Family Weekend

Family Tailgate

Family Weekend 2018

We look forward to inviting you back to campus for Family Weekend, to be held October 26-28, 2018. Registration will open on June 1.

Family Weekend Schedule

Family Cheering

Surprisingly, The Big Ten has announced that the NU football game against Purdue will now take place at 6 pm CDT. This means the tailgate is now scheduled for 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. This is not reflected in the schedule book which has already gone to print. When looking at the final schedule book, please follow the Saturday Afternoon Game schedule for daytime events. Please disregard any tailgate or football game information in the schedule book and plan accordingly. We appreciate your flexibility.

View the schedule for Family Weekend 2017.

Participants will receive a printed version of the schedule book when they check in on Friday, November 10.


There will be a campus shuttle service offered on the Friday of Family Weekend.

View the Friday, November 10th Shuttle Map.

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 4 through Sunday, November 6 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.