June 2-3, 2017

Come celebrate and make new memories with your former classmates and members of the Harris Public Policy community at Harris' 2017 Alumni Weekend taking place on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. We have a special line-up of events designed to inspire alumni, students and friends alike. We hope that many of you, from near or far, can join us this June in Chicago.

Each Alumni Weekend, we also celebrate class reunions. This year, we will be celebrating the Classes of 2016, 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992 and 1987.

Alumni Weekend 2017 Schedule & FAQ

Event Schedule

Schedule of Activities

Friday, June 2nd
All events at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL

Connect with Impact: Networking Reception & 4th Annual Harris Alumni Awards

5:30 p.m., Doors open
6:30 p.m., Program begins

Network with former classmates and the 2017 Alumni Awardees, then celebrate the recipients of the Rising Star and Career Achievement during the Awards Presentation.

Connect with Classmates: Reunion Dinners (Class of 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2016)

7:30 p.m., Class Photos
8:00 p.m., Reunion class dinners

Saturday, June 3rd
All events on campus

Connect with Leadership: Open Alumni Council Meeting

9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Ida Noyes Hall, West Lounge, 1212 E. 59th St
Attend and participate in the Harris Alumni Council’s Annual Meeting.

Connect with Community: Brunch and Welcome

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, 3rd Floor, 1212 E. 59th St

Join students, staff and faculty for a Harris community-wide brunch and welcome remarks by Colm O'Muircheartaigh, Professor and former Dean of Harris Public Policy.

Connect with Innovation: UnCommon Core Presentation by Professor Ariel Kalil

1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Max P Theater, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E 59th St
Professor Ariel Kalil will present "Unleashing Children's Potential: The Power of Innovative Policy"

Connect with Campus: Tours and Beer Garden

Keller Center Tours: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1307 E. 60th St.
Beer Garden: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Main Quad Tent, 58th
 St & University Ave
Take a tour of the future home of Harris, the Keller Center. Tours are limited and guests must sign up separately here. Then, enjoy the afternoon at the Baderbrau Beer Garden, part of the University’s Alumni Weekend celebration on the main quad.

Connect with Student Leaders: HSO Alumni Reception and Student Leadership Accolades

3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Harris Courtyard, 1155 E. 60th St.
Join Harris student organizations for a reception and ceremony to recognize recipients of Harris Accolades, student-selected awards honoring students and faculty. 

Celebrating reunion year

My class year ends with a 2 or 7, a reunion year! What does that mean for me?

Although Alumni Weekend is meant to serve as one big reunion for all alumni and the broader Harris community, we also want to celebrate milestone reunions for each class. These reunions include classes at one year followed by five year increments. In 2017 we will be celebrating the classes ending in 2’s and 7’s, i.e. the classes of 2016, 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992 or 1987.

To help Harris with planning for your reunion, each class has formed a reunion committee to help make post-dinner plans and to fundraise for Harris. Your class committees have set the following fundraising goals:

Class Reunion Goal Give
2016 1st 35 peers make a gift of any size Support Harris students: 
give.uchicago.edu/2016harris
2012 5th 35 peers make a gift of any size Support Harris students: 
give.uchicago.edu/2012Harris
2007 10th 40 peers make a gift of any size Support Harris students: 
give.uchicago.edu/2007Harris
2002 15th $5,000 raised to support Harris students Support Harris students: 
give.uchicago.edu/2002Harris
1997 20th $7,500 raised to support Harris students Support Harris students: 
give.uchicago.edu/1997Harris
1992 25th $7,500 raised to support Harris students

Support Harris students: 
give.uchicago.edu/1992Harris

1987 30th Coming soon! Support Harris students:
give.uchicago.edu/1987Harris

Help your class meet its goal, and make a gift today! We will be recognizing our Reunion Classes during Alumni Awards preceding your reunion dinner.

Not celebrating reunion year

I'm not celebrating a reunion year, why should I attend Alumni Weekend?

The Harris Alumni Weekend is not just about getting back together with your classmates, it is a weekend to build and enhance our community. This community includes all alumni, their spouses and friends, current students, faculty and of course staff. The vast majority of our events are not class-specific and are meant to engage community members in many different areas of interest.

Is there a cost to attend Alumni Weekend?

Is there a cost to attend Alumni Weekend? What does it include?

Yes. Due to the scale of this two-day event, we charge a registration fee for a variety of passes. Visit the ticket information page for more details.

