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Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2023

We hope you can join us for Family Weekend 2023, which will take place October 20 – 22. We realize this is earlier than usual but hopefully you can enjoy some beautiful fall weather here in Evanston and Chicago. We will provide more details and information about programming this summer and registration will open at the end of August. We hope you will join us for three purple-proud days on campus this fall. Go ’Cats!


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

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 FAQs

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


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

Check Out Norris Center During Family Weekend!

Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat during the weekend or want to purchase some Northwestern gear, check out the Norris University Center:

Dining Hours

Pick up a 10% off coupon at Family Weekend Check in (Norris Wildcat Room 101, Friday 10 am – 6 pm) and visit the University Bookstore on the lower level of Norris.

Work Out at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion

Engage in the Northwestern recreational student experience!  Offering six 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. The Henry Crown Sport Pavilion will be open from 6:00 am - 10:00 pm on Friday, 8:00 am - 9:00 pm on Saturday, and 8:00 am - 10:00 pm on Sunday.  Northwestern parents and families will have complimentary access to Henry Crown and all Group Exercise classes throughout Family Weekend.

There are no upcoming events at this time.