Directions and Parking

The Museum is located on the southeastern portion of Northwestern's Evanston campus, near the lake and Sheridan Road. Parking is FREE after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. The nearest parking garage is located at the Visitor's Center on Campus Drive. Click here for a live, interactive campus map.

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Arts Circle Drive is currently closed due to construction on Northwestern's south campus. Please download our Directions Cheat Sheet below or scroll for detailed DRIVINGPARKINGHANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY, PUBLIC TRANSIT and PEDESTRIAN information.

Directions to block Museum

Driving Directions

From the south:

  • Driving 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 west.
  • You may park in the garages located on your right. See Parking for more information.
  • Walk northwest along Campus Drive until you reach the stairs or ramp leading up to the museum plaza. At the top of the stairs, turn right to reach the Block.

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 east 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 garages located on your right. See Parking for more information.
  • Walk northwest along Campus Drive until you reach the stairs or ramp leading up to the museum plaza. At the top of the stairs, turn right to reach the Block.

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 veers west .
  • You may park in the garages located  on your right. See Parking for more information.
  • Walk northwest along Campus Drive until you reach the stairs or ramp leading up to the museum plaza. At the top of the stairs, turn right to reach the Block.

Parking

Parking is free after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. 

  • The nearest parking is located just south of the museum on Campus Drive. Both the Visitor's Center parking structure and the two-story lot just north of it are available. After parking, walk northwest along Campus Drive until you reach the stairs or ramp leading up to the museum plaza. At the top of the stairs, turn right to reach the Block.
  • On weekdays before 4 p.m., a visitor parking pass is required. One-day visitor parking passes are $8.25 and may be purchased at the museum prior to your visit or at the University Parking Office at 1819 Hinman Avenue. Scratch off the date of your visit on the pass and hang it from your vehicle's rear view mirror, with the information side facing the windshield.

Handicapped Accessible Parking & Drop Off

Handicapped designated parking spaces are available in the parking lot northwest of the garages (the McCormick Tribune Center/Locy Hall lot). To reach the lot, drive past the garages 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.

  • 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.

Public Transit

On the CTA:

The Block Museum is a 15-20 minute walk from the Davis and Foster stations. The Davis station has an elevator.

  • From each station, walk east to Sheridan Road.
  • From Davis, walk north to Campus Drive.
  • From Foster, walk south to Campus Drive.
  • On Campus Drive, walk northwest until you reach the stairs or ramp leading up to the museum plaza. At the top of the stairs or ramp, turn right to reach the Block.

On the Metra:

The Block Museum is a 15-20 minute walk from the Union-Pacific North Davis station.

  • After exiting the station, head east to Sheridan Road.
  • From there, walk north to Campus Drive.
  • Walk northwest along Campus Drive until  you reach the stairs or ramp leading up to the museum plaza. At the top of the stairs or ramp, turn right to reach the Block.

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

Pedestrian Directions

  • Entering from Sheridan Road, travel northwest along Campus Drive until you reach the stairs or ramp leading up to the museum plaza.
  • At the top of the stairs or ramp, turn right to reach the Block.