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Family Weekend 2022

We hope you can join us for Family Weekend 2022 which will take place on the Evanston campus Friday, November 4 - Sunday November 6!  Registration is open and will close at 5 pm CDT pm on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Please Click Here to Register for Family Weekend 2022

The Northwestern Wildcats football team will take on Ohio State on Saturday, November 5. Please note that the Big Ten may not announce the time of the football game until a week before the game so you need to be flexible if you purchase tickets for the game. Family Engagement does not handle football ticket sales. Please direct all ticket-related questions to or 888-467-8775.   

Purchase Family Weekend Football Tickets


Some families choose to stay at hotels in downtown Chicago but for a list of area hotels, check out:

Please note that we do not reserve blocks of rooms for Family Weekend or offer any hotel discounts. We provide this list to help you with your planning, but Northwestern University does not endorse any of the hotels included on it.

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 FAQs page.

COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgment

The safety of our families and campus community is our top priority. Plans for Family Weekend are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health directives and guidelines in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. When entering events during Family Weekend, you agree to comply with these guidelines.

Masks are currently optional in most University spaces, including classrooms, administrative spaces, offices, research labs, public spaces, public events, athletic facilities and non-classroom communal spaces such as residence halls, libraries and the Norris University Center. While masking is not required in most spaces, the University recommends masking in areas where distancing is not possible when transmission levels are elevated.

Family Weekend 2022 Tentative Schedule

Following is a tentative schedule for Family Weekend 2022. Events and locations will continue to be updated throughout the fall so please check back periodically for new information. Please note that the Big Ten may not announce the time of the football game until a week before the game. Because of this, we are unable to solidify the Saturday schedule until the football game time is announced. We appreciate your flexibility. Go’ Cats!

 10:00 am – 6:00 pm                  Family Weekend Check-In

  • Families will check in for Family Weekend, get their pre-purchased wristband for the tailgate and pick up a schedule booklet.
  • If families are unable to check in on Friday, we highly recommend they send their student to check in on their behalf.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm                Faculty Lecture Series: Round 1
  • Northwestern’s world-class faculty showcase their teaching expertise during various lecture for families. Lecture descriptions coming soon.
11:00 am – 2:30 pm                  Campus Tours (Leave from The Rock, near Harris Hall)
  • Family Ambassadors will lead one-hour campus tours which leave at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm                    Faculty Lecture Series: Round 2
  • Northwestern’s world-class faculty showcase their teaching expertise during various lecture for families. Lecture descriptions coming soon.
Afternoon with the Undergraduate Schools
  • Bienen School of Music
    • Observe student rehearsals at various times throughout the afternoon:
      • Symphonic Wind Ensemble 2:10 pm - 4:10pm
      • Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra 2:10 - 4:10pm
      • University Chorale: 2:00 - 3:20pm
      • University Singers: 3:30 - 4:50pm
      • Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra: 4:30 pm -6:20 pm
  • Medill School of Journalism. Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
    • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    • A brief showcase of innovative student work and a panel featuring Medill leadership.
  • School of Communication
    • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Advising Lori Barcliff Baptista will speak briefly, and academic advisors will mingle with guests.
  • Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences
    • 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    • Presentation and panel discussion on resources and opportunities for Weinberg students.
  • School of Education and Social Policy (SESP)
    • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • An open house and conversation with SESP faculty and advising team will take place in the SESP Student Affairs Office on the first floor of Annenberg Hall. Light refreshments will be served.
  • McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  –  McCormick family members are invited to this presentation and Q&A with Dr. Burghardt, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Engineering, and current engineering students.
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  –  President’s Address
  • Join the President of Northwestern University and other key staff to learn more about current events on campus and the student experience.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm  –  Acapalooza—hosted by NUDM
  • Join Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) and Family Engagement for a night of a cappella music and fun! Hear from Northwestern’s incredible a cappella groups and learn about NUDM 2023 primary beneficiary, Little Heroes League and secondary beneficiary, the Evanston Community Foundation. Ticket information coming soon.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. –  Dearborn Observatory (2131 Tech Drive)
  • Families are invited to drop in and tour the Observatory free of charge.  Weather permitting, they will be able to view the night sky with our historic Dearborn Telescope.

