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Family Weekend

We look forward to inviting you back to campus for Family Weekend, to be held November 8-10, 2019!

Online registration for Family Weekend is now open! Families will be able to purchase football tickets for the Northwestern vs. Purdue game using the Athletics Ticket Office website:

Family Weekend Schedule

Participants will receive a printed version of the schedule book when they check in on Friday, November 8. To get a sense of what Family Weekend is like, check out the 2018 schedules and the 2019 tentative event overview below:

Family Weekend 2019 tentative events are listed below. The Family Weekend Tailgate and the Football Game are the only ticketed events. All other events are first-come, first-served:

Friday, November 8:

  • Hail to the Purple: Northwestern History & Traditions (9:30am)
  • Faculty Lectures (11am & 1:30pm)
  • Afternoon with the Undergraduate Schools (2:45pm)
  • Conversation with the President (4:30pm)

Saturday, November 9 (All event times are TBD until game time is announced)

  • Northwestern Football Game
  • Northwestern Tailgate
  • Campus Tours

Sunday, November 10:

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Panel Presentation (10:30am)

Travel and Hotels

Whether it be by plane, train, or car, there are numerous ways to get to both Chicago and Evanston. We have a few resources that may be valuable as you look into traveling and staying in the Evanston/Chicago area.  Visit the visitor's section of the Undergraduate Admissions page to view travel directions, which includes area maps, specific breakdowns of travel routes, and turn-by-turn directions.  View our Travel and Hotels page to view answers to more specific questions you may have.

Campus Parking: Parking is open and free to family members Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 for any on-campus spot (except for handicapped and reserved spaces). The most accessible lots are the south campus garage (near Norris University Center) or the north campus garage. Parking is limited (and requires a fee) at Ryan Field on Saturday; families are encouraged to park on campus and take the game day shuttles (picking up along Sheridan Road) to the game and Family Weekend Tailgate.

Things to do in Chicago

Family Weekend is a pretty packed schedule of great things for you to check out with or without your student.  We know, though, for some families going to the football game or other events we plan may not be as relevant.  For those families we think it is a great time to explore Evanston and Chicago, two cities your student has the privilege of living in and close to during their time here.  

Visit our "Things to do in Chicago and Evanston page" here.

Family Weekend FAQ's

For all of your questions in planning for Family Weekend with your student, visit our Family Weekend FAQ section on our Family FAQ page