Big Sleep Out - December 7th

Lincoln Park, USA

Fundraising Incentives

DePaul University is pleased to host Chicago’s Big Sleep Out to raise awareness and funds to help the more than 9,000 Chicagoans who are experiencing street and shelter homelessness. As an urban university, DePaul is deeply involved in the life of a global community. It assists in finding just solutions to community problems, especially those which impact our most vulnerable neighbors.

The on-stage performances include very special sets from Frank Turner and Trifecta Dance Collective along with stories shared by people with the lived experience of homelessness.

The Chicago event will be taking place at DePaul University's Lincoln Park campus on December 7th. Funds raised from this event will go towards nonprofit organizations helping people who are homeless and displaced around the world. Read FAQ's on Chicago's Big Sleep Out below.

If you would like to get in touch regarding the Chicago event, please email us at [email protected]


will support the local organisations in Chicago.


will go towards supporting people displaced internationally.

Local Charity Beneficiaries

  • all Chicago

    All Chicago Making Homelessness History leads more than 70 partner organizations in a city-wide effort to prevent and end homelessness. All Chicago serves our partners and their clients though emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analytics, training and technical assistance, and research. Through this collective effort, homelessness in Chicago has decreased by 20% since 2015.

  • Depaul

    Depaul USA supports people experiencing homelessness to ensure that everyone has a place to call home and a stake in the community. In Chicago, Depaul USA provides housing, case management, counselling and financial assistance with books, food and school expenses, for homeless and housing insecure university students.

    Learn more at


    UNICEF USA is The World's Big Sleep Out's partner and all funds raised in the United States will be donated to UNICEF USA who will support us in distributing 50% of the funds raised to local charities helping people affected by homelessness in your town or city and distributing the other 50% to support children and families who are displaced internationally.


  • Event Date:

    Saturday 7th December 2019

  • What are the age restrictions?

    The indoor program portion of the event is open to all. The outdoor sleep out portion is open only to participants over age 18.

  • Event Location

    ·       DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus

    ·       Event Program – Student Center, Room 120 A/B (2250 N. Sheffield Ave.,
            Chicago, IL 60614)

    ·       Event Sleep Out – St. Vincent’s Circle on the Quad

  • Event Start Time

    START 18:30pm (6:30pm)

    Doors CLOSE 21:00 (9pm - No admittance after this time)

  • Show Starts:

    19:00 (7pm)

  • How do I get there?

    The closest CTA Train Station is the Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple Line Stop

    The closest CTA Bus Stop is #74 Fullerton at Seminary/Fullerton

    Taking public transportation is strongly recommended, as there is limited street and meter parking available in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

  • Who can attend?

    Only participants who have pre-registered may attend with the ticket issued in their name. Unfortunately, we will not be able to admit anyone without a ticket who hasn’t registered and it is not possible for participants to bring guests with them.

  • When will I receive my ticket?

    You will receive your email ticket by 6th December 2019

  • Can I leave and re-enter the Sleep Out?

    There is no re-entry upon leaving the event.

  • Will bags be checked?

    Yes - Each patron will be subject to wanding and a full bag search on arrival

  • Arrival procedure:

    ·       Ticket check at the registration desk in the Student Center – Room 120 A/B
            (2250 N. Sheffield Ave.)

    ·       Bag search and security wanding

    ·       Directed to concert viewing and sleep zones.

  • What is provided on site?

    Indoor toilets during the event program; portable toilets during the outdoor sleep out

    ·       Indoor warming station with free hot drinks available

    ·       Medical services for if you feel unwell

    ·       Overnight Security

  • What if I need extra assistance to access?

    There will be an accessible entrance and accessible facilities on site.

  • Why is alcohol not permitted?

    Drinking alcohol will considerably increase the risk of people suffering from hypothermia at the event and as such we do not have permission to allow alcohol at this event. In addition, we wish to be sympathetic towards alcohol and addiction issues within the homeless community by abstaining for the night.

  • Can we leave outdoor kit behind?

    No. Please do not leave anything else behind after the event, if you do not want to keep it please take it home and consider donating to an organization who could put it to use. Please throw all your trash away in the bins provided and take all your belongings with you.

  • Is there somewhere for lost property?

    Please hand in and reclaim all lost property to DePaul University staff. The event accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen property. All lost property items will be handed to the local police station after the event.

  • What if it rains or the weather is bad?

    Safety is our first priority. The planning committee will be monitoring weather conditions closely, and if we determine that the temperature, wind chill, precipitation, or other factors are too severe, we will move the outdoor sleep out portion of the program indoors to the Student Center Room 120 A/B on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus (2250 N. Sheffield Ave.)

  • What is the event programme?

    Full talent line-ups and stage times will not be announced pre-event. Once you arrive you will be directed to the concert viewing area where a live show will commence at 7pm. The live show will conclude at 9pm and then it’s time to go to sleep until morning.

  • Will there be a refund if the event is cancelled?

    No tickets will be refunded and the proceeds will still go to the charity. We will endeavour to put on an alternative event within a reasonable timeframe.

  • Will there be a refund if any of the artists cancel?

    Tickets are for the event and not for one specific artist.

    The promoter will endeavour to present the line-up as advertised, but the line-up of artists cannot be guaranteed. Should one or more artists cancel, the event will go ahead as normal. Refunds will not be given in these circumstances.

  • How can I make a donation to WBSO?

    Head to and click donate in the top right corner

  • Is smoking allowed at the event?

    No smoking at the event

  • What Shall/Can I bring with me?

    There are a number of items you should bring to the WBSO event, however we encourage you to only bring what is necessary.  There are a few essential items below that we must insist you bring, such as a sleeping bag, warm clothes and photo ID, without them WBSO reserves the right to ask you to leave the event for your own safety.

    The following items are permitted:

    ·       Good Quality Sleeping Bag – essential (we recommend a 3-4 season sleeping
            bag suitable for winter)

    ·       Warm, layered clothing including an outdoor coat – essential

    ·       Photo ID - essential

    ·       Foam ground mat

    ·       Flask/Hot Cups (we will provide hot drinks)

    ·       Water Bottle

    ·       Easy to eat food & snack items (energy bars etc)

    ·       Hat, gloves, scarf

    ·       Umbrella

    ·       A small hand or head torch

    ·       A black bin bag for your trash

    ·       Any essential medication you will need while you are at the event


    The following is not permitted at any of the World’s Big Sleep Out events:

    ·       Alcohol

    ·       Glass

    ·       Fires/BBQs

    ·       Smoke Bombs

    ·       Pyrotechnics

    ·       Animals (except for assistance dogs)

    ·       Weapons, knives & firearms

    ·       Drones

    ·       Drugs (including illegal substances; legal highs and NOS gas)

    ·       Amplified music

    ·       Large structures or shelters or mattresses/inflatables