BEST WESTERN University Plaza

1501 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-4416
Phone: 847/491-6400   |   Fax: 847/328-3090   |   159 Rooms
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Located ten miles from downtown Chicago, we have easy access to the Navy Pier, Northwestern and Loyola Universities, Wrigley Field, the Magnificent Mile and two blocks from the CTA purple line train station that goes to downtown Chicago.

Situated along the Illinois North Shore area, the BEST WESTERN University Plaza offers a quiet, centralized location right outside of Chicago and a friendly helpful staff, all for a competitive rate. This Evanston hotel is located minutes away from Northwestern University, Loyola University and Lake Michigan. Evanston is also home to a variety of unique restaurants, shops and beaches.

The BEST WESTERN University Plaza boasts 159 well-appointed guest rooms, including nonsmoking rooms and rooms with views of downtown Chicago. Each room features cable satellite television and high-speed Internet access. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, guest laundry, wedding services, business services and meeting/banquet facilities to accommodate up to 600 people.

Take a quick 30 minute trip into the heart of downtown Chicago to visit Wrigley Field or tour one of many local museums. There are a variety of outdoor activities nearby for guests to enjoy including beaches, volleyball, golf, ice skating, tennis and horseback riding. Families visiting the Chicago area will love spending an afternoon at Six Flags Great America or walking through the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

The friendly and helpful staff at the BEST WESTERN University Plaza is ready to ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in Evanston, Illinois. Make a reservation today and save! Parking fee is not included in rate. Parking fees include in and out privileges and are charged nightly. Fees subject to change.


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Wireless internet connection in public areas
  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Complimentary continental breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, juice, coffee, and hot items
  • Outdoor pool, heated, seasonal
  • Wedding services, perfect for large or small parties, newly renovated
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Guest laundry, nominal fee, detergent available at front desk
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible
  • Safe deposit box at front desk
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Paid parking, 14.00 fee USD, In and out privileges
  • Meeting facilities
  • Catering
  • Conference services
  • Fax services
  • Photocopy services
  • Elevator
  • Interior corridor
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Porterage/bell services
  • Express check out
  • Airline desk 24 hrs, allows guests to check into flights, prints maps and directions
  • Mail services, FedEX
  • Air-conditioning
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • Complimentary USA Today available in lobby
  • Valet laundry and dry cleaning
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access
  • Business center
  • Printer available
  • Computer available
  • Dataports
  • Shipping
  • Motorcoach parking available, nominal fee per day
  • Banquet facilities
  • Conference facilities
  • Ballroom
  • Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms; All guest rooms are hardwired for internet access

BEST WESTERN University Plaza

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BEST WESTERN University Plaza

Conveniently located, the best western university plaza in Evanston, Illinois is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 42.044362  /  Latitude: -87.681733


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: I-90 or I-94. Take the Dempster Street East. Follow Dempster Street five miles to Sherman Avenue. At Sherman Avenue make a left and go two blocks north to Lake Street. The BEST WESTERN University Plaza is located on the northeast corner of the Lake and Sherman intersection.

BEST WESTERN University Plaza

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Baha'i House of Worship

Baha'i House of Worship

Visit the Baha'i House of Worship

Located in Wilmette, the Bahá'í House of Worship for the North American Continent is found in the northern region of the Chicago metropolitan area near the city of Evanston. Set on Lake Michigan, the house is also known as the Mother Temple of the West.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bahá'í House of Worship was completed in 1953 and is currently the oldest and largest surviving structure of its kind. Seating up to 1,192 visitors, the features a bookstore, library, research area, and media room – and is one of Seven Wonders of Illinois.

Chicago Marathon

By Richard Smith

Chicago Marathon

Featuring running from across the country and over 100 nations, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is an annual race happening each October. The marathon courses through central Chicago, ending in Grant Park.

The Chicago Marathon also features special events like the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, and the 27th Mile Post-Race Party at Butler Field.

A Gold Label event by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the Chicago Marathon is also a spectator’s delight.

Frances Willard House Museum

The Frances Willard House Museum is the former home and office of Frances Willard, a well-known social reformer from the 19th century. Frances was an author, a public speaker and served as president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union from 1879 to 1898. The house, a National Historic Landmark in Evanston was established as a museum in 1900.

After touring the house museum, stroll through the nearby Northwestern University campus, while visiting the Chicago area. The Best Western University Plaza is located three blocks from the museum for travelers who are ready to rest comfortably while in the Windy City.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 8 mile(s) from Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs
  • 12 mile(s) from Botanical Gardens
  • 15 mile(s) from United Center
  • 15 mile(s) from Six Flags Great America
  • 15 mile(s) from downtown
  • 3 mile(s) from Old Orchard Shopping Center

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 0.4 mile(s) from Beach
  • 0.4 mile(s) from Volleyball
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Fishing
  • 1 mile(s) from Racquetball courts
  • 1.5 mile(s) from Ice Skating
  • 1.5 mile(s) from Golf Course
  • 2 mile(s) from Tennis
  • 3 mile(s) from Horseback riding

Nearby Restaurants

  • Across the street from Tommy Nevins Pub, Full Service, American, Open for: lunch, dinner, Irish Pub
  • Across the street from Prairie Moon All American, Full Service, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Tapas Bar specializing in Seafood
  • Across the street from Bar Louie Evanston, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • Across the street from Kansaku, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • Across the street from Zoba Noodle Bar, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Subway, Fast Food, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Starbucks, Coffee Shop, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 0.20 mile(s)from Keg of Evanston, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Pete Miller's Original St, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Trattoria Demi, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,

BEST WESTERN University Plaza

Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Evanston. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

December 2015

December 2, 2015
2016 BrewLights

Head over to Lincoln Park Zoo during the annual ZooLights celebration, and be sure to grab a frothy brew, provided by Louis Glunz Beer for one night only. The lights come on at 5:30 p.m.

December 5 & 6, 2015
2015 Polar Palooza

Rogers Park in Chicago hosts this unique cold weather event, set to feature ice skating, live music, holiday shopping, food and drink, kids' activities, and so much more. The festival begins at noon both days.

January 2016

January 23 & 24, 2016
12 Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont hosts this annual get together celebrating all things travel, culture, and adventure. Get unique travel tips, hear stories, see cultural demonstrations, and more, all beginning 10 a.m.

February 2016

February 11-21, 2016
2016 Theatre Week

Take your pick from over 100 theater performances held at various locations throughout Chicago for over a week. Celebrate peforming arts with Chi-Town residents this winter – showtimes vary by day and location. 

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