Peace Day in Chicago brings communities and cultures together to take positive action for peace. It is an opportunity for each of our 77 neighborhoods to be represented and showcase the incredible diversity of our city and world.
Chicago was a pioneer when it began the annual observance of Peace Day on Sept. 7, 1978. Founded by the non-profit Peace School, Chicago’s Peace Day has been held in cooperation with the United Nations since 1981 when the International Day of Peace was established. The Chicago Build the Peace Committee has expanded Peace Day’s reach in Chicago including annual peacebuilding activities in Chicago Public Schools.
Peace Day shines a light on the unique contributions each one of us can make for a new vision of Chicago: the day when Chicago is known as a Model City of Peace.