Chicago's

Big Sleep Out - December 7th

Lincoln Park, USA

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 among others.

The Chicago event will be taking place at the Quad on 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]

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will support the local organisations in Chicago.

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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 https://us.depaulcharity.org/dax-program-chicago.

  • UNICEF USA

    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.

FAQs

  • How are DePaul University and the Institute of Global Homelessness involved in the World’s Big Sleep Out?

    The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), housed at DePaul University, is one of the
    international organizations that will benefit from funds raised. DePaul University is pleased to host Chicago’s Big Sleep Out to help Chicagoans who are experiencing homelessness. As an urban university, DePaul is deeply involved in the life of a global community. DePaul assists in finding just solutions to community problems, especially those which impact our neighbors most in need. Learn more about IGH’s work here.

  • Can you fundraise as a team?

    Yes. Identify who should be the team captain. Have that person register first and set up the team. Then the team captain can invite other people to register through a link. Each person sets their own fundraising goal that will roll up into an overall team fundraising goal. Register here.

  • Is there a fundraising minimum?

    There is a $20 registration fee, and we suggest that you work to raise a minimum of $1,000 per person.

  • How do I fundraise?

    Once you register, you will have a “Just Giving” page that you can personalize and easily share with your network via social media and email. Donations made through your page will be counted towards a fundraising goal that you will set. Register here.

  • How do I volunteer?

    Limited volunteer spots are available; if you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] to be added to the list.

  • Can kids attend?

    Unfortunately, no one under the age of 18 can attend the Chicago event on DePaul’s Quad. However, anyone younger than 18 can host their own Little Sleep Out. See more details here.

  • What’s the backup plan if weather is bad? How bad will the weather have to be for it to be held indoors?

    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 program indoors to the Student Center on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.

  • Do people have to bring their own sleeping bags? Are tents allowed?

    Participants should dress warmly and bring their own sleeping bags. Items that will not be allowed include tents, other structures, cardboard, open flames, and alcohol. Please continue to check back on allowable items. Our goal is to host an environmentally sustainable event that does little to no damage to DePaul’s beautiful Quad.

  • What will happen at the event?

    An inspiring program will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. that night. The goal of the program is to lift up the voices and experiences of people who have been homeless. Participants of Lincoln Park Community Services and Depaul USA’s Dax Houses will share their personal experience of homelessness. Trifecta Dance Collective will debut an original dance-and-movement piece that is based on interview with people who have been homeless. Other speakers and musicians, including Frank Turner, will round out the program.

  • Where will the Sleep Out be held and who can attend?

    Chicago’s Big Sleep Out will be held on the Quad of DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus (1111 W. Belden Ave). Anyone over age 18 is welcome to register, raise funds, and sleep out.

  • Do you think that a Sleep Out is a meaningful way to end homelessness?

    The Big Sleep Out is an act of solidarity and support, but we know that it will take much more than a one-time Sleep Out event to end homelessness. IGH is proud to serve as the “legacy partner” to all Sleep Out cities, engaging with them after December 7 to offer IGH’s services to turn the energy and momentum of the event into long-term, meaningful action to end homelessness. We have also worked to focus Chicago’s Sleep Out program on centering the voices and experiences of people who have been homeless, so that event attendees will hear directly from those impacted and are called to further action.

  • What will the funds raised in Chicago support?

    Half the funds raised will support international partners Malala Fund, UNICEF USA, the Institute of Global Homelessness and Social Bite. Half the funds raised will support the following Chicago organizations:

    All Chicago Making Homelessness History leads more than 75 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. Learn more at www.allchicago.org

    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, counseling and financial assistance with books, food and school expenses for homeless and housing insecure college students through Dax House.
    Learn more at here.