Schedule

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Below you will find the schedule for 2012 Family Weekend. Check back to this page periodically during the months leading up to Weekend to find exciting additions to the schedule. Visit the travel and hotel information page; though Northwestern provides no hotel discounts for the weekend, we suggest to book in the Evanston and Skokie area during the month of July as hotels will fill quickly.

View an exhaustive list of events occurring during Family Weekend that require tickets (including online and at the door); use this as your one-stop-shop to events happening on-campus during the weekend.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Family Weekend Check-in, Norris University Center 

Parking is open and available for family members at the Lakeside Parking structure; no pass is needed.

All Day Attend class with your student
*Your student must seek permission from professor at least one class meeting prior to Friday. View a list of classes that have already provided permission to allow visitors.
Throughout the weekend           
Free Admission to SPAC
Take advantage of the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center throughout the entire weekend for all your fitness needs!
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Afternoon with the Undergraduate Schools, Various locations
Learn more about the event from each undergraduate school on the academics event page

2:45-3:15 p.m. and
3:20-3:50 p.m.

Family Weekend Interest Sessions, Norris University Center
Two rounds of interest sessions will be held in Norris. Family members will choose one 30 minute presentation to attend during each of the two rounds. Presenters include:

  • the Northwestern Archives
  • Career Services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Study Abroad
  • Burgwell Howard, Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
4-5 p.m.

Tours of Select Fraternity and Sorority Facilities
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will be hosting a tour of select fraternity and sorority facilities. Tours are only for family members as the facilities are closed to prospective members. Those interested in the fraternity tour will meet in the Big Ten Room 104 of Norris while those interested in the sorority tour will meet in the Wildcat Room 101 of Norris by 4 p.m.

4-4:45 p.m.

Curators tour: "Sounds & Silence: John Cage Composing Himself Exhibit"
Northwestern University Library celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of avant garde composer John Cage with an exhibit composed from the collection of scores, scrapbooks, correspondence, and other materials. The tour will begin inside the main entrance of University Library.

4-5 p.m. A Wildcat Break
For those who choose not to participate in the tours above, use the hour to take quick breather following an afternoon of travel and sessions. Grab some coffee from Norbucks (Norris Starbucks), visit the bookstore on the ground level of Norris, walk next door to see the art in the Block Museum, or the new renovated front of Deering LIbrary, one of NU's most picturesque facilities. You can also use this time to write and turn in your "Note from home" card you received at Check-in!
5-5:45 p.m.

Student Experience Panels, Norris University Center
Hear from current students on a myriad of topics while family members will also be able to pose questions.

  • Freshman/Sophomore-Year Experience: This panel will be geared to discussion involving the first and second year at Northwestern
  • Junior/Senior-Year Experience: This panel will be geared to discussion involving the third and forth year at Northwestern
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m

NU Revue
After rave reviews in its inaugural year for 2011 Family Weekend, this student variety show will be returning for 2012. This 90 minute show will showcase the diverse talents of the student population as various a cappella, dance, and comedy groups perform. Tickets for both the 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows are free to Family Weekend registrants. Tickets are currently sold out.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Movie showing: The Dark Knight Rises (sponsored by A&O student organization)
This movie will be showing in Norris University Center's McCormick Auditorium; admission is free. View the movie trailer.
8-11 p.m.

Stargazing at Dearborn Observatory
NU’s Dearborn Observatory will host free sessions from 8 p.m. –10 p.m. Reservations are required for the first hour but walk-ins are welcome in the second hour. Please call 847-491-7650 for reservations. The observatory is located on-campus at 2131 Tech Drive.

8 p.m. The Verona Project, Josephine Louis Theatre
Award-winning writer/director Amanda Dehnert’s new musical The Verona Project is an electric hybrid of theatre and live concert infused with original indie-folk-rock music.  A modern fable inspired by Shakespeare’s first comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the show takes an honest look at surviving love, loss and the road to adulthood.  Seen through the eyes of a group of young musicians, The Verona Project explores the journeys we all take and the people we eventually become. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the door (if available). If purchasing online in advance, use the code VERONANU to receive $5 off the general ticket price. Tickets for NU students are $10 at the door.
10 p.m. -2 a.m.
NU Nights (student organization) and Homecoming Present Friday Night Fever, Norris University Center
This student-run event will include free food, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin moonwalk, a costume contest, disco dance lessons (10:15 p.m. and 11 p.m.), and a free screening of The Exorcist at midnight.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

