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Family Weekend

The Illinois Institute of Technology invites all family members and supporters to the annual Illinois Tech Family Weekend. Family Weekend is a campus-wide program that welcomes all the family members and supporters of current Illinois Tech students and celebrates their contribution to the community. This is a great opportunity to see what makes the Illinois Tech community special. We hope that you join us for Family Weekend on October 19-21,2018!


Please note that registration will be open til the event; however, register by October 5, 2018 to be guaranteed a T-Shirt. Furthermore, we ask that all participants register EACH member participating in Family Weekend, including the student.

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Family members, supporters, and students are still able to participate. We will be accepting walk-in registration day of the event. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

2018 Family Weekend Schedule

As we get closer to the 2018 Family Weekend, the schedule will be released. Please take a view of the 2017 Family Weekend below. 


2017 Family Weekend Schedule

While the schedule of events will be posted as we get closer to the Family Weekend 2017, below you will find some of the programs that are already scheduled. 

Family Weekend Schedule

Family Weekend Map

Friday, October 13, 2017

Family Weekend Check-in
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center Bookstore
Check in for Family Weekend events begins here! Come pick up your Family Weekend schedule

Architecture Tour with IIT College of Architecture
1:00 p.m., Crown Hall
Sponsored by: IIT College of Architecture
Join Professor Frank Flury on this one hour tour of campus. Learn about the famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his impact on the Illinois Tech campus. Tour will begin in front of S.R. Crown Hall.

Bronzeville Historical Tour
Sponsored by: Black Student Union
2:00 p.m.
A return to the past experience as we delve into the beginnings of Bronzeville and review the staples of culture and heritage. Tour will begin in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

Working On Campus! How Family Members Support Students to Work On-Campus
Sponsored by: Student Employment Office
3:00 p.m., McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium.
Want to learn what it means to work on-campus? Hoping to learn more how working on-campus can help enrich your student's college experience? Come hear from the Student Employment Office about the benefits of working on campus, types of student employment, jobs, and how to find jobs on-campus.

Study Abroad 101
Sponsored by: The Office of Campus Life & The International Center
4:00 p.m., McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium
Does your student have dreams of studying abroad? Come hear from other students who have recently been studying overseas to learn about their experiences along with tips and trick on how to navigate the Study Abroad application process.

Family Weekend Welcome Dinner
6:00 p.m., Hermann Hall EXPO Lounge
Welcome all students, family members, and supporters of student to our welcome dinner. We will have performances from our A Cappella group.

Movies at the Tech: Hocus Pocus
7:00 p.m., Perlstein Auditorium
Join Union Board and the Illinois Tech community in the movie showing, Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus is about three witch sisters that are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Family Weekend Check-in
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., McCormick Tribune Campus Center Bookstore
Check in for Family Weekend events begins here! Come pick up your Family Weekend schedule!

Campus Tour
Sponsored by: The Office of Admissions & Residence & Greek Life
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Outside of Hermann Hall
Tours will be offered to any students, family members, and supporters of Illinois Tech students. Tours are in conjunction between the office of Undergraduate Admissions and Residence & Greek Life.

Explore Galvin Library
Sponsored by: Galvin V. Library
11:00 a.m.
Join us for a tour of Galvin Library--the second home of students on campus. The Paul V. Galvin library is open 147 hours/week, 24 hours per day, five days a week during the academic year, and 24/7 during the final weeks of the semester. We have provided flexible seating and study arrangements which thousands of IIT students take advantage of year. We will end our tour in the Exploration Space, a tiny but mighty maker lab, where you will get the chance to make your own button! The tour will meet in the lobby of the library at 11 AM.

Lunch on the Quad
Sponsored by: The Office of Campus Life
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Gunsaulus Field
Come join Office of Campus Life as they welcome all students and family members to the Illinois Tech community by welcoming them to the Quad for lunch.

Warm Drinks and Cool Engineering Demonstrations
Sponsored by: Armour College of Engineering and hosted by Material Advantage and AIChE
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Rettaliata Engineering Center Atrium
Bring your family to the Rettaliata Engineering Center Atrium to warm up with apple cider! Armour College students from Material Advantage will amaze your guests as they use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream and turn gooey candy as hard as a rock. You can also freak out your family by making a slimy non-Newtonian substance, also known as gak, with AIChE students.

Pumpkin Carving
Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Student Activity Fund
1:00 p.m., Ed Glancy Baseball Field
Join RHA for pumpkin carving for the whole family! All pumpkins and carving equipment will be provided.

The 13th Annual Pumpkin Launch
Sponsored by: Union Board
1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m., Ed Glancy Baseball Field
Using pumpkin-launching machines they design and build, student teams compete for prizes for distance, accuracy, and crowd favorite. What sort of designs will win this year's competition? Catapult, trebuchet, ballista, or something entirely new? You'll have to be there to find out! 

St. Baldricks
Sponsored by: College Against Cancer at IIT
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Farr Field
Colleges Against Cancer at IIT invites you to attend our 2017 St. Baldrick's event! Once again, we are competing against other colleges across the country in the Battle of the Bald. Expect a great event that includes music, a raffle, and of course, head shaving! Help us reach our $10,000 goal so we can raise more money than ever before!

Escape Room
Sponsored by: The Ideas Shop
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., IIT Tower, Idea Shop ™
The Idea Shop Prototyping Lab is an 8,500-square-foot facility equipped with an assortment of 3D printers, CNC mills, electronics prototyping and testing supplies, and all the general tools students need to fabricate their ideas. Get a chance to tour the facility and then join the lab staff and students for an Escape Room in the shop. Hint: You'll need to work in teams to solve a series of clues and puzzles!

Women's Soccer Family Night!
Sponsored by: Athletics
6:00 p.m., Stuart Field
Come cheer the Scarlet Hawks as they play against North Park University at Stuart Field.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Family Brunch
Sponsored by: IIT Dining
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us for brunch on Sunday morning in The Commons, located in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center. IIT Dining will be offering a special Lunch price on Sunday, October 15 of $9.95.

Overnight Accommodations

If families wish to stay off campus there are many options for them close to Illinois Tech and their student. For a complete list of overnight accommodations close to Illinois Tech that have a discount, please visit here.