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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Evanston, IL - Hilton Garden Inn   (Not Rated)

Address:  1818 Maple Avenue                  Phone:  847-475-6400  

Location/ Directions:  Take Lake Shore Drive to Sheridan and make a right. Make a right on Clark which turns into Elgin. Stay on Elgin to the next light which is Emerson. Turn left on Emerson and go to the next light which is Maple avenue. Turn left on Maple Avenue.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2012):   $169.00                                 AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 6-Floors, 178-Rooms, Interior Corridors, No Pets Allowed, Business Center, Cribs, High chairs, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Coin Laundry, Elevators,
Local Area Transportation, Lounge, On-Site 24-hour Convenience Store, Room Service, Fitness Room, Pool, Self Park (fee), Air Conditioning, Arm Chair with Ottoman, Black-Out Curtains, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Ergonomic Desk Chair, LCD 32" Flat Panel HD cable TV, Thermostat (adjustable), Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, igh Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Two Phones with Voicemail.

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Get a west side room (overlooking the parking lot).  You will have a clear view of the railroad from your window.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific / Metra (commuter railroad).


Comments:  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  The aerial picture shows the Hilton Garden Inn.  A parking lot is located between the hotel and the double track railroad.  A short stub end siding with track equipment is also seen in this photo.  This railroad line was once a 4-track mainline.


Walking Distance of Metra - Evanston Davis Street Station (UP North Line)

Walking Distance of CTA - Davis Street Station (Purple Line)

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Evanston, IL - Best Western University Plaza    (Not Rated)

Address:     1501 Sherman Avenue                 Phone: 847-491-6400

Location/ Directions:  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.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2012):   $90.00                                 AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: **2**

About Hotel: 12-Floors, 159-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Breakfast, High Speed Internet, No pets allowed, Outdoor heated seasonal pool, Guest laundry, Elevator, Ice/vending machines, Parking (fee), 24-hour front desk, Porterage/bell services, Air-conditioning, Complimentary USA Today available in lobby, Free high-speed wireless Internet access, Cable satellite television, Telephone, AM/FM alarm clock, Desk/work area, Coffee/tea maker, Hairdryer, Iron/ironing board, Free local calls under 30 minutes, Cribs available, Rollaway beds (fee), Adjoining rooms available, Voice mail, Top floors have a wonderful view of either Downtown Evanston or Chicago skyline.

Railroad View:  Good View.  Ask for high room floor on the Lake Street side of the hotel.  Railroad is just out the window to the right.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific / Metra (commuter railroad) / CTA (Chicago Transit Authority)


Comments:  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  The Best Western is the high rise building to the right side of the photo.  Two separate rail lines are seen.  The first set (nearest to the hotel) is the CTA transit tracks, the further tracks are the actual railroad (UP / Metra).  Trees foul some of the view, but the area near the bridge will offer a clear view of the railroad.

Walking Distance to CTA - Dempster Station (Purple Station)