Globalfest 2024

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Join us once again for the biggest and best fair trade party of the year at the beautiful, historic Newberry Library on Saturday, February 24!

You can count on tasty fusion cuisine featuring plentiful libations at our open bar, appetizers, a taco bar, live music from the brilliant band Butter Chicken (think South Indian/baraat/New Orleans brass band mash-up), and our stellar silent auction where you can out-bid the competition to your heart’s content!

Every year at Globalfest, we present awards to an organization or person who is advancing fair trade in and around Chicago. We are thrilled to announce that this year, we are awarding two prizes:

Our Changemaker Award winner is the formidable Elizabeth L. Cline, an expert in and campaigner for sustainability and labor rights in the fashion industry and author of Overdressed and The Conscious Closet.

Our Trailblazer Award winner is MarketPlace: Handwork of India, an innovative not-for-profit organization increasing economic opportunities for low-income women in India and their families and communities. MarketPlace has grown from a small-scale venture beginning in 1980 to a full-scale operation working with 14 co-operatives consisting of 480 artisans who produce high-quality women’s apparel and home decor.

We are so excited to come together and honor the incredible work of Elizabeth Cline and MarketPlace to transform trade into a force for global good.

Now in its eighteenth year, Globalfest is a time for the whole fair trade community to come together and celebrate and this year we have so much to celebrate! We hope you’ll join us to meet up with old friends and make brand-new connections among our fair trade community’s wonderful people!

We can’t wait to see you there and to dance, dance, dance!

Thanks to our Sponsors

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Feb 24 2024


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Newberry Library
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
Chicago Fair Trade


Chicago Fair Trade