Alumni Weekend Events

We are excited to welcome you back to campus in person, and we are committed to providing a safe and celebratory Alumni Weekend. At this time, the City of Chicago policies and guidelines are continually shifting, and we expect additional changes prior to Alumni Weekend.

In light of recent elevated COVID-19 metrics on campus and in the city of Chicago, the University recommends that individuals wear a mask in indoor settings when others are present. Masks will be available for free across campus. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at alumni@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150 with questions.


Please continue to check this page—new events will be added regularly.
 

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Thursday, May 19

Thursday, May 19

Admissions Tour

Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th St.

College Admissions offers an hour-long information session with an admissions counselor, followed by a walking tour led by current students.
Register now.

Thursday, May 19

Oriental Institute Rug Sale

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

The Oriental Institute rug sale is back! Learn about the handmade rugs from Afghanistan on display, and be sure to make extra room in your suitcase for one that might catch your eye.

Thursday, May 19

Faculty and Staff Alumni Luncheon

Main Quad, 58th St. and University Ave.

Invitation Only

Join fellow UChicago alumni colleagues for the annual Faculty and Staff Alumni Luncheon hosted by UChicago Alumni. Don’t miss this chance to mingle with new and old friends, enjoy a relaxing lunch on the quad, and receive an exclusive giveaway. This is an invitation-only event.

Thursday, May 19

Admissions Tour

Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th St.

College Admissions offers an hour-long information session with an admissions counselor, followed by a walking tour led by current students.
Register now.

Thursday, May 19

Public Arts Tour 

Swift Hall, Lobby, 1025 E. 58th St.

At the University of Chicago, works of art that are housed inside galleries, inside campus buildings, and outside claiming open space offer vast opportunities to discover, contemplate, and engage. This 90-minute tour led by Smart Museum of Art curator of public art Laura Steward covers a sampling of the stunning works that help to shape the University’s intellectual and cultural life. The tour will end with a visit to the Smart Museum and its collection-based exhibition Unsettled Ground, organized by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and collaboratively curated by alumna Katerina Korola, PhD’21, who will provide a walk-through of the exhibition. Tours begin at the 100 Views of Lake Michigan installation at the Divinity School’s Swift Hall lobby and end at the Smart Museum of Art. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Thursday, May 19

UnCommon Core Alumni and Faculty Reception

The Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Join top scholars for wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and a preview of this year’s UnCommon Core lectures and panels. Explore the Co-op’s unique archives, including treasured photographs, vintage stock certificates, and literary ephemera from nearly 60 years in independent bookselling, and learn more about what former poet laureate Mark Strand called “the greatest bookstore in America.”

Thursday, May 19

Rockefeller Chapel Bells Tour

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

See the Rockefeller Chapel bells in 271 steps. The climb is 40–60 minutes round trip and includes a live demonstration in the playing cabin. The spiral stone staircase is taken at a leisurely pace and is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic. Please gather at the front desk; tours are first come, first served.

Thursday, May 19

Graduate Council X I-House Present: A Fireside Chat with Eve L. Ewing, AB’08

International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St.

In honor of UC Juneteenth 2022, join Graduate Council and International House for a fireside chat with Eve L. Ewing, AB’08, assistant professor in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. The event will take the form of a student-moderated conversation to discuss ways to increase our involvement with, support of, and collaboration with neighboring communities. All registered attendees will receive a copy of Ewing’s award-winning book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side thanks to our partners at Semicolon Bookstore.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graduate-council-x-i-house-present-a-fireside-chat-with-dr-eve-ewing-tickets-313672391567

Thursday, May 19

CROWN: Career Transitions Panel for Alumni

Edith Abbott Hall, 969 E. 60th St.

Want to pivot into another type of practice or looking for the next professional challenge? A panel of midcareer social work alumni will discuss their own career progressions and trends in social work that present new opportunities. Come get tips that will be invaluable in your own journey.
Register here: https://cvent.me/d19BzB

Thursday, May 19

Two Trains Running Alumni Talkback

Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.

