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Lazy, hazy, crazy! Alumni Association plans summer fun

June 5, 2014

NIU Alumni Association logoNorthern Illinois University alumni are invited to take advantage of great deals on summer events, from major league games to cruises.

See the White Sox or Cardinals at a special price, enjoy discounts at Six Flags Great America, explore nature at The Morton Arboretum or take a cruise on the Chicago River.

Visit the NIU Alumni Association at to sign up for events. For more information, call (815) 753-1452 or email [email protected].

June 20, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Seattle Dinner Cruise
Experience a private cruise on Puget Sound and Elliott Bay in Seattle with a gourmet dinner buffet, prepared by an award-winning chef. And enjoy panoramic views, an open bar, music and dancing. Tickets are $65 for NIU Alumni Association members and $75 for nonmembers.

June 21, 22, 28, 29
NIU Alumni Days at Six Flags
Look forward to summer with more than 50 percent off a Six Flags Great America ticket and a chance to ride the new Goliath roller coaster, the world’s tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster. NIU alumni and students pay only $33 per person. To order tickets, visit and enter the promotion code “NIUALUMNI.”

July 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
Young Alumni Dinner at Brick House
Alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years are invited for beer tasting and dinner at the Brick House Tavern + Tap in Downers Grove, Ill. The cost is $15 per person for dinner and drinks.

July 18, 6:45 p.m.
Dodgers vs. Cardinals
Enjoy unlimited drinks and a dinner buffet in a private suite at Busch Stadium as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arrive two hours before game time for Budweiser Bash Friday to enjoy music, fun and prizes and to meet Cardinals players in Ford Plaza. The cost is $80 per person.

NIU president Doug Baker throws out the first pitch Wednesday, July 25, to Chris Sale prior to the White Sox game vs. the Detroit Tigers.

NIU president Doug Baker throws out the first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field.

July 19, noon to 3 p.m.
Forensics Picnic
Network with alumni and forensics students while enjoying food, a cash bar and outdoor games at this free event, to be held at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center at Northern Illinois University.

July 19, 6:10 p.m.
NIU Sox Night
Alumni and students are invited to see the Chicago White Sox vs. the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field and enjoy fireworks and music by the world-renowned NIU Steel Band. Visit for tickets and enter “NIU” as the code to save $5 to $15 per ticket.

July 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Cruise
Discover Chicago’s famous architecture during a Chicago River cruise and learn how the city became the birthplace of the skyscraper. The price is $40 for NIU Alumni Association members and $50 for nonmembers.

Aug. 10, noon to 3 p.m.
NIU Family Day at Morton Arboretum
Explore 1,700 acres and more than 220,000 plants with your family at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Enjoy a lunch buffet, explore nature with an all-day access pass and meet special guest James Ballowe, author of “A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton.” The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children, with no charge for age 1 and younger. Children of NIU Alumni Association members are free.

Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m.
NIU Night with Kane County Cougars
Alumni and students are invited to a night of fireworks and fun at the Kane County Cougars ballpark in Geneva, Ill. Visit for tickets, which cost $13 for box seats, $11 for reserved seats and $9 for the lawn. Since it’s Thirsty Thursday, enjoy draft beer and fountain soda for $1.