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It’s important to us not only to lead as a cherished learning institution, but also as a good neighbor. We value our relationship with you — our local businesses, officials and residents. We’ve created this page especially for our neighbors, as a one-stop place to find community news and updates relevant to you.
 

Ours is a rich and diverse community with students, faculty, staff -- and, especially, neighbors -- all coming together to enrich the neighborhoods in which we live. Northeastern Illinois University's locations -- in the Chicago neighborhoods of North Park, Avondale, River West and Bronzeville, and the suburb of Grayslake -- have thrived thanks to a partnership between the University and our neighbors, working together to grow and enhance all that makes our Chicagoland special.

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Community News and Updates

The University would like to share information and milestones with neighbors and the greater community. Please check back frequently to see what's been happening in and around Northeastern.

march 8, 2017

The University will temporarily shut down during Spring Break (March 19-26) as a result of a prolonged state budget impasse that is now in its 20th week. The weeklong University-wide shutdown and employee furlough program are necessary in order for Northeastern to save the money it needs to keep it door open this summer and until its next infusion of cash in the form of fall tuition dollars. Affected services include the Library, computer labs, Campus Recreation Center and the Child Care Center. We thank our neighbors who have shown their support for the University during this budgetary crisis.


JANUARY 20, 2017

The Office of Community and Professional Education (CAPE) will offer the following non-credit programs this Spring. Click titles to read full descriptions or search all classes through CAPE and Campus Recreation at this link. In addition, we will have three free introductory classes/events: Intro to American Sign Language on Feb. 4, a make your own Valentine's Day card station in Village Square on Feb. 9 and an Intro to Contemporary/West African Dance class (at CCICS date TBD).

GMAT Accelerated Test Preparation Course
Begins Feb. 4 (Please register by Feb. 1)

Pharmacy Technician Training at El Centro
Feb. 6 - July 12 (Please register by Feb. 1)

Veterinary Assistant Training at El Centro
Feb. 7 - June 8 (Please register by Feb. 1)

Beginning Conversational Korean
Begins Feb. 15

ACT Test Preparation
Proctored practice test on Feb. 18 followed by classes on Feb. 25 and March 4

Beginning Conversational Spanish
Begins Feb. 22

Beginning Conversational Polish
Begins Feb. 22

Basic Woodwind Repair
Begins Feb. 22

CPA Review: FAR
Begins Feb. 25

Beginning Conversational Mandarin Chinese
Begins Feb. 25

Yoga y Teatro (en español)
Begins Feb. 25

Chocolate! Demo and Tasting at Maison de Castelnau on Bryn Mawr Ave
Sunday, February 26, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Chicago Clarinet Symposium
May 12-13

Community Chorus - Tuesdays - Spring Semester
Community Music Program - Private Lessons for all instruments
Community Dance Program - Ballet (children, teens, adults) , Creative Movement, Jazz Dance, Musical Theater Dance and Yoga

Dates to be announced soon for:

  • Storytelling with Lily Be
  • American Sign Language - Beginning and Intermediate
  • Contemporary and West African Dance - Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
  • How Words Work: an online lexicology course with Kenneth Konopka
  • Publish Your Own Unique Book Using Shutterfly™ (Instructor Kimberly Hong guides you through the creative process)
  • CPA Review: Auditing (Fall 2017)

For more information contact the Office of Community and Professional Education (CAPE) at cape@neiu.edu or (773) 442-5080.


JANUARY 5, 2017

The Chicago Film Society, which screens movies at Northeastern's Auditorium on Wednesday nights, has announced its Spring 2017 schedule. The series begins on Wednesday night with "Nightmare Alley" (1947). All screenings take place at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $2 with a Northeastern ID and $5 for the general public. (Parking permits are required to park on campus.) Visit our website for more information.


december 13, 2016

Northeastern is offering American Red Cross lifeguard training next month. After successful completion of the four-day course and passing both the written and physical tests, trainees will be certified and qualified to work as a lifeguard at swimming pools and beaches. The course takes place on January 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2017. On Thursday and Friday, hours are 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $250 ($150 for current NEIU students). Prerequisites: You must be 15 years old, and you must be a proficient swimmer (see specific prerequisites listed at registration). Register at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/crneiu. After reviewing the information at the registration site, if you still have questions, please contact Gail Ito at g-ito@neiu.edu.