Separate ticket required. Purchase from Court Theatre and use code “2TRAlum” for $10 off regular-price tickets for Two Trains Running. Discount is available only for performances on May 19, 20, and 22, with a special alumni reception on Thursday, May 19. This code cannot be combined with other discounts or applied to previous purchases. Must mention offer when ordering or enter promotion code “2TRAlum” before selecting seats online and select price “Discount” for discount to apply. Subject to availability.

Join Court Theatre for a performance and postshow discussion of August Wilson’s acclaimed play, directed by Ron OJ Parson.

Friday, May 20

Friday, May 20

Admissions Tour

Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th St.

College Admissions offers an hour-long information session with an admissions counselor, followed by a walking tour led by current students.
Register now.

Friday, May 20

UnCommon Core: Inquiry & Insights with Dana Suskind, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at UChicago Medicine

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St.

Join Dana Suskind, professor of surgery and pediatrics at UChicago Medicine, director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program, codirector of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, and author of Building a Parent Nation, for a conversation about the potential and power parents have to become our nation’s strongest special interest group. 

Friday, May 20

First-Generation and/or Low-Income Alumni Brunch

Center for College Student Success, 1116 E. 59th St., W406

Come meet and share community with other alumni who identify as the first in their family to attend college and/or are from a low-income background (FLI). This will be a casual brunch hosted in the Center for College Student Success, an office serving FLI students in the College. Register separately at bit.ly/UChicagoFLIAlumniBrunch.

Friday, May 20

Oriental Institute Rug Sale

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

The Oriental Institute rug sale is back! Learn about the handmade rugs from Afghanistan on display, and be sure to make extra room in your suitcase for one that might catch your eye.

Friday, May 20

Campus Gardens Tour

Main Quad, Registration Tent, 58th St. and University Ave.

Explore the Campus Botanic Garden with Kathleen Golomb, manager of campus environment. Visit 12 unique gardens, including favorites such as Botany Pond, Swift Cloister Garden, and the Law School courtyard. Learn about garden histories and the plant material curated for each space. Come see why UChicago is consistently ranked one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

Friday, May 20

UnCommon Core: Inquiry & Insights with Adam Green | Remembering, Celebrating, and Learning from the Life of Timuel Black

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St.

Timuel Black, AM’54, was a revered member of the Hyde Park community and a steadfast advocate and leader for Black Americans. But he was not just a community service icon; he was an educator, author, and historian. He was active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, most notably participating in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Chicago Freedom Movement during 1965 and 1966. Tim was part of a coalition of Black Chicagoans who worked to elect Chicago’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington, in 1983, and he mentored a young Barack Obama, the future US president, on building a political base on Chicago’s South Side. Join Adam Green, associate professor of American history and the College and the co–faculty director of the Chicago section of the Obama Presidential Oral History Project, in a conversation about Tim’s legacy. How can we look inward and reflect on our own thoughts, words, and behaviors? How can we uphold the values he lived?

Friday, May 20

UnCommon Core: Inquiry & Insights with Erika Claud, Bozhi Tian, and David Uminsky | A Confluence of Expertise: Bioelectronics, Machine Learning, and Neonatology

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St.

How can sensors help measure human development? Can algorithms predict disease? Three faculty from across the University discuss how their work in bioelectronics, machine learning, and neonatology comes together in the spirit of collaboration and exemplifies the life of the mind in true UChicago fashion. Join Bozhi Tian, David Uminsky, and Erika Claud as they discuss a new age of translational science where the emergence and evolution of many novel technologies and tools can help us understand the basis of human health and disease. 

Friday, May 20

Explore the Oriental Institute Museum 

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

Explore the OI Museum with graduate students from the OI and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Visit for highlights of the collection tour and a look at graduate research as guides uncover the story of the OI and the ancient civilizations of the Middle East. This program will run from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the OI Museum galleries, with tours taking place throughout the duration of the session.

Friday, May 20

Alumni Beer Garden

Main Quad, 58th St. and University Ave.

Enjoy an assortment of brews and light snacks on the Main Quad with friends and family. Special thanks to Great Lakes Brewing Company founder and owner Patrick Conway, AM’78, for his generous sponsorship this year. Please bring a government-issued ID to access the beer garden. This event is 21+.

