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College Programming and Orientation

Family Weekend

Each fall, the College welcomes families, friends, and alumni to attend dozens of events on campus and around Hyde Park, Chicago.

We hope you can join us for this year's  Family Weekend happening October 14-16, 2022. Registration is now open!

  • Current students are not required to register for Family Weekend.
  • Registration is only required for guests coming to campus for Family Weekend. Guests under 18 years old can register at no cost.
  • Family Weekend long sleeved t-shirts will be on sale throughout the weekend at Check-in locations. 
  • Pre-registration will be open until October 9th. On-site registration will be available as well.

Please note that due to the changing nature of the pandemic, the University is actively consulting with city officials to ensure that all plans for University of Chicago events are in compliance with required health and safety protocols. We will communicate any major updates via email and post them on the Family Weekend page.

Pre-Registration for Family Weekend is now closed. All additional registrations need to be done on-site at Check-In. On-site registration will be available on Friday, October 14th from 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am-11:30am in the Cloister Club in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th Street).

 

Quick Links

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    Welcome and Registration
    10 AM – 4 PM
    Ida Noyes Hall, Library Lounge, 1212 East 59th Street

    Family Weekend Activities and Information Sessions
    Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street 

    • Career Advancement Information Session
    • College Academic Advising Office Information Session
    • Neighborhood Bus Tours (AM & PM)
    • Safety and Security Information Session
    • Study Abroad Information Session
    • UChicago Student Wellness Information Session
    • Ratner Athletic Center Open House 
    • Financial Aid Open House
    • Shamilton Improv Show at The Revival

    Registration Continues
    8 AM –11:30 AM
    Ida Noyes Hall, Lobby, 1212 East 59th Street

    Family Weekend Activities

    • Crossword Puzzle Tournament 
    • Model Classes (AM & PM)
    • Homecoming Block Party and Football Game 
    • The 2nd Annual Grill Cookoff sponsored by UChicago Dining
      • This event is held each Autumn Quarter and fosters a partnership between UChicago Dining & the UChicago Community. The event will be hosted by Chef Dominique Leach, judge of the Food Networks "Fire Masters." Chef Dominique is a native and local to Chicago. Slagel Farms, a local family-owned meat supplier, will provide the meat for the cookoff. 

        The competitors will be the executive chefs from the four dining commons across campus:  Chef Victor Golden of Woodlawn, Chef Brian Young of Bartlett, Chef Florentino Gutierrez of Cathey, and Michael Hart of Baker Dining Commons. Each chef will have two student participants as sous chefs. 

    • Shamilton Improv Show at The Revival
    • Dean's Brunch 
    • Neighborhood Bus Tours (AM & PM)
    • 2:00 PM: Family Weekend concludes

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of the questions we are most frequently asked about our in-person Family Weekend, as well as responses to those questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us at college-programming@uchicago.edu or 773.702.8616 any time.

    We hope your student will attend all Family Weekend events with you. Your student is welcome to attend all events free of charge. Your student does not need to be registered for the event, but they should bring their student ID with them to each event.

    The online registration deadline is the Sunday prior to the event. Onsite registration will be available, but families are strongly encouraged to register online to avoid unnecessary waiting on the day of the event.

    The $50 Family Weekend registration fee covers your participation in any and all tours, special events, classes as well as breakfast at check-in, and Sunday’s Dean’s Brunch.

    Attendees under the age of 18 do not need to pay to attend Family Weekend. 

    Your Family Weekend confirmation is immediate, following completion of the online registration form and payment. Your Family Weekend passes allows you to access all events during Family Weekend will be given to you when you check-in at the Family Weekend Check-In (located in Ida Noyes Hall). 

    When you arrive for Family Weekend you should proceed to Ida Noyes Hall to receive your Family Weekend materials. Family Weekend registration will be open on Friday, October 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday, October 15 from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The College Programming and Orientation has made accommodations to allow short-term parking for 30 minutes in front of Ida Noyes Hall in order for you to pick up your registration materials. After you have registered, we ask that you move your car to another area of campus, so that other families can pick up their registration materials. Parking is available on streets around campus, as well as, in the parking structure at 55th Street and Ellis Avenue.

    Covid-19 policies on-campus will change as the situation in Chicago changes. We encourage all of our attendees to visit the UChicago Forward website to review all campus policies before visiting campus. 

    For your convenience, the University of Chicago has worked out special rates with hotels throughout the city. For information about partner hotels, please visit the University’s visit page. Hotels do fill up quickly during major campus events so families are encouraged not to wait too long before making a reservation.

    Many families choose to stay in the downtown area during Family Weekend to have access to restaurants and amenities in the area. Getting to Hyde Park is an easy cab ride away or it can be accessed by public transportation. You will find directions to campus on Safety & Security’s transportation site. Please note that some hotels provide shuttles to campus. This service is provided by the hotels and not administered by the University or College Programming and Orientation. Please check with the staff at the hotels for more information.

    We encourage you to do so (and we're pretty sure your student will enjoy the treat!). Information about restaurants in and around Hyde Park will be available in your registration materials. You might also consider websites such as Open TableYelpTime Out Chicago, or Eater Chicago for additional ideas.

    The schedule is designed to allow you to pick and choose events throughout the weekend and to take advantage of quality time with your student. With that in mind, many families choose to check-in on Friday to take advantage of our information sessions and the neighborhood tours. However, for those families that can not join us on Friday, registration continues on Saturday morning. Registration opens on Friday at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Registration on Saturday opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m. Most families do choose to remain in town through the close of the weekend following the Dean’s Brunch. We do offer luggage check on Friday and Sunday for those guests who might be coming from or heading to the airports.

    How long you stay is up to you. There are a number of events planned for Saturday and the weekend culminates with the Dean's Brunch on Sunday morning, so you will still have the opportunity to take part in plenty of activities.

    Yes! Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents and guardians to both enjoy and learn more about the institution—and the more you know about the University, the better you will be able to support your son or daughter throughout his or her educational career. Many families attend Family Weekend and see their student only occasionally. Other parents have their students with them at everything—it really depends upon the student. If you want to come, please do! 

    All events are held in handicapped-accessible areas and buildings. However, it is important to remember that, as with most college campuses, there can be some distance between buildings and events. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact us at college-programming@uchicago.edu or 773.702.8616, and we will be happy to assist you.

    We do not provide special parking passes for handicapped parking. Parking is available close to all facilities on campus for those vehicles with a handicapped license plate or tag.

    Family Weekend is coordinated by the College Programming and Orientation (CPO), located in Harper Memorial Library, Suite 152, at 1116 East 59th Street. If we can help in any way during your preparations to attend Family Weekend, or at any time during the academic year, please stop by, call us at 773.702.8616, or email us at college-programming@uchicago.edu. During Family Weekend, you will be able to speak with CPO staff at the registration area in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St, during times that registration is open.