Evanston is a historic, but small city, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan immediately north of Chicago. It has beautiful parks, swimming beaches, restaurants, walking and bicycling opportunities, and is the home of Northwestern University. Please explore Evanston at:
Or just Google "Restaurants Evanston Illinois" and then click on "more choices" to find many local eating opportunities close to the conference and residence facilities.
Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is a medium size research university situated on Lake Michigan. One of the founders was John Evans from whom the town of Evanston derives its name. See the Wikipedia site for details and some history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_University. Further information about the University can be found at: http://www.northwestern.edu/