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March 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020

SPARK – An Online Study at Rush University Medical Center

You have the power to shape the future of autism. SPARK, an online study at Rush University Medical Center, is seeking individuals with autism for the largest ever national autism study. By participating online, you will help researchers investigate the causes and treatments of autism. Text SPARK to nine-zero-zero-nine-zero-zero (900900) or visit this website to learn more. 

Where: Online - Rush University Medical Center
Location: Online

October 25, 2019 - October 31, 2020

DuPage Senior Citizens Council Seeking Volunteers

DSCC needs volunteers to deliver meals to frail and homebound seniors in DuPage County.

Meals on Wheels are delivered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 10:30am to 1:00pm. Deliveries typically take an hour.

Requirements to volunteer are a valid driver’s license, current car insurance, a background check and to attend a volunteer training that is provided at our central office located in Lombard.

In addition to Meals on Wheels drivers, DSCC is always in need of volunteers for our other services including visiting a senior through our Friendly Visit and Assistance and creating crafts and performing through our Intergenerational Activities.

If interested in delivering meals or any of our volunteer opportunities, visit our website at www.dupageseniorcouncil.org or contact DSCC at 630-620-0804 for more information.

Where: DuPage Senior Citizens Council
Location: 1990 Springer Dr, Lombard, IL 60148

November 3, 2019 - March 8, 2020

Solar-Lit Hiking Trails

With small solar lights to guide the way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can get some evening exercise along the 1.3-mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, and along a 1.65-mile hilly section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

Where: Lake County
Location:

November 8, 2019 - March 31, 2020

The Borgen Project

Where: 1416 NW 46th St Ste 105 PMB 145
Location: Seattle, WA 98107

November 8, 2019 - May 31, 2020

The Cradle Adoption Agency Removes the Stigma Around Adoption

The Cradle – https://www.cradle.org/ – is a non for profit that the agency works with in the Chicagoland area. They are making strides to end the stigma around adoption.

Where: The Cradle Adoption Agency
Location: 2049 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

November 22, 2019 - May 31, 2020

PopEarth

What IS Pop Earth? PopEarth is short for Population Earth, a 501c3 non-profit, focused on providing holistic health services and options for those with special needs, including Autism and other developmental disorders. 

Do you know someone ages 5 to 65 with a developmental disorder that could benefit from Yoga, Reiki, Dance, Exercise, and Massage Therapy? These sessions help with coordination, balance, stress, and more.

Learn more at popearth.org.

Where: https://www.popearth.org/
Location:

November 22, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Greater West Town’s New Career Training Programs

This is a horrible time of year to be unemployed.  That’s why Greater West Town wants low-income adults in the community to know about the tremendous learning opportunities — free of charge — in Greater West Town’s Wood Products Manufacturing Program and Shipping & Receiving Training Program.

In both programs students not only learn technical skills which will enable them to access great jobs, but also brush up on academic skills, increase employment hope, practice problem solving, and prepare their resume.  Currently they are accepting applications for both programs. 

Where: Greater West Town Training Partnership
Location: 500 N. Sacramento Blvd Chicago, Illinois 60612

December 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020

Juicebox Free Family Performance Series – Chicago Cultural Center

With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers.

 

Visit chicago.gov/juicebox for the full schedule.

Where: Chicago Cultural Center
Location: 8 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

December 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020

Juicebox Free Family Performance Series – Garfield Part Conservatory

With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers.

 

Visit chicago.gov/juicebox for the full schedule.

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory
Location: 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

January 1, 2020 - January 31, 2020

Fill a Boot 4 Kids

This winter thousands of unaccompanied homeless youth are in desperate need of supplies to keep them warm and protect their feet and hands from frostbite and other dangers due to spending nights on the streets.  Support Fill a Heart 4 Kids’ Fill a Boot campaign providing homeless youth with new winter boots, gloves, hats, hand and foot warmers, emergency heat blankets, and items such as fast food gift cards, which allow them to get off the streets, warm up, stay safer and eat a meal with dignity.  The Fill a Boot campaign ends January 31st.  Visit FillAHeart4Kids.org to support the Fill a Boot campaign today.

