NIU Black Alumni Council Reunion Picnic


Sunday, Sept. 1

The annual Black Alumni Council (BAC) picnic will take place at noon on Sunday, Sept. 1 in Grove 2 at the Dan Ryan Woods forest preserve in Chicago, Illinois.

The Black Alumni Council hosts this free picnic annually to encourage community between Black NIU alumni and to bring awareness to the Fanny Ruth Patterson scholarship. The Fanny Ruth Patterson scholarship helps students finish their degrees at NIU. You can make a contribution to the fund here

There is no cost to attend the picnic, but we ask that you RSVP so we know who is attending.

Bring your favorite dishes and drinks to pass and don't forget to say hi to your NIU Alumni Association representative, because they might even have something sweet for your dessert!

Click here to RSVP!


New for 2024: Vendor Village!

A limited number of vendors will be able to participate during the 2024 picnic. A maximum of 10 vendors of varying types will be able to sell their goods in Grove 2. Vendor Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once the event reaches capacity, Vendor registration will close. Vendor spaces will be limited to the size of a food/beverage truck or a 10x10 footprint depending on the services offered.


• Vendor fees of $150 plus $15 per special-use item. Click here for a list of special-use items and prohibited activities.
• Certificate of Insurance with the NIU Foundation named as additionally insured and any applicable business licenses (e.g. food permits). To be provided after receipt of payment.
• Completed Vendor Application Form and Signed Liability Waiver. To be provided after receipt of payment.

Vendor fees must be paid by July 15, using the button below, to begin the application process. All payments are final as this is a rain-or-shine event. Fees will only be reimbursed if applicants are not selected. A member of our team will follow-up with next steps upon receipt of payment.

Vendors click here!


Sunday Picnic Details

There is no cost to attend the picnic, but we do ask that you RSVP.



12:00PM - 7:00PM Sun 1 Sep 2024, Central timezone


Dan Ryan Woods - Grove 2
8300 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620

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