Chicago’s Business Community Steps up to Help Raise Fun and Funds to Benefit Chicago’s Creative Community Over Halloween Weekend

Sweet Home Halloween (Virtual) Halloween 5K Run, Walk or Step

Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31, 2020


(CHICAGO) – OCT. 6 – World Business Chicago, the city’s economic development agency, announced plans today to launch the Sweet Home Chicago (Virtual) Halloween 5K Run, Walk or Step, a fundraising effort to benefit Chicago’s world renowned live-performance community.   The event, which will take place over Halloween weekend, will raise critically needed funding for the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, established to provide grants and subsidies in support of Illinois’ rich and diverse performing arts communities, impacted by the pandemic and related closures of performing arts venues.

Inspired by the star-studded Sweet Home Chicago music video, which features such home-town favorites as Jim Belushi, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Keegan Michael Key, Sandra Delgado, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Mantegna and Rhymefest, the Sweet Home Chicago (Virtual) Halloween 5K Run, Walk or Step will offer participants the chance to win a multitude of prizes, including the chance to appear in a special, re-edited edition of the hugely popular music video.

“The pandemic has hit hard our creative and live-performance community. Many of our friends, family and neighbors and the theatres and performance venues across the city’s network of neighborhoods, have been severely impacted,” said Andrea Zopp, President & CEO, World Business Chicago. “The arts and creative community is one of our city’s greatest strengths,” Zopp added, “theatre and the arts are such anchors in our city, and in our hearts, it’s hard to not want to help.”

Jason Brett, an award-winning American actor, writer and film producer (and producer of the Sweet Home Chicago video) is a co-chair and executive producer of the Sweet Home Chicago Halloween 5K. “Chicago is the most vibrant, dynamic city in the country for live entertainment. There’s an amazing collaborative and creative energy here, driven by the spirit of ensemble that says, “we’re all in this together”. It’s in that spirit that we’re hoping to enlist tens of thousands of Chicagoans, from all over, to participate and show their love and support for our city’s arts, creative and live-performance communities.”

The virtual event is designed to be flexible, to maintain alignment with the city’s pandemic guidelines.

Teams and individual participants can run, walk or step indoors or outdoors, in costume or not.

All participants are asked to invite friends and family to join and actively share on social media with event hashtag, #SweetHomeChicagoHalloween5K #ChicagoStepsUpforCreatives


Sweet Home Chicago (Virtual) Halloween 5K Run, Walk or Step.

  • Halloween weekend, Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31.
  • Registration is a $5/donation (additional transaction fee not included). Free registrations are available for anyone interested in participating with economic hardship. Contact via website.
  • Register:
  • Event benefits the IL Arts Relief Fund, administered by Arts Alliance Illinois. Sweet Home Chicago (Virtual) Halloween 5K is supported by:
  • Honorary Chair: First Lady Amy Eshleman.
  • Co-Chairs: Jason Brett, Christie Hefner, Rhymefest, Anna Valencia, Andrea Zopp.