OCTOBER 19, 2016

You are invited to join us on Friday afternoon for the launch of "Food Truck Fridays at NEIU," a special event coordinated by Northeastern, its neighbors and the Hollywood-North Park Community Association. The event will take place between 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday, October 21. Trucks will be located in Lot D of the Main Campus along Bryn Mawr Avenue. Food trucks from Aztec Dave's and Pork Chop will serving and selling delicious food with vegetarian options as well. More trucks confirming soon. "Food Truck Fridays at NEIU" are open to the public, so feel free to invite your friends. Come enjoy some food with neighbors and members of the University Community. We hope to make this a regular event.


october 14, 2016

Please join us on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. in BBH-102, for a lecture by the former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, James Kenny. His topic will be the importance of the European Union for the United States Economy. This event is open to neighbors and members of the public. Refreshments will be served.


september 16, 2016

The Community Music School at Northeastern Illinois University is enrolling new students for the fall session. Lessons take place on both Friday afternoon and Saturdays. Individual lessons will be offered on piano, voice, brass and woodwinds. Lessons are open to all levels including beginners. For more information visit: neiu.edu/communitymusicprogram.


AUGUST 22, 2016

On Wednesday, August 25, classes begin for the fall semester. As students and our community prepare for an exciting semester ahead, we want to make sure that everyone marks their calendar for one of our biggest events this fall, NEIU Weekend 2016. Northeastern will be celebrating its Fall Fest on Friday, September 16, from 4 to 10 p.m. The event is open to the public and will feature live performances, outdoor games, vendors, food and a beer garden.


July 8, 2016

On Monday through Wednesday, July 11-13, the City of Chicago will close a portion of Foster Avenue by the south end of the Main Campus as the city continues work on its sewer project. 

Motorists traveling eastbound on Foster will encounter detour signs at Foster and Pulaski but will still be able to enter through the Access Road to the Main Campus on Foster. Westbound motorists on Foster should enter the Main Campus via Kimball and then Bryn Mawr. The project is expected to be completed by Wednesday when Foster will reopen to traffic.

On a related note, construction work has begun near the north end of the Main Campus on Bryn Mawr Avenue on a senior apartment building within the North Park Village Nature Center. Commuters might notice occasional congestion on that street as trucks come in and out of the construction site. The project is expected to be completed in May.

Please adjust your commutes to the Main Campus accordingly.


JUNE 23, 2016

It's not too late to register for summer swim lessons. Registration for the Summer II Neptune Learn-to-Swim Program at Campus Recreation is still open for ages 6-16. Running from July 5 to August 12, the 5 or 6 week sessions start at only $75.

Children's Class Times: 
Mondays: 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 10:45 a.m.
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
Fridays: 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Adults' Open Class Time:
Fridays: 10:00 a.m.

Register in person at the PE Complex Neptune Desk Monday-Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Friday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. until July 1. Or, register online at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/crneiu. For more information please contact Gail Ito, g-ito@neiu.edu 


JUNE 13, 2016

Northeastern will hold a vigil tomorrow (Tuesday, June 14) to remember the Orlando victims at 12:10 p.m. in Village Square on our Main Campus where students, faculty, staff and members of the community will gather and reflect on the recent tragic shootings and how we can move forward. This event is open to the public, and our neighbors are welcome to attend. We hope you can join us in our solidarity with the victims' families, the City of Orlando and the LGBTQA community.


