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The holiday season is a time for joy, togetherness, and giving. While it’s natural to focus on the material aspects of the season, it’s also important to remember the true spirit of giving. Giving back to our communities not only helps those in need but also enriches our own lives. It fosters a sense of purpose, connection, and compassion, making the holidays even more meaningful.

Fortunately, there are numerous opportunities to combine festive cheer with charitable endeavors. Here’s a roundup of 2023 holiday events where you can have fun, spread holiday cheer, and make a positive impact:

“No event quite matches the energy, fun, and giving of A Night at the Museum. With this event, we clothe those experiencing homelessness and bring together the businesses and people who uplift SocialWorks,” says Chance the Rapper.

At A Night at the Museum, guests can experience the magic of MSI’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit, which features a forest of more than 50 trees —including a tree from SocialWorks—and engage with SocialWorks’ 50+ event-only vendors, activations and performers, connect with Chance, and learn about SocialWorks. In addition to offering activities for families, the event aims to collect donations for those experiencing homelessness in Chicago. All guests are encouraged to bring and donate “warming” items, such as coats, scarves, gloves, toys, hygiene items, etc.

Tis the season…It’s time for Alpha Kappa Alpha’s annual winter wear drive! Set your calendars for November 25-December 2, 2023 and this year Alpha Kappa Alpha is joining forces with SocialWorks and the Evergreen Park Library! Consider donating new/ gently used blankets and coats; as well as new gloves, hats, scarves, and socks for people of all ages. Items can be donated at Evergreen Park Library (9400 S Troy Ave., Evergreen Park, IL, 60805) will be contributed to SocialWorks for distribution to those unhoused. 

Donate and earn a chance to win a FREE pair of the Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gratitude’‼️

Top Fashion partners with SocialWorks in support of SocialWorks’ Warmest Winter initiative! TopFashion is 2 out of the 18 drop-off locations across the Chicagoland area! Donate items such as toys, warming items, or hygiene items at either Top Fashion location to be entered into the raffle! One winner will be announced per location. The more items you bring, the more entries you will get! The raffle will be held from 11/15-12/3.

Milo’s Market is a Chicago kitchen pop-up that provides joy through delicious, Mexican-inspired cuisine. Milo’s goal is to build a responsible and community-inspired business and therefore donates a portion of their earnings each service to local non-profit organizations. In December Milo’s Market will donate to SocialWorks.

On Sunday, December 10th, at Solemn Oath Brewery Still Life (4919 W ARMITAGE CHICAGO, IL 60647) from 2pm – 5pmCT, Milo’s Market will donate 100% of food proceeds to SocialWorks and 50% of food if you bring a donation! Hope to see you there

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Join us for our November WNDR After Dark on November 17 from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM! Enjoy a curated mix by DJ Oreo as you make your way through an immersive interactive art experience during our extended hours.

Guests are invited to bring a donation to contribute to SocialWorks’ Warmest Winter clothing drive. For each donation, guests will be entered into a raffle to receive a WNDR swag box. Get a tooth gem from Minty Co. (sold separately) and indulge in late-night bites from Tacos Marios food truck (a complimentary order of 2 tacos will be included with each VIP ticket) and specialty cocktails. Don’t forget to stop by the 360-video booth to capture the night’s fun!

All ages are welcome. Alcohol will be available for purchase for guests 21+. Please note, tickets cannot be transferred to another date. Doors lock at 9:45pm.