Northwestern Reunion

Come back October 5-8, 2017.

Break out your purple and reconnect with friends old and new.

Northwestern Reunion

Come back October 5-8, 2017.

Break out your purple and reconnect with friends old and new.

Explore Reunion 2017

Click on the tabs below for information about this year’s event. Registration opens on July 12, so check back then for full details about class parties and weekend activities. See you in Evanston!

Featured Events During Reunion Weekend

Attend your class party. Cheer on the ’Cats against Penn State. Spend the weekend participating in interesting lectures and tours, or exploring new buildings and your favorite spots on campus.

Campus Events

Class Parties

Game Day Experiences

Reunion is a fantastic opportunity to come back to campus and reconnect with friends we don’t see as frequently as we’d like. And, when we’re here, we realize that even as things grow and change and get better, we reconnect to the traditions that always have and always will make Northwestern and Evanston special.”

Rob Schoenthaler ’92 and Lauren Knudson Schoenthaler ’92, National Reunion Co-Chairs

Join Your Committee

Encourage friends to attend Reunion and help raise money toward the class gift.

Join Your Committee

Encourage friends to attend Reunion and help raise money toward the class gift.

Find Your Class Page

Get class party details and see who’s coming back!

Find Your Class Page

Get class party details and see who’s coming back!

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Photos from Reunion Weekend 2016

Northwestern Reunion Weekend 2016
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Alumni enjoy a gallery tour at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.
Willie the Wildcat rallies the crowd at the Homecoming football game against Indiana.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Dean Sarah Pritchard welcomes Half Century Club alumni to Sunday brunch at Deering Library.
The class gift check presentation on Ryan Field celebrates the fundraising prowess of Reunion classes.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
During the “Who Are You Because of NU?” panel discussion, President Morton Schapiro talks with distinguished alumni.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Friends catch up over breakfast at Norris Center.
Using a back drop set up at Norris Center, friends capture memories from Reunion Weekend.
Alumni cheer on the ’Cats at the NGN Homecoming Football Luncheon.
Alumni enjoy a dress rehearsal performance by Northwestern’s Symphony Orchestra.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
(From left) Nobel Laureate and chemistry professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, President Morton Schapiro, and others welcome the crowd at the Friday night pep rally.
Having fun in the photo booth
Alumni and their families attend Sunday brunch with Willie the Wildcat.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Friends reunite at a Friday night class party.
Students and alumni cheer on the Wildcats during the homecoming football game against Indiana.

2017 Weekend Schedule

Explore a range of offerings on campus: engaging alumni speakers, school and class programs, a welcome reception, the Homecoming parade and pep rally, your class party, and much more. The full range of programs will be posted here in July when registration opens. Here is a preview to help plan your weekend:

Thursday, October 5

  • Reunion committee leadership reception
  • Opening lecture and panel discussion

Friday, October 6

  • Welcome breakfast at Norris
  • Presentations featuring Northwestern alumni and distinguished staff
  • Tours of campus and select facilities
  • Performances, programs, and receptions hosted by the undergraduate schools
  • Homecoming reception, parade, and pep rally
  • Class parties
  • Post-party campus activities including stargazing at Dearborn Observatory, and an all-class afterparty on Deering Meadow

Saturday, October 7

  • Pre-game activities two hours before kickoff
  • Wildcats Football vs. Penn State Nittany Lions: Kickoff time to be announced
  • Post-game activities to be announced

Sunday, October 8

  • Sunday brunch
  • Campus tour by bus

Travel and Accommodations

Find everything you need to plan your trip—including hotel accommodations in and around Evanston and information about campus parking, shuttles, public transportation, and area attractions. We’ll update this page frequently so check back as Reunion Weekend approaches. 

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel room blocks for Reunion Weekend 2017 are now available at the hotels listed here. Block size is limited, with rooms offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Hotel block availability can only be guaranteed through each hotel’s specified cut-off date. Details about reservation deadlines, rates, and other terms and conditions can be found on the hotel websites through the links below.

Additional hotel room blocks in Chicago and surrounding suburbs will be made available soon. But, don’t wait too long: Alumni and their guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements, and hotels can fill up fast. The North Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Choose Chicago maintain lists of hotels in Evanston and the Chicago area.

