Next Generation
Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:
Asking questions
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and
communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Structure and function

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
LS1: From molecules to organisms: Structures and processes
Students who demonstrate
understanding can:
HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.


 Open event for teachers:
Nov. 13, 2018
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Online dates for 2018-2019:


October 23, 30
November 6
December 4, 11
January 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 19
April 23, 30
May 7

Field-trip dates for 2018-2019:


November 13
March 12
May 14

Field Trip Agenda
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How to Register

Contact us to make arrangements and reserve a date.

Tel. 855-828-8677 ext. 4


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What you’ll do
-Learn about the autopsy procedure via a multimedia presentation and discussion
-View video footage of an autopsy while the physician narrates the experience live and discusses the case with students.
-Experience a hands on demonstration of autopsy tools and specimens (for groups attending in person).
-Participate in cross-school/cross-cultural student-centered activities related to death and dying (for groups attending in person).

***The event is a discussion of an archived autopsy video. The event is not a real-time dissection of a person. We do not keep or store bodies at the center. The event is a video from our case files.***
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Who can attend
The event is currently open for high school groups (grades 9-12). Colleges, universities and professional programs may also inquire.
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Schools groups may attend via a live-feed interactive experience. An in-person experience is available at Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625.
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Dates and times
Events are held at 10:00 am CT and run one and half hours. Events are currently held selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Current dates may be found at the top grey bon this page..
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Lunch options
An on-site lunch box plan is available with limited availability and scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis by school.
A to-go lunch box option is available for schools unable to schedule on-site or preferring to take lunch boxes with them on the bus after the event.
The on-site lunch box plan will be at Davis Theater’s partner dining space, Carbon Arc, located at the theater.
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The on-site lunch box plan is $9.25 ($8.25/person plus a $1.00/person space rental fee). The to-go lunch box plan is $8.25/person. Schools may bring lunch and use the dining space at an additional cost of $1/student.
All box lunches include a sandwich, chips, cookie, apple slices and bottled water.

How to attend
Please contact us to make payment arrangement. Once payment is received, you may register for the date that works for you.

Registration is required at least one month before the event. Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration for any date is subject to availability.
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Supplemental materials
“Live from the Morgue” Student Workbook and Teacher Edition are available electronically prior to the event.
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Open event policy
Your in-person or on-line event may be joined by classes from other schools.
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Technology requirements
Please be sure to have wired (not wireless) internet service, computer, webcam, sound system, projector and screen at your facility. Detailed instructions will provided upon registration.
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Dry run
You must schedule a technology dry run at least two weeks prior to the event. Failure to schedule your technology dry run at least two weeks in advance will result in cancellation of your event.
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For the online event, the cost for attendance is $300 per group. There is no restriction on group size for the online event.

For the in-person field trip, the cost of attendance $17/student (18 student minimum) or $300 flat rate for group size under 18 students; free for one teacher and one accompanying adult; $17 for each additional adult. For schools with a free and reduced eligibility rate of 51% or greater, the cost is $10/student (30 student minimum) or $300 flat rate for group size under 30; free for one teacher and one accompanying adult; $17 for each additional adult.

Link to accompanying workbook and teacher edition is $19.95. Paper copies may be requested for an additional fee.

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Press policies
Many schools will have local press at the event. For the record, we are not the Coroner Office or the Medical Examiner Office, or part of Cook County or any government agency. Autopsy Center of Chicago is an independent autopsy service assisting families in grief. Dr. Margolis is not a coroner or medical examiner. He is an autopsy pathologists and physician, and the founder and director of Autopsy Center of Chicago. Thank you.

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Refund and Video policy
The event purchase is non-refundable 24 hours after purchase; and date selections are non-transferable. Missed tech checks will require an addition $75 payment for a make-up tech check. Make-up tech checks are subject to availability. Missed tech checks will result in cancellation of your event without refund. Tech checks are considered missed if you are not available 15 minutes after the time your tech check is scheduled. Any and all video of the event is prohibited by students, staff and any other persons in attendance at Live from the Morgue without the express written permission of Autopsy Center of Chicago authorizing video. Schools in violation of the video policy will be prohibited from scheduling further Live from the Morgue events.
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In the News

Lincoln Way East students observe autopsy via live stream. The Herald News. July 18, 2017

Tinley Park students talk with Dr. Margolis at Live from the Morgue. Tinley Park Patch. March 26, 2018.

What schools are saying

“We can not thank you enough for providing this incredible experience for the students of John Hersey High School!  The students were absolutely enthralled for the entire presentation and are so very fortunate to have had this opportunity. This allowed the students to apply the knowledge they have been learning in class with a real life scenario.  While the cadaver field trip we took in the fall was an excellent extension of our class, this took learning to an entirely new level!  I love that we were able to explore the case study in preparation of the viewing so that students felt like actual pathologists/investigators trying to make a diagnosis and solve a case.” -Kelley Pataky, Science Teacher, Arlington Heights

“I really appreciate you sharing your expertise with us & giving a small look into what you do! I wasn’t expecting such a high level of humanistic concern integrated with anatomy & physiology. From (intern) Sarah’s visit to our school to finally meeting you & experiencing the program, exceeded any & all expectations I had. It was one of the best field trips I have taken my students on, certainly something they will never forget. A few months ago, we went to a cadaver lab, the students who wanted to have a more hands on experience were able to. That experience should have lessened the shock for many of the students I brought with.” -Chad Robson, Science Teacher, Tinley Park

“…The experience was great. It was great to be able to watch a procedure such as a autopsy and then have commentary from the doctor that actually performed the procedure….It was also great how the doctor involved us by asking us questions and then also by answering all of the questions we had…. – Nina P, student

“I also thought it was cool when he talked about the pacemaker and the steps that they had to take to make sure that they wouldn’t be shocked. There is definitely a lot of small things they have to think about when performing something so serious!” -Jamie B., student

“Our class was small at the time, so there was a great opportunity to talk with the medical examiner and ask personalized questions….[I]t was the first time I was exposed to a situation like the one we saw on screen, and it was a learning experience in and of itself.” -Jiaqi C., student


Please feel free to contact Autopsy Center at 855-8-AUTOPSY or through our contact form.