10 a.m. -
12 p.m.        
Family Weekend Check-in, Norris University Center
A final check-in station will be open on Saturday morning for those unable to pick-up information on Friday.
10:45-11:30 a.m. Welcome from the President
President Morton "Morty" Schapiro will provide a brief welcome for all Family Weekend attendees on the ground level of Norris University Center. Mingle with the President and other family members beginning at 10:45 a.m.; a welcome speech will be delivered at 11 a.m. The university bookstore will also be open to purchase any last minute purple spirit items! This event does not require tickets.

For those with tickets to the Taste of NU event, you will move upstairs in Norris at 11:30 a.m. to begin festivities. Please note tickets must be purchased by noon CST on Thursday, October 18.
11:30 a.m.    Taste of NU (pre-football game event)
Learn more information about this event, including how to purchase tickets by noon CST on Thursday, October 18 and a food menu on the Taste of NU webpage. This spirit-filled event, complete with food from across the Chicago-community, is a first for 2012 Family Weekend!
2:30 p.m.                                                                        

Northwestern football vs University of Nebraska
Family Weekend registrants should refer to emails from the Office of New Student and Family Programs regarding ticket purchases. View the weather forecast for game day. The football game may last 3-4 hours; please use this estimate when planning after-game activities

Shuttles will be running to and from the stadium throughout the day from campus. View the shuttle schedule on the athletics website.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Movie showing: The Dark Knight Rises (sponsored by A&O student organization)
This movie will be showing in Norris University Center's McCormick Auditorium; admission is free. View the movie trailer.
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Purple Haze Presents Best of the Midwest, Ryan Auditorium
The 14th anniversary of this a cappella invitational will welcome groups from across the midwest from institutions such as Indiana University, University of Illinois, DePaul University and Northwestern's own Purple Haze. Tickets are $5 for undergraduate NU students and $10 for general admission. Purchase tickets online through the Norris Box Office (recommended) are at the door.
7:30 p.m. Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: Copenhagen and Rome, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Tickets are $8 ($5 for students) and can be purchased online or at the door.
8 p.m. The Verona Project, Josephine Louis Theatre
Award-winning writer/director Amanda Dehnert’s new musical The Verona Project is an electric hybrid of theatre and live concert infused with original indie-folk-rock music.  A modern fable inspired by Shakespeare’s first comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the show takes an honest look at surviving love, loss and the road to adulthood.  Seen through the eyes of a group of young musicians, The Verona Project explores the journeys we all take and the people we eventually become. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the door (if available). If purchasing online in advance, use the code VERONANU to receive $5 off the general ticket price. Tickets for NU students are $10 at the door.
8 p.m. Lovers and Madmen present Macbeth, Shanley Hall
Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is a story of ambition, arrogance, murder, and madness. After a great military victory against a rebel army, Scottish general Macbeth encounters three witches who prophesize that he will be crowned King of Scotland. Persuaded by Lady Macbeth to seize the crown from the current king, he commits regicide against King Duncan. Swiftly descending in to madness and paranoia, Macbeth resorts to murderous, tyrannical acts to ensure his hold on the crown. Wracked by guilt, the bloodbath continues as Macbeth encounters ghosts, demons, and spirits before he is finally confronted in battle with Macduff, a Scottish nobleman who opposes Macbeth’s ascension to the throne. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) at the door.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.                 
Jogging tour of Northwestern
Begin your final morning at Northwestern with a dynamic jog-walk. Led by a vibrant undergraduate student tour guide, this short jog for family members and students will include fun facts about Northwestern while taking in the morning view of Northwestern's own lakefill.
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m                 
Conversation with University Administrators
While your student sleeps in, we invite parents and family members to a conversation with university administrators. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with a light breakfast provided. The event will begin with talks from the Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs at 10 a.m. Tickets are free though seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. This event is for parents and family members only. We apologize for the change in speakers; President Schapiro will be attending Saturday's Taste of NU event rather than this Sunday event.
Reserve Conversation with University Administrators tickets
12 p.m. Northwestern Men's Soccer vs Penn StateTickets can be purchased at the gate: $7 for adult, $4 for youth/senior, free for students