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.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.

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

Preregistration is recommended

Featured events are highlighted

7:30–9 PM

See the Word: A Look at Northwestern’s Beatles Manuscripts

Deering Library

Northwestern Libraries hold seven original manuscripts by the Fab Four; learn about the history and significance of these musical treasures.

8:30–10 AM

Welcome Breakfast

Norris University Center

Complimentary continental breakfast is available for all alumni celebrating their Reunion. Reconnect with classmates and plan to make the most of your time on campus. Brought to you by Northwestern Gift Planning.

10–10:50 AM

Lake Effect: The Evolution of Northwestern’s Campus

McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center

University Archivist Kevin Leonard ’77, ’82 MA reveals the backstory of the Evanston campus from its founding to today in an encore of last year’s highest-rated reunion talk.

11–11:50 AM

NU Live

McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center

Accomplished alumni share first-person stories about moments that have shaped their lives in this TED-style event.

Noon–1:30 PM

NGN Homecoming Luncheon

Louis Room, Norris University Center ($40)

Join a Northwestern football tradition by lunching with Wildcats football players and Pat Fitzgerald ’97, Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach, sponsored by the Northwestern Gridiron Network. Register early; space is limited.

Noon–1:30 PM

Lunch in the Residence Halls

Allison, Foster-Walker, or Hinman Hall (Pay at the door)

The Daily Meal website cited Northwestern Dining as one of the top 10 college food experiences in the country. Allison Hall features a kosher meal station.

1–3:30 PM

Drop-Off Kids Camp

Norris East Lawn

Kids ages 5–12 can play and interact with student athletes while rotating through stations and games. Past activities have included a football carrying relay, freeze tag, kickball, and fencing.

1:30–3 PM

President’s Alumni Panel: My Northwestern Direction

McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center

Don’t miss this annual audience favorite featuring distinguished alumni who share how Northwestern shaped their lives and prepared them for success in a range of fields. Panelist information is listed here.

3–5 PM

Academics and Arts in the Afternoon

Alumni from every school are welcome to participate in these engaging Friday afternoon events.

  • Bienen School of Music: Ryan Center Tour

    Take a guided tour of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, opened in 2015.

  • McCormick School of Engineering: Prototype Purple

    Create and decorate gear to show your purple pride at the Segal Design Institute in Northwestern’s Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.

  • Medill Open House

    Mingle with alumni and faculty and hear from Dean Bradley J. Hamm about recent developments at Medill.

  • Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

    Attend a presentation by Weinberg faculty. Speakers and topic will be announced this summer.

  • Deering and University Libraries Tours

    See recent updates to University Library’s first floor and learn about renovations planned for iconic Deering Library.

  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Gallery Tour

    Tour the exhibition William Blake and the Age of Aquarius with a student docent.

3:30–4:30 PM

Northwestern Admissions Information Session

Session to Segal Visitors Center

Get a glimpse of current student life at Northwestern while learning more about the University, the application process, and financial aid from the staff at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

4–5 PM

Dolphin Show Performance

Norris University Center

America’s largest student-produced musical theater program presents a retrospective of show tunes from past Dolphin Shows.

4–5 PM

Green Campus Tour

Norris University Center

Join the staff of sustainNU, Northwestern’s sustainability program, for a tour of environmentally friendly campus features. Learn about green features of the new Ryan Center for the Musical Arts and newly renovated Kresge Centennial Hall.

4–5 PM

Kellogg Global Hub Tour

Kellogg Global Hub

Take a guided walk through the Kellogg School of Management’s new flagship facility. Register early; space is limited.

TBD

Tour The Garage at Northwestern

Sign up for tours here.

Take a guided walk through The Garage, Northwestern’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation.

5–7 PM

Homecoming Activities

Visit northwesternhomecoming.com for a complete list of Homecoming events.

  • Homecoming Student-Alumni Reception

    5–6 PM

    Deering Meadow Tent

    Toast fellow alumni and friends and interact with students.

  • Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

    6–7 PM

    Sheridan Road and Deering Meadow

    The parade will travel south on Sheridan Road from Lincoln Street to the Weber Arch. Come cheer on the marching bands, student organizations, and Homecoming Grand Marshal! The pep rally on Deering Meadow will immediately follow the parade. Rain location for the pep rally: Cahn Auditorium.

Times vary by class

Class Parties

(Price varies by class)

Register early for the most popular event of Reunion Weekend—your class party! Ticket price includes all food and beverages. See your class page for class party details.

8 PM–Midnight

Friday Late Night Activities

  • Stargazing at Dearborn Observatory

    8–11 PM

    Dearborn Observatory

    Tour the observatory, learn about its historic telescope, and—weather permitting—gaze at the heavens. Dress appropriately, as the dome does not have heat or air conditioning. Several flights of stairs must be climbed to reach the telescope.

  • S’more Making

    10–11 PM

    Lakefill Bonfire

    Gather around the campfire on the lakefill. S’more ingredients included!

  • All-Class After-Party

    10:30 PM–Midnight

    Deering Meadow Tent ($10)

    Join fellow night owls at the All-Class After-Party, the newest Reunion Weekend tradition.

9–10:30 AM

Pre-Game Breakfast

For All Classes
Deering Meadow Tent (Adults: $40, Children 2–12: $20)

Gather for a hot buffet breakfast, beer, wine, and soft drinks before catching a shuttle to Ryan Field for the football game. Adult price at the door is $50.

10 AM–Halftime

Randy Walker Terrace Game-Day Experience

For the Classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007
Randy Walker Terrace at Ryan Field ($100 includes football ticket)

Join your classmates on this open-air patio with sweeping views of Ryan Field. Enjoy a hot food buffet, beer, wine, and soft drinks from one hour prior to kickoff through halftime. Event price includes a seat on the bleachers or an assigned seat in the reunion block section of the stadium.

11 AM (Kick-off)

Wildcats Football vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Ryan Field ($45)

Cheer on the ’Cats as they take on Penn State in the annual Homecoming game at Ryan Field. Refund deadline for football tickets is August 25.

3–5 PM

Northwestern Campus Alive

Evanston Campus

We’re rolling out the purple carpet! Dozens of residence halls, Greek organizations, student groups, and programs will host Reunion Weekend open houses.

3–5:30 PM

Norris Bar

Norris University Center ($10 for food and first drink; $5 each additional drink)

The legendary Gathering Place is back! From 1982–1992, “The Bar” located in the ground floor of Norris was a favorite spot on campus. For one afternoon only we’re bringing it back, as part of NU’s Campus Alive! Join us to pay homage to this piece of Northwestern history.

Open to alumni 21 and over, with beer and wine tickets for sale at the door. Pizza and snacks included.

10 AM–Noon

Half Century Club Brunch

For the Classes of 1957, 1962, and 1967
Deering Library ($30)

Members of the Half Century Club (alumni who graduated in 1967 or earlier) are invited to a special brunch in the Library’s beautiful Eloise W. Martin Reading Room.

10 AM–Noon

Breakfast with Willie

Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (Adults: $25, Children 2–12: $10)

Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, spectacular views, and photos with Willie the Wildcat. Adult price at the door is $30.

12:30–1:30 PM

Bus Tour of Campus

See campus architectural highlights from the comfort of a bus. The tour begins and ends outside the Ethel M. Barber Theater on Arts Circle Drive.

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.

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.

Join the community of engaged philanthropists who provide a significant base of support for Northwestern, its initiatives and its students: Make a leadership pledge in your reunion year!

This unique opportunity allows you to make a commitment now and maximize your impact to your class gift. Your whole pledge, not just the first pledge payment, will count towards the class gift goal. That could increase the impact of your gift by as much as five times or more.

Fill out and send in a Reunion multi-year pledge form or contact the Reunion team to coordinate pledge details by phone at 877-240-6512 or email at reunion@northwestern.edu.

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