Community Events

Near North is more than just a community; we are a family. Each year our family and friends gather together to celebrate Near North, at a variety of events in an effort to support the school in numerous ways. The majority of school hosted events help to support NNM's Financial well-being, while offering current and past families opportunities for connecting and socializing.

We hope to see you at an event this year! 

Questions about our events program or interested in volunteering? Please contact Claire Bracco, Events & Alumni Relations Manager, at

Big Night

Near North's annual fundraiser, supporting scholarship for our deserving students. Silent auction, special guests, fun virtual experiences, and your best NNM friends - all to benefit scholarship for the school. 

While historically, Big Night has been the primary source of tuition assistance, dollars granted have outpaced our fundraising efforts. This is why your support is critical now more than ever. Last year's event raised over $400,000. During the 2020-21 school year over $1.17 million was granted in assistance, nearly doubling last year's scholarships due to the financial impact of COVID.

Fall Festival

A beloved NNM Tradition, the Halloween Celebration is a fun night for the entire family. Games, yummy treats, creative costumes, and nostalgic family photos all make for an evening to never forget. 

This year's Fall Festival looked a bit different, but we were so excited to be able to host a virtual celebration. Click here for more information.

Huge thank you to all of our 2020 sponsors, donors, and volunteers. 2020's event was inventive and creative and we cannot wait to see what is in store for the 2021 Fall Festival! Save the date for Friday, October 15th! 

Grandparents and Special Friends Day 

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a beloved event and day of connecting at Near North. Breakfast, class visits, fun activities, and a special lunch lend to creating memories that are sure to last a lifetime. 

This past year, for many reasons, we quickly had to shift to a virtual event. We are so thankful for our incredible community and the commitment to creativity, community, and love. We received so many beautiful photos - check them out here! 

Special Thank You to this year's hosts: The Beyer Family. 

Parents Night Out

A night for the parents at school, all about getting to know your fellow NNM parents and engaging in a little friendly competition, while raising funds crucial to supporting the Near North Annual fund. Hosted annually in the winter. 

New Parent Welcome Event

A special welcome to the Near North Family. Before each school year, along with the Admissions Team and our Parent Ambassadors, we host a welcome event for all new Near North Families. The perfect chance to get to know each other and see the school before a new adventure begins. 

Festival of Lights 

This Biennial event is a celebration of the many cultural heritages that make up our Near North Community. Hosted every other year and organized by parent volunteers, Festival of Lights is a learning opportunity for families complete with incredible performances and a gathering to experience special traditions, arts & crafts, and delicious snacks. 

The next Festival of Lights celebration will be held in December 2021. If you are interested in becoming a parent volunteer to help coordinate a group performance, please contact Claire Bracco, Events & Alumni Relations Manager, at

Alumni Events 

Our alumni are our greatest accomplishment. Each summer we host the most recent NNM Class of High School Graduates for their 4 year reunion to reconnect and celebrate their next journey post NNM. 

Follow this link for more information about our Alumni Program. 

Third Party Events

Do you own a business or know a business who is interested in hosting a Third Party Fundraiser on behalf of Near North Montessori? We are always looking for ways to connect with our greater Chicago Community and would love to hear your ideas! 

Contact Claire Bracco, Events & Alumni Relations Manager, at to learn more about ways to partner together to support NNM.