Where:
Location:

January 1, 2020 - January 31, 2020

January Fun at the Morton Arboretum

January Highlights

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
Daily through Sunday, January 5, 4:30–9:30 p.m.
 
Enchanted Railroad
Saturday, January 17, through Monday, February 23
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Husky Heroes
Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals
Daily in January, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday

 

Visit www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/events-and-programs for more info.

Where: The Morton Arboretum
Location: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

January 17, 2020 - February 23, 2020

Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum

The popular Enchanted Railroad pulls into The Morton Arboretum this January.  Children and families can experience trees and trains as they enjoy the intricate model railroad. Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world.

 

Visit www.mortonarb.org/events/enchanted-railroad for more info.

Where: The Morton Arboretum
Location: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

January 21, 2020 - March 8, 2020

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST SEEKS VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDES

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust seeks volunteers to lead tours at five historic sites in Chicago and Oak Park: Wright’s Home and Studio, where the Prairie style of architecture was conceived; Robie House and Unity Temple, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; The Rookery; and Bach House. Volunteer interpreters (tour guides) welcome national and international visitors and share their knowledge and appreciation for Frank Lloyd Wright, architecture and history. In addition, they cultivate lasting friendships and enjoy social gatherings and group excursions.

Where: Chicago/Oak Park
Location:

January 21, 2020 - February 29, 2020

Jerky for the Troops 2020

Comfort Items to go along with the Jerky

The troops overseas have told Jerky for the Troops what they really appreciate. Items include:

 PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS:

High quality razors, foot powder, chap stick, ibuprofen, Mucinex, dental floss.

FOOD AND SNACKS:

Snacks such as protein bars, granola bars, nuts (roasted peanuts, cashews, almonds etc.), sun flower seeds, fruit snacks, cookies, instant soup mixes, roman noodles.

CANDY AND GUM:

Brand name chewing gum, life saver rolls, hard candy, Swedish fish, skittles individually wrapped licorice, airheads.

POCKET SIZE POWDERED DRINKS:

Propel powder drinks, protein powder drinks, packets hot chocolate, instant coffee, lemonade, Emergen-C.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Ziploc bags (quart/gallon), stationary, envelopes, dice, travel-size games, socks.

CARDS AND LETTERS EXPRESSING YOUR SUPPORT AND THANKS

 

Please consider shopping for our troops overseas.  You can drop these comfort items through the end of February at:

 American Legion Post 208

121 N Douglas Ave

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Any questions please contact Dale Berg at bergda@comcast.net

 

Where: American Legion Post 208
Location: 121 N Douglas Ave Arlington Heights, IL 60004

January 23, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Progressive Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo

Chicagoland’s Sportfishing Spectacular returns to Schaumburg, January 23-26, 2020!

This is THE show Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana has been waiting for.. From bass to pike, from bluegill to salmon, this show will cover it all. Exhibitors include major fishing tackle manufacturers; boat manufacturers; local fishing tackle retailers; lodges, guides and camps from throughout North America; travel regions, local fishing clubs, taxidermists and much more. In addition, the Expo will offer seminars from regional and national angling experts and other sportsmen and women at the top of their game. Many of the biggest names in fishing. FREE PARKING!  https://chicagoland.sportshows.com/.

 

Where: Schaumburg Convention Center
Location: 1551 N, Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173

January 25, 2020

Take Steps Fundraising Kick Off Party

Take Steps are hosting a deep dish pizza party at the top of the Willis Tower to kick off their 2020 fundraising season! Everyone is invited to come out for an afternoon of food, games, IBD education and more. They will also be live-streaming the Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus patient education event in Austin. All tickets include all-you-can eat food and a VIP ticket to The Ledge (valued at over $75). 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

When: January 25

Where: Willis Tower Skydeck

Tickets start at $35 for adults, $15 for kids. Ticket prices will increase as the event gets closer, so don’t delay!

