Family Weekend Schedule

We are so excited you are joining us for Family Weekend!  When arriving for Family Weekend, there will be no formal check-in process.  Inside the Norris University Center, we will have an information desk where you can pick up your complimentary Family Weekend Mug, and receive materials for the weekend.  In addition, we will be hosting our Family Weekend Reception on Friday evening, where formal welcome remarks will take place. 

Parking Information

On Friday, November 7th-Sunday, November 9th, there will be no enforcement for parking in general permit areas.  This will not apply to facilities spaces, reserved spaces, handicapped spaces, fire lanes, etc. 

Ticket Information

Many Family Weekend events do not require the reservation or purchase of tickets.  Events that require tickets (such as the football game, and select student performances) are marked appropriately on the schedule below.

A Note on Saturday

Times for Saturday's events will not be available until late October, when the time of the football game is announced.

Friday, November 7th

Time Event Location
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Info Desk & Complimentary gift - Stop by the first floor of the Norris University Center to pick up your complimentary mug and the schedule for the weekend.  Family Ambassadors will be there to answer any questions you have about the weekend.
Norris University Center
All Weekend Visit the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion -  Families can enjoy complimentary access to our sports pavilion and aquatic center on north campus through the weekend.  Henry Crown Sports Pavilion
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Explore University Archives - Families will have opportunity to explore the University Archives on Friday during business hours.  The archives are located in University Library.  Families will enjoy access to the university libraries through the weekend. University Archives
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Deep Purple: The History and Traditions of Northwestern with University Archivist Kevin Leonard - A Family Weekend favorite, join Kevin Leonard in a discussion about the riveting history and traditions of our beloved Northwestern.
Norris University Center - Wildcat Room
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                                

Family Weekend Lectures (click to see specific class descriptions):

  • Professor Michael Beltran, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Professor Regina Logan, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Professor Harvey Young, One Book One Northwestern Program
  • Professor Michael Rohd, School of Communication, Theatre
  • Professor Susan Mango Curtis, Medill School of Journalism
Various Campus Locations                                                                                            
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Optional Campus Tour - Families who haven't had a previous opportunity to tour the campus can join Family Ambassadors for a campus tour.  We will meet outside the North entrance of Norris.
Leaves from Norris University Center
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Afternoon with the Undergraduate Schools - Families will have opportunity to interact with and hear from school administration.  In place of an event during this block of time, Bienen School of Music will feature open rehearsals. Various Campus Locations
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Family Weekend Lectures (click to see specific class descriptions):

  • Professor Jill Wilson, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Professor Eli Finkel, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Professor Laura Beth Nielsen, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Professor Patti Wolter, Medill School of Journalism
Various Campus Locations
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Family Weekend Reception - Our reception will feature welcome remarks from the Office of New Student and Family Programs as well as the Dean of Students.  Other key staff members in Student Affairs as well as Family Ambassadors will be present to mingle with families.  Appetizers will be served. Louis Room, Norris University Center
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Residential College Events - Families with students living in Residential Colleges are invited to an event at the Residential College to mingle with members of the community.  Each Residential College will host their own event.   Residential Colleges
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Residence Hall Receptions - Families of students living on campus are invited to see where their Northwestern student lives.  Join us to meet some of the staff and student leaders in the community. Each Residence Hall will host their own reception. Residence Halls
5:00 p.m.

Family Reception at NU Hillel - Join staff of NU Hillel for a reception featuring a performance by ShireiNU at 5:30 p.m. before Shabbat Services and Dinner.

629 Foster Street
6:00 p.m.

Shabbat Services and Dinner at Hillel - Weekly Shabbat services and dinners are a cornerstone of Northwestern's vibrant Jewish community. We hope that you will join students, other families and Hillel staff for Shabbat at Hillel.  Services will begin at 6:00pm, and dinner will follow at 7:00pm.

629 Foster Street
7:30 p.m.

NU Revue - Our yearly student variety show in its fourth production will feature the talented Northwestern student body in  performances ranging from dance to a capella to comedy.

*There will be no tickets to the NU Revue this year, seating will be first come, first serve.

Ryan Auditorium, Technological Institute
7:30 p.m. An Evening/Book Talk with David Flink - In partnership with AccessibleNU, we are hosting an Evening with David Flink.  David Flink is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eye to Eye, the only national mentoring movement that is empowering young people with LD by giving them a mentor who shares that experience.  His book is titled Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for parents of Children with Learning Disabilities.  You can find more out about Eye to Eye here. McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center
8:00 p.m. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel is reimagined in this lush musical featuring a powerful score soaring with the sounds of personal discovery, tragedy and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice and one family’s astonishing journey to love and acceptance. See website for ticket information Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Stargazing at the Observatory - Families are invited to the Dearborn Observatory to take in all the sky has to offer with the historic 18.5'' refracting telescope. The Dearborn Observatory
9:30 p.m. 

