Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Northwestern University’s main campus was founded in 1851 and is 240-acres in Evanston and sits on the edge of beautiful Lake Michigan. So, the location is a big draw for those who love jogging, yachting, and kayaking or for those who just want to enjoy having a picturesque spot to sit on and think. It’s surrounded by stretches of green, trees, and flowers. And buildings like the historic University Hall add plenty of grandeur.
An imposing presence, University Hall is a Victorian Gothic-style Joliet limestone tower that was completed in 1869, and it’s based on the designs of Chicago architect Gurdon P. Randall. Culture vultures, meanwhile, can enjoy the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, with works by noted artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, and Joan Miró.