MAY 24, 2016

The Northwest Chicago Film Society announced its summer lineup of movies, which will be shown at Northeastern's Auditorium. Tickets are $5 ($2 with a Northeastern ID), and all screenings start at 7:30 p.m. Here is the summer schedule:

  • May 31: “Bringing up Baby” (Howard Hawks, 1938)
  • June 14: “Killer of Sheep” (Charles Burnett, 1977)
  • June 21: “Love in the Afternoon” (Billy Wilder, 1957)
  • June 28: “The Student Nurses” (Stephanie Rothman, 1970)
  • July 6: “Brute Force” (Jules Dassin, 1947)
  • July 13: “Ferry Cross the Mersey” (Jeremy Summers, 1965)
  • July 20: “The Bedroom Window” (William C. de Mille, 1924)
  • July 27: “The Road Back” (James Whale, 1937)
  • Aug. 3: “Chinese Roulette” (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976)
  • Aug. 17: “Breathless” (Jim McBride, 1983)
  • Aug. 24: “The Missouri Breaks” (Arthur Penn, 1976)
  • Aug. 31: “Zaza” (George Cukor, 1939)

MAY 12, 2016

Northeastern's Chicago Chamber Music Festival (CCMF) is a one-week summer immersion program for talented young musicians ages 12-18. CCMF participation gives young musicians an intensive experience that develops both their solo and chamber music playing. CCMF is now accepting applications for the festival, which is scheduled for July 30 to August 6. Click here to apply.


May 2, 2016

Neptune Learn to Swim Class is a fun and easy way for swimmers of all ages to get ready for summer.

2016 Summer 1 six-week schedule, May 23-July 1:
Youth (age 6-15)
Monday-Thursday 5:15 and 6 p.m.
Friday 4:30 and 5:15 p.m.

Pre-School (age 3-5)
Tuesday 4:45 p.m.
Friday 4:00 p.m.

Adult
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Private Lessons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

To view rates or register on-line visit the Campus Recreation Active Communities registration page.


april 20, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University in collaboration with the Consulate of Ecuador in Chicago invite the University community to donate to the Ecuadorian victims’ relief efforts. There is a great need for the following items:  

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • First aid kits and supplies

Donations will be accepted until May 5, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge of the E Building, Room E050A, which is located just below the bookstore. The Student Leadership Development office and the Student Government Association will serve as volunteers. For more information, please contact Rae Joyce Baguilat at r-baguilat@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4686.


MARCH 29, 2016

Northeastern will host the Green Business Conference on Thursday, March 31, in Alumni Hall. Neighbors are welcome to join us for a day-long schedule of speakers about conservation, environmentalism and green initiatives. Click here for more information.


MARCH 16, 2016

Northeastern, along with a number of community partners, will sponsor the annual Cesar Chavez Day of Service on Saturday, April 2. All members of the community are invited to participate. This year, volunteers will be working in one of three locations: Northside College Prep, Eugene Field, or Global Gardens site with Peterson Garden Project. Check-in will be at 8:45, and the program ends at 12:30 when lunch will be provided. This is a great way to serve our community. Register online.


MARCH 11, 2016

Northeastern's neighbors are invited to join us for a free film screening and discussion for the 1996 feature film, The Watermelon Woman, on Tuesday, March 15 from 7:05 to 9:45 p.m. in Alumni Hall North. The Watermelon Woman by filmmaker Cheryl Dunye is about a young black lesbian working a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical "mammy" roles relegated to black actresses during the period. It was the first feature film directed by a black lesbian.


MARCH 9, 2016

The Nest, Northeastern's first residence hall, is still under construction, but future tenants -- along with members of the nearby community -- are welcome to take a tour of the site, which is currently ahead of schedule for its fall opening. Northeastern broke ground on The Nest on May 14, 2015, on the Main Campus. The residence hall, which will house 440 students, will contain typical amenities such as student lounges, game rooms and a fitness center. Every apartment will come furnished with a full kitchen, and every floor will have laundry facilities and private study rooms. To register for a tour, please click here.


