Spouse and Family

This page is designed to help International Spouses and Families become acquainted with the Chicagoland area and the United States. 

International Family Listserv
International Spouse & Family Coffee Hour
Upcoming Spouse/Family Events

Northwestern Resources
Community Resources
Information on Dependent Immigration Status'

International Family Listserv

To find out information about:

  • Opportunities at NU for spouses/families to meet
  • Events in and around Chicago and Evanston
  • New programming for spouses/families

To subscribe, send an email to: listserv@listserv.it.northwestern.edu. Leave the subject blank and in the body of the message, write: subscribe INTFAMILY yourfirstname yourlastname.

International Spouse and Family Coffee Hour

Join other international spouses and families for our weekly coffee hour - MMCC.

Monday Morning Coffee Club meet every Monday from 10am - 12pm at JJ Java (911 Foster St (corner of Foster and Maple) Evanston, IL 60201

Spouse/Family Events

Upcoming spouse/family events will be listed in the following places:

  • INTFAMILY listserv
  • Homepage of the International Office on the left side of the page
  • An overview of all upcoming events and programs will be listed here on our Events and Programs page.

Northwestern Resources

  • Relocation Resources- offered through Work/Life Resources, a division of the Office of Human Resources

Community Resources

Resources specifically for families with children are marked with *



English as a Second Language

ESL at Oakton
ESL at Northwestern University

Things to do- Chicagoland Area

Timeout Chicago
Evanston Children's Theatre *
Evanston Public Library Kids Calendar
Skokie Park District

Fun Free Evanston
Grosse Point Lighthouse

Chicago Children's Museum
Kohl Children's Museum
Lambs Farm

The American Toby Jug Museum
The Family Room *
Wagner Farm
Shedd Aquarium
Dearborn Observatory
Chicago History Museum - Second Saturdays for Families *


Northwestern FitRec
Gymboree *
The Little Gym *
Chandler-Newberger Community Center


Old Town School
Evanston Art Center
Creative Kids Corner *
Kindermusik *
The Pot Shop


Childcare Network of Evanston
Registring your child(children) in Evanston District 65

Information on Dependent Immigration Status'

Since each immigration status is different, please refer to the following pages for information specific to your immigration status.

J-2 (Spouse of J-1 Student)

F-2 (Spouse of F-1 Student)

H-4 (Spouse of H1B Scholar)

J-2 (Spouse of J-1 Scholar)