Annual Events

Check out information about some of our annual events!

ONSITE College and Leadership Forum

Onsite is a program connecting nearly 200 selective to highly selective colleges from across the nation to Chicago’s most talented youth in one day.

* Annually in the Fall

Untied gala

Chicago Scholars' annual UnTied Gala is not your typical gala. If boring speeches, white table cloths, and chewy chicken are your thing, this gala is not for you. But if college-style party games, dancing, open bar and a tailgate-themed menu are more your style, join us for our annual urban-chic anti-gala.

* Annually in the Spring 

Swing For Scholars

Swing for Scholars is our annual golf outing and fundraiser held at the Naperville Country Club.  Proceeds allow us to continue to expand our reach to new under-served, first-generation college students. This event is hosted by Co-Founder and Board Member Manny Sanchez.

* Annually in the Summer

College Choice Celebration

After a year of hard work, applications, college visits, and hours of college counseling and mentoring, our graduating class celebrates their entrance into college.

* Annually in the Spring

New Scholar Interview Nights

Chicago Scholars’ New Scholar Interview Nights brings 600+ professionals together from the Chicago Business community to interview over 1,000 high school juniors from every Chicago neighborhood as part of the selection process for our new class of Scholars.

* Annually in the Spring

First Look Career Fair

The First Look Company Exploration and Career Fair is an exclusive opportunity for Scholars to network with companies and non-profit organizations, attend career development workshops, and cultivate internship and employment opportunities.

* Annually in the Summer

new scholar orientation

New Scholar Orientation is the inaugural event for all new Scholars to meet their cohort, the Chicago Scholars staff, and the mentors and counselors who will be supporting them throughout the next year.

* Annually in the Summer

Chicago scholars day

Chicago Scholars Day is a fun-filled day of games, music, and food trucks to celebrate and strengthen the Chicago Scholars community together.

* Annually in the Summer

All Scholar Retreat

Our annual All Scholar Retreat is a full-day of leadership development, college readiness and community building for all Scholar classes.

* Annually in the Summer

Scholars College Fair

The Scholars College Fair is a collaborative event co-hosted with UChicago Collegiate Scholars and UIC.  The fair often serves as Scholars’ first exposure to our Onsite partner schools and helps students begin to build their potential college lists.   

* Annually in the Summer

Practitioner Round Tables

Staff experts share our research, expertise and proven best practices with others in the college access, college persistence and leadership development fields.  We convene round tables throughout the year for industry experts to keep on top of the latest in the field.

* Held throughout the year

Summer Soirée

The Associate Board and Alumni Leadership Council host an annual Summer Soiree in honor of the graduating Chicago Scholars Class. Come celebrate summer with your favorite group of young professionals.

* Annually in the Summer