MARCH 8, 2016

Northeastern will make early voting available on its Main Campus on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 003 of the Student Union Building (next to the cafeteria). Early voting is available to any voter who is registered in the City of Chicago. Voter registration will also be available.


march 2, 2016

Don't miss Northeastern's stage production, In The Blood, through March 5 at the Stage Center Theatre in the F Building. Hester, a homeless mother of five, struggles to raise her children and escape poverty. While Hester’s children fill her life with joy, rendered in lovingly comic moments, the adults she encounters ensure the play’s tragic end. Suzan-Lori Parks’ haunting riff on The Scarlet Letter, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.
Contact Angie Sweigart-Gallagher at a-sweigart-gallagher@neiu.edu for more information or log on to www.neiu.edu/tickets to reserve tickets.


FebruARY 22, 2016

Northeastern will host more than 100 of the state’s smartest high school students for the 2016 Illinois Academic Decathlon on March 12. Organizers are seeking faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members who want to volunteer as judges, timekeepers and more. The event runs form 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., and training and lunch will be provided the day of the event. Interested volunteers should contact the University Honors Program Office at (773) 442-6044 or honors@neiu.edu, or stop by the office in B 141.


FebruARY 19, 2016

During last night's 22nd Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards ceremony, Northeastern and architecture firm JGMA received a First Place award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design for the University's El Centro location, which opened fall 2014. More information is available on their website.


FebruARY 16, 2016

Do you know there is an organic community garden, NEIU Ground, right on Northeastern’s Main Campus? Come learn how to grow your own food and share what you learn with your fellow neighbors, students, faculty and staff. Those interested in gardening at NEIU Ground do not need any gardening experience. Membership is only $85 per year and includes a 4'x8' plot, some supplies and gardening lessons. Visit our website today to register or for more information.


FebruARY 11, 2016

Two free film screenings of the documentary He Named Me Malala.

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. For more information contact: cl-miller@neiu.edu.


FebruARY 3, 2016

The Department of Counselor Education at Northeastern Illinois University is once again providing free couples and family counseling. Over the past 16 years many families have benefited from this service, and we hope that we can serve many more. Counseling services take place on a limited first-come, first-serve basis and is provided by students currently enrolled in the M.A. in Family Counseling program who are taking an advanced clinical course under the direct supervision of our Counselor Education Family program faculty. Families and children are seen in our Wellness Center, located on NEIU's Main Campus, on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the spring 2016 semester. If you know of families who are having difficulties with their children, or couples looking for counseling, premarital counseling, or a couple wellness check up, please have them contact Evelyn Zatkoff, e-zatkoff@neiu.edu, for an appointment. All counseling services are strictly confidential and free.


FebruARY 1, 2016

Be sure to visit the Neighbors FAQ section for more information and details about the recent purchase of the 3400 block of Bryn Mawr by the University.


JANUARY 20, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University has acquired the entire 3400 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue now that final judgments have been entered in the legal proceedings that began in August 2014. The University will comply with its statutory obligation to provide relocation assistance. All of the businesses on the 3400 block of Bryn Mawr have the option to continue business operations for at least a year. The University's timeline for construction of a student residence hall on the 3400 block of Bryn Mawr has not yet been established. Construction will not take place until after Northeastern's first residence hall, which is currently being built on the University's Main Campus just south of its Parking Facility, is completed this fall. We will update this website with more information as it becomes available.


JANUARY 7, 2016

Learn more about how Northeastern's College of Education is helping the struggling Amundsen High School in a partnership designed to help the school's teachers develop curriculum and improve instructional effectiveness. Details are in the latest edition of the University's InCommon magazine, which also includes features on what some recent grads are doing now and how some students are taking advantage of NEIU Foundation grants to attend conferences around the country and abroad.


JANUARY 4, 2016

Northeastern wishes a very happy new year to our neighbors. Spring semester classes will begin on Monday, January 11. Also, please be aware that the University will conduct a test of its emergency notification system on Thursday and Friday, January 7 and 8. Some of our neighbors might hear emergency test announcements on our outdoor speakers. Any outdoor tests would take place during business hours.


DECEMBER 4, 2015

Beginning Monday, Dec. 7, Northeastern Illinois University will open a pantry for enrolled students. The NEIU Student Pantry will be open twice a week and will supply non-perishable food items and toiletries via donations from members of both the University community and the public. Click here for more information.


NOVEMBER 20, 2015

Northeastern's Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs welcomes our neighbors to participate in World AIDS Day 2015. To commemorate this day the Pedroso Center will host a series of events in B-159 on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Come join us as we recognize the ongoing commitment to HIV education and awareness. Please find the full schedule on our webpage.  

  • HIV in the Latino/a Community
    9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
    Roman Buenrostro from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago will speak about HIV in the Latino/a Community.     Sponsor: The Latino/a Resource Center
     
  •  Free HIV Testing
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Know your status! Take a moment out of your day to come get a free rapid HIV test and safer sex materials. Sponsor: The LGBTQA Resource Center 
  • You Can't Get It By Kissing
    1:40 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
    For December's Pandora's Box: A workshop banishing myths and stigmas against HIV and AIDS. Sponsor: The Women's Resource Center  
  • Endgame: AIDS in Black America
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Endgame: AIDS in Black America is a groundbreaking two-hour documentary exploring one of the country's most urgent, preventable health crisis. Sponsor: The African American Resource Center

octoBER 22, 2015

The College of Business and Management, in collaboration with honorary chair U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, will host Soy Entrepreneur, a business plan competition with a $2,500 top prize. The goal of the Soy ("I Am") Entrepreneur competition is to provide new and existing businesses an opportunity to highlight their company and a chance to win a prize to assist with the company’s growth. The competition, which is free to enter and open to the public, will highlight and promote the many new and established, small- to mid-sized businesses with support from local and national business leaders, as well as city, state and federal elected officials. The deadline to apply is 11 p.m. on Nov. 6. The competition will culminate in an event Nov. 20, when the top five finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges. Senator Kirk is expected to attend the event.


octoBER 7, 2015

Join us for an afternoon of inspired lectures at TEDxNEIU, which was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to provide an opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences within our University community. The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 9, in Alumni Hall at the Student Union Building. TEDxNEIU is free and open to the public. Find more information here.


octoBER 1, 2015

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs is pleased to present a screening and panel discussion of the film The Homestretch on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 from 4:15 to 6:55 p.m. in Bernard Brommel Hall (BBH) Room 101. This film follows three homeless teenagers braving Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Roque Sanchez and Maria Rivera, who are featured in the film, will participate in the post-screening discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Asian/Global Resource Center and the Justice Studies Department and is free to all. For more information, please contact Audrey Natcone at 773-442-4795 or a-natcone@neiu.edu.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

Northeastern has released a virtual tour of the new residence hall -- the Nest -- that is scheduled to open next fall. Click here to take a sneak peek inside.


SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Have you received the September edition of the Northeastern Neighbors e-newsletter that was emailed this morning? If you didn't be sure to sign up here to receive them in the future. Missed some of the previous editions? You can get caught up by reading the old ones in our Neighbor Archive section.


SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

Northeastern’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education’s (CAPE) offers non-credit seminars and workshops to members of the public during late afternoons, evenings and weekends on our Main Campus and at El Centro. New programming is added regularly. For more information, please visit us online at neiu.edu/cape or call (773) 442-5080. Here is a sample of our upcoming workshops and seminars, beginning this month.


AUGUST 20, 2015

If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to Northeastern's e-newsletter for neighbors. The most recent edition has information about the University's efforts to create a more "green" environment, a beach cleanup day on Sunday, and a free and special screening of Pitch Perfect 2 on the Quad that is open to our neighbors. If you missed the one that was emailed today, be sure to visit our archive section where all previous e-newsletters are saved.


AUGUST 11, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University has been named one of nearly 80 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession. This is the fourth year Northeastern has been selected to participate.


JULY 23, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of Alumni Relations and College of Education have teamed up to collect backpacks for 150 children from Cornerstone Community Outreach who are without permanent housing. Click here for more information.


JULY 8, 2015

Northeastern’s new partnership with the Northwest Chicago Film Society launched with a full house on July 1. The debut screening awas previewed by the Chicago ReaderChicago TribuneCine-File and TimeOut Chicago. Be sure to join us at the next summer film screening tonight at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium for SMILE (1975), directed by Michael Ritchie. Tickets are $5 ($2 with an NEIU ID).


JULY 8, 2015

Did you know that by walking the perimeter of Northeastern's Main Campus you can log in 1.4 miles or 2,800 steps? Do that three times, and you're almost at the 10,000 daily steps recommended for active and healthy lifestyle. Often you'll see students, faculty and staff walking the course to stay fit, especially during lunchtime. Join us!


JUNE 9, 2015

Northeastern and its Music Department invites all of our neighbors to "Jazz On A Summer's Evening," a free evening of jazz music under the stars by the NEIU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mayo Tiana. The concert will take place on Wednesday, June 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the University Commons located just east of parking lot F and the Fine Arts Center. All are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and picnic.


JUNE 1, 2015

El Centro's annual health fair tradition continues at our new location, 3390 N Avondale Ave., Chicago. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. Along with information tables, free health screenings and services, we have added cultural events that celebrate the diversity of our community. Northeastern will also be ready to answer your questions about admission to the University and help you through the application process. Join us!


MaY 27, 2015

The Community Music School at Northeastern Illinois University is offering piano lessons this summer. Lessons are open to students of ages 6 to 18 for all levels, including beginners. For details about small group lessons, individual lessons, scheduling and tuition, contact communitymusic@neiu.edu


MaY 15, 2015

Yesterday more than 250 people attended a ground-breaking ceremony for Northeastern's first residence hall, which will be built on its current 67 acres just south of the Parking Facility. University leaders, which included the newly elected Student Government Association President, provided remarks. The residence hall is expected to open in Fall 2016. For more information about the residence hall, visit www.neiustudenthousing.com.


MaY 14, 2015

Youth and adult swim lessons will be available this summer through Northeastern's Campus Recreation department. For more information about the program, which is open to the community, please visit the department's website. Registration can be done online.


MaY 7, 2015

Sharing this announcement from our neighbors at Hollywood-North Park Community Association:

  • Our May meeting will be an "On the Table" event. On Tuesday May 12th, inspired by the Chicago Community Trust, people from all across Chicagoland will share their perspectives on making our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic. Join the conversation as the Hollywood-North Park Community Association hosts our local On the Table gathering at Art Zone Café, 3238 W. Bryn Mawr, 7:30 to 9 p.m. We’ll provide light refreshments and samples from local restaurants. BYOB and a favorite dish or snack. Purchase standard and exotic non-alcoholic drinks at Art Zone. Local bluegrass music will entertain. Please RSVP to hnpca@sbcglobal.net.

MaY 6, 2015

The University will conduct testing of its Primary Emergency Notification System on Monday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 12. This is a regular test that Northeastern conducts during the break between semesters. This testing will include announcements over the outdoor speakers that might be audible to some neighbors.


MaY 5, 2015

A recap of the information delivered by the University panel during Thursday night's Community Forum at NEIU are now available online. You can find a summary of the answers to pre-submitted questions in the archives section of this website. Thank you again to all of those who attended, spoke and pre-submitted questions. A special thanks to Hollywood-North Park Community Association and its president, Carmen Rodriguez, for their participation.


APRIL 29, 2015

This is a friendly reminder that NEIU will host a Community Forum tomorrow, April 30, from 7 to 8:30 in Alumni Hall, located in the Student Union Building. See the April 13 brief below. We hope you can join us.


