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Attend an Event

Lurie Children’s is proud of our extraordinary events. As pandemic guidelines and restrictions continue to evolve, we've been updating our event offerings. Please contact the staff members listed below for updates or for the most current information. 

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. 

January

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 tmccartan@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7280.

Go with the Flow
Each February, yogis from across our community will gather virtually on their mats to support our patients and their families. Go with the Flow provides access to uplifting yoga classes from top studios and instructors, inspirational stories from our patients and the opportunity to purchase exclusive yoga gear or earn swag through fundraising. For more information, contact Jessica Brooks at jbrooks@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7309.

May

Move for Kids 
Move for Kids is a virtual celebration of community, family and what’s possible when we come together for the kids we care about. There will be virtual and small group activities, fitness challenges and celebrations throughout the month. For more information, contact Jessica Brooks at jbrooks@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7309.

June

Lurie Children's Pedalpalooza
Lurie Children’s Pedalpalooza is a virtual cycling experience that challenges participants to ride 100 miles in the month of June while fundraising for Lurie Children’s. Participants are encouraged to cycle indoors or safely on the road and can log 100 miles in one day, a weekend or over the course of the month. Pedalpalooza was designed for avid cyclists who want to challenge themselves as well as for families, indoor cyclists and new riders. For more information, contact Ted McCartan at tmccartan@luriechildrens.org 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 Nidhi Patel at npatel@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7267.

September

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 hsalata@luriechildrens.org 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 ilerman@luriechildrens.org 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 corichards@luriechildrens.org

October

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 hsalata@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7295.

November

Extra Life
Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The Extra Life Chicago community of over 1,000 gamers raises funds and awareness for Lurie Children’s year-round. The first Saturday of November each year is National Game Day where all Extra Lifers commit to gaming and raising funds for their hospital by streaming, playing tabletop games or by playing your favorite type of game. For more information, contact Maci Hanson at mhanson@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7318.

December

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 Derek Czaplewski at dczaplewski@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.1243

Lurie Children's Radiothon
Lurie Children’s Radiothon is a live holiday broadcast to raise funds in support of the patients at families at Lurie Children’s. Tune in to hear stories of breakthroughs, bravery and healthier futures for kids. All funds raised through Radiothon help fuel research, support families in need and provide lifesaving care to more kids. For more information, contact Deanna Kerns at dkerns@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7321.