2016 SPS Symposium for Online Programs

Join us October 20, 21, and 22

The SPS Symposium is as an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff from online graduate programs to meet on campus and take part in networking, conference activities, and the Northwestern Reunion Weekend football game and celebration (Go 'Cats!).


Networking Reception
Thursday, October 20, 2016
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Chicago Campus, Wieboldt Hall, 5th Floor (339 East Chicago Ave.)

Meet Northwestern faculty, staff, and students at this opening reception. Halfway through the reception there will be short talks from SPS Deans and keynote speaker, Jay Walsh, Vice President for Research, Northwestern University. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

2016 Symposium Conference
Friday, October 21, 2016
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Chicago Campus, Wieboldt Hall, 5th Floor (339 East Chicago Ave.)

Program sessions will include presentations on industry trends and topics by faculty, alumni, and staff from Predictive Analytics, Information Systems, Information Design & Strategy, Health Informatics, Sports Administration, Public Policy & Administration, and the Northwestern University Library. There will be an afternoon keynote from Patti Solis Doyle, political strategist and Northwestern Alum. A continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., with program sessions beginning at 9 a.m.

Homecoming Breakfast
Saturday, October 22, 2016
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Evanston Campus, SPS Office (405 Church St.)

Join SPS faculty, staff, and alumni for breakfast and entertainment at the SPS Office prior to the annual Homecoming Game. Tickets for the football game will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Transportation will be provided, before and after the breakfast and football game, between the Chicago and Evanston campuses

Transportation & Locations

Map Links
Northwestern Interactive Maps
Chicago Campus Printable Map
Evanston Campus Printable Map
Ryan Field Parking Information
Ryan Field Stadium Printable Map

Chicago Thursday evening parking:
$7.50 Validated Rate is available between 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in either the Huron Superior (222 E. Huron Street) or Erie Ontario (321 E. Erie Street) Parking Lots. Tickets must be validated in Wieboldt Hall.

Chicago Friday day-time parking:
$42 for 4 to 24 hours, or $15 for the Early Bird Special (in between 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., out by 7:30 p.m.) in the Erie Ontario lot (321 E. Erie Street). Other streeterville parking lots are available for public parking, many with early bird rates.

Evanston Saturday game day parking:
Free football game day parking is available in all main campus parking lots, excluding Ryan Field lots.

Public Transit
The city of Chicago offers a number of public transportation options to the Northwestern campuses.  Click here to review public transportation routes to the Chicago and Evanston campuses

Northwestern University offers the following shuttles, free of charge for all students once they present their WildCARD:

Student Game Day Shuttle
Intercampus Shuttle (only available Monday - Friday)

SPS will offer the following special shuttles on Saturday, October 22 (schedule is subject to change):

Local Accommodations

Hotel Information

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Tourism Information

For information on events and activities in Chicago, click here.