Attend an Event

Lurie Children’s is proud of our extraordinary events. During this global pandemic, we have made the decision to postpone and change many of our upcoming events. Please contact the staff members listed below for updates during this rapidly evolving situation. While upcoming events may look a little different, we will continue to provide experiences for every interest.

Community & Social Events

Make a difference by joining us at one of Lurie Children’s annual signature fundraising events. These events provide a way to participate in fun activities while supporting the patients and families at the hospital by raising critical funds for the hospital. From family-friendly athletic events to black-tie galas, we have an event for virtually every interest. 


Aon Step Up for Kids Presented by KPMG
Step up and climb 80 floors to the top of the Aon Center, one of Chicago's tallest buildings, while raising money to help the children and families at Lurie Children's. You can fundraise as an individual or form a group with family, friends or colleagues. Proceeds will be directed to K.I.D.S.S. for Kids’ annual commitment to the Department of Family Services. For more information, contact Ted McCartan at or 312.227.7280.


Chicago Dance Marathon
Each year, hundreds of dedicated Lurie Children’s individuals and team supporters join us on the dance floor for 8 hours of dancing, standing, games, entertainment and inspiring stories from patient families at the Chicago Dance Marathon. You can register as a participant, sponsor a participant or donate directly to support the event. For more information, contact Deanna Kerns at or 312.227.7321.

Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity
Be among the first to see new cars and trucks featured in the Chicago Auto Show, while supporting the patients and families at Lurie Children’s. First Look for Charity is an exclusive, black-tie preview of the auto show, featuring a private reception for hospital supporters with small bites, cocktails, unique raffle prizes and more. The excitement continues on the show floor, with the city's finest live entertainment and the chance to win a vehicle. For more information, contact Lauren Priebe at or 312.227.5098.


Move for Kids 
Move for Kids is a 5K walk and rally for our patients and families. More than just a walk, Move for Kids is a day for our community to come together on behalf of the kids we care about. The walk takes place along the Chicago lakefront, ending with a celebration for all participants. Money raised from the event supports the hospital’s areas of greatest need, ensuring that patients receive the best care possible. For more information, contact Jessica Brooks at or 312.227.7309.


Run for Gus 5K Run/Walk & Kids Dash
The Run for Gus is hosted by Lurie Children’s Young Associate Board (YAB), and raises funds for brain tumor care and research at Lurie Children’s. Hosted on a Thursday evening at the lakefront in Lincoln Park, the event is family friendly and attracts a young professional crowd. Following the race, participants enjoy a party at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. For more information, contact Hayley Salata at or 312.227.7295.


Gold Coast Fashion Award Show
The Gold Coast Fashion Award Show, the signature fundraising event of the Children’s Service Board brings together some of Chicago’s most influential community leaders for cocktails, fashion and more. The event’s exclusive retail sponsor is Neiman Marcus, and proceeds will support the Board’s commitment to the Department of Family Services. For more information, contact Ilana Lerman at or 312.227.7305.

Pro Amateur Golf Championship & Celebration
Lurie Children’s Pro Amateur Golf Championship is the longest-running and most successful event organized by the hospital’s Founders’ Board. Since 1961, the golf championship, held at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, has raised more than $20 million in support of the hospital. For more information, contact Concy Richards at


Lurie Children’s Marathon Team
Since 2007, hundreds of runners have come together to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as members of the Lurie Children’s Marathon Team. Throughout their training, team members work towards the required fundraising goal, while receiving support in return. Team members receive complimentary endurance training customized to meet the needs of both first-time marathoners and seasoned runners. Training is supported through weekly group runs and online training plans. For more information, contact Hayley Salata at or 312.227.7295.


The Children's Ball
The Children’s Research Fund’s annual fundraising campaign to support pediatric research at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie Children’s is celebrated at the annual Children’s Ball, which also honors the researchers and physician-scientists at the Manne research Center. This elegant black-tie event features hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing, and attracts more than 1,000 guests each year, including a number of Chicago’s business and community leaders. For more information, contact Valerie Stokes at or 312.227.7303


Team Lurie Children's
Team Lurie Children’s includes athletes around the world connected by one thing: the mission to ensure brighter and healthier futures for children. Our program empowers athletes to make their training and race experience even more meaningful by raising money in support of the patients and families at Lurie Children’s, regardless of the race location, challenge, or sport they choose. More than 100 members of Team Lurie Children’s have scaled mountains, steered kayaks, ran or pedaled hundreds of miles, or spun at their neighborhood gym to help raise over $900,000. 

Sign up as an individual or gather friends, family and colleagues and register as a team. Joining Team Lurie Children’s is free and we provide you with all the tools you need to make your fundraising efforts a success. For more information, contact Tracey McCusker at or 312.227.7296.

Events Calendar

See a complete list of upcoming fundraising events.