Designed to be a diverse set of inclusively priced events, Sign-up Parties provide fun, unique opportunities for Lab community members to gather. Some Sign-up Parties are designed as adults-only, and others will target specific age groups of kids.
Tickets for sign-up parties can be purchased here. Thank for supporting Lab and the initiatives of Connections 2018!
Friday, April 6th
Join fellow Lab parents for an evening of paddle tennis at the Saddle & Cycle Club. All are welcome whether you play paddle, want to try, or just plan to enjoy some food and drinks while avoiding the courts altogether.Dinner and drinks will be available all evening. There will be a pro on hand to help advise on your game or to “even up” the teams. 24 slots, $150 per person
Sponsored by: Heiji and Brian Black, Angie and Tom Holleb, Tara Marsh and Greg Winsor, Sandy Wang and Chris McGowan
Friday, April 13th
Bring a big appetite and enjoy a scrumptious 10 course meal at Michelin guide rated Phoenix Restaurant in Chinatown.
18 slots, $60 per person
Amy and Dennis Han
Saturday, April 14th
The youngest members of the Lab community can help support fundraising for our new turf field by working on their soccer skills with our friends from Super Soccer Stars. Meet in the Earl Shapiro Hall gym at 10am on Saturday, April 14th; parents, please join us for coffee and a light breakfast while the kids play. 40 slots, $30 per child
Mona and Suri Dwarakanathan
Cristina and Erdem Kiciman
Serena and Ashish Lal
Meggan Friedman and Sam Valenzisi
11am - 12:30pm
Calling all Lower School animal lovers! Your child will have an unforgettable experience interacting with the sweet and adorable shelter animals at Chicago Canine Rescue (5272 N. Elston Avenue). Participants will have the opportunity to play with the dogs, learn about CCR and the plight of homeless animals in Chicago, while also creating chew toys to give to the animals at the shelter. Pizza and drinks will be served.
Special instructions: This event is geared towards children in 3rd-5th grades. Younger children will not be accommodated. Older siblings are welcome. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian during the entire event.
15 children plus parent or guardian, $30/person (each attendee - parent and child - must purchase a spot)
Priya and Chris Valenti
Thursday, April 19th
Enjoy an evening at the most influential and prolific comedy venue! This laughter-filled evening at Second City holds a funhouse mirror up to the times in which we are living. The powerhouse cast delivers a show on the main stage that’s surreal, musical, maniacal, and utterly entertaining all at the same time. The evening includes an exclusive, Lab-only, pre-show warm up with drinks and appetizers at Second City’s 1959 Kitchen and Bar, followed by the 2-hour award-winning show.
70 slots, $65 per person
Performance material should be considered mature and rated R.
Sabrina and Antonio Gracias
Friday, April 20th
Can you escape in time? Form your own team of 3 to 5 people. Follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key, and escape the room! Join friends at Brain Drain Escape Room (11 East Illinois Street, 4th floor) and see if you can escape in time!
20 slots, $40 per person
Eileen and Gene Chang
Grades N3-1st grade
Observe live insects from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's collections! Students will learn more about the ways that these animals move, eat, and protect themselves from danger. Each student will have the opportunity to compare and contrast several different live insects and have fun getting up close and personal (or just personal enough) with these insects. Following bug exploration, students will get to be a part of the magic of the Butterfly Haven, experiencing over 40 species of exotic butterflies and watching as newly emerged butterflies and moths take flight for the very first time during the butterfly release.
30 slots, $30 per child
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Saturday, April 21st
Adults (Kids 13+ can participate along with a parent or guardian)
Relive your glory days while getting a great workout. You know you want to wear your back up Dewey Dance outfit from last year, so while costumes aren't required, if you want to get your Flashdance on, you won't be alone. Afterwards, take the 500 calories you burned and enjoy some healthy (or not) snacks with friends.
50 slots, $40 per person
Sunday, April 22nd
Second grade students and their parents
Second grade students and parents are invited for a bowling party at Lucky Strike in Streeterville. While students compete in a bowling competition, parents will have a separate ping pong party. Pizza and drinks will be served and parents get to enjoy an open bar.
24 children plus parents or guardians, $35/person (each attendee - parents and child - must purchase a spot)
Evelyn and Robert McCullen
Saturday, April 28th
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to dance your heart out and get a killer workout! Join a group of Lab parents for a cardio dance party at Chicago's premier dance studio, All About Dance (501 W. North Avenue). Exercise your body and your mind as you learn a dance, get your groove on and sweat like crazy! This one-hour dance party will be followed by drinks, appetizers and socializing. Have Fun, Be Young and Dance Forever!
20 slots, $60 per person
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