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North Park University Plans to Reopen Friday, April 19

North Park Update

Update: 8:00 am, Friday, April 19

North Park University is open and classes have resumed.


Update: 4:30 pm, Thursday, April 18


North Park University plans to be open Friday, April 19, for classes and other activities at all locations, and all University offices will be open. The University’s Emergency Management Team said the Chicago campus experienced minor flood damage. Cleanup has begun in buildings that took on water.

The University is advising students and employees of the following area traffic concerns:

  • Cars parked on streets along the Chicago River are being towed and relocated to the Salvation Army parking lot, 5040 N. Pulaski Road.
  • Sandbags are being placed on streets adjacent to the Chicago River.
  • A portion of Foster Avenue has been closed near Pulaski Road.

Please use caution when traveling to and from the University for classes tomorrow.

Update: 11:00 am, Thursday, April 18


The North Park University Emergency Management Team closed the Chicago campus April 18, canceling daytime and evening classes, plus other activities, because of area flooding. Students, faculty, and staff were informed via text and email messages earlier today.

The University community was advised to follow www.northpark.edu for further updates and information. 

The Emergency Management Team determined that high water around the campus made it advisable to close so students and employees could avoid flood dangers. Students who are on campus should use caution when approaching the North Branch of the Chicago River, and any standing water.

For students at the campus today, please note the following announcements:

  • Helwig Recreation Center is open and observing normal hours.
  • ARA, Aramark food service, is serving meals in the cafeteria.
  • The Library will be open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

In addition, the University announced all evening classes April 18 at the Grayslake Campus were canceled.


Use @npunews to follow North Park University News on Twitter. For further information or resources, contact John Brooks, Director of Media Relations and News, via email or at (773) 244-5522. Learn more about North Park University.

Next Steps

For a comparison of flooding in 2008 and 2013 in the North Park area, see a report from Dr. Johnny Lin, professor of physics.