  • Hilton Orrington
    1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, Illinois
    847-866-8700 or 888-677-4648
    Distance from campus: 0.1 miles
    Cut-off date: September 5, 2017
    To reserve rooms in the Hilton Orrington’s Reunion Weekend block, please reference the code NUR17 when booking.
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois
    847-475-6400
    Distance from campus: 1.2 miles
    Cut-off date: September 5, 2017
    To reserve rooms in the Hilton Garden Inn’s Reunion Weekend block, please reference the code NA17 when booking.
  • Hyatt House Evanston
    1515 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois
    847-864-2300
    Distance from campus: 0.3 miles
    Cut-off date: September 4, 2017
    To reserve rooms in the Hyatt House Evanston's Reunion Weekend block, please reference the code G-JALU when booking.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-North Shore/Skokie
    5201 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Illinois
    847-583-1111
    Distance from campus: 4.4 miles
    Cut-off date: September 6, 2017
    To reserve rooms in the Hampton Inn's Reunion Weekend block, please reference the code NUA when booking.
  • Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile
    166 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois
    312-787-6000
    Distance from campus: 12.3 miles
    Cut-off date: September 6, 2017
    To reserve rooms in the Cambria Chicago’s Reunion Weekend block, please reference the code XL9RD5 when booking.
  • Hampton Inn Chicago North-Loyola Station
    1209 West Albion Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
    312-265-5800 or 800-426-7866
    Distance from campus: 3.9 miles
    Cut-off date: September 8, 2017
    To reserve rooms in the Hampton Inn Chicago’s Reunion Weekend block, please reference the code NWU Alumni when booking.

Traveling to Northwestern


Getting to Campus
Shuttle Services

For shuttles both to and from O’Hare and Midway airports, please contact one of the following companies to schedule a shuttle pick-up:

Rail and Bus Transportation (Evanston and Chicago)

Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses are easily accessible by public transportation, including the CTA subway and bus system and the Metra commuter rail:

Transportation and Parking


Parking on Campus

University parking restrictions will be waived on campus from Thursday at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 5 p.m., excluding emergency lanes and reserved spots. See the Evanston campus parking map.

Parking at Ryan Field is only available to season ticket holders who purchased parking passes via the Athletics Ticket Office. All other ticket holders must park in campus lots and take the University shuttles that will be available on game day. Shuttle schedule and pickup location information is available online at nusports.com.

Divvy Bike Stations

Evanston recently added 10 Divvy bike share stations around the city and Northwestern’s campus to provide residents, visitors, and students with an additional two-wheeled transportation option. Designed to allow riders to get quickly from Point A to Point B, Divvy is intended for short trips within Evanston or across Divvy’s network of more than 580 Chicagoland stations.

To learn more and view a list of the Evanston bike share stations, visit divvybikes.com/evanston.

Find Your Class Year

Did you graduate in a year ending in 2 or 7? If so, it's your reunion year! Find class specific info below to connect with friends, join your reunion class committee, and find out more about making your class gift.

Contribute to Your Class Gift

A gift in honor of your Reunion supports need-based scholarships, faculty recruitment, academic innovations, and unparalleled learning experiences. All gifts made from September 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017, to any area of the University will count toward your class total.

Give Now

Contact the Reunion Office

For general information about reunion events, email reunion@northwestern.edu or call 877-240-6512 (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST).

Carlos Terrazas ’98

Senior Director
Liaison to classes of 1957, 1962
c-terrazas@northwestern.edu
847.467.2631

Alison Finkel

Senior Associate Director
Liaison to class of 1967
alison.finkel@northwestern.edu
847.467.3729

Jennifer Klink ’16 MS

Senior Associate Director
Liaison to classes of 1972, 1997
j-klink@northwestern.edu
847.491.8376

Andrea Minor

Associate Director
Liaison to classes of 1977, 1982, 1992, 2002
a-minor@northwestern.edu
847.491.3073

Claire Burke Quinlin

Associate Director
Liaison to classes of 1987, 2007, 2012, 2016
c-burke@northwestern.edu
847.491.5316

Frequently Asked Questions