Region D Welcome Back Family Fun Fest

What is the Welcome Back Family Fun Fest?

Greetings Athletes, Families, Coaches and Friends!

We are excited to welcome our Special Olympics families back this Saturday at the Special Olympics Family Fest at Humboldt Park from 10am – 2pm! 

Families are welcome to come at any time.  Please plan on spending about 2 hours to get through everything, but you are welcome to stay as long as you would like.  Games, activities, entertainment, resources and lunch will be ongoing throughout the day!  The event schedule is below. The fest will end at 2pm.

Welcome Tent

All guests of the event will need to check in at the Welcome Tent upon arrival.  The tent will be located near the parking lot.  See the map under Supporting Document for reference.  Special Olympics Illinois staff will be checking the eligibility of athletes in regards to current paperwork status.  Families will also receive maps, info for the day and lunch bracelets for Connie’s Pizza.

Facility Information

Humboldt Park Boathouse – 1301 N. Humboldt Blvd.

There is a parking lot on-site with limited parking.  If this lot fills up, there is additional parking on the south end of the park on Luis Munoz Marin rive.  See the map under Supporting Documents.

Event Details

The Special Olympics has a unique partnership in Chicago that includes the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Chicago/Special Charities and we are all excited to be working together again and to see all of you on August 28th! 

Registration Information

Each person attending is required to register in advance and complete a Communicable Disease and Code of Conduct waiver. The link to register and links to the waivers are below. Waivers may be sent directly to Dani Chitwood in the Region D office at dchitwood@soill.org or can be completed on-site.  Thank you for pre-registering for this event! 

Communicable Disease Waiver and Code of Conduct – English

Communicable Disease Waiver and Code of Conduct – Spanish

Schedule of the Day


Stage Schedule

10am – DJ

10:15am – Music Performance by Tiny Bubbles

10:30am – Michael Jackson Entertainment

11am – Amazon Presentation 

11:15am – The Happiness Club – Music and Dancing

11:45 – Music Performance by Tiny Bubbles

12pm – Pocket Circus

12:30pm – DJ

1pm – Michael Jackson Entertainment

1:30pm – DJ

2pm – Stage Closes

Additional Highlights

10:30am – 12:30pm – Petting Zoo

10:30am – 1:30pm – Face painting

Sport/Fitness Activities 

Golf Demo Area

Softball Demo Area

Flag Football Demo Area

Snowshoe Demo Area

Basketball Demo Area

Soccer Demo Area

Sports Inflatables

SOILL Healthy Athlete Initiatives

Supporting Documents

Family Fun Fest Map

Thanks to all of the great families and organizations that help support Special Olympics in Chicago.  Thanks in advance to all of the great volunteers that help to make this event and every event possible, as well as to all of the resource fair attendees that will be so helpful to so many this Saturday.

Resource Area Representatives


Community Service Options

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Chicago Hearing Society

Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Park District

Special Olympics Illinois

Anixter Center

El Valor

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

COVID Procedures

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All participants are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccine status while indoors.

Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks.  Participants must bring their own.

SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site for participants’ use.

Every effort will be made to sanitize equipment and supplies that are routinely touched by the public. Social distancing will be encouraged at sales tables. The flow of purchasers will move in one direction to avoid crossing paths.

Even with the vaccine, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection. Individuals with a higher susceptibility risk for COVID-19 are encouraged to review the information on the CDC and IDPH website to make an informed decision about attending in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



Aug 28 2021


10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Brenden Cannon


Brenden Cannon
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