How to Ace Family & Friends Weekend

You’re already acing all your classes, right? 😉 Chatham U’s annual Family & Friends Weekend is just around the corner on October 25-27th, 2019 and with our helpful guide, you’ll be well on your way to acing that, too!

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First things first, here’s what you need to do:

  • Register by October 17. There is no cost to register (we just like to have a headcount) but if you’d like to attend one of our ticketed events, you can pay on our registration form.

  • Need help finding somewhere to stay? Check out our accommodations guide.

  • Check-in at the Carriage House when you arrive from 3pm - 6pm on Friday, October 25 or 9am - Noon on Saturday, October 26. This is where you’ll receive a F&F Weekend Packet with your schedule, coupons, and more.

  • Have fun! Explore campus, join us for a unique mix of events, and take advantage of all that Pittsburgh has to offer.

Next, check out some of our featured events:

Talent Show
Friday, October 25 // 7:00 pm // Eddy Theatre
Don’t miss this F&F Weekend Tradition! Come see students’ talent shine on stage at Chatham's annual talent show, featuring a variety of acts all competing for the top prize of $500. Plus, audience members have the chance to get in on the action by competing for prizes and gift cards throughout the event. 

Breakfast & Bellinis
Saturday, October 26 // 9:30 am – 11:00 am // Mellon Center
*pre-registration required, $7/person
Join President David Finegold, his wife, Sue, and the President’s Council for this one-of-a-kind brunch.

Eden Hall Expedition & Dinner
Saturday, October 26 // 4:00 pm – 7:00pm // Eden Hall Campus
*pre-registration required, $12/person
Explore our stunning, sustainable showcase, Eden Hall Campus, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Join us for a beer and wine reception, family style dinner, and tours.

Phantom Fright Night
Saturday, October 26 // 6:00 pm – Midnight // Kennywood Park
*pre-registration required, $15/person
Prepare to be spooked! Purchase tickets to attend Phantom Fright Night at Kennywood. In addition to your favorite roller coasters, you can also experience a variety of haunted houses and other Halloween-themed attractions.

For a complete schedule of events, visit our website:

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And if you have a chance, explore the city of bridges:

For the nature lovers: Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

For the art buffs: Carnegie Museum of Art and just next door, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

For the foodies: Peruse Pittsburgh Magazine’s list of Best Restaurants for some great suggestions

For the explorers: Take a quick walk from Chatham’s campus to Murray Ave in Squirrel Hill, where you’ll find a wide array of shops and restaurants, or head in the opposite direction towards Walnut Street in Shadyside, where you’ll find another set of unique storefronts.

All families planning to attend must register online. If you have any questions regarding the schedule or the weekend in general, please reach out to the Office of Student Affairs by phone at (412) 365-1286 or email at