For more information and to buy tickets: www.2020kickoff.eventbrite.com

Where: Willis Tower Skydeck
Location: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

January 25, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Husky Heroes at the Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum will be teeming with Siberian huskies Jan. 25 and 26, during the annual Husky Heroes event. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy photo opportunities with the animals and rigs, learn about the equipment and watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring — a sport where dogs pull a person on skis.

New this year, the Sterling Morton Library will offer visitors an opportunity to create a canine-related craft. Husky adoption information from Adopt-a-Husky also will be available. 

Demonstrations at the dogsled course are scheduled for approximately 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. and will take place regardless of the presence of snow. 

Where: Morton Arboretum
Location: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

January 26, 2020

Alive Rescue’s 11th Annual Shelter Shiver

Alive Rescue’s Shelter Shiver is an initiative to bring Chicagoland animal lovers together to help raise money by doing something a little different – taking a dip in Lake Michigan in January!!!

Where: North Avenue Beach – 1600 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60613

When: Sunday, January 26th, 2020

10:00 am – Check In/Pictures at North Avenue Beach!
10:30 am – Shiver Swim – over 150 people will jump into Lake Michigan for the Chicago’s homeless and neediest animals!
Immediately Following the Swim – Meltdown at Joe’s Bar on Weed!

https://www.firstgiving.com/event/ALIVErescue/11th-Annual-Shelter-Shiver

Where: North Avenue Beach
Location: 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613

February 1, 2020

30th Annual Crystal Heart Ball

The Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation’s 30th annual black tie gala, the Crystal Heart Ball, will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Field Museum. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment. This year’s Ball will honor WGN’s Patrick Elwood. Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s Emergency Department Modernization Project. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.LCMH.org/foundation.  

Where: Field Museum
Location: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

February 1, 2020

For the Love of Chocolate Foundation’s 15th Annual Spectacle Wild, Wild West

Come bend an Elbow at the Carson City Saloon, try your hand at some River Boat Gambling and top it off with a S’more or two at the O.K. Corral.

A Fanciful Foodie Experience!
Incredible edible attractions await with 100 different presentation stations featuring gourmet savory food, premium bars, chocolate, pastries, and more!

Playful Performances and Entertainment!
Mosey on through Carson City, belly up to the bar at the O.K. Corral and try your hand at River Boat Gambling all the while enjoying a multi-sensory experience!

A Dream Setting!
The enchanting and mystical Palmer House Hilton Hotel is the perfect venue to set the tone for this party of dreams!

Tickets include:
All Food! Chicago’s top restaurants, hotels, bakeries and more!)
All Fun! Have a drink at our Saloon, dance with our Can-can ladies, and marvel at the Cowboy Couture
All Drinks! 8 Open Bars featuring Premium Wine, Beer, Liquor and Specialty Cocktails!
The Attire Dust off those boots and get ready to tip…your Ten Gallon Hat that is! That’s right come as your favorite cowboy or cowgirl!
Use WILDWEST2020 at check out for a New Years Discount from FLOC!

 

Visit flocwildwest2020.eventbrite.com for tickets!

Where: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Location: 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603

February 1, 2020

Mayor’s Arctic Dip

The Village of Homewood is hosting the now annual “Mayor’s Arctic Dip” on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Hwy. The event honors Mayor Richard Hofeld’s 2017 rescue from a frozen pond while trying to retrieve his dog Annie. Two swimming pools will be in Martin Ave Square for participants to take a dip and then warm up in the Homewood Science Center. Registration is $25 per person which includes a warm beverage and pizza. Spectators can pay $15 for the beverage and Aurelio’s pizza only. Proceeds for this event go to the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle in support of fair and unbiased journalism. For information and to register visit www.homesweethomewood.com.

Where: Homewood Science Center
Location: 18022 Dixie Hwy Homewood, IL 60430

February 1, 2020

Lunar New Year Celebration

Chicago’s Asian communities will be celebrating the New Year according to the Lunar Calendar beginning on January 25th through the end of the month.

In keeping with its philosophy of cross-cultural bridge-building, the South-East Asia Center invites you to join them at their Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on February 1, 2020 at Furama Restaurant in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

The 10 Course Banquet’s cross-cultural entertainment includes music and performances representing Asian and non-Asian cultures.

