School Fair - Know Before You Go

Written by: Melanie Schlachter

The NPN Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair presented by Bright Start College Savings is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sat. October 18th, in order to have a great school search experience.


  • Check out the Exhibitor List to see who will be exhibiting. 
  • Create your "Must-Visit" list of exhibitors. ***Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this with NPN's My Directory. Choose up to 30 schools, view them on a map, and save them to a custom PDF to print and bring with you to the fair. Check out our YouTube video for help!
  • IMPORTANT: On the day of the event, wear comfortable shoes, and allow extra time to arrive (especially if you need to park).  
  • Discounted 2 hour parking is available at 1555 N. Sheffield (FFC lot near North and Sheffield). Be sure to get a validation ticket when you leave the fair. There is no parking at Grossinger Autoplex. We encourage you to take public transportation.
  • Please note this is an adults-only event. For safety purposes, no children permitted with the exception of infants in baby carriers.


  • Enter the Grossinger City Autoplex (Dayton St. entrance) when your time slot begins. Don't remember what time slot you chose? Check the e-ticket you received when you registered for the fair. 
  • When you arrive, use the printed School Fair Program to see what exhibitors are there, what programs they offer, where they are located in the expo area, and to take notes.
  • Take a deep breath and try to balance time between your "Must-Visit" list with a bit of exploring.  You may discover some interesting new options!
  • If you have questions, please ask our team of NPN staff and volunteers.  We are here to help you!

Thanks to our sponsors for helping NPN to bring even more resources to Chicago families:

Bright Start College Savings, Grossinger City AutoplexChicago Parent Magazine, Alexis Staryk Photography, Kind Healthy Snacks, Go Go Squeeze, GGI, North Community Bank, and Uncle Sammy's

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM