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 have to 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 June, we will celebrate across the city at this special event:

On Thursday, June 22 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, there will be a lunchtime cultural program held at Chicago's Daley Plaza. This celebration of performances, artistic displays and exhibits, guest speakers, and resources will showcase the collaborative spirit and talent among our vibrant refugee communities. It will also highlight the organizations representing and serving refugees and asylees in Chicago, and give a voice to the lived refugee experience. 

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

Date: 
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Time: 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: 
Richard J. Daley Center
50 W Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602