4:00 to 6:30 P.M.

Tree House Humane Society | 7225 N Western Ave. | Chicago, IL 60645

Every year, Lights of Love brings animal lovers across the city together as we shine a light for loved ones past, present, and future. This year, our celebration features a children’s choir performance, family activities, and complimentary appetizers and beverages, including a kids’ hot chocolate bar. We hope you’ll join us in illuminating our shelter!

Registration for Lights of Love is free with a suggested donation or canned pet food item for our pantry.
Free parking will be available in the lot of Holy Child Jesus Parish located at 2324 W Chase Ave.
Coat racks will be available upon entry.

Join us for another year of love and light.

If you’d like to donate to our annual Lights of Love campaign in honor of a beloved pet, click here!


4:00 p.m. | Doors open

4:15 p.m. | Book reading of Ethan and The Strays by author John Sullivan
(additional readings at 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.)

4:30-5:00 p.m. | Choir performance by Uniting Voices Chicago

5:30 p.m. | Lights of Love program and tree lighting

6:30 p.m. | Doors close

Holiday Fun for Everyone

Space Cat Holidays performers by Otherworld Theatre
Opening in December, a portion of Space Cat Holiday ticket sales will be donated to Tree House. Learn more about the show and get your tickets here!

Stuffed animal check-ups

Holiday crafts

Festive photo opportunities

Tours of our shelter


What is Lights of Love?

Lights of Love is a holiday-themed event open to all members of the community. Hosted at Tree House Humane Society, the event is an opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones, both human and animal, of past, present, and future. Volunteers decorate the shelter and clinic with string lights to represent the thousands of loved ones who make an impact on our lives. Your donation supports Tree House Humane Society programs, including an adoption center, an affordable veterinary clinic, outdoor cat programs, an FeLV+ cat café, and more. 

What can my family expect at Lights of Love?

Lights of Love 2023 will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Enjoy a children’s book reading of Ethan and the Strays by author John Sullivan, stuffed animal check-ups in the clinic, festive photo opportunities, and holiday craft stations including ornament and card decorating. Dazzling live entertainment will feature performances from Uniting Voices Chicago, a local children’s choir, and excerpts from Otherworld Theatre’s original show Space Cat Holidays. Take a tour of our shelter, shop our outdoor holiday bazaar with local vendors from across the city, and enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages, including a kids’ hot chocolate bar.

Where can I park?

Free parking will be available in the lot of Holy Child Jesus Parish located at 2324 W Chase Ave. The lot is a short walk from Tree House Humane Society. Coat racks will be available upon entry.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Tree House Humane Society is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 23-7444825. A portion of our ticket may be tax-deductible. The good faith estimate of the Fair Market Value of goods and services received per regular admission ticket is $14. For additional information about tax deductions, please email

I can no longer attend Lights of Love. Can I transfer my ticket to another guest?

For questions about ticket transfers, refunds, or anything else regarding your ticket, please email

Thank you to our sponsors:

Sean and Jilliann Smith, My Neighborhood Vet, Devon Bank, and Berglund Animal Hospital

Interested in Sponsoring?

Consider sponsoring one of our future events! Learn more about our sponsorship levels and how your organization can ensure every cat thrives!