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Do you need school supplies? Here’s your guide to back-to-school giveaways in Chicago | Pro Club Bd

GRAND BOULEVARD — Students at Chicago Public Schools are returning these classes Aug. 22 — meaning parents and guardians have been busy getting them supplies.

But spending on school supplies has risen along with inflation, and many are still struggling financially with the COVID-19 pandemic. Local groups hold giveaways for school supplies and drive around Chicago to help families.

Whether you’re looking to donate or pick up supplies, Block Club has been collaborating on school supplies giveaways across the city to help.

For more information on preparing for school — such as registration procedures, health requirements, and a list of required materials by grade level — visit the CPS Back-to-School website here.

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Free backpacks in a back to school giveaway

south side

Park Boulevard Back to School event
Families can enjoy music, food, games, a bouncy castle, face painting and more as they receive free school supplies. For more information, contact Michael Miles at 312-221-5111.
3720 S. State St., on the back of the building
Saturday 10am-1pm

Discover the Shine Bright Back to School Event
The credit card company’s event features food, music, face painting and free student supplies on a first-come, first-served basis in the parking lot of the newly opened Discover Customer Care Center.
8650 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
10am-2pm Saturday

Guns down, books up
The Rose Cafe hosts a Peace Walk in Roseland on Sunday, ending with a community farmers’ market hosted by Burst into Books, where students receive free school supplies.
11001 S. Indiana Ave.
Sunday 10am-12pm

Chicago Urban League Back To School Festival
Free school supplies for Kindergarten through 12th grade will be available at this event, as well as COVID-19 vaccines, food, music, raffles and other giveaways.
4510 S. Michigan Ave.
Saturday 10am-1pm

CPS Back to School Bashes
There will be music, food, games and family activities. Students can pick up school supplies, meet their teachers and get vaccinated against COVID. The events take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m
Tuesday: Fenger Academy High School, 11220 S. Wallace St.
Wednesday: Chicago Vocational High School, 2100 E. 87th St.
August 12: William F. Finkl Academy, 2332 S. Western Ave.

9th District School Back to School Event
Ald. Anthony Beale is hosting a family-friendly event of games, food and fun in partnership with SC Johnson, Save the Children, Nickelodeon and the Pullman Community Center. Students may receive backpacks containing supplies, study materials, and other resources.
10355 S. Woodlawn Ave.
4-7pm Aug 9th

Lakeside Alliance Open House and Back-to-School Event
Lakeside Alliance, the builder of the Obama Presidential Center, is hosting a back-to-school event at its resource center location. At the open day, participants can pick up school materials and job information for construction trades.
1514 E. 63rd St.
1-3pm Aug 12

10th District Back to School Giveaway
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza hosts the Back to School Block Party on the Far South Side. A limited amount of school supplies will be given away. Children must be present and live in the 10th Ward.
10500 S. Ewing Ave.
10am-12pm Aug 13

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Students and staff walk the halls of Senn High School in April.

4th District Giveaway
Ald. Sophia King joins with State Assemblywoman Kam Buckner, Meridian of Illinois, Near North Health, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Senator Robert Peters and Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry for a free back-to-school event providing resources for residents, as well as free mammograms, immunizations and haircuts.
Ellis Park, 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
2-6pm Aug 16

Back to school giveaway
Toci, La Diosa is hosting a giveaway where each child will receive class-appropriate school supplies, and the organizers are holding a raffle to give away a backpack full of school supplies. A talk on mental health will follow at 7 p.m
3656 East 106th St.
5-7pm Aug 16

City Motivators Back To School giveaway
The non-profit organization is hosting this giveaway, which includes backpacks, school supplies, food and drink, music, games and raffles.
Local Market Foods, 2101 E. 71st St.
17 August 4-6pm or while stocks last

Back to School & Wellness Event
The South Chicago Neighborhood Network will be giving away supplies during its free event. Families can enjoy food, games and entertainment. There will also be a bike raffle.
9100 S. Brandon Ave.
10:00-12:30 18 Aug

west side

2nd district Back to the school fair
There are games, fun and free school materials for the residents. Those who need vaccinations. are invited to fill out this interest form. Contact Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) office at 312-643-2299 or with questions.
800 block of North Leavitt Street at West Rice Street
2pm-6pm Friday

Ramirez Back to School family festival
Rep. Delia Ramirez and Sen. Omar Aquino are hosting the Back-to-School Family Fair this weekend at The Bloc. There will be live music, games and activities, free food and supplies, and free school bags with supplies for adults attending with their children. Families can renew driver’s licenses and ID cards, receive school screening, health screening and STI/HIV services. Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older will also be available.
1345 N. Karlov avenue.
10am-2pm Saturday

Recognition: Stacey Rupolo/Chalkbeat
Students on the hallways of Chicago’s North Grand High School.

International Masons and Eastern Stars Parade & Cookout
The William V. Banks Grand Lodge & Lillian Gill Grand Chapter will host Saturday’s free event at Levin Park, which will begin with a parade at noon and conclude with a barbecue, games and a backpack giveaway. Children must be present to receive a book bag.
5458 W. Kinzie Parkway
Saturday 12pm-8pm

CPS Back to School Bash
There will be music, food, games and family activities. Students can pick up school supplies, meet their teachers and get vaccinated against COVID.
Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison St.
2-5pm Aug 11th

north side

Chicago Tabernacle Back to School Weekend Celebration
North Side Church starts the weekend with a backpack giveaway and ends it with a special Sunday service. Kids can get free dental exams while enjoying food and games. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away while stocks last.
3231 N. Cicero Avenue.
Friday 9am-2pm

491st Ward Back to School Bash
Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) is hosting a giveaway where families can pick up school supplies while they play games and learn about other resources available to them.
1500 W. Lunt Ave., next to Eugene Field Elementary School
2pm-5pm Friday

Recognition: Max Hermann for Chalkbeat

CPS Back to School Bash
Music, food, games and family activities. Students can pick up school supplies, meet their teachers and get vaccinated against COVID-19.
2pm-5pm Friday
Field Elementary School, 7019 N. Ashland Ave.

RefugeeONE fundraiser for school backpacks
The North Side organization, which provides services to refugee families, is collecting 400 backpacks full of notebooks, paper, crayons, pens and pencils and other supplies ahead of Saturday’s raffle.
Lutheran Unity Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
Saturday 11am-1pm

Kelvyn Park Back to School Fair
Students can get free backpacks, school supplies, dental exams, and COVID-19 vaccinations while checking out local providers. There will also be food and activities for children.
4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
10am-2pm Aug 13

Chicago near Northside Neighborhood Back To School Event
1 JAR Foundation, a non-profit gun violence prevention organization honoring 9-year-old Janari Ricks, is partnering with Hug A Child Make A Change to host a school supplies drive.
The group is raising funds through August 13, looking for school supplies, book bags, snacks, drinks and gift cards for young people to buy other school essentials. Volunteers are needed for the event. Call 312-383-1965 for information on making donations.
18th Police Precinct Parking Lot, 1160 N. Larrabee St.
Noon-4pm August 14th
Monetary donations are accepted here
You can also support the group’s Amazon Wishlist here


  • Cradle to crayons accepts donations for school supplies. A $33 donation will support clothing and materials for the first week of school. The first $40,000 in donations will be matched. shortcut
  • Back to school America invites people to build or buy school supply sets, each with about 30 items. Each kit for different grade levels costs $22.50. shortcut

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