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. Un-Gala takes place on November 11, 2023.

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Host Your Event 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 23,100sq 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. Contact our team for a tour and pricing.

Contact our team for a tour and pricing


Purple Party – A Mardi Gras Experience!

At this festive Mardi Gras fundraiser, we transform The Giving Factory into the French Quarter. Expect Cajun food, dancing, raffle prizes and lots of entertainment. The most colorful party of the year takes place on February 10, 2024! 

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Un-like their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families may lack basic school supplies. Ready for Learning’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon brings together 700+ volunteers to stuff 30,000 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 and takes place every summer.

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Women Making A Difference

Join us for a fun evening of networking, volunteering, and participating in a Q&A featuring local women entrepreneurs from ERIS Brewing, Inspiro Tequila, and Black Opal Beauty who are blazing trails and making an impact. Our next Women Making A Difference event will take place April 2024

Learn more about our Women Making A Difference Event