Conference Site

Donald P. Jacobs Center. The Conference and the Workshops are being held in the Donald P. Jacobs Center (Kellogg School of Management) (2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL): http://goo.gl/maps/xLf0

All locations are in walking distance from the three conference hotels in Evanston.

It is advised to come to the conference site using public transportation. Parking in the city of Evanston is (mostly) metered and parking on the Northwestern campus  requires a permit. Information on how to buy a permit for the duration of the conference and general parking information on the Northwestern campus can be found here.

Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is a private research universit with campuses in Evanston and ChicagoIllinois, USA. Northwestern has 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools offering 124 undergraduate degrees and 145 graduate and professional degrees.

The Web Science conference will be hosted at Northwestern’s beautiful Evanston Campus. The campus is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan and is easily reachable from Chicago’s airports, as well as the city of Chicago itself. It is served directly by the Chicago Transit Authority‘s elevated train.


Web Science 2012 has lodging agreements with three hotels in Evanston. All within walking distance from Northwestern’s campus. Rooms can be reserved directly via the links below (after 3/20/2012) or via the telephone. In that case you should mention the ‘Web Science 2012′ conference to benefit from the special rates.

1. Hilton Orrington

The Hilton Orrington/Evanston hotel in Illinois is conveniently located just North of Chicago, just steps from Lake Michigan and only 30 minutes East of O’Hare Airport and 40 minutes Northeast of Chicago Midway Airport. This historic 4-Diamond North Shore hotel is located in the heart of downtown Evanston, where you will find boutique shops, a wide variety of restaurants, the subway into Chicago and a multiplex movie theater. It is very close to Northwestern University, which is only minutes on foot away.

Room rates (per night):

Room Type Single rate Double rate Triple rate
Deluxe King – Non Smoking $149 $149 $149
Deluxe Queen/Queen Non Smoking $149 $149 $149

- Reservation link: [click here]
- Telephone: 1-847-866-8700  (mention Web Science 2012)

1. Hilton Garden Inn

Discover the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston hotel – a welcoming Chicago North Shore hotel. Adjacent to Northwestern University, our comfortable Evanston hotel is the perfect choice for students and families. Scenic Lake Michigan parks and beaches are only a short walk away. And the commuter rail link to downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport is a block down the street. Experience deluxe accommodations, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere during your next stay in Evanston.

Room rates (per night):

Room Type Single rate Double rate Triple rate
King $132 $132 $132
Double Queen $132 $132 $132

- Reservation link: [click here]
- Reservation: Telephone  1-847-475-6400  (mention Web Science 2012)

1. Best Western University Plaza

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.

Room rates (per night):

Room Type Single rate Double rate Triple rate
Double Queen $95 $95 $95

- Reservation: Telephone  1-847-491-6400  (mention Web Science 2012)

Evanston, IL

Evanston is a town 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, bordering Chicago to the south.  Evanston is served directly by the Chicago Transit Authority‘s elevated train (the Purple Line, named after Northwestern’s ‘Purple’ color). Evanston has a wide variety of restaurants, bars and shops in the downtown area.

Evanston has several points of interest:

Chicago, IL

Chicago is the largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States, with around 2.7 million residents. Its metropolitan area, sometimes called “Chicagoland,” is the third largest in the United States, with an estimated 9.8 million people. In 2008, Chicago attracted 32.4 million domestic leisure travelers, 11.7 million domestic business travelers and 1.3 million overseas visitors. 

Shopping:   Magnificent Mile and State Street

Tourist attractions:


Information about Northwestern University, Evanston & Chicago courtesy WikiPedia