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It's DePaul Day, and there are plenty of chances to celebrate

East entrance to Soldier Field, lit in blue and red, with the Chicago skyline in the distance
The east entrance to Soldier Field is lit this week in DePaul's blue and red colors. Much of the Chicago skyline, in the distance, will also show off their DePaul pride this evening. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Today's the big day — 1/25 — when we've pulled out all the stops to celebrate DePaul's 125th anniversary! There are many events today where the DePaul community can celebrate their connections to DePaul and Chicago.

The Chicago skyline is blue!

Many of the most iconic buildings that make up the Chicago skyline will be lit blue tonight, and so will The Theatre School on the Lincoln Park Campus. Snap some pictures this evening and the rest of the week, and post to your social: #DePaul125 #BDW2023 #BlueDemonChallenge

Make sure to visit the Lincoln Park Student Center for one or more of the big events scheduled for DePaul Day and be sure to wear your best DePaul blue!

Celebrate DePaul, 12-2 p.m.
Visit stations with balloon artists, caricature artists, a magician and DePaul snacks as we celebrate DePaul's 125 years!

Foundation Day Celebration, 2-4 p.m.
Annually, DePaul celebrates Foundation Day on Jan. 25, and this year the date has special significance! The Foundation Day Celebration will feature DIY mission bracelets, root beer floats and more! Learn more about the history of Foundation Day online.

Blue Demon Bingo, 4-5 p.m.
It's students' favorite bingo event: Blue Demon Bingo! Win a round, and you will spin a prize wheel to get one of our Blue Demon-themed prizes.

Light Up The Theatre School, 5:30-6 p.m.
You're welcome to join President Robert L. Manuel, Dean Martine Green-Rogers and Theatre School students and alumni for a brief ceremony in The Theatre School lobby. Then they'll flip the switch on an immersive, walk-through experience of Blue Demon lights and sound that will be available through 9 p.m.

Blue Demon Week Pasta Dinner, 6-9 p.m.
This event is free for all DePaul students! Join other DePaul students to eat pasta, play games, win BIG prizes, enjoy live performances and celebrate DePaul spirit!

But the anniversary celebrations aren't over once Wednesday comes to a close. Check out some of the other events happening Thursday through Saturday to wrap up the week:

Skeeball Tournament, 12-4 p.m.
DePaul Center Concourse, Loop Campus
DePaul community members can come test their talent at Skeeball. The top scorers from the day will receive a DePaul prize pack!

DIBS' birthday, 1-4 p.m.
Lincoln Park Student Center

Student Skate at Maggie Daley Ice Skating Ribbon
If you were able to grab some of the hottest tickets around for the free student skate at the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon, get there and enjoy it on Friday. If you missed out, general admission tickets for skating are still available online. Provost Salma Ghanem will be there at 5 p.m. to celebrate and ride the Zamboni, and the ribbon will be lit blue—a great opportunity for some cool social snaps. #DePaul125 #BDW2023 #BlueDemonChallenge

Blue Demon Day/Men's basketball vs. Marquette, 1 p.m., Wintrust Arena
Join the entire DePaul community for our annual Blue Demon Day! Alumni around the country will celebrate their Blue Demon pride by cheering for the men's basketball team as they take on the Marquette University Golden Eagles. Don't miss your chance to get in on the action at Wintrust Arena. Discounted tickets can be purchased through the DePaul Athletics website, using the promo code "BDD23", at

It's going to be a Blue Out — everyone will be wearing blue to show their Blue Demon pride — while cheering the team on. Note that traffic will be heavy and it might take more time to get into Wintrust Arena, so plan on arriving early.

The milestone of our 125th anniversary is a chance for everyone — alumni, faculty, staff, students and our community members — to celebrate their connections to DePaul and the city. Come out and celebrat​e!