Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2019

Family Tailgate

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

Online registration for Family Weekend will open on July 1, 2019. Families will be able to purchase football tickets for the Northwestern vs. Purdue game before they go on sale to the general public in July by using a special code which NSFP will mail to all families in late May.

Family Weekend Schedule

Family Cheering

An overview of Family Weekend events will be posted by July 1, 2019.  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 schedules below:

2018 Family Weekend Schedule

2018 Family Weekend Saturday Game Day Schedule



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, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 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.