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9th Annual SPS Symposium for Graduate Programs

Join us October 24, 25, and 26

The SPS Symposium is an important part of your program; a three-day student event and academic conference to provide an opportunity for you to interact and learn from fellow students, faculty, and staff. The event corresponds with Northwestern Reunion Weekend (October 24 through 26) and has been developed to forge connections between students at all points in your program.

This is your opportunity to meet students outside of your courses; to talk, listen and engage with exciting speakers and discussion panels; and to experience the city of Chicago and the Evanston campus.


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Networking Reception

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Chicago Campus, Lurie Family Atrium (303 E. Superior St.)

Meet Northwestern faculty, staff, and students at this opening reception. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

2019 Symposium Conference

Friday, October 25, 2019
8 a.m. to 5:30 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 Data Science, Information Systems, Information Design & Strategy, Health Informatics, Sports Administration, Public Policy & Administration, and more. A continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., with program sessions beginning at 9 a.m.

Homecoming Breakfast

Saturday, October 26, 2019
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 Evanston SPS Office prior to the Homecoming Game against Iowa. The event will feature a full breakfast, a mimosa and bloody Mary bar, live music, and everything that you need to get ready for the game or to enjoy the other Northwestern Reunion Weekend festivities.

If you would like to attend the football game after the event, tickets in the SPS block can be purchased by following this link. SPS tickets are in section 126, rows 65-68. Tickets are $57 each and there is a maximum of two tickets per student.

Northwestern Homecoming Football Game
Northwestern vs. Iowa
Saturday, October 26, 2019
11 a.m. start
Ryan Field, Evanston, IL

Purchase Tickets

(Transportation will be provided, before and after the breakfast and football game, between the Chicago and Evanston campuses.)


Additional Information




Transportation & Locations

Map Links

Northwestern Interactive Maps
Chicago Campus Printable Map
Evanston Campus Printable Map
Ryan Field Game Day 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 Garage (222 E. Huron Street) or Erie Ontario Garage (321 E. Erie Street). Tickets must be validated in Wieboldt Hall (Fourth Floor Student Lounge, Room 411 or Fifth Floor Student Lounge, Room 510).

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)


Local Accommodations

Hotel Information

Below is a list of Northwestern University partner vendors. Request the Northwestern University rate when making reservations. Please note that Northwestern University's negotiated rates may not always be available during peak travel dates or special events.

Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile
166 East Superior

DoubleTree Hotel - Magnificent Mile
166 East Superior

Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown by Marriott
216 East Ontario Street

Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile (formerly Wyndham Chicago)
633 North St. Clair Street

Omni Chicago Hotel 
676 North Michigan Avenue (at Huron)

Peninsula Hotel Chicago
108 East Superior St.

Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
701 North Michigan Avenue (at Huron)


Tourism Information

Navy Pier – World famous attraction drawing crowds with carnival rides, restaurants, and shops.

John Hancock Building/Chicago 360 – The best views of Chicago and the lakefront, experience the TILT if you dare!

Millennium Park - Just a short scenic walk down Michigan Ave to the world famous park.

Museum Campus – Swim with the fish at John G. Shedd Aquarium or check out SUE the most complete T-REX at Field Museum of Natural History or gaze at the stars at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.

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