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Our annual special events raise awareness and funds to end hunger in a variety of creative ways. View our full calendar of upcoming events.
Baconfest Chicago is a nationally renowned, locally beloved festival dedicated to America’s favorite cured meat: bacon! Chicago’s best chefs concoct and serve brilliant bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers. Chefs provide tasting portions of their creative bacon-inspired dishes! A portion of the proceeds from the event, as well as the on-site raffle and food drive, benefits the Food Depository. Celebrate the tenth year of Baconfest while supporting our work to end hunger: Purchase tickets for Baconfest 2018.
Since 2010, Baconfest has raised $400,915 to benefit the Food Depository.
Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner
The Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner brings together 2,000 of Chicago’s top architects, brokers, developers, property managers, interior contractors and design professionals to celebrate their industry’s outstanding achievements and support the Food Depository. The 2018 Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner takes place on March 15. Click here for additional information.
The 2017 Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner raised nearly $1,200,000 for local hunger relief.
For 31 years, our member agencies, including soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, have raised money to support their communities by walking along Chicago’s lakefront. 11,527 walkers attended 2016’s walk. Watch a recap video.
The 2017 Hunger Walk took place in Jackson Park on September 16.
Chicago architects, engineers and construction companies build artistic structures out of canned goods to fight hunger. These structures are showcased in the Merchandise Mart lobby leading up to the Canstruction awards ceremony. Since 2007, Canstruction has contributed 841,320 pounds of food to the Food Depository. Learn more about Canstruction.
Runners who would like to make their Chicago Marathon experience more meaningful may raise funds for the Food Depository as part of the Charity Program. Visit the Food Depository’s Charity Team page for more information.
FIA Cares Great Chicago Steak Out
The FIA Cares Great Chicago Steak Out is a dinner event that raises funds and awareness for the fight against hunger at the conclusion of the annual FIA Expo.
Since 2008, this event has raised more than $2.7 million for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.