The Center promotes understanding and cooperation across ethnic and cultural divides through age-diverse programs that include preschool and school-age afterschool education, as well as Senior Daycare and a variety of social services in Chicago’s Uptown / Edgewater neighborhood.
To learn more including job-openings and volunteer opportunities visit SouthEastAsiaCenter.org.

Where: Furama Restaurant
Location: 4936 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

February 9, 2020

Battle of the Branches Chili Cook Off

Chicagoland Blue Star Mothers Presents the 2nd Annual “Battle of the Branches Chili Cookoff” on Sunday, February 9th at the American Legion Post #76 in Carol Stream. If you like to cook, sample and vote for the Best Local Chili – this is the event for you!

Tasting, Judging, Sampling, Door Prizes and Silent Auction all included in the event. $20 Entry fee for Cooks and $5 Entrance Fee. $1 for each voting coin. Proceeds will benefit K9’s for Veterans and The Blue Star Mothers “Big Dipper” Josephine Clenda Scholarship Fund. To register or for more details on participating or attending, please call 630-447-8173 or find us at Chicagoland Blue Star Mothers on Facebook.

Where: American Legion Post 76
Location: 570 S. Gary Ave. Carol Stream, IL. 60188

February 11, 2020 - February 17, 2020

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week February 11-17with Rainbow Rabbit™ .  Who is Rainbow Rabbit? The multi-colored symbol of an anti-bullying program for children – Rainbow Rabbit empowers children, parents and educators to celebrate unique differences.  Random Acts of Kindness Week culminates with Random Acts of Kindness Day February 17.   Want to participate? Contact Rainbow Rabbit at www.therainbowrabbit.com/contact-us/ or call 856-275-3166.

Where: Chicagoland
Location:

February 17, 2020

Activating Heritage Conference 2020

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Activating Heritage conference theme…“From One Generation to the Next” will provide exciting hands on opportunities for institutions to learn how cultural representation in the City of Chicago can be highlighted and enriched to ensure that the city’s diverse voices are never lost.

Visit the Chicago Cultural Alliance website for more information.

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Location: 9603 Woods Dr Skokie, IL 60077

February 22, 2020

Junior Prom

The Young Professionals Advisory Board of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) invites you to join us in support of Chicago’s seniors. LBFE has been bringing Chicago elders from isolation to celebration for over 60 years! The Young Professionals Advisory Board is excited to host an evening to raise funds and fellowship to help LBFE continue their mission providing friendship and community for Chicago seniors.

Evening’s entertainment provided by: Toast and Jam

Gather all of your friends and capture the moment with SnapBooth!

Eat, drink, & be merry – all to support a great cause!

Visit lbfeprom2020.eventbrite.com for more information

Where: National Museum of Mexican Art
Location: 1852 W 19th St Chicago IL 60608

February 22, 2020

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation 27th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball “Boots & Bling”

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation announces the 27th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball “Boots & Bling,” on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at The Geraghty, 2520 South Hoyne Ave., Chicago. Benefitting pediatric cancer research, the swingin’ evening of western glamour will shine bright for children who are fighting and those who have lost their battle to cancer.

Ryan Baker, weekday Morning News anchor at CBS2 Chicago, will serve as master of ceremonies and host the evening’s event which includes a live auction. Event co-chairs D.C. and Alayna Crenshaw will wrangle up awards to be presented to the Foglia Family Foundation and the Panzino Family.

Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. in the saloon with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Following, there will be a special program, and guests will kick up their spurs for a night of country music, line dancing and entertainment from the multi-genre group, Front of House.

Tickets are $400 per person and $4,000 per table; sponsorship opportunities are available. Purchase tickets to the event at https://www.bearnecessities.org/event/bear-tie-ball/. For all sponsorship inquiries, to place an ad in the Tribute Book or to donate items for the auctions contact Mimi Bajagich, Director of Special Events, at mbajagich@bearnecessities.org or (312) 214-1200 Ext. 26.

