WHAT IS THE SLEEP IN?
Youth homelessness can seem like an invisible problem. But for more than 22,000 young adults in our own city, it’s all too real.
From Friday, February 24 at 6pm until Saturday February 25 at 7 am at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, we'll come together for the second Chicago SLEEP IN. This all-night charity event will raise awareness and funds for local nonprofits on the front lines — and celebrate the survival and spirit of real teens. From all walks of life, let's unite to wake up Chicago. For one night, we won’t close our eyes.
- Chicago Public Schools (CPS) identified a record 22,144 students experiencing homelessness or housing instability in 2013-14
- 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ, according to numerous national surveys
- 78% of LGBTQ youth in the Department of Children & Family Services system are likely to experience homelessness at some point
- 23.4 months: average time spent fighting homelessness by teens according to a national survey
- 15: average age that teens first experienced homelessness, according to the same survey
- Only 374 youth shelter beds exist for unaccompanied youth in Chicago
Need more info? Check out our frequently asked questions.
WHAT ARE THE 2017 DEADLINES?
Pre-registration ends Monday, February 20, at midnight. You may still register at the event.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO JOIN?
Participants pay a $75 registration fee and can then select an agency to raise pledges for. If you register at the event, the fee is $85.
IS THERE A FUNDRAISING MINIMUM TO PARTICIPATE?
No, but registration is $75. Registration at the event is $85.
I REGISTERED TO THE WRONG TEAM. CAN I CHANGE THAT?
To change the team you are registered to, please email email@example.com. So that we may resolve the issue as efficiently as possible, please include the following information: your first and last name, your birthday, the team you would like to join.
I’D LIKE TO CHANGE SOME OF THE INFORMATION ON MY REGISTRATION. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
No problem! To edit your profile, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. So that we may help you as efficiently as possible, please include the following information in your email: your first and last name, your birthday and the changes you wish to make.
TO WHOM MAY CHECK DONATIONS BE MADE OUT?
Checks and money orders can be made out to AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Please indicate Sleep In in the memo line. Unless you indicate a specific one of the charities, the funds will be split among all.
WHERE SHOULD I MAIL CHECK DONATIONS?
Please mail donations to:
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
200 West Jackson Blvd, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60606
Memo line: SLEEP IN + Which charity you'd like your donation to go towards
I MADE A DONATION ONLINE BUT IT IS NOT SHOWING UP ON THE PARTICIPANT’S FUNDRAISING PAGE. AM I MISSING A STEP?
It should take 1-3 business days for online donations to appear on the website.
I MADE A DONATION OFFLINE, BUT IT IS NOT SHOWING UP ON THE PARTICIPANT’S FUNDRAISING PAGE. AM I MISSING A STEP?
It should take 3-5 business days for offline donations to appear on the website. Processing time may take up to 5 business days during February.
Please also note: Any multiples of cash donations (paper money) less than $100 submitted collectively will be noted on the participant’s fundraising page as one total cash sum. No coins accepted.
I THINK THERE ARE DONATIONS MISSING FROM MY ONLINE FUNDRAISING PAGE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you believe that there is an error on your fundraising page, please email email@example.com. So that we may resolve the issue as efficiently as possible, please include the following information in your email: your first and last name, your team name (if applicable), the first and last name of the donor, the amount of the donation, the method of payment of the donation, last four digits of the credit card (if applicable), and date the donation was made.
HOW DO I BECOME A SPONSOR?
To become a sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the options below:
EVENT DAY QUESTIONS
Check-in for the event will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 24. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with music. There will be a program with speakers and music from 7-10 p.m. Morning rise will begin at 6 a.m. with a short stage program. The event will conclude between 7 and 8 a.m. on February 25.
We encourage people to take public transit, taxis, or ride services. There will be limited access to area parking lots. Main streets such as Michigan Avenue have a ban on overnight parking during winter. If you are coming from the suburbs, you can drop gear off and park in a downtown lot and quickly cab to the location. Look back closer to the event for shuttle service info.
What to bring:
Even though the event is inside a church, it will still be cold inside. The weather in Chicago can be very cold in February. We would suggest you bring lots of clothes to layer, extra socks, a heavy winter coat, hat and gloves. Also please bring rain gear and an umbrella, in case it rains. Also, you can bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle, etc. You do not need a tent.
What not to bring:
Kerosene or Propane heaters
Animals (except for service animals)
Security and safety issues:
We will have volunteers providing security that night at the entrances to the church.
There will be lawyers and other legal monitors to make sure there are no issues.
Medical services and a basic level ambulance will be available during the entire event.
Will the event be accessible for all?
This event is is being held at a church that is wheelchair accessible. However, the bathrooms are not, so we will have wheelchair-accessible port-o-lets right outside the church. All people attending the event will use the port-o-lets because of the limited plumbing inside the church.
If you need sign language interpretation, please contact us two weeks prior to the event at JThaney@aidschicago.org.
Will there be heaters or an indoor space?
The entire event will take place inside the church; however, the bathrooms will be port-o-lets outside of the church.
Will there be food at the event?
Yes. Free sandwiches, snacks and beverages will be provided in the evening and morning. We will provide vegan and vegetarian meal options. You can also bring your own snacks and beverages, except for alcohol.
Will there be phone-charging stations available?
Will there be open restrooms at the event?
Portable restrooms will be available with hand sanitizer dispensers. One of the facilities will be wheelchair accessible. All of them will be staged outside the church.
Do we have to stay/sleep out for the entire event?
If you are registered for the event, we strongly encourage you to stay all night. If there is a pressing need, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. No registration fees will be refunded for leaving before the morning. There will also be a limited number of tickets available for people to purchase just to attend the performance Feb. 24.
CAN WE CREATE OUR OWN SATELLITE EVENT?
Yes, this year we are encouraging people, groups, schools and churches to host their own “Sleep In” the weekend of Feb. 24 to raise funds for one of the designated charities. You can use the same registration process and raise funds. We would love to list your event if it is public. Contact JThaney@aidschicago.org if you are considering doing a satellite event.
Can children attend this event?
Yes, children age 17 and under can attend with their parents or legal guardians. If they are not attending with their parents or legal guardians, their parents or legal guardians must sign a release waiver.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We will hold this event no matter the weather, unless the city declares an emergency.
Can I invite friends/family who did not register to keep me company during the sleep out?
All attendees must either pay the registration fee of $75 before the event or $85 at the event itself. If you are registering a whole family, and mainly raising money as a family, we can offer some discount. Contact JThaney@aidschicago.org.
Will there be a place to store belongings?
Safe storage will not be available for your belongings. Please do not leave any valuables unattended or bring valuables to the event. We do not encourage people to bring purses or other items they might need to set down.
Can I get to the event via public transportation?
The event will be located at 1936 S. Michigan Ave., at Cullerton. You can take numerous public transit options. See http://www.transitchicago.com/ for more specific information.