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Information for Visiting French Scholars

Housing

Our visiting scholars are usually housed at the Homestead Inn, which is in the center of Evanston and a five-minute walk from campus. View the directions from O’Hare airport to the Homestead.

Northwestern Evanston campus

Use the map of Northwestern's campus. Most venues for the humanities and social sciences are located on the south end of campus, within three to five blocks of the Homestead.

For access to the library, apply at the entrance, with ID (a passport, for example) and your letter of invitation. They will provide you with a card that gets you into the library, including the stacks.

Food

Restaurants

There are dozens of restaurants within minutes of the Homestead. Options for a simple meal include the Golden Olympic (American diner, great for breakfast), LYFE Kitchen (contemporary American), Olive Mountain (Middle Eastern cuisine) and Unicorn Café. Slightly more upscale options include Found Kitchen, Tapas Barcelona, Koi, and farther afield near the Davis L station, Stained Glass and Boltwood. Also worth mentioning is the Celtic Knot.

Grocery stores

You can shop for food at Whole Foods Market, two blocks from the hotel at Church and Chicago. Less expensive options are Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s, about a ten-minute walk south on Chicago Ave.

Local transportation

Chicago is about a 45-minute 'L' ride from Evanston. Take the purple line from Davis to Howard. At Howard change to the red line and get off at:

The cost of a one-way ticket is $2.25. You can find a helpful trip-planning tool on the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) website.

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