Directions and Parking

The Museum is located on the southeastern portion of Northwestern University's Evanston campus, near the lake and just off Sheridan Road. See the campus map for more details.

Campus Construction

Arts Circle Dr. is closed due to a construction project on Northwestern's south campus. The closure affects access to the Block Museum and parking. The following information tells you how to reach the Museum during this project, which is expected to be completed in 2015.

Driving Directions |  Parking  | Handicapped Accessibility | Pedestrian Directions  

Directions to the Museum from the CTA Purple Line and the Metra Union Pacific North Line are also available.

Click here for a printable pdf with directions and parking information.

Driving Directions

For more information on getting to Evanston and Northwestern University from surrounding areas, see driving directions to campus. Below you will find directions to the Museum once you are near or on campus.

From the south:

  • Going north on Sheridan Rd. from south Evanston, you'll find the entrance to Northwestern's south campus approximately one block north of the intersection of Sheridan, Clark St., and Judson Ave.
  • You will see a large Northwestern University sign ahead as you get closer to the entrance. Take the Campus Dr. entrance on your right where Sheridan curves sharply to the left (westbound).
  • You may park in the two-story parking garage on the right (permit required weekdays before 4 p.m.) See Parking for more information.
  • Proceed to the stairwell on the northeast side of the garage and take the pedestrian walkway to the Block Museum. The Museum is the glass, steel and limestone building at the end of the walkway.

From the north:

  • Going south on Sheridan Rd. from north Evanston, you will pass the campus on your left.  
  • Near the south end of campus, Sheridan will curve to the left (eastbound) at the Northwestern Arch. Follow Sheridan as it veers east.  
  • Enter the Northwestern campus by turning left onto Campus Dr., just before Sheridan curves south again.  
  • You may park in the two-story parking lot on the right (permit required weekdays before 4 p.m.) See Parking for more information.
  • Proceed to the stairwell on the northeast side of the garage and take the pedestrian walkway to the Block Museum. The Museum is the glass, steel and limestone building at the end of the walkway.

From the west:

  • Take Dempster St. east into Evanston. 
  • Turn left at Chicago Ave. and proceed to Church St.
  • Turn right on Church and follow it to Sheridan Rd. Turn left onto Sheridan.
  • Turn right on to Campus Dr. as Sheridan bends west (to the left).
  • You may park in the two-story parking lot on the right (permit required weekdays before 4 p.m.) See Parking for more information.
  • Proceed to the stairwell on the northeast side of the garage and take the pedestrian walkway to the Block Museum. The Museum is the glass, steel and limestone building at the end of the walkway.

Parking

Construction map parkingA visitor parking pass is required to park on Northwestern's campus weekdays before 4 pm.

• Parking is available in the two-story garage south of the Block Museum. Enter the garage on the right immediately after driving onto campus. After parking, proceed to the stairwell on the northeast side of the garage and take the pedestrian walkway to the Block Museum. The Museum is the glass, steel and limestone building at the end of the walkway. 

• Weekdays: A visitor parking pass is required to park in the garage weekdays until 4 p.m. Parking is free after 4 p.m. One-day visitor parking passes are $8.25. Obtain and display a permit before parking your vehicle in the garage. You may purchase a parking pass at the Block Museum prior to your next visit or, on the day of your visit, at the University Parking Office, located at 1819 Hinman Avenue. Please note that due to the closure of Arts Circle Dr., the circular roadway near the Museum's entrance is no longer available for temporary parking. Scratch off the date of your visit on the pass and hang the pass from your vehicle's rear view mirror, with the information side facing the windshield.

• Weekends: Parking is free in the garage and a visitor parking pass is not required.

Handicapped Accessible Parking & Drop Off

Handicapped designated parking spaces are available in the parking lot northwest of the garage (the McCormick Tribune Center/Locy Hall lot). To reach the lot, drive past the garage and turn left at the stop sign. A visitor parking pass is not required to park in a handicapped designated space if your vehicle has a valid handicapped license plate or placard from a government agency.

Construction map July 12• After parking, proceed to the northeast side of the McCormick Tribune/Locy lot.
• Cross Campus Dr. to reach a handicapped accessible sidewalk.
• Follow the sidewalk to the northwest corner of the Block Museum/Theatre and Interpretation Center complex and then turn right.
• Follow the pathway that hugs the north side of the complex to the handicapped accessible ramp.
• Take the ramp up and turn right to reach the Museum entrance.
• Vehicles wishing to drop off passengers requiring a handicapped accessible route should follow Campus Dr. to the roundabout northwest of the Block Museum/Theatre and Interpretation Center complex. Passengers may exit at the roundabout and follow the path that leads to the handicapped accessible ramp. Drivers may also temporarily park their vehicles at the roundabout to assist passengers in reaching the Museum. After reaching the Museum, drivers should return to their vehicles and follow Campus Drive south to the parking areas.

Pedestrian Directions

Construction map pedestrian• Follow the sidewalk that parallels Campus Dr. as you enter the Northwestern campus.
• Look on your right side for a display map of the campus, just past the two-story parking garage and stop sign.
• Cross Campus Dr. toward the map and follow the pedestrian walkway that hugs the south and east sides of the Block Museum/Theatre and Interpretation Center complex.
• Turn left after passing the Louis Theatre and continue on the walkway until reaching the Block Museum entrance. Please note the walkway has stairs.
• Visitors requiring a handicapped accessibility route should continue following Campus Dr. past the stop sign and display map until reaching a sidewalk that begins just north of the McCormick Tribune/Locy lot. Take the sidewalk to the northwest corner of the Block Museum/Theatre and Interpretation Center complex and turn right. Follow the path that hugs the north side of the complex to a handicapped accessible ramp. Take the ramp up and then turn right to reach the Museum entrance.