Landmarks & Architecture

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The Lakefront

The Lakefront

Address: Lakefront at Northwestern University

University-sanctioned vandalism.

For decades Northwestern University graduates have been painting the rocks on the lakefront with quotes, philosophies, art, vulgarities, or just about anything they want to leave as their legacy. Come take a stroll around this beautiful peninsula and you will enjoy views of the Chicago skyline while being inspired by the wisdom (or antics) of recent Northwestern grads.


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Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare Garden

Address: 2121 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL

Come stake out that perfect reading spot.

This romantic garden is nestled in the heart of Northwestern University’s campus and includes flowers and plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s work. You can have a picnic, take a leisurely stroll, study, or create in this peaceful oasis that has been a part of Evanston since 1917.


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Grosse Point Lighthouse

Grosse Point Lighthouse

Address: 2601 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 328-6961

Iconic Evanston landmark.

Get inspired by the beauty of this historic building on Evanston’s lakefront. Officially a national landmark, the lighthouse offers tours (for a small fee that supports its maintenance) that includes a climb up to the top of the light tower itself, but the surrounding grounds are free to roam, highly photogenic, and conveniently open year-round.