Evanston is a north suburb of Chicago on Lake Michigan. Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has seven CTA rail stations on the purple line and three Metra stations on the Union Pacific North line that service the area. Explore these stations below with nearby destinations to plan your trip.
Schedules and Trip Planning Tips
Use Google Maps to get transit directions, schedules and commute times. It is much faster to ride Metra trains between downtown Chicago and Evanston (about 23 minutes). Via CTA, trip time is about 45 minutes. If you need to transfer to the purple line, the Clark/Lake Station in the Loop is a major transfer point between all lines except red.
South Boulevard CTA Station
On the purple CTA line, the South Boulevard Station is the first stop in Evanston if you’re commuting from downtown Chicago. Exit here for Presence Saint Francis Hospital and South Boulevard Beach.
Main CTA/Main Street Metra
Metra and CTA both have stops at Main Street in Evanston. Exit here for restaurants, coffee shops, American Toby Jug Museum and Lee Street Beach.
Dempster CTA Station
The Dempster CTA Station is next to Trader Joe’s and Jewel Osco grocery stores. Other nearby destinations include Space (live music venue) and the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago.
Davis CTA/Evanston Metra
Exit at the Davis CTA Station or the Evanston Metra Station for downtown Evanston. Walk to restaurants, bars, movie theater, public library, Whole Foods and Dog Beach.
Foster CTA Station
The Foster CTA Station is near the southern half of the Northwestern campus. Exit at this station for University Libraries, Norris Center Bookstore, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and Mary and Leigh Block Museum.
Noyes CTA Station
Also near Northwestern University, use the Noyes CTA Station for easy access to the Piven Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Technological Institute, Field Hockey Field and Northwestern International Office.
Central CTA/Central Street Metra
The Central CTA and Metra stations are closest to Northwestern Hospital and Ryan Field. Or head to Lighthouse Beach for lakefront time from the CTA station.