BarberQue 2018 will be held on Sunday, August 19th from noon until 4PM at Kells Park, in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The event will include: Free, family style meal Free haircuts Kids activities Yoga and wellness activities Toiletry and clothing giveaway Social service organizations View this year’s event flyer here.
Emily here. Want to take a moment to tell you all about a game I play. A few years back, I was out shopping with my friend Aubrey. Honestly, we might even have been Christmas shopping. She found me agonizing over a pair of shoes – black leather booties. I already had two pairs that […]
Last year, as you might remember, the BarberQue team held a Holiday Gift Drive. Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone who donated! While the gift drive was very different from our summer event and in some ways much more solemn, it was still a really great experience. Standing under a bridge in […]
As promised, BarberQue 2017 was bigger, badder, and better. The line at the registration tent was 50 people deep by 11:30 – the event started at noon. Over the course of the day, we estimate that the BarberQue crew fed 500+ people and gave over 160 haircuts. The clothing giveaway station was OUT. OF. CONTROL. […]
The BarberQue team would like to extend a HUGE thank you to The Awesome Foundation for their gift of a $1000 grant toward this year’s event. The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, […]
The BarberQue crew and volunteers hit the streets today, going door-to-door to hotels and dental offices hunting for goodies for our toiletry grab bags. While out and about, we happened across Barber Johnny’s Barber Truck. Are we going to rent it? You bet we are.
We are excited to announce that BarberQue will return to Kells Park in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood this year on August 27th, 2017! Like last year, the event will be held from noon to 4 p.m and will feature a free, family-style barbecue meal, free haircuts, and access to social service organizations. Unlike last year, this […]
The 2016 BarberQue Holiday Gift Drive taught us quite a bit. First, being that homeless individuals are inundated with “giving” during the holiday season. Which makes sense – ’tis the season to give back, right? So next year, we’ll probably do the gift drive in February or March. That said, being the first year, the drive […]
In all, BarberQue gave 70 haircuts and served over 300 people. Afterwards, we asked volunteers for feedback. This is some of what we heard: Did BarberQue change any preconceptions that you had, or challenge any stereotypes? “Yes, I still found myself not being very trusting of people, and I denied a guy shirt because I […]
Held in Kells Park at the corner of Kedzie and Chicago Avenues, BarberQue set out to provide resources to a marginalized and often alienated group of people, create awareness around the issue of homelessness in Chicago, and build a community of acceptance and support. A play on the words “barber” and “barbecue”, the event featured […]