Care Packages and Treats

Whether it is a birthday, a celebration of a personal achievement, or just a little pick-me-up during midterms, a care package can be a wonderful way to remind your student that you are thinking about them.  Many parents call us looking for information on about how to go about having treats delivered so we have worked with our campus community and other special vendors to bring you this list of ways you can surprise your student.  You might also consider putting an announcement in The Maroon, UChicago's student newspaper, to commemorate your student's special day.

If you are having your care package sent to a student in one of The College Houses, visit the Halls and Houses website and click on the residence hall or housing in which you are interested.  This will help make sure your gifts get to where they need to go.  Make sure that your address includings all of the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Residence Hall Name, Room Number
  • Street Address
  • City, State and Zip Code

On-Campus Care Package Programs

Thompson House Cake Business

  • Each year the Houses across campus hold fundraisers of various types to support programming within the House.  The students in Thompson House have created a the Thompson House Cake Business in order to "pay for extra study breaks, subsidize House trips, and generally enhance our living experience."  You can support these on campus programs by ordering a cake online that will be delivered directly to your student.  Visit their website for all of the details.

Off-Campus Purveyors

The following companies have generously offered services to the UChicago community.  Please note that the university is not affiliated with these vendors in any way.  Visit the vendor's website to view available offerings and to place your order.

Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique

  • Owned by a UChicago alumna, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique offers a wide-array of cupcakes, cake pops, 6" cakes and more.  They deliver to campus and offer a tasty way to surprise your student.  Give them a call at (312) 845-9669 to order.  Use the promo code UCHICAGO to receive 10% off your order during the first month of each quarter.

Sweet Home Chicago Gifts

  • Sweet Home Chicago Gifts can create a custom gift basket just for you.  They offer a number of suggested packages on their website, but these packages are just a starting point.  They will work with you to create the perfect gift for your student.  Contact them through their website, by email, or by phone at (773) 870-1188.  Use the promo code MAROON to receive 10% off your order.

Pieces of There

  • This unique care package company boasts a range of gift ideas that allow you to deliver a taste of home to your student. The site specializes in capturing the local products and flavors of unique locations across the United States and from regions around the world. Orders can be placed through the Pieces of There website and more information can be obtained by emailing  Receive a 5% discount when you use the promo code uchicagoparent at checkout.