Save the Date
Mark your calendar for Alumni and Family Weekend 2019, October 18-20!
Alumni and Family Weekend 2019
Alumni and Family Weekend is an annual weekend each fall for parents, families, and alumni to connect with students, DePaul, and the city of Chicago. Events are open to all family members of DePaul students.
The weekend includes many types of activities that allow you to explore DePaul and Chicago! You can decide if you would like to explore the campus scene, venture out for fun in the city, or a little of both.
Family Weekend is free for all attendees! All participants are required to register for the weekend.
A ticket for the Alumni and Family Weekend Brunch must be purchased separately.
Schedule at a Glance
Friday, October 18th
Family Weekend Kickoff
Start Family Weekend off right by experiencing a Night of DePaul. Join DePaul and other Family Weekend
Guests in celebrating Family Weekend with a photo booth, a live DJ, amazing student performances and dinner.
Saturday, October 19th
Trolleys around Lincoln Park and the Loop
Enjoy a fall day in Chicago and hop on a trolley to the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago History Museum, Loop Campus, and Art Institute of Chicago
Men's Soccer Game
Come out and cheer on the Men's Soccer Team!
Blue Demon Bash
Join us in celebrating what it means to be a Blue Demon! This post-soccer game event will feature food trucks, music, and games. Get your family picture taken, amp up your Blue Demon pride, get to know other families and alumni. Don't forget to wear your favorite Blue Demon apparel.
Sunday, October 20th
Alumni and Family Weekend Brunch
Wrap up Family Weekend with a brunch with your student. This event will be an opportunity for current students and their families to mingle with DePaul alumni, too!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is registration so important?
In order to attend the Family Weekend activities, you MUST register. This allows us to customize your family's materials for the weekend and ensure we order enough food and materials for everyone attending the weekend.
Any suggestion for hotel rooms/accommodations?
Make reservations early! While there are a number of hotels in the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses, they tend to fill very quickly. Please make your plans well in advance to ensure lodging for your family.
Through DePaul's Demon Discounts program, many hotels in Lincoln Park and the Loop offer discounted rates for those affiliated with DePaul, including your student!
Will I be receiving a registration confirmation?
When you register for Family Weekend online, a confirmation will be generated for you and sent to the e-mail address that you provided. You will not receive a confirmation in the mail.
You will also receive an email the week of the event to Family Weekend to share any pre-arrival information you may need. In the meantime, please continue to check this website for any updates and additions to the schedule of events.
When do I need to arrive?
Family Weekend kicks off first thing in the morning Friday and continues through the end of the day Sunday. Events are scheduled throughout the entire weekend. While guests may arrive at any time during the weekend, we suggest making plans to arrive in the city on Friday morning and departing Sunday afternoon to take full advantage of the weekend's events.
How do I get to campus?
From the north and northwest
From the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) exit at Fullerton Avenue and turn left (east.) The Lincoln Park campus is about two miles from the expressway on Fullerton Avenue and Sheffield Avenue.
From the west
From the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), turn onto the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) leading toward Wisconsin. From the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) exit at Fullerton Avenue and turn right (east.) The Lincoln Park campus is about two miles from the expressway on Fullerton Avenue and Sheffield Avenue.
From the south
From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/I-94) continue as the expressway becomes the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94). Exit at Fullerton Avenue and turn right (east.) The Lincoln Park campus is about two miles from the expressway on Fullerton Avenue and Sheffield Avenue.
Three rapid transit train lines service the Lincoln Park area and DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. Exit at the Fullerton station.After coming down the steps, turn left (west) to Sheffield Avenue.
These are the train lines servicing the Lincoln Park campus:
Howard and 95th/Dan Ryan (Red)
Linden (Evanston)/Loop (Purple)
You may transfer to these lines from all other train lines in most downtown stations.
#74 Fullerton Avenue
#11 Lincoln Avenue
#8 Halsted Street
Bus routes interconnect throughout the city. Several buses stop very near the Lincoln Park campus. All routes are subject to change by the CTA.
You may reach the CTA at 312-836-7000 or 1-800-972-7000 or TDD (Hearing Impaired) 312-836-4949.
For more information, visit www.transitchicago.com.
Where do we go when we arrive on campus to pick up information and ask questions for the weekend?
Your first stop should be Family Weekend Headquarters! We'll have a packet of materials for your family to enjoy the weekend. Additionally, we'll have staff to answer questions, offer suggestions for local restaurants and eateries, and complete on-site registrations for the weekend.
Family Weekend Headquarters is located on the first floor of the Lincoln Park Student Center, in the Atrium.
We will share lots of information and answer questions about Family Weekend for new families during our summer orientation programs. If you are unable to attend or have additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (773) 325-7361.
May siblings and other family members attend?
Yes, of course! DePaul's Family Weekend provides parents and family members with opportunities to experience their student's life on campus. In particular, we invite younger siblings to take advantage of the chance to get an inside look at DePaul University, and as prospective students, meet with representatives from Admissions and other campus offices. Given your anticipated schedule for the day, please use your best judgment in terms of bringing very young siblings along for events.
How do I reserve tickets to the Men's Soccer Game and the Sunday Brunch?
Family Weekend is free for all attendees! All participants are required to register for the weekend. A ticket for the Alumni and Family Weekend Brunch must be purchased separately.
A ticket for the brunch can be purchased through the Family Weekend registration site. Family Weekend participants will be able to pick-up a ticket for the Men's Soccer game at Wish Field. Students will need to bring their ID to attend the game.
Why is the Family Weekend scheduled during this time of the year?
Family Weekend is scheduled during the sixth week of the quarter. This is a critical time when students still working to find their place/make connections with DePaul are most in need of support. This gives you a chance to come to campus and encourage your student to get involved, take advantage of the resources we offer during the weekend to make those connections, and learn about what campus life is like for your student.
Do students have the day off on Friday?
Students do not have the day off on Friday. However, there will be plenty of time for the students to spend time with their parents and there will be a ton of activities and programs to take advantage of throughout the weekend. Please be aware that your student may have exams the following week and may need some time to study or work during the weekend.
Are exams cancelled for Alumni & Family Weekend?
Classes operate as usual surrounding Alumni & Family Weekend. Please talk with your student before you arrive on campus to check on his or her workload for the weekend. You are welcome to attend activities with or without your student.