Harris Alumni Prices

  • Weekend Pass + Reunion Dinner: $85 - All-access pass.  Includes the Alumni Awards reception and presentation, as well as the Reunion Dinner on Friday, June 2.  On Saturday, June 3, you can attend the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessions, HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, tours, and the Beer Tent. 
  • Weekend Pass: $40 - Includes the Alumni Awards reception and presentation on Friday, June 2.  On Saturday, June 3, you can attend the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessions, HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, tours, and the Beer Tent.  
  • Friday-Only Pass: $25 - Includes the Alumni Awards reception and presentation on Friday, June 2.
  • Friday + Reunion Dinner Pass: $75 - Includes the Alumni Awards reception and presentation, as well as the Reunion Dinner on Friday, June 2.
  • Saturday-Only Pass: $30 - Includes the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessions, Panel,the HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, tours, and the Beer Tent.

Guest Prices

  • Weekend Pass + Reunion Dinner: $90 - All-access guest pass.  Includes guest access to the Alumni Awards reception and presentation, as well as the Reunion Dinner on Friday, June 2.  On Saturday, June 3, your guest can attend the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessions, HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, tours, and the Beer Tent.
  • Weekend Pass: $40 - Includes guest access to the Alumni Awards reception and presentation on Friday, June 2. On Saturday, June 3, your guest can attend the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessions, HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, tours, and the Beer Tent.
  • Friday-Only: $30 - Includes guest access the Alumni Awards reception and presentation on Friday, June 2.
  • Friday + Reunion Dinner Pass: $80 - Includes guest access to the Alumni Awards reception and presentation, as well as the Reunion Dinner on Friday, June 2.
  • Saturday-Only: $30 - Includes guest access to the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessions, Panel, the HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, tours, and the Beer Tent.

Current Student Price

  • Weekend Pass: $15 refundable seat reservation  ($5 refunded onsite on Friday, $10 refunded onsite on Saturday) - Includes access to the Alumni Awards reception and presentation on Friday, June 2.  On Saturday, June 3, you can attend the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessiond, HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, and tours. ($5 refunded at check-in on Friday, $10 refunded at check-in on Saturday, or you can choose to donate any or all to the Harris Alumni Fellowship Fund.)
  • Weekend Pass: $5 refundable seat reservation - Includes guest access the Alumni Awards reception and presentation on Friday, June 2. ($5 refunded at check-in on Friday, or you can choose to donate to the Harris Alumni Fellowship Fund.)
  • Weekend Pass: $10 refundable seat reservation - Includes guest access to the Harris Community Brunch, the UnCommon Core sessions, Panel, the HSO Alumni Reception and Accolades, and tours. ($10 refunded at check-in on Saturday, or you can choose to donate to the Harris Alumni Fellowship Fund.)

In addition, the central Alumni Association is hosting a University-wide Alumni Weekend. If you’d like to attend their events, a separate registration is required here: aw.uchicago.edu.

What do I need to do if I plan to attend central University Alumni Weekend activities?

What do I need to do if I plan to attend central University Alumni Weekend activities?

If you plan to attend any activities hosted by central University Alumni Weekend, you must register for those events separately at alumniweekend.uchicago.edu. Such activities include UChicaGO Party, Fun Run, Wine Tasting, Family Festival, other UnCommon Core sessions not hosted by Harris, etc.

Check-in for central University activities: If you register for events hosted by central University Alumni Weekend, you will need to check-in separately on the Main Quad. Your Harris name badge will not allow you access to central Univeristy Alumni Weekend activities, except the UnCommon Core Session hosted by Harris and the Beer Tent.

Where do I check-in during Harris Alumni Weekend?

Where do I check-in during Harris Alumni Weekend?

Guests registered for Harris Alumni Weekend activities will pick up their event name badges at the designated locations on the below dates. Guests only need to check-in once and will utilize their name badge for the weekend.

  • Friday, June 2 - Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, June 3 - Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at Ida Noyes Hall, 3rd floor, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL

Note: Harris Alumni Weekend guests cannot check-in and pick up Harris name badges at the central University Alumni Weekend registration tent on the Main Quad.

What is the recommended attire?

What is the recommended attire?

For the Friday, June 2 events, we recommend business or semi-formal attire for the Networking Reception & Alumni Awards. In addition, those attending their class dinners will also want to be in semi-formal attire as each class will be taking class photos!

For the Saturday, June 3 events, we recommend business casual attire and comfortable shoes as you may be walking around campus a bit.

I am flying in for Alumni Weekend events, where should I stay?

I am flying in for Alumni Weekend events, where should I stay?

Harris has reserved a block of rooms at Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop. In addition, the central University has acquired a few partner hotels offering discounted rates for University of Chicago alumni as listed below:

  • Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop
    111 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603
    Block/group code: HPP602
    Reservations can be made at 203.905.2100, by email, or online.
    $200/Run of House room
    Block cut-off date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    Rooms will not be available after this date.