APRIL 21, 2015

Following up on our April 13 post below about our upcoming Community Forum, we have extended the deadline for community members to submit their questions and requests to speak during the public comments section. Hollywood-North Park Community Association will now be accepting them through Friday, April 24, at hnpca@sbcglobal.net.


APRIL 17, 2015

Our neighbors at North Park Village Nature Center have shared with us that they plan to do a "controlled burn" on Sunday morning, April 19, from 9 to noon. They are located at the corner of Peterson and Pulaski.


APRIL 13, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University will host a Community Forum on Thursday, April 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The forum will include a brief presentation on current NEIU projects, answers to pre-submitted questions and time for public comment. Free parking will be available on the 5th floor of the NEIU Parking Facility.

NEIU has agreed to have Hollywood-North Park Community Association receive and manage pre-submitted questions, as well as requests to participate in the public comment portion of the evening, to ensure all opinions are included. Please submit either your questions or request to speak during public comments to HNPCA at hnpca@sbcglobal.net by April 21. In order to accommodate as many public commenters as possible, comments from registered speakers will be limited to two minutes.


MARCH 20, 2015

Northeastern will host the following programs in recognition of International Transgender Day of Visibility. These events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Two Spirits, One Heart with Marsha Aizumi
Lech Walesa Hall 1002
1:40 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Please join us for an engaging and powerful story about a mother, her transgender son, and their journey to love and acceptance. A meet-and-greet reception and book signing will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Race & Gender Identity / Expression with Symone Simmons
Pedroso Center, B-159
2:25 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Join Symone Simmons as they discuss their lived experience as a trans* person of African descent and how their intersecting identities have shaped their educational journey.


MARCH 13, 2015

NEIU will host a kick-off event for its Economic Inequality Initiative on Monday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Divison of Student Affairs, is free and open to the public. The goal of the Initiative is to help students and the public understand the complex causes of growing economic inequality.


MARCH 13, 2015

The annual Cesar Chavez Day of Service will take place on Saturday, March 28, when volunteers can help show their support for urban gardens and take part in service opportunities in the North Park / Albany Park area. The NEIU community and neighbors will volunteer at either Gompers Park, NEIU Ground or Global Garden. All skill levels are welcome to join, and lunch will be provided. Check-in starts at 8:45 a.m. Register online to partcipate or contact Rae Joyce Baguilat at r-baguilat@neiu.edu for more information.


MARCH 12, 2015

The University today provided answers to questions from the community that were compiled by the Hollywood-North Park Community Association. The topics addressed included NEIU's plans for student housing as well as its efforts around civic engagement. The document is available in the archives section of this website.


MARCH 10, 2015

NEIU Campus Recreation will host its 8th Annual Golden Eagle 5K on Sunday, April 26. You can register online for the event, which will take place between 9 and 10 a.m, or you can register at the front desk of the PE Complex. There are a limited number of entries available. Registration for neighbors is $20 until April 15, and $25 afterward.

The 5K race does not leave campus, and it will not impact any city streets.

  • [5K Route: The Race will start next to the PE Building behind the PE Parking Lot. Participants will head North on Central Park toward Bryn Mawr and turn East toward St. Louis. At St. Louis the course continues South and turns into campus at Catalpa, passing in front of the Student Union and Library. Still heading south, participants will head back to the PE Parking Lot and turn West onto Central Park once again toward Bryn Mawr for a second loop. At Bryn Mawr, the course does a 180° and heads south on Central Park toward Foster. The course continues East onto St. Louis and head North back toward the Science Building and into Campus once again. Participants will continue along the Science Building and cut through the courtyard and turn South at the Library toward the Finish. The Finish will be located next to the North side of the PE Building.]

MARCH 6, 2015

The College of Business and Management will host its Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. in Alumni Hall. It is free, open to the public and will feature 50 employers. Attendees are required to bring a resume to enter and are encouraged to dress professionally. For more information, contact Northeastern’s Career Development Center.