Where: The Geraghty
Location: 2520 South Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

February 29, 2020

An Evening in Paris

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s gala – “An Evening in Paris” is presented by Exelon, Sturdi Iron, and Deloitte and will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at The Odyssey in Tinley Park. Tickets are $100 and there are many ways to support the event and the Crisis Center.  For more information, visit www.crisisctr.org/gala20.

Where: The Odyssey in Tinley Park
Location: 19110 Ridgeland Ave Suite A, Tinley Park, IL 60477

February 29, 2020

Mad About Madalyn Benefit

Where: Lincoln Community Center
Location: 2450 Lincoln Street Highland IN

March 11, 2020

Second Annual Next-Up Awards

Sponsored by Blood Science Foundation, the philanthropic and fundraising arm of Vitalant Illinois (formerly LifeSource), The NextUp Awards Event provides scholarships to individuals 18 years of age or younger who have shown a transformative commitment to their communities – through fundraising, direct financial support, the development of charitable programs, volunteering, leadership and philanthropy.

Proceeds from the event will go toward Vitalant Illinois’ High School Scholarship Program, which awards scholarship funds to local high schools that host blood drives.

Blood Science Foundation will recognize winners in three different age categories at The NextUp Awards Celebration at The Drake Hotel of Chicago on March 11, 2020.

 

Visit bloodsciencefoundation.org/events/chicagonextup2020/ to learn more.

Where: Drake Hotel
Location: 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

April 19, 2020

Champion of Trees 10k

Registration is open for The Morton Arboretum’s The Champion of Trees 10K, which will take place April 19. Runners and walkers will enjoy the first signs of spring on a USATF-certified course while supporting the Arboretum’s tree-focused research, programs and outreach initiatives. 

The 10th annual race will begin at 8 a.m., with awards presented at 9:15 a.m. Registered runners will receive a short-sleeve T-shirt, recovery food, and free parking and admission to the Arboretum for the day. Runners will be timed, and the top male and female overall finishers will receive a gift certificate for a pair of shoes from Dick Pond Athletics. The top three men and women in the designated age groups will receive medals.

A post-race party will feature live music and a photo booth. Runners ages 21 and older can also enjoy a complimentary Arbor Oak Amber Ale, the Arboretum’s signature beer, brewed with oak chips from the Arboretum grounds. Participants are invited to spend the day at the Arboretum following the run. 

Registration is $47 through Feb. 15 and $52 from Feb. 16 through April 18. Race day registration is $62. Discounts are available for The Morton Arboretum members. Runners and walkers may register online. Family and friends who arrive by 9 a.m. will receive free admission to cheer on participants.

Where: Morton Arboretum
Location: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

May 16, 2020

2020 WRIGHT PLUS HOUSEWALK

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents its 2020 Wright Plus Housewalk on May 16, featuring rare interior tours of private residences and landmark public structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and fellow architects. The all-day annual architectural experience is held in the historic Chicago suburbs of Oak Park and River Forest, home to more Wright buildings than anywhere in the world.

Where: Oak Park/River Forest
Location: Chicago Suburbs

May 30, 2020

Take Steps Chicago

When: May 30, 2020 – 1:00 -3:00 pm  

Where: Maggie Daley Park  – 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Where: Maggie Daley Park
Location: 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

June 1, 2020 - August 14, 2020

Morton Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps

Registration opens Feb. 3 for The Morton Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps, June 1 through Aug. 14. More than 100 camps are designed to spark a sense of discovery and appreciation for nature through science experiments, art and creative play, and inspire the next generation of conservationists, environmental scientists and outdoor enthusiasts.

Where: Morton Arboretum
Location: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

June 13, 2020

Take Steps Naperville

When: June 13, 2020

Where: North Central College – 30 N Brainard St, Naperville, IL 60540

Where: North Central College
Location: 30 N Brainard St, Naperville, IL 60540

June 14, 2020

Take Steps Glenview

When: June 14, 2020 – 4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Gallery Park – 2001 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026

Where: Gallery Park
Location: 2001 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026