Friday, May 20

The University of Chicago Graham School Presents: Science for Society

Swift Lecture Hall, 1025 E. 58th St.

Learn how four University scientists are harnessing the power of scientific innovation to solve important societal challenges. We will start by exploring the University’s broad leadership in the sciences and then dive into specific examples of how this leadership can have profound consequences for society, from helping combat hunger to addressing global water shortages. Speakers include Junhong Chen, Crown Family Professor of Molecular Engineering at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and lead water strategist at Argonne National Laboratory; Chuan He, John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cathryn Nagler, Bunning Family Professor in the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering; and Angela V. Olinto, dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences and Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Friday, May 20

Admissions Tour

Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th St.

College Admissions offers an hour-long information session with an admissions counselor, followed by a walking tour led by current students.
Register now.

Friday, May 20

Campus Tour with the Chicago Architecture Center

University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E. 58th St.

Come explore the early Collegiate Gothic roots of the university campus in the original quadrangles, the “march of midcentury modernism” along the Midway, and the recent breathtaking architectural additions such as the Mansueto Library and the Midway Crossings. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Friday, May 20

Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering Presents: A Conversation on Energy and Water Sustainability

William Eckhardt Research Center, Room 161, 5640 S. Ellis Ave.

The climate is changing rapidly and threatening life as we know it because of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy sustainability is an urgent research area because we need to accelerate the development of new energy storage and conversion devices that use renewable solar and wind, not fossil fuels. In addition to the climate crisis, we are also facing a global water crisis. Water purification and sustainability is an absolutely urgent research area; in fact, according to NPR, over the next 10 years, 40 out of 50 states will experience water scarcity. Join PME faculty members to learn more about cutting-edge research that seeks to address the challenges caused by climate change and provide solutions, including better and longer-lasting batteries, efficient systems for converting renewable energy into fuels and chemicals, and technology that extracts impurities from water to create a clean global water supply. A tour of the William Eckhardt Research Center will follow the panel.

Friday, May 20

IOP Presents: Who Decides? A Preview of Shifting Voter Power in the Midterms

Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.

This program will feature a conversation between Institute of Politics director David Axelrod, AB’76, and members of the IOP’s advisory board as they explore the evolving nature of key swing voters for the midterm elections. Last time, the most coveted voters were suburban women—will they be key to victory again? Or will it be parents, who were so pivotal in both the Virginia governor’s race and recent local contests? Or will it be Latinos, as was foreshadowed in 2020? Plan to enjoy a broad, ranging discussion of shifting voting patterns and the upcoming midterms. Panelists: Heidi Heitkamp, Amy Walter, and Sarah Longwell

Friday, May 20

3-Minute Thesis Competition

UChicago GRAD Headquarters, Third Floor, 970 E. 58th St.

Imagine having only three minutes to present your research! In UChicago’s 3MT competition, graduate students compete to earn cash prizes. They must prepare a three-minute presentation about their research using only one static slide. It’s a great opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work to a broader audience and practice their public speaking skills. Alumni are encouraged to stay afterward for a reception with drinks and light refreshments.

Friday, May 20

David Rubenstein Forum Tour

David Rubenstein Forum, 1201 E. 60th St.

Explore campus’s newest architectural marvel, the David Rubenstein Forum. This tour will cover all 10 floors of the forum’s gathering spaces and spectacular campus views, as well as exceptional artworks on loan from the collection of University of Chicago trustee Kenneth C. Griffin and historical documents from the collection of University of Chicago trustee and forum namesake David M. Rubenstein, JD’73. Space is limited, and attendance is first come, first served.

Friday, May 20

The Class of 1987 Presents: A Book Chat with University of Chicago President Emeritus Hanna Holborn Gray

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St.

Join University of Chicago president emeritus (1978–93) Hanna Holborn Gray for a lively discussion of her memoir, An Academic Life, moderated by Class of 1987 reunion committee member Donald McLellan, AB’87, AM’87, JD’90 (College parent Class of 2019).

Friday, May 20

CROWN: Sarnat Lecture | Impact of Immigration Trauma on Refugee and Immigrant Communities 

Edith Abbott Hall, 969 E. 60th St.

