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Monthly List of Featured Events

Northwestern University is a vibrant place with numerous ways for everyone in the community to learn and participate, often free of charge. Every month, Neighborhood and Community Relations provides a catalogue of on-campus events and opportunities open to the public. These include special performances from world-renowned musicians, family-friendly events for children, Big 10 athletics, and lectures in the humanities and sciences.

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Highlighted July Events

Norris Summer Cinema
Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:00 PM
Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, East Lawn

Lunch on the Lake 2018
Begins 6/28, 12:00 PM, free
Norris University Center, East Lawn, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Free noontime concerts. Enjoy free watermelon, picnic pads, and $11 lunch menus available for purchase featuring summer cuisine favorites and lake breezes every Wednesday through July 25.

Dearborn Observatory Public Viewing
Fridays, 10:00-11:00 PM, free
Dearborn Observatory, 2131 Tech Drive, Evanston
The Dearborn Observatory is open for public viewing every Friday night from 9 to 11 pm during the spring and summer months (Apr-Sept). The sessions are free and open to all. Reservations are required for the first hour but walk-ins are welcome in the second hour. All visitors should note that the dome is neither heated nor air-conditioned so please dress appropriately. Friday evening sessions are held "rain or shine." 

Paul Chan: Happiness (Finally) After 35,000 Years of Civilization
Tues, 7/17, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM, free
Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Contact: Block Museum of Art,, 847-491-4000
Paul Chan (b. Hong Kong, 1973) is an American artist, activist, writer, and publisher. His work reflects a strong commitment to the relation of politics and aesthetics, philosophy and popular culture, art and grassroots activism.
Northwestern University Community Picnic
Sat, 7/21, 3:00-6:00 PM, free, RSVP here
Norris University Center, East Lawn, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Contact: Shayla Butler,, 847-491-2484
Join us for our third annual community picnic with free food and entertainment for the whole family!
Vocal Performance Seminar
Fri, 7/27, 7:00-8:30 PM, free
Ryan Opera Theater, 70 Arts Circle, Evanston
Contact: Concert Management Office,, 847-467-4000

Participants in the summer Intensive Vocal Performance Seminar present selected scenes from opera and musical theater.

Run for Walk
Sun, 7/29, 7:30–9:30 AM, faculty/staff $30
Ryan Field, 1501 Central Street, Evanston
Contact: Run for Walk,, 847-467-3758
The YourLife Wellness Program in collaboration with Northwestern Athletics would like to invite Northwestern faculty and staff to the 6th annual Run for Walk, a 4.1 mile run and 5k family walk through campus and the tree-lined streets of Evanston. The event honors the late Northwestern Football head coach, Randy Walker.

Data Science Nights
Mon, 7/30, 6:30-8:30 PM, free
Chambers Hall, Lower Level, 600 Foster Street, Evanston
Contact: Thomas Stoeger,
Data Science Nights are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by fellows and scholars from the Northwestern Data Science Initiative. Each night will feature one hour of structured programming followed by a hacking night with data science project or learning groups of your choice.


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