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Student Life

Family Weekend

UChicago invites you to attend Family Weekend 2020, a campus-wide celebration in honor of parents, grandparents, and all extended family. This unique weekend experience will provide your family the opportunity to explore the College and everything it has to offer. You’ll discover more about your student’s life at the University as you participate in receptions, model classes, open houses and information sessions. 

Registration for Family Weekend 2020 will open at the end of summer quarter prior to the academic year beginning. Please check back for details on how to register. 

Future Family Weekend Dates: 

2020: October 16-18, 2020 

2021: October 22-24, 2021 

Sample Schedule

Welcome Reception and Registration
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ida Noyes Hall, Lobby, 1212 East 59th Street

  • Financial Aid Open House
  • Neighborhood Bus Tours
  • Tours of the Chicago Economic Experience museum
  • Tours of the Rockefeller Chapel Carillon
  • Study Abroad Information Session
  • Career Advancement Information Session
  • Student Health Information Session
  • National Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session
  • Academic Advising Information Session
  • Resident Deans’ Receptions

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

  • Mini Maroons: Activities for kids ages 6–12
  • Model Classes (Schedule to be posted in early October)
  • Neighborhood Bus Tours
  • Homecoming Block Party and Football Game
  • Dean’s Champagne Brunch with remarks by Dean Boyer beginning at 11:30 a.m.
  • Career Advancement Information Session
  • Academic Advising Information Session
  • All programs end by 2 p.m.

Travel & Accommodations

Plan your visit to the University of Chicago campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of the questions we are most frequently asked about 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 Sunday, October 11, 2020. Onsite registration will be available, but families are strongly encouraged to register online to avoid unnecessary waiting on the day of the event.

Yes, please call the College Programming Office at 773.702.8616 and one of our staff members will assist you in registering over the phone. You may also register on this website beginning on September 18.

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.

Your Family Weekend confirmation is immediate, following completion of the online registration form and payment. Your Family Weekend passes to all events during Family Weekend will be given to you when you check-in at the Family Weekend Welcome Receptions (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 25 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday, October 26 from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The College Programming Office 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.

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 the College Programming Office. Please check with the staff at the hotels for more information.

We encourage you to do so (and we're pretty sure your son or daughter 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 Table, Yelp, Time 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 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 parents 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 generally occurs in the autumn quarter of the academic year at the end of the third or fourth week of the quarter. For your convenience, we provide here the dates of future Family Weekends. Please note that registration for Family Weekend will open in late September.

2020: October 16-18, 2020 

2021: October 22-24, 2021 

Family Weekend is coordinated by the College Programming Office (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.