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September 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019

Arts for Alzheimer’s

On September 21st and 22nd, Barbara’s Bookstore will host a two-day community event to create awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Lake County in hopes of finding a cure. All funds raised will help support the Alzheimer’s Association in their mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Where: Barbara's Bookstore
Location: Vernon Hills at the Hawthorn Mall

September 22, 2019

2nd Annual Carol Stream Animal Hospital Charity Dog Show

Carol Stream Animal Hospital would like to welcome everyone to join them at the “2nd Annual Carol Stream Animal Hospital Charity Dog Show.”  This fun event will be held September 22nd from 10am – 4pm at the community Town Center in Carol Stream.  We will have a lot of fun events for pets to participate in and win a variety of prizes.  We want to show off the best dogs in Illinois.  This event will directly help pet owners in our community with any hardships that they may be undergoing.  Please consider either participating in one of the fun events, making a charitable donation, or simply attending the event and supporting our cause.     

The Carol Stream Animal Hospital has collaborated with the Chicago Veterinary Medical Foundation & enrolled in the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund. These programs are created to help support veterinarians in offering low or no-cost services to clients facing extraordinary hardships, as well as to support animals rescued from abuse and neglect. Carol Stream Animal Hospital encourages community members to make tax-deductible charitable contributions to the CVMF and the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund at and click the AVMF or CVMF donate button.

Carol Stream Animal Hospital donates considerable time and money each year to local, animal health-related charitable endeavors in Carol Stream and the greater Chicago area. As a participant in the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund and the CVMF, Carol Stream Animal Hospital will be empowered to provide charitable care to those in need right here in our community, including disabled veterans requiring a service dog, low income senior citizens, Good Samaritans who rescue domesticated animals, and victims of domestic violence. 

Where: Ross Ferraro Town Center
Location: Ross Ferraro Town Center Carol Stream, IL 60188

September 22, 2019

American Lung Association’s Lung Force Walk

Join the American Lung Association’s Lung Force Walk presented by Northwestern Medicine on September 22 in Libertyville. Registration is free. Sign up at

Where: Independence Grove Forest Preserve
Location: 16400 Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048

September 22, 2019

Monarch Walk

Register as an individual participant, start a team or join a team and FUNdraise on behalf of RGA!  Collect gifts for RGA by holding car washes, bake sales, individual solicitation of your family, friends and colleagues… and more!  

The Monarch Walk is an essential (and FUN!) part of raising the $1.8 million fundraising budget RGA must meet this year – how large will your RGA footprint be?

On Sunday, September 22, Walk FUNdraisers will come together to celebrate success by taking a one-mile walk through the beautiful and serene Naperville neighborhoods and enjoying a fun-filled After Party, featuring after walk snacks, arts and crafts, giveaways, a DJ and much, much more!

Register here:

Location: 40 Brainard Street, Naperville, IL

September 22, 2019

Make-A-Wish Illinois’ Walk for Wishes

Team up to help children with critical illnesses and join Make-A-Wish Illinois at an upcoming Walk for Wishes. Join Make-A-Wish on Sunday, September 22 at Busse Woods. Bring the family for an extraordinary morning as we raise funds to bring hope and resilience to wish kids. Register online at or call 800-978-WISH.

Where: Busse Woods
Location: Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

September 22, 2019

Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s Chicago Lung Run

Join together with hundreds of lung cancer advocates on Sunday, September 22nd at the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s Chicago Lung Run, held at Montrose Harbor. Help raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research! Learn more and sign up at

Where: Montrose Harbor
Location: 601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

September 22, 2019

19th Annual Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk

Lupus survivors, their families and friends, and hundreds of supporters, walkers and cheering spectators will join representatives from the LSI during the organization’s 19th Annual Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk. This fun, family-friendly 1 mile or 3 mile walk/run begins in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Illinois Lupus Walks, the largest gatherings of the lupus community in the area, provide an opportunity for the lupus community to meet and raise awareness about lupus.


Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, tissue damage and can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).  Lupus is difficult to diagnose and there is no cure to this often disabling disease.


All registered participants, for the Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk, will receive an official Illinois Lupus Walk t-shirt, post-event snack and more! Adult registration is $25 prior to event; $30 day-site; and $10 for children 12 and under. Participants can walk as individuals or as part of a team. Event activities include music, kids’ face painting, raffle prizes and games.  Prizes are given to participants raising $100 and more.

Where: Lincoln Park, Grove 2
Location: Lincoln Park, Grove 2 (Near Stockton & LaSalle) Chicago, IL

September 27, 2019

Bottoms Up for Babies

Go “Bottoms Up for Babies” and sip on spirits for a good cause! Friday, September 27th, join a fun evening at this unique venue with dinner, drinks and live music provided by The Lloyd Stephens Band! Throughout their building’s 100 year history, The Shanty has been a favorite gathering place for neighborhood locals to eat, drink and socialize. The newly expanded restaurant has also been featured on celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on Food Network!

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Michele Vaughn, an accomplished author, public speaker, inspirational coach and leadership consultant who is also the CEO of Teen & Single Mother Resource Center, Inc. in Waukegan. She will share her inspirational story about being a teen mother and how overcoming a variety of challenges, like diaper need, helped her to become the successful woman that she is today. You don’t want to miss this! Tickets are $150.00 each and include appetizers, plated dinner and open bar for 3 hours. You must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to attend the event. Reserve your tickets today!

Where: The Shanty
Location: 38985 US-41 Wadsworth, IL 60083

September 28, 2019

Walk For Hope

Project H.O.P.E. House is holding a suicide awareness and prevention 2K walk and AwareFair (awareness fair) on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 in Wauconda, IL (maps).

Please join as an individual or team walker, sponsor, information/resource vendor, and/or donor to show your support and help raise awareness and work towards suicide prevention.  We invite you to use our convenient carting system below to register and/or donate online.  If you would prefer to register offline please click here for a printable walker registration/donation form (sponsors and vendors click here).  Walker registration is also available at 8:30 A.M. on the morning of the event.  Note to sponsors and vendors: please register by September 7, 2019.

Each walker (individuals and teams) receives a goodie bag, one T-shirt (sizes subject to availability), one set of beads they choose, pancake breakfast, and access to the free AwareFair.


8:30 A.M. – Check-in / walker registration

9:00 A.M. – Walk begins

9:00 – 11:30 A.M. – AwareFair

10:00 A.M. – Pancake breakfast

Where: Cook Park
Location: 600 N Main St Wauconda, IL 60084

September 28, 2019

Run For The Hills

Where: Moraine Hills State Park
Location: 1510 S. River Road, McHenry, IL 60051

September 28, 2019

Homes For Dogs Adoption Day

Please join the annual Pet Adoption Day hosted by Crystal Lake and Cary Coldwell Banker the Real Estate Group.

Saturday September 28th 11am-2pm
451 Coventry Ln, Crystal Lake

Adoptable dogs, Raffles, Pet Pictures, Food by Galati’s, $5 Dog Nail Trims, Face Painting, Dog Costume Contest, $20 Microchip for dogs and cats, DJ, and live music!

Event Proceeds to Benefit A Heart for Animals

Location: 451 Coventry Ln, Crystal Lake

September 28, 2019

Humane Indiana’s 27th Annual Paws in the Park

Get your walking team ready! REGISTER NOW for the fundraiser walk to support homeless animals at the Humane Indiana Shelter.  Bring the entire family, including your fur babies, friends, and co-workers to the pet-family freindly event and walk for the animals!

  • One-mile walk*

  • Family & Pet Friendly Vendor Fair

  • Food & Music

  • Games & Prizes

  • Family & Pet Activities

  • Health & Fitness Attractions

  • Entertainment

  • Pet Adoptions

*Raise $25 or more and receive a FREE Paws in the Park t-shirt.