MARCH 2, 2015

The University announced today that crews will begin inspecting and preparing a portion of Parking Lots H and J for construction. The site, which is situated on the west side of the Main Campus just south of the Parking Facility, will be the location of Northeastern's first residence hall. The new building will provide housing for approximately 400 students, and it is expected to be completed next year in time for the inaugural group of student residents to move in when the fall 2016 semester starts. The University continues to work on Phase 2 of this initiative, which calls for a second residence hall to be built on the 3400 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue. The University will provide more information about the new residence hall, including architectural renderings, floor plans, and pricing as they become available.


FEBRUARY 27, 2015

On Monday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 3, the College of Business and Management will host its annual International Business Conference, which is free and open to the public. This conference, which focuses on a different part of the world each year, will feature speakers and presentations on business in Asia. The 2015 conference schedule is available online.


FEBRUARY 24, 2015

Construction on the expansion of the Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs will begin in March. Crews are expected to be working on the site, located at Building B, during weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. until May when exterior construction is expected to be finished. Between May and August, crews will continue its work on the interior so that the new addition to the Center can be ready to open by the time the fall semester starts.


FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Registration is now open for $75 plots in Northeastern’s community garden, NEIUGround, for the 2015 growing season. The community garden, located at 5236 N St. Louis, is a part of Reimagining Food, a joint initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Student Affairs. Registration will run through Feb. 27.


FEBRUARY 17, 2015

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) offers non-credit seminars and workshops taught by qualified faculty and instructors. CAPE programming begins this month and is open to members of the community ages 18 years of age and older.


FEBRUARY 1, 2015

Due to the continued heavy snowfall, all Northeastern Illinois University locations will be closed tomorrow -- Monday, February 2.


JANUARY 26, 2015

Students from Northeastern’s Accounting Club are providing free income tax filing services to the community to assist low and fixed-income families. The Ladder Up program serves individuals with an annual income of less than $25,000 and families with an income of less than $50,000. Each year from February until mid-April, students complete tax returns for individuals and families on a walk-in basis. The program provides a valuable service for the community while also offering accounting students hands-on, real-world experience. All tax preparations are supervised and approved by faculty of the College of Business and Management.


JANUARY 21, 2015

NEIU's Department of Counselor Education Couple and Family Wellness Center is now accepting couples and families as clients. This is a free service offered to the University and community residents on a first-come, first-served basis and is offered on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. during the spring semester. All counseling services take place in Room 4073 of Lech Walesa Hall and are confidential and free. Contact Sara Schwarzbaum at s-schwarzbaum@neiu.edu or 773-442-5553 for more information.


JANUARY 9, 2015

Is health and fitness a priority for you in 2015? The Physical Education Complex and Campus Recreation is available for public use. It offers yoga, swimming, Zumba, basketball, spinning, personal training, and much more. View our current membership types and rates.


DECEMBER 15, 2014

Northeastern's Emergency Management Team will be conducting testing of the on-campus emergency notification system at all campus locations on Tuesday, December 16, and Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Testing will begin at 10 a.m. and will last until approximately 3 p.m. on both days. Testing will include both indoor and outdoor emergency speaker systems, which might be audible to some nearby residents.


NOVEMBER 24, 2014

The University broke ground for the expansion of the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs. Construction, which will take place in late spring and early summer, is expected to be completed by fall 2015.


NOVEMBER 19, 2014

The Northeastern Neighborhood Network -- a group of representatives from local, long-standing community organizations -- held its fall meeting to discuss issues relating to the neighborhood as well as their and the University's role in it. A summary of what was discussed at that meeting is now available.


NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Northeastern has modified its original plan to provide 500-bed housing on the Bryn Mawr block and 300-bed housing on its current 67 acres. After listening to community feedback and consulting with the developer, it will now pursue 400-bed housing in each of the two locations.


SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Northeastern celebrated the opening of its new El Centro location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony there in the Avondale neighborhood.


AUGUST 14, 2014

Northeastern will work with American Campus Communities (ACC), a national developer of student housing, to design, build and manage the financing of the student residence halls.

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