Summer at Norris

Lunch on the Lake

Students enjoying lunch on the lake

Note: This series will begin June 21.

Free lunchtime concerts on Norris East Lawn. Enjoy free watermelon, picnic pads, $9.50 lunch menus are available for purchase featuring summer cuisine favorites, and lake breezes every Wednesday through July 26. Visit our Lunch on the Lake page for entertainment schedules and menus!

To learn more about our Summer Programs and receive promo codes please join our Norris email list!

Summer 2017 Mini Courses Key Dates

student taking a ceramics course

Regular Registration: May 20 - June 23

  • Late Registration: June 26 - 30
  • Classes begin June 26
  • Visit minicourses.org for more information!

How to Register

About Mini Courses

The Norris Mini Course program offers a wide variety of non-credit, recreational, classes for adults four times a year, beginning in October, January, April, and July. Established in 1973, the program continues to offer over 30 recreational courses. Our classes offer intense individual attention while operating in a relaxed, informal environment. Registration is open to the Northwestern community and the public. We welcome students from Chicago, Skokie, Wilmette, Evanston, or anywhere in the Chicagoland area!

Most classes take place once a week in the evening, in an attempt to provide an escape from the daily academic or work routine. These classes are a fantastic way to unwind, make new friends, and learn something new, all at the same time. Most Mini Courses are held inside the Norris University Center, located on Northwestern University’s beautiful Evanston campus.

To learn more about our Summer Programs and receive promo codes please join our Norris email list!

Summer Cinema

students and others enjoying a movie on the East Lawn

Beginning June 21

Northwestern's family-friendly summer cinema series is free and open to the general public and sponsored by Norris University Center and Summer Session. Each film will be screened at dusk (around 9:00 p.m.) on the East Lawn of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive.

Moviegoers are encouraged bring their lawn chairs, blankets, food, beverages and an environmentally-friendly insect repellent (note: alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Free parking is available after 4:00PM in the two-level lakeside lakefront lot south of Norris.

In the case of rain, the scheduled film will screen indoors in Norris Center’s 360-seat McCormick Auditorium on the first floor.

Pre-Movie Family Fun

Enjoy free activities and food items beginning at 7:00pm on the East Lawn. Every movie event will feature free fresh popcorn and a bubble station!

Visit our Summer Cinema page for the scheduled showings.

To learn more about our Summer Programs and receive promo codes please join our Norris email list!

You can also check out this video about Summer Cinema at Northwestern!