Schedule of Events
Chicago, Western Suburbs, & North Shore
5:00pm- Festival Grounds Open
- Live Music
- T-Shirt Pick Up
- Lantern Pick Up
- Food Tent
- Bright Lights Club- Individuals raising $1,000 or more will receive 1 ticket to our Bright Lights Tent; a VIP experience complete with catered food, open bar, and additional perks.
- Remembrance Pavilion
6:30pm- Survivor Photo
6:45pm- Opening Ceremony
7:00pm- Light The Night Walk
- Chicago: Lakefront Trail
- Western Suburbs: Oak Brook Park District- Central Park Trail
- North Shore: Lake Glenview Trail
8:30pm- Fairgrounds Close
5:30pm Festival Grounds Open
- Live Music
- T-Shirt Pick Up
- Lantern Pick Up
- Food Tent
- Remembrance Pavilion
7:00pm Survivor Photo
7:15pm Opening Ceremony
7:30pm Light The Night Walk
9:00pm Fairgrounds Close
Day of Event Questions
Where do I park?
Parking is available at each Light The Night event in Illinois. While most locations offer complimentary parking, Light The Night Chicago does have a parking fee: Chicago Soldier Field Parking - City Parking is available for $22 at Waldron Garage. Public Transportation is recommended.
Is there food at the Walk?
Small snacks and water will be available to all attendees while supplies last.
Will my team members receive a T-shirt the night of the Walk?
Only registered walkers that raise $100 or more are eligible for incentives, including T-shirts. Our Light The Night T-shirts are a fundraising badge of honor for your commitment to fundraise for a cure! If you meet this fundraising level within 48 hours of the event it is recommended you bring the email confirming the donations with you and present at the T-Shirt Tent.
Are dogs allowed?
Animals are not permitted onsite, we recommend leaving your furry family members at home to ensure their safety.
I am interested in volunteering, whom do I contact?
Please click here and complete the interest form to learn more about event day and additional volunteer opportunities with Light The Night.
Are strollers, bicycles and inline skaters allowed to participate?
Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. However, for everyone's safety, bicycles, inline skates, wheelie footwear, skateboards and scooters are not allowed.
What happens if it rains?
The Walk is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.
How long is the route?
It is approximately 1.5 - 2 miles. A leisurely pace is the norm on this Walk, which takes under an hour to complete.
Does every walker get a lantern?
Yes, while supplies last.
What do the lantern colors mean?
During the Walk, walkers carry illuminated lanterns in three colors:
- White lanterns are carried by survivors
- Red lanterns are carried by supporters
- Gold lanterns are carried by participants who are walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
Can I turn in money at the event?
Yes, money can be turned in at registration, but we recommend getting it to a Light The Night Staff member in advance to ensure a smooth check in experience. You can mail donations to the office at 954 W. Washington Blvd. Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60607. *Include your name and your team name to ensure you receive credit.Can I turn in money at the event?
When should I register and how much does registration cost?
You can register anytime as an individual or form a team at lighthenight.org/il. Registration is free of charge. The sooner you get registered, the sooner you can get started with your fundraising efforts and the more success you can have. Light The Night fundraising is year round!
Can I fundraise with Facebook?
As of 8/2/2018 you will be able to fundraise with Facebook, but you must register to Light The Night first. In order to link Facebook donations to you Light The Night campaign, you must utilize the Facebook integration process outlined on your LLS fundraising page to ensure that your page is properly linked. All other fundraising activities that you create on Facebook will not be transferable to your personal campaign. Click here for Facebook Fundraiser FAQs.
Does my child under the age of 16 need to register?
No. Children under the age of 16 are not required to register for the event. They will receive a lantern if they are accompanied by a parent/guardian at the event.
Can I talk to someone talk about Light The Night and fundraising?
Yes. LLS has staff members who would be more than happy to meet with you and your team to talk about Light The Night and help you build your team fundraising and recruitment plan. Please fill out the form below and a member of the Light The Night team will contact you shortly.
How is the money collected?
Funds raised online are automatically credited to the walker. You can amail donations to the office at 954 W. Washington Blvd. Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60607. *Include your name and your team name to ensure you receive credit.
What are some fundraising tips to get started?
Each walker automatically receives an online fundraising page upon registration. This page will be filled with great fundraising tips, ideas, samples and instructions on how to customize your personal efundraising page. You can use the page as is or add your own photos and personal message. Then, email your contacts a link to your site and watch the dollars start coming in! You can also conduct fundraisers such as bake sales, dress down days, lemonade stands, golf tournaments - the sky is the limit! Be creative and have fun!
How can I become a Champion For Cures by raising $100 or more?
Raising $100 or more is easy! Send your online fundraising webpage to 20 or more people and ask each person for a donation. Even if only half of the people donate $10 or more, you will have raised $100 and most likely more.
What is the Bright Lights Club?
You can become a leader in the fight against cancer and become a member of the Bright Lights Club by raising $1,000 or more. Bright Lights will recieve a specility long-sleeved shirt and 1 ticket into the Bright Lights Tent at the Walk; a VIP experience complete with catered food, open bar, and more!
Are patients and survivors expected to fundraise?
Just like our other walkers, patients and survivors have an opportunity to raise $1,000 or more and become a Bright Light. Many of our highest individual fundraisers are patients and survivors. All cancer patients and survivors receive a lantern and special "survivor" T-Shirt regardless of the fundraising level achieved. This applies to patients only, not their family members or team members.
Forming a Team
How can my company participate?
Light The Night creates a fun, wholesome event that brings co-workers and their families together outside the office for the purpose of helping others.
Please click here for corporate engagement opportunities.
How difficult is it to organize a team?
It's very simple! Once you appoint a team captain to act as a liaison between LLS and your organization, we will provide all the materials and guidelines to ensure success in building a successful Light The Night team.
How many people do we need to form a team?
We recommend that a team consist of at least 10-15 people, with each individual walker raising funds. Encourage your team members to beat the national fundraising average of $300, or raise $100 or more to become a Champion For Cures. You can have a team with fewer than 10 walkers, and most teams have many more. You are also welcome to register without a team and sign up as an individual!
Can we have more than one team captain?
Yes, your team can have multiple team captains. Your company can create a friendly competition among departments or branch sites by recruiting a team captain from each department or floor. It is a great way to generate enthusiasm and friendly competition for a worthy cause.
What if some of our walkers want to participate at one Walk site and some other walkers at another?
No problem. We suggest appointing a team captain to lead a team at one Walk site and another team captain for the other Walk site.
How does fundraising make a difference?
Proceeds from Light The Night help fund extensive research for treatments and cures, patient assistance programs, community outreach and education programs. In order to fuel our mission and save more lives, we need participants like you to help raise critical dollars.