Assistant professor Aimee Hilado will discuss the impact of immigration trauma on refugee and immigrant communities across Chicago, the United States, and the world, and how the Crown Family School Kiphart Center for Global Health and Social Development is leading the conversation and research on immigration, global health, and supporting the mental well-being of children, families, and communities.
Register here: https://cvent.me/d19BzB

Friday, May 20

Panorama Reception

Center for Identity + Inclusion, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

UChicago Alumni affinity groups (Chicago Women’s Alliance, Military Affinity Group, University of Chicago Association of Black Alumni, University of Chicago Latinx Alumni Network, UChicago Alumni Pride, and an aspiring pan-Asian alumni group) come together for an open networking and informational gathering, hosted by UChicago Panorama at the Center for Identity + Inclusion. Attendees can mingle with fellow group members, learn more about UChicago’s affinity group programs, and discover what is next for Panorama.

Friday, May 20

Reunion Celebration for the Classes of 1971 and earlier

David Rubenstein Forum, University Room B, 1201 E. 60th St.

Separate ticket required.

Join fellow alumni (the Class of 1971 and earlier) for a cocktail reception and dinner and a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Friday, May 20

UChicago Athletics Social: Meet the AD and Coaches

Seven Ten Social, 1055 E. 55th St.

Join fellow Athletics alumni to meet the newest members of our team! A round of drinks and light appetizers will be provided. For questions or more information, please contact Anthony Ramos at anthonyramos@uchicago.edu.

Friday, May 20

Class of 1972 | 50th Reunion Celebration

David Rubenstein Forum, City View Room, 1201 E. 60th St.

Separate ticket required.

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include a cocktail reception and dinner, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Friday, May 20

Class of 1977 | 45th Reunion Celebration

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

Separate ticket required. 

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include a cocktail reception and dinner, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken, and the museum galleries will be open.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Friday, May 20

Reunion Evening at the Beer Garden

William Eckhardt Research Center, 5640 S. Ellis Ave.

There is no need to wait until 2025 or 2026 to see your peers from your time at the College. Enjoy an evening in the beer garden with your classmates while you celebrate, reminisce, and reconnect with your reunion class. College reunion classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6, as well as the Class of 2019, are encouraged to attend.

Friday, May 20

Class of 1982 | 40th Reunion Celebration

Ida Noyes Hall, Library Lounge, 1212 E. 59th St.

Separate ticket required.

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include a cocktail reception and dinner, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken. 
 

Friday, May 20

Class of 1987 | 35th Reunion Celebration

Quadrangle Club, Main Dining Room, 1155 E. 57th St.

Separate ticket required. 

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include a cocktail reception and dinner, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Friday, May 20

CROWN: All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards

Edith Abbott Hall, 969 E. 60th St.

Kick off the evening with alumni and friends for a special networking reception, update on the Crown Family School, and alumni awards presentation.
Register here: https://cvent.me/d19BzB

Friday, May 20

Class of 1992 | 30th Reunion Celebration

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Ninth-Floor Performance Penthouse, 915 E. 60th St.

Separate ticket required. 

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include a reception and buffet, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken. 

Friday, May 20

Class of 1997 | 25th Reunion Celebration

William Eckhardt Research Center, Room 161, 5640 S. Ellis Ave. 

Separate ticket required.

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include food and drinks, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken.

Friday, May 20

Class of 2002 | 20th Reunion Celebration

William Eckhardt Research Center, Fifth Floor, Hubble Lounge, 5640 S. Ellis Ave.

Separate ticket required. 

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include food and drinks, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken.

Friday, May 20

Class of 2007 | 15th Reunion Celebration

Quadrangle Club, Library, 1155 E. 57th St.

Separate ticket required.

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include food and drinks, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Friday, May 20

Class of 2012 | 10th Reunion Celebration

David Rubenstein Forum, University Room A, 1201 E. 60th St.

Separate ticket required. 

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include food and drinks, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Friday, May 20

Class of 2017 | 5th Reunion Celebration

Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club, 1212 E. 59th St.

Separate ticket required. 

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include food and drinks, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken. 

Friday, May 20

Class of 2021 | 1st Reunion Celebration

William Eckhardt Research Center, Atrium, 5640 S. Ellis Ave.

Separate ticket required.

Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion. The evening will include food and drinks, as well as a special appearance by College dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75. A class photo will be taken. 

Friday, May 20

Night Owls with Agnes Collard, AB’97, and Chris Blattman

Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 

Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Night Owls events inspire philosophical explorations and feature several faculty-led, late-night conversations. This session brings together Agnes Callard, AB’97, associate professor in philosophy and director of undergraduate studies, and Chris Blattman, Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at Harris Public Policy and author of Why We Fight, for a conversation and audience open-mic discussion on the topics of conflict, crime, and poverty.

Saturday, May 21

Saturday, May 21

Admissions Tour

Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th St.

College Admissions offers an hour-long information session with an admissions counselor, followed by a walking tour led by current students.
Register now.

Saturday, May 21

A Discussion with President Paul Alivisatos, AB’81

Oriental Institute Museum, Breasted Hall, 1155 East 58th Street

President Alivisatos, AB’81, discusses what it is like to be back at his alma mater after 40 years – and what he envisions for UChicago’s future.

Saturday, May 21

Oriental Institute Rug Sale

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

The Oriental Institute rug sale is back! Learn about the handmade rugs from Afghanistan on display, and be sure to make extra room in your suitcase for one that might catch your eye.

Saturday, May 21

Alumni Swimming and Diving Meet

Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, Myers-McLoraine Swimming Pool, 5530 S. Ellis Ave.

Varsity swimming and diving alumni, friends, and families are welcome to compete in this year’s alumni meet. Enjoy the thrill of competition again and reconnect with teammates. Even if you’re not competing, stop by to say hello, sign our alumni team mural, and purchase team gear. For more information and to participate, please contact Jason Weber at jrweber@uchicago.edu.

Saturday, May 21

Alumni and Friends Family Festival

Main Quad, Festival Tent, 58th St. and University Ave.

It’s a multigenerational celebration! Gather on the quad for food, drink, live music, and entertainment for the whole family. Kids will love the bounce house, balloon artist, caricaturist, and variety of games and activities.

Saturday, May 21

The Class of 1972 Presents: Before Roe v. Wade—The Story of Jane

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Join the 50th Reunion College Class of 1972 for a dialogue inspired by the new documentary The Janes, which paints a vivid picture of the political context of the class’s College years, the desperation of women seeking abortions, and the bravery of the organizers of Jane. Class of 1972 alumna Sheila Smith Avruch was featured in the film and will speak on the panel, joined by current students and a local reproductive rights advocate.

Saturday, May 21

Curator’s Tour | Slavs and Tatars: MERCZbau

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave.

MERCZbau revisits the intertwined histories of the Ukrainian city of Lviv and the Polish city of Wroclaw as seen through the prism of a particularly Eastern orientalism. The Berlin-based artist collective has created a speculative range of merchandise dedicated to the defunct Department of Oriental Studies of what was once known as the Jan Kazimierz University of Lwów, acting as if age-old traditions of scholarship and inquiry about “the East” had survived the Polish population’s forcible westward journey after World War II. The installation thereby offers a reflection on the human drama of migration as well as the shifting meanings of our enduring East-West divides, made so much more poignant by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The exhibition was made possible in part through a partnership with the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and Gray Center fellow Leah Feldman. Proceeds of the sale of the merchandise will be donated to victims of the Russian assault on Ukraine. Curated by Dieter Roelstraete.

Saturday, May 21

The University of Chicago Graham School Presents: Pivot Toward Purpose—Reflections from Four Alumni on the Journey

Stuart Hall, Room 102, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave. 

Learn how four accomplished alumni have leveraged their private-sector experience toward ambitious next chapters in purpose-driven work. Through a panel discussion and interactive conversation with the audience, we will explore how to discern your purpose and how to successfully navigate your career and life toward that purpose. Speakers include Kate Bensen, AB’80, Kate Coleman, MBA’78, MLA’98, Sonny Garg, AB’89, MBA’00, and Rishad Tobaccowala, MBA’82. A light lunch will be provided.

Saturday, May 21

Seventh Annual Alumni Scavenger Hunt

Main Quad, 58th St. and University Ave.

This is your chance to participate in a mini version of UChicago’s world-famous Alumni Scav Hunt—the largest and best scavenger hunt in the world, hosted every May since 1987—and compete for prizes and glory. Take a stroll down memory lane with a greatly abbreviated edition of scav hunt as a spring afternoon diversion. Register individually or in teams of up to five members. On-site registration will be available, but advance registration through the Alumni Weekend website is encouraged. This event is hosted by the Alumni Club of Chicago.

Saturday, May 21

Ancient Games Day with the Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

Play the favorite games of ancient Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia, and Persia at the Oriental Institute. This family-friendly activity features mancala, chess, the royal game of Ur, and senet.

Saturday, May 21

Campus Tour with the Chicago Architecture Center

University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E. 58th St.

Come explore the early Collegiate Gothic roots of the university campus in the original quadrangles, the “march of midcentury modernism” along the Midway, and the recent breathtaking architectural additions such as the Mansueto Library and the Midway Crossings. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Saturday, May 21

Chicago Women’s Alliance Program + Meet and Greet 

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Get to know the Chicago Women’s Alliance (CWA), an affinity group of UChicago alumnae from across the United States. CWA’s program will highlight past and present alumnae leaders, including their stories, legacies, and exciting current CWA initiatives. The program will be moderated by CWA president Leslie Recht, AB’70, with past presidents Gerry Oberman, PhD’99, and Carla Funk, MBA’85, and current CWA fellow Maha Khan, Class of 2022. Come to learn about our 15+ year history and stay for an opportunity to meet and connect with UChicago women.

Saturday, May 21

Explore the Weston Game Lab

John Crerar Library, First Floor, 5730 S. Ellis Ave.

Venture to one of campus’s most interactive spaces, the Weston Game Lab. Since its opening in 2019, the Weston Game Lab has been an integral part of the new Media Arts, Data, and Design (MADD) Center. All are welcome to stop in, explore, and select any of the lab’s expansive collection to play. Tours of the John Crerar Library will be available throughout the duration of this session. 

Saturday, May 21

Big Brains Podcast Presents: What Motivation Science Can Tell Us about the New Era of Work

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St.

The Big Brains podcast hosts a conversation between Chicago Booth economist Ayelet Fishbach and vice president for communications Paul M. Rand on the implications of an evolving work environment, and the challenges of management, collaboration, and work-life balance brought on by new technologies and a shifting worker mindset.

Saturday, May 21

David Rubenstein Forum Tour

David Rubenstein Forum, 1201 E. 60th St.

Explore campus’s newest architectural marvel, the David Rubenstein Forum. This tour will cover all 10 floors of the forum’s gathering spaces and spectacular campus views, as well as exceptional artworks on loan from the collection of University of Chicago trustee Kenneth C. Griffin and historical documents from the collection of University of Chicago trustee and forum namesake David M. Rubenstein, JD’73. Space is limited, and attendance is first come, first served.

Saturday, May 21

Alumni Beer Garden

Main Quad, 58th St. and University Ave.

Enjoy an assortment of brews and light snacks on the Main Quad with friends and family. Special thanks to Great Lakes Brewing Company founder and owner Patrick Conway, AM’78, for his generous sponsorship this year. Please bring a government-issued ID to access the beer garden. This event is 21+. Students admitted at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 21

Campus Tour with the Chicago Architecture Center

University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E. 58th St.

Come explore the early Collegiate Gothic roots of the university campus in the original quadrangles, the “march of midcentury modernism” along the Midway, and the recent breathtaking architectural additions such as the Mansueto Library and the Midway Crossings. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Earl Shapiro Hall Tour

Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave.

Named for Earl Shapiro, LAB’56, this facility is home to Lab’s nursery school through second-grade classes, inspired by John Dewey’s work in progressive education. Tours will be led by Maroon Key Society student ambassadors.

Saturday, May 21

Seminary Co-op Presents: A Scientific Revolution

Stuart Hall, Room 102, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave.

Join two University of Chicago alumni, Ralph H. Hruban, LAB’77, AB’81, professor of pathology and oncology and the Baxley Professor and Director of the Department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Will Linder, MBA’77, MLA’07, a Chicago-based writer and editor, as they discuss their new book, A Scientific Revolution, a prismatic examination of the evolution of medicine, from a trade to a science, through the exemplary lives of 10 men and women. Johns Hopkins University, one of the preeminent medical schools in the nation today, has played a unique role in the history of medicine. When it first opened its doors in 1893, medicine was a rough-and-ready trade. It would soon evolve into a rigorous science. It was nothing short of a revolution. A Scientific Revolution recounts the stories of the lives of multiple scientists and doctors and tells a compelling tale of not just their individual struggles but also how personal and societal issues went hand in hand with the advancement of medicine.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Historic Campus Tour

Gordon Parks Arts Hall Gate, 5815 S. Kimbark Ave.

Join us for a guided tour of the interior and exterior of the historic Laboratory Schools campus. The tour departs from Kenwood Mall and includes Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Judd Hall, Blaine Hall, Belfield Towers, and U-High. Gordon Parks Arts Hall, which opened in the 2015–16 school year, is Lab’s newest building and provides state-of-the-art facilities for the exploration of all arts media. Tours will be led by Maroon Key Society student ambassadors.

Saturday, May 21

Banned Books and the Fight to Restore Silenced Voices

Brent House, 5540 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Suffragette, socialist, “white trash,” foreign correspondent, sex abuse survivor—UChicago alumna Gertrude Beasley, AM 1918, was indomitable and ferocious. Notwithstanding praise from Bertrand Russell and Ernest Hemingway, her brutally honest memoir was banned upon publication in 1925, and she was involuntarily committed to an insane asylum for life. Join Nina Bennett, AB’07, and Sourcebooks publisher Dominique Raccah for a conversation about Gertrude Beasley, banned books, and what the publishing industry can do to elevate marginalized voices. Hosted by Brent House. Light refreshments provided.

Saturday, May 21

International House Around the World Wine Tasting

International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St.

Separate ticket required. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance before May 13. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the door for $20. Must be 21 or older to attend; government-issued ID required for entry.

Join international alumni, International House staff and graduate students, and the Alumni Club of Chicago as they cohost the Around the World Wine Tasting. This time-honored reception will teach guests about wines from select regions across the globe.

Saturday, May 21

Entrepreneurial Exploration: A Meet and Greet with the Polsky Center 
 

Polsky Exchange North, Second Floor, 1452 E. 53rd St.

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation invites you to an informal reception to meet members of the Polsky team and fellow alumni interested in topics spanning entrepreneurship, innovation, private equity, venture capital, and technology commercialization. Come learn about the offerings and resources that are available to all UChicago alumni with interests in launching or scaling a company, investing in start-ups, and commercializing technologies from UChicago faculty research. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards

Laboratory School Historic Campus, 5835 S. Kimbark Ave.

Kick off the evening with alumni and friends for a special “back to school” reception, update on Lab, and alumni awards presentation.

Saturday, May 21

109th Annual Interfraternity Sing Competition

Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.

Reunite with old friends, participate in tradition, and celebrate our alma mater at the University’s annual singing competition. A celebration of UChicago Greek life since 1911, this year’s event is sure to create lasting memories. IF Sing has a no-beverages policy. Bags brought to the event will be subject to search.

Saturday, May 21

Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project Presents: Alchemy

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Separate ticket required. Tickets are $25 or $10 for students and seniors (62+).

Back by popular demand, the CBDLP presents its spring 2022 concert Alchemy, featuring Ayodele Drum & Dance, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Forward Momentum Chicago, Joel Hall Dancers & Center, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, NAJWA Dance Corps, and Red Clay Dance Company. This exhilarating and inspiring dance concert and panel discussion is a celebration of these eight companies, their individual legacies, and how they came together to create a magical project that is historic and transformative for the future of Black dance in Chicago. The performance will immediately be followed by a discussion with the founders and/or current executive leadership led by Tracie Hall, the dynamic arts leader who conceived the project. Come and enjoy a one-hour preperformance marketplace, archive exhibition, and tables featuring each of the eight companies. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the postshow discussion at 8:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets now!

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1962 Reunion Dinner (60th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1967 Reunion Dinner (55th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1972 Reunion Dinner (50th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1977 Reunion Dinner (45th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1982 Reunion Dinner (40th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1987 Reunion Dinner (35th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1992 Reunion Dinner (30th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 1997 Reunion Dinner (25th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 2002 Reunion Dinner (20th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 2007 Reunion Dinner (15th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 2012 Reunion Dinner (10th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab Milestone Class of 2017 Reunion Dinner (5th)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St.

Class years ending in 2 and 7 celebrate milestone reunions this year, with gatherings in classrooms on the historic campus.

Saturday, May 21

UChicaGO Party

Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.

Separate ticket required. Tickets may be purchased in advance during Alumni Weekend online registration, in person at the Registration and Hospitality Tent, or at the door. Government-issued ID required for entry.

Experience Chicago After Dark at the UChicaGO Party, Alumni Weekend’s biggest bash! Let the lively array of entertainment captivate you while enjoying food, drinks, and dancing with friends old and new. This is one party you won’t want to miss! 

Saturday, May 21

LAB: Lab All-Alumni After-Party

Laboratory School Historic Campus, 5835 S. Kimbark Ave. 

Continue your Lab reunion celebration with retro music, dancing, dessert, and champagne.

Saturday, May 21

PRIDE Alumni Network Celebration 

Private residence; address will be provided upon registration

The annual PRIDE Alumni Celebration, generously hosted by Kevin Hochberg, AM’78, JD’84, and Jim McDaniel, AB’68, has returned to Alumni Weekend! This tradition highlights and honors LGBT life at the University of Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to alumniweekend@uchicago.edu by May 13.

Sunday, May 22

Sunday, May 22

Reunion Class of 1987 Farewell Brunch

University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St.

Close out Alumni Weekend 2022 with fellow classmates for a farewell brunch. Valet parking is available at the venue, and self-parking is available at the Millennium and Grant Park Garages. To register, contact Anthony Galicia at agalicia@uchicago.edu. This event is made possible by the generosity of Class of 1987 35th Reunion committee members Bill Florida, AB’87, and Margie Morris, AB’87.

Sunday, May 22

LAB: Lab Family Day and Open Gym

Jackman Field, 5853 S Kenwood Ave.

Separate ticket required.

Join fellow Lab alumni and their families for a morning of family-friendly activities on Jackman Field. Athletics facilities will also be available for pickup games. 
 

Sunday, May 22

Oriental Institute Rug Sale

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

The Oriental Institute rug sale is back! Learn about the handmade rugs from Afghanistan on display, and be sure to make extra room in your suitcase for one that might catch your eye.

Sunday, May 22

UCABA Brunch: Building Resilient Communities through Social Impact and Impact Investing

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Penthouse, 915 E. 60th St.

Separate ticket required.

Join UChicago’s Association of Black Alumni for Sunday brunch. This long-standing tradition commemorates members of the Chicago community who effect change in their professional scope. This year’s event will highlight a discussion on how to “Build Resilient Communities through Social Impact and Impact Investing” and feature keynote speaker Ghian Foreman, MBA’01, Booth Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and president and CEO of Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative. Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative generates sustainable community wealth and amplifies local culture on the South Side of Chicago. Other panelists in our discussion will include leaders and investors of social impact and social venture organizations. Come join the UCABA community to catch up with old friends, meet new people, and hear about how we can have intentionality in developing and investing in Chicago with a socially responsible mindset to ensure a more resilient community for the future.

Sunday, May 22

Alumni House Concert Series

International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St.

This program requires purchase of a separate ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $35.

Join the International House community for a champagne brunch and chamber music concert. The Chicago Ensemble, in residence at International House, is known for its eclectic programs that combine masterworks with surprising selections by composers past and present. Enjoy a chamber music concert led by virtuoso pianist Gerald Rizzer, AB’62, and members of the Chicago Ensemble. At the reception, guests will have an opportunity to mingle with current graduate students, including International House fellows and interns. Presented as part of the annual International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series.