Our Signature Events


Our Gear Up for Winter signature event, Un-Gala®, brings families together to have fun and give back. Each winter, volunteers – of all ages – gather to sort and pack everyday essentials – like hats, gloves, scarves, and more – that bring warmth to thousands of Chicagoland children in need.

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Special Events at The Giving Factory®

Host your next special event with Cradles to Crayons: birthday parties, bar-mitzvahs, bridal showers, quinceaneras – at The Giving Factory. Our beautiful 22,000sq space can be the backdrop for your next special occasion. Children as young as 5, and parties as large as 300. We’re available to help with all your planning needs. 

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Un-like their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families may lack basic school supplies. Ready for School’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon® brings together more than 300 volunteers, primarily corporate, to stuff thousands of backpacks and to enable kids to arrive at school ready and excited to learn. Backpack-A-Thon® is a high-energy corporate event fueled by great spirit and friendly competition.

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Event Calendar