World Refugee Day Chicago

Since 1975, Illinois has resettled over 123,600 refugees from more than 60 countries around the world. The majority of our newest refugee families in Chicago come from places such as Burma, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syria. Once here, refugees rebuild their lives with the assistance of dedicated volunteers and refugee-serving institutions. 

Each year these institutions join together to honor our refugee communities by sponsoring events in recognition of World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day was established in 2001 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to honor the lives of refugees and asylees, give a voice to their stories, and raise awareness of the millions across the world who have been forced to flee their homes. This July, we will celebrate across the city at this special event:

On Saturday, July 8th, we welcome you to the lakefront’s Foster Soccer Fields, which will host a soccer tournament, performances, children’s events, and more. It is a day for refugees past and present, their advocates, their neighbors, and their friends to join together as a single community to celebrate this international day of recognition and commemoration in Chicago.  

9:00 AM - Soccer Tournament begins

11:00 AM - Youth Activities, Potluck Lunch, World Music, Soccer Games

12:00 PM - 'One Human Family' Rally & March

This event, sponsored by the Chicago World Refugee Day Organizing Committee, is free of charge and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

Sat, Jul 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Foster Beach
Chicago, IL 60640