University parking lots ARE open (free on evenings and weekends), but we strongly advise you to allow extra time to find your parking and walk to Cahn Auditorium. We recommend lots south of Cahn Auditorium, such as University Place, Clark Street and behind Alice Millar Chapel (enter off Sheridan Road) to avoid construction. See map below.

If you normally drop off people at the theater before you park, please call us for special instructions: (847) 920-5360.

Parking in Northwestern University lots for weekday matinees requires a permit ($9), available by calling the box office at (847) 920-5360. Cars parked in NU lots on weekdays without a permit may be ticketed.

Your best bet to avoid construction is the City of Evanston garage two blocks south of Cahn Auditorium at Clark and Chicago ($1 per hour).

We do not recommend street parking for weekday matinees, as there are two-hour limits all around the theater Note restrictions on posted signs.

Take El to Foster Street, Evanston. Walk two blocks east and one block south to Cahn Auditorium.

Click map to view largerCahn Parking Map



1490 Chicago Avenue (at Grove Street), Evanston, Illinois

Handicapped entrance (no stairs) is on north side of building on Grove Street. Main entrance is on Chicago Avenue.

Best Parking Availability:
Sherman Plaza Self Park (enter on Benson or Davis). Free on Sunday.

Limited Parking Availability:
After 5 pm and all day Sunday: Best Western Hotel lower level only (climb six stairs to exit). Use pay box in northwest corner of garage (cash or credit card — free on Sunday). No need to place receipt on your car. This lot fills up quickly.

Street Parking:
Street parking is available near Nichols Concert Hall. Check signs for rates and restrictions.

Other Garages:
See map below.

Take El to Dempster Street, Evanston. Walk one block east and two blocks north to Nichols Concert Hall.

Click map to view largerNichols Parking Map