NU RevueOur yearly student variety show in its fourth production will feature the talented Northwestern student body in  performances ranging from dance to a capella to comedy.


*There will be no tickets to the NU Revue this year, seating will be first come, first serve

Ryan Auditorium, Technological Institute

 

Saturday, November 8th

Time Event Location
8:00 a.m.                     Campus Tour (walking and jogging) - Families who haven't had a previous opportunity to tour the campus will join Family Ambassadors for a campus tour.  We will meet outside the North entrance of Norris.
Leaves from Norris University Center              
9:30 a.m.

Orthodox Shabbat Services at NU Hillel

629 Foster Street
10:30 a.m.

Kids Fare: Extraordinary Orchestra - The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra magically melds strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion in this vibrant and exciting program featuring orchestral music from Bach to Brazilian.  Contact Pick-Staiger Concert Hall regarding Tickets - 847-467-4000.  Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for the general public.  Preconcert "instrument petting zoo" from 9:45 - 10:15 in the Pick-Staiger lobby, featuring Educational Strings provided by William Harris Lee & Co.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
TBD                         

Interest Sessions

  • Career Services for Northwestern Students (University Career Services)
  • Understanding and Supporting your College Student (Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Office of Study Abroad Information Session
Norris University Center
TBD

Interest Sessions 2

  • Career Services for Northwestern Students (University Career Services)
  • Understanding and Supporting your College Student (Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Office of Study Abroad Information Session
  • Discussion on the Fraternity Experience/Tour of Fraternity House (Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life)
  • Discussion on the Sorority Experience/Tour of Sorority House (Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life)
Norris University Center
TBD Family Weekend Tailgate - Join us for our annual Family Weekend Tailgate.  The tailgate will feature delicious food, good music, and entertainment. Tickets for the tailgate are now available on the Norris Box Office website.  Please note you will need to create an account on the Norris Box Office website to purchase tailgate tickets.  The time of the tailgate is still to be determined based on the time of the football game.  Tickets are available online until November 6th.  After that, tickets may be purchased at the tailgate (cash only) until they sell out. Ryan Field Practice Field
TBD Northwestern Vs. Michigan - Join us as we cheer on the Wildcats as they take on the Wolverines.  Ticket Information available at on athletics Webpage Ryan Field
TBD Conversation with University President Morton Schapiro - Join President Schapiro for a conversation about Northwestern and the student experience.  Other key staff will be present to answer questions from family members.  Dessert will be provided.
Louis Room, Norris University Center
6:00 p.m. Dolphin Freshman Cabaret - Freshman Cabaret is a fun and crazy Family Weekend Tradition, in which our new students strut their stuff with pop medleys, talent routines, and more.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased at the door. McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center
6:00 p.m. Diwali Fest - Diwali, also known as the "festival of lights", is an ancient Hindu Festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Come join the South Asian Student Alliance as we celebrate this festival with Northwestern Mirch, Northwestern Anubhav, Deeva Dance Troupe, and Nithya.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for families.  Tickets also include a dinner and can be purchased at the door. Ryan Auditorium, Technological Institute
8:00 p.m. Dolphin Freshman Cabaret - Freshman Cabaret is a fun and crazy Family Weekend Tradition, in which our new students strut their stuff with pop medleys, talent routines, and more.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased at the door. McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center
8:00 p.m. Best of the Midwest - A concert featuring a capella groups from all over the midwest including Northwestern's own Purple Haze. Tickets can be purchased on Thursday and Friday at the Norris University Center, or at the door.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for families. Jones Great Room
8:00 p.m. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel is reimagined in this lush musical featuring a powerful score soaring with the sounds of personal discovery, tragedy and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice and one family’s astonishing journey to love and acceptance. See website for ticket information Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
11:00 p.m. Best of the Midwest- A concert featuring a capella groups from all over the midwest including Northwestern's own Purple Haze.  Tickets can be purchased on Thursday and Friday at the Norris University Center, or at the door.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for families. Jones Great Room

 

Sunday, November 9th

Time Event Location
9:00 a.m. NU Hillel Family Brunch 

629 Foster Street

10:00 a.m. Krispy Kreme Run 5K - A 5K where every donut you eat subtracts from your time.  Visit northwesterntriathlon.com to find out more. Tickets for the Krispy Kreme Run are now available on the Norris Box Office website once you click on "NU Triathalon Club"

Northwestern Lakefill

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p. m.  Family Weekend Brunch - An opportunity to experience Northwestern's acclaimed on-campus dining, there will be a discounted brunch offered at three of our dining halls for our visiting Family members.                                                                 

Allison Dining Hall

Sargent Dining Hall

Foster-Walker Dining Hall                               

2:00 p.m. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel is reimagined in this lush musical featuring a powerful score soaring with the sounds of personal discovery, tragedy and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice and one family’s astonishing journey to love and acceptance. See website for ticket information Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts