In recognition of the cultural traditions brought to the city of Chicago and the surrounding region since its founding by Native Americans, refugees, and immigrants, we invite you to join Chicago's 15th year of celebrating World Refugee Day!
World Refugee Day, officially marked on June 20 of each year, offers an opportunity for communities around the world to acknowledge the need for each person and every family to have a place to call home. In Chicago, we are excited to acknowledge the history of migration of refugees, immigrants, Native and New Americans that has deeply enriched our city since its founding in 1883.
There are many ways to explore World Refugee Day, including those listed below:
June 18: Chicago Cultural Center - Hosted by community organizations, institutions and the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, a half-day satellite event designed to allow visitors to experience Chicago’s rich multicultural traditions in food, language, art, literature, architecture, and design.
June 22: Daley Plaza - The official World Refugee Day Community Event and Concert, a lunchtime cultural program including performances, artistic displays, speakers and resources that will showcase the collaborative talent among our vibrant refugee communities.
July 8: Foster Beach - Foster Beach World Refugee Day Picnic, a day of sports, community, and the "One Human Family" rally.
Please join us for these annual celebrations of Chicago’s inclusive community that makes our city stronger now and in the future.