BARK 2023

Walk for a Humane Chicago!

BARK is The Anti-Cruelty Society’s largest fundraising event to help shelter, feed, and care for more than 20,000 animals this year. 




The Event:
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 29th Annual BARK is Chicago’s oldest dog-friendly, outdoor fundraiser for the whole family! More than 1,200 dog lovers, canine companions, and people who want to help animals in need will raise $250,000 to support The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission to build a healthy and happy community where pets and people thrive together. We welcome all animal enthusiasts including our adopters, foster families, and friends in celebrating The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 124-year history and community of caring.

Participants form teams and raise money in the months leading up to BARK, culminating in a festival at Soldier Field to celebrate their fundraising – and friendraising - achievements! The event begins with a 2-mile walk along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, followed by the best Pup Party in town with food, beverages, music, family activities, and dog-friendly demonstrations.  

The Date:
Saturday, May 20, 2023

The Place:
Soldier Field at The Stadium Green—just steps from Lake Michigan 

The Party:
After the walk, pups and their people can participate in a variety of fun activities including dog-friendly demonstrations, canine agility courses, pet-focused giveaways, carnival games, and family-friendly crafts. A variety of free food and beverages will be offered to attendees, as well as a complimentary beer for all 21+.

The Participation
This year, there are two ways to join BARK:

  1. Fundraiser - join for free and raise funds for ACS! Win prizes throughout the campaign and earn a spot in our exclusive VIP (Very Important Pupper) area
  2. Participant - purchase a ticket ($40 Early Bird until 4/1) and enjoy the walk, festival, and a free t-shirt




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