November is drawing near, which means that NRS’ annual event, Spirit of Youth, is almost here!

Last year, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) rolled out a new concept for the annual benefit, designed especially to celebrate the energy of youth, where adults and youth alike can recapture a sense of play and have an evening of carefree fun. Spirit of Youth on November 11 is going to be bigger, better and even more fun!!

As a treat, here is a sneak peek of what guests can expect if they choose to attend #SpiritOfYouth2017.

An “Indoor Street Festival” Atmosphere

In 2016, NRS premiered a new concept for Spirit of Youth in order to genuinely reflect the population that the organization serves. The concept was meant to recreate a popular summer activity as an indoor street festival.

It was held in a festival hall on Navy Pier and was a great success. Fun was had by all and we raised over $175,000 to help keep kids safe and off the streets.

Building on the 2016 success, this year’s Spirit of Youth will be held at Revel Fulton Market, a multi-purpose event space in the West Loop that will allow guests to comfortably stroll between various attractions and amenities.

Carnival Games

Street festivals and carnivals feature fun and challenging games for kids and adults alike. Spirit of Youth will feature some truly entertaining games.

Expect some of these novelties:

Food Trucks and Tents

Another popular trait of a street festival is food trucks. NRS has some favorite food truck partners back; Fat Shallot and the Slide Ride are expected again this year. NRS is also welcoming 5411 Empanadas to the food truck jamboree!

Spirit of Youth will also feature a row of food tents managed by NRS restaurant partners, including Magnolia Bakery and Yum Dum.

Guests will be able to sample from each provider and enjoy while also enjoying:


Spirit of Youth will have an open bar for our guests, with beer, wine, and spirits. We will also be featuring signature cocktails created specifically for the event. Lagunitas Brewery will be donating some of their delicious, locally-made beer.

Raffle, Silent Auction, and Live Auction

The grand prizes for the raffle include two business class tickets on United Airlines to anywhere in the US48/Alaska/Canada/Caribbean/Mexico/Central America/Hawaii, a 7-night stay at a luxury condo in Maui, HI (including $500 in spending money), and a Starbuck’s Verismo Coffee Maker (valued at $150).

(Silent auction and live auction items will be updated closer to the event.)

Our after-party at Emporium in Wicker Park 🙂

Emporium Wicker Park | Spirit of Youth 2017

Emporium Wicker Park

NRS’ associate board will host an after-party at the Emporium Arcade Bar. NRS’ partner Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc., will shuttle guests from Revel to Emporium aboard a Greyhound bus. The arcade features over 50 different games and a full bar with over 30 beers on draft. Enjoy meeting the young professionals on NRS’ associate board and Wicker Park’s nightlife.

Interested in attending or bidding on items?

Buy tickets to Spirit of Youth 2017 here.

Purchase raffle tickets here.

Bid on items in our online auction.





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