2019 Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair @ UIC Student Center East · Sep 14, 2019

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NPN’s Preschool & Elementary School Fair is an invaluable resource for Chicagoland parents! Ours is the ONLY Chicago school fair that brings together 100 preschools and elementary schools in one location at one time! 

Now in a new central location!

  • - Right off the highway
  • - Two blocks from the blue line
  • - Air conditioning throughout 
  • - Discounted garage parking across the street

Exhibitor Lists (updated daily):


Event Timeline

  • 9:00 am        Morning Session: Preschool Primer (ends at 10:00 am) & Exhibitor Hall Opens
  • 11:30 am      Afternoon Session: CPS 101 (ends at 1:00 pm)*
  • 12:00 pm      Exhibitor Hall Closes
  • Pre-registration for sessions is NOT required. Attendance at sessions is limited only by space available in the session rooms. First come, first serve.
  • *CPS runs from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. The exhibitor hall will close before CPS 101 ends. Parents who wish to attend CPS 101 and speak with exhibitors should arrive between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.


Session Descriptions:

Morning Session, Preschool Primer: This session is for anyone who wants to learn when to start the preschool search, what to look for in a preschool, the various types of preschools available, how to determine "school fit" for a 2-year old, when you should think about making a change, the difference between public and private preK, Chicago's new universal preK initiative, and how to best prepare your child for preschool. When discussing preschool programs this session will focus mainly on private preschool options and touch only briefly on public options. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

Afternoon Session, CPS 101: Learn about the different types of CPS schools (Montessori, classical, language, gifted, magnet, etc.), admission processes and application information, selective enrollment testing process, lottery/waitlists and more. We will also discuss CPS Tuition-Based Preschool, Chicago Early Learning! preschool programs, and Chicago's new universal preK initiative. There will be time for questions at the end. PLEASE NOTE: This session runs from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. The exhibitor hall will close before this session ends.

Both sessions presented by Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS. Grace Lee Sawin helps families successfully navigate their school searches, from preschool to highschool and beyond.Combining her expertise and knowledge of both public and private schools (including general, gifted, and special education) with taking the time to understand each family's unique school concerns, she confidently guides famiiles to their school destinations.



Not a member?  Save $15 on a one-year NPN membership through Sept. 14 using promo code schoolfair15off and attend the school fair for free! By joining now you will save $15 on membership, attend our school fair for free, access members-only resources and events, benefit from NPN member discounts at our partners, and more! Join NPN here.

Your RSVP/ticket payment is a non-refundable reservation and processing fee. Pictures will be taken at the event to be used by NPN in future NPN publications, web pages and other promotional material for the sole purpose of illustrating the activities at the event. Disclaimer: NPN and event sponsor assume no liability for any and all bodily injury at the event. NPN membership entitles two adults free entry to this event.

Please note: All registrants' email addresses will be provided to our presenting sponsor. Recipients will be provided with the option to opt out of receiving those emails, if desired.

EXHIBITORS: Exhibitor registration is open now at regonline.com/npnschoolfair2019.

Location: UIC Student Center East
Address: 750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, 60607
When: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM · Sep 14, 2019
Who: Members & Non-members - Adults only
Parking: There is discounted $7 parking in the Halsted/Taylor parking structure at 760 W. Taylor St. Enter the parking structure on Taylor St. When you exit the garage tell the cashier that you were at the NPN School Fair and they will reduce your parking fee to $7. Full price is $9. Note: for discounted parking you must park in the parking structure at the corner of Halsted and Taylor, not the adjacent parking lot.
Cost: NPN Members have complimentary access included in their membership. **MEMBERS MUST LOG IN TO RSVP.** Non-Member tickets are $25 per person. This an adults-only event. However, parents who bring their children will not be turned away.
Coordinator: Amy Johnson
Email: schoolfairs@npnparents.org
    • September
    • 14
    • Saturday

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