All Saturday event times are “to be determined” until gametime is announced.

  • Walking Tour of Downtown Evanston (Weber Arch, Corner of Sheridan Rd and Chicago Ave)
    • Discover the fascinating shared history of Northwestern University and the city of Evanston. The tour will begin at the gateway arch located at Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue, aka "the eyebrow of beauty." Walking south on Chicago Avenue into downtown Evanston, we will explore the interrelationship of the university and the town it founded and how the progressive ideals of both created a unique community. Ticket information coming soon.
  • Campus Resource Sessions (each session will be offered twice)
    • Career Services for Northwestern Students
      • Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) will offer an overview of the career resources available to your student including career counseling and advising services, internships and summer experiences, and the post-graduation success of our students.  Come learn about how Northwestern prepare its students for life after graduation.
    • Study Abroad Information Session
      • Northwestern students participate in study abroad programs around the world.
      • The Global Learning Office will provide insight into the process and possibilities of studying abroad.
    • Undergraduate Research Information Session
      • The Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research will explain how students can get involved as well as the extensive resources and funding available.
    • Office of Fellowships Session
      • The Office of Fellowships helps students find and apply for external sources of funding to do many different things, including research, internships, language study, and tuition support, with international options available for all opportunities.
  • Family Weekend Tailgate (Wildcat Alley, the Football Practice Field located east of Drysdale Field)
    • Join us for our annual Family Weekend Tailgate! The tailgate will feature traditional tailgate food, music, and great company. It will start 2.5 hours before gametime. Tickets are available for purchase when you register for Family Weekend. Guest tailgate admission is $21 and children ages 3-11 are $10. Children under 3 are free of charge and do not need to be registered for the tailgate. If your Northwestern student will be attending the tailgate with you, you must purchase them a ticket. The cost of the Family Weekend Tailgate is not included in the student meal plan.
    • All sales are final. There are no ticket refunds, exchanges, or transfers.
  • Northwestern Football vs. Ohio State (Ryan Field)
    • Cheer on your Northwestern Wildcats as they take on Ohio State! Tickets available at
  • Dearborn Observatory (2131 Tech Drive)
    • Families are invited to drop in and tour the Observatory between 8 pm – 10 pm free of charge.  Weather permitting, they will be able to view the night sky with our historic Dearborn Telescope.

9:30 am – 10:30 am                Fraternity & Sorority Life Panel Presentation

  • Families are invited to a presentation provided by the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff that will overview the values of our community, benefits of membership, and pathways to joining across our four councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association (PHA). Families will also have a chance to ask questions and engage with a panel of upper-class student leaders within the FSL community about their experiences.
10:00 am                                      Krispy Kreme 5K (Southern End of Northwestern Lakefill)
  • The Krispy Kreme 5K is a typical 5K with a twist as every donut you eat takes time off your run! It’s a fun way to combine everyone’s love of donuts with friendly competition. Registration information coming soon.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm                Student Panel Presentation with Family Ambassadors
  • Hear from current students (Family Ambassadors) regarding student life and their experiences at Northwestern.

Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive

  • Visit Northwestern’s campus art museum! The Block is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern and its surrounding communities. The main exhibition on display is Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s – 1980s. The museum is open on November 4 from 12 pm – 8 pm & November 5-6 from 12 pm – 5 pm. The Block is always free and open to all. For more information, please visit
Visit the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion
  • Engage in the Northwestern recreational student experience! Offering seven recreation facilities, three intramural sport seasons with nine sports, 38 club teams, open recreation, a vast array of fitness equipment, wellness programs and services, indoor and outdoor water activities, and tennis - NU Recreation has something for everyone!  Learn how fitness, wellness, recreation, and sports activities can help your student deal with the stresses of academic life, enhance their overall well-being, and improve their everyday life. Families will have complimentary access to Henry Crown and all Group Exercise classes throughout Family Weekend. More information coming soon.

To assist you with your visit, please consult the Interactive Campus Map.