Where: Community Park – 8601 Calumet Avenue Munster, IN, 46321

Where: Community Park
Location: 8601 Calumet Avenue Munster, IN, 46321

September 28, 2019

24th Annual Elim Dutch Festival

Come to the 24th Annual Elim Dutch Festival on Saturday, September 28, on the campus of Elim Christian Services in Crestwood, Illinois. Enjoy music, entertainment, a kid’s carnival, petting zoo, farmer’s market, train rides, pony rides, and great shopping. Eat your favorite American and Dutch foods. Dutch shops open 8 am – 4 pm with a pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 am. Free shuttle and parking. Please call (708) 293-6509 or visit Proceeds benefit children and adults with disabilities.



Where: Elim Christian Services
Location: 13020 Central Ave, Crestwood, IL 60418

September 29, 2019

Walk 4 Life

Walk 4 Life is a suicide prevention and mental health awareness event in Naperville, Illinois, at the Alive Center. The goal is to provide local teens with mental health resources they may not know about while having fun!

Where: Alive Center
Location: 500 West 5th Avenue Naperville, IL 60563

September 29, 2019

Grayslake North Homecoming Festival & 1st Annual Car Show


Where: Grayslake North High School

October 3, 2019

“The Mettle Behind The Merit: The Steve Pisanos Story” Screening

Join the National Hellenic Museum for the Chicago film premiere of The Mettle Behind the Merit: The Steve Pisanos Story on October 3rd at 6pm.


More info at

Where: National Hellenic Museum
Location: 333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

October 4, 2019

Interfaith Community Partners’ Takin’ It To The Streets

Save the date for Interfaith Community Partners’ 17th annual fall benefit, Takin’ it to the Streets, Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6:30pm at Capri Banquets in Countryside!

*Live music by The Rockets!

*Heavy appetizers, beer and wine, cash bar for liquor

*Silent auction, paddle raise and wine pull

*All proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Partners.

Call 708-354-9328 or visit for more info about the Fall Benefit or to find out about ways you can give back to the community through volunteering with ICP!

Where: Capri Banquets in Countryside
Location: 6240 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL 60525

October 5, 2019

2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Returns to Soldier Field Saturday, Oct. 5

Chicago-area residents will mobilize to create equity and justice for individuals who are living with or vulnerable to HIV at the 18th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 5. This year’s event — uniting participants under the theme “Live true. Be you.” — will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago and offers both a 5k walk and 5k/10k runs, all stretching along scenic Lake Michigan.

Funds raised through AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 32 partner organizations that provide vital programs and services to Chicagoans who are living with or are vulnerable to HIV and AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Together, these organizations work to advance Getting to Zero Illinois, a plan to end new HIV transmissions by 2030. Since it was established in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has raised more than $6 million to battle the epidemic.

For more information, visit or call 312-334-0946.

Where: Soldier Field
Location: 1410 Museum Campus Dr., Chicago, IL 60605

October 5, 2019

Race Against Nerve Pain

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is described as the worst pain known to mankind and is often referred to as the suicide disease.  TN is characterized by attacks of intense, stabbing pain that affects the mouth, cheek, nose or other areas on one side of the face.  The pain can be excruciating and debilitating. While some people are fortunate enough to find some relief from medication many resort to surgery to try to relieve pain which is oftentimes unsuccessful.  Our goal is to raise awareness and money to help fund research to find a cure.


5k run / walk: $30

1k walk: $25

Kids 11 and under: $15

*Cost increases by $5 after 9/15

Race Day Info​


  • Check in & race day registration


  • Race begins promptly


  • Kids fun obstacle course open


  • Awards Ceremony


  • Move Inside the Nature Center

  • Food on site (available for purchase)

  • Beer, wine, soft drinks and water available

  • Raffle event

  • