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Join Chicago's most fashionable families at the Kids' Fashion Show and Tea to benefit the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. The event includes the Four Seasons' signature tea service, a champagne reception for the adults, a lunch for the models, and a dessert buffet for everyone.

Boys and girls ages 6–15 are invited to walk the runway. You can also sponsor a Comer Children's patient's participation in the program. Click here to purchase tickets.

We are looking for high school volunteers to assist the child models get ready for the runway from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons. Please email Lexi Fielder if interested.

Click here to learn more.

Read more about Comer Children's Fashion Show and Tea, Sunday, April 29, 1:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel

This massive, all-schools event celebrates the year at Lab, with food, carnival games, community service activities, cultural and creativity booths, student performances and more. Every member of the Lab community is encouraged to enjoy the day and come together as one.

  • Rites of May, Saturday, May 19,
  • 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m, Kenwood Mall and Kovler Gyms

Volunteer! We need hundreds of volunteers to make the day successful. Please give an hour or two of your time. Middle and High School students can also help. Sign up for a slot here.

We are looking for parents, student clubs, and performers to fill out our exhibition space. If you are interested in having booth to represent a cultural tradition, community service campaign, or makerspace activity, or would like to perform, please contact Tracey Quinn or Chitra Nair.

Buying tickets or t-shirts for the event? For the best deal, buy them in advance.

Read more about Rites of May, Saturday, May 19, Volunteer now. Buy tickets.

Keeping Lab's mission in full swing during the summer builds community and your students' social and academic development. From June 18 to July 27, activities and engagement abound for students, campers, singers, actors, cooks, cyclists, scientists, robot-builders, programmers, and you-name-it. Join the Summer Lab community. Bring friends and neighbors from other schools and other countries, too, because Summer Lab, as always, is open to everybody.

Read more about Summer Lab registration is open

At a special Law School seminar on the constitutional rights of minors, students were eager to dig in


U-High and UChicago Woodlawn Charter School students had a chance to experience a slice of the University of Chicago Law School and explored issues that affect young people. "The high school students were engaged in a way that allowed for discussions that went pretty deep pretty quickly, and both I and the law school students learned from them," said Emily Buss, the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law. Read the whole story here.

Read more about Law School for teens

And the winners are...

For best text, the award goes to A Greyhound a Groundhog, written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Appelhans.


For best illustration, the award goes to Town is by the sea, written by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith.


For best overall picture book, the award goes to The world is not a rectangle, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter.

Read more about 2018 Zena Sutherland Awards announced

To extend the success of Connections fundraising efforts, which will support a revitalized Jackman Fields and financial aid, you are invited to buy tickets to attend one of these special Lab-only opportunities. See who's coming.

These intimate dinners feature Lab or University people who are nationally- and internationally-recognized experts in their field. You will join a small group to share an engaging evening of thoughtful discussion and intellectual curiosity. This year's evenings include:Reforming Our Judicial System - April 12

    • Expeditions & Evolution - May 15
    • Changing the World Through Art Making - October 16

Read more about Salon Lab and get tickets.

This is a diverse set of inclusively priced events—fun, unique opportunities for Lab community members to gather. Some Sign-up Parties are adults-only, others target specific ages:

    • Laughter is the best medicine at Second City
    • Saturday soccer for kids 3–7 (coffee and breakfast for the parents!)
    • Murder at the Opera
    • Bowling at Lucky Strike

See all of the party options and buy tickets.

Read more about Salon Lab, sign-up parties are selling out. See who's coming. Get tix.


Labapalooza is a completely student-run dance marathon fundraiser for the organization, My Block My Hood My City (M3). Part Rites of May, part dance party, and part fundraiser, the goal is to bridge together students of all ages at Lab while raising over $10,000 for an incredible cause.

The event will feature activities for kids of all ages, dance routines performed by U-High's clubs and sports teams, silent auctions, lots of food, incredible raffle prizes and more!

Everybody in the Lab community is invited to join—all grade N–12 students, faculty, and parents.

Dance for a chance to win prizes:

  • N–2: Dance until 5 p.m. and your child will be entered into a raffle to win a ten-jump pass to Pump It Up.
  • LS: Dance until 6 p.m. and your child will be entered into a raffle to win entrance to Sky High for them and a friend.
  • MS: Dance until 8 p.m. and your child will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to Six Flags for them and their friends.
  • HS: Dance for all six hours and be entered into a raffle to win a four day pass to Lollapalooza.

Registration opens Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. for those who want to participate in the dance marathon. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a Labapalooza water bottle when they arrive to check-in at the dance.

We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction. Whether you can donate a gift card to a local business, a platter of baked goods or a shadowing opportunity ("Day with Dr. ___"), any and all donations would be greatly appreciated!

Email the main student organizers, Megan Moran and Florence Almeda with your questions or comments.

Read more about Kids and families: join Lab's first dance marathon, Labapalooza, Saturday, April 14, 4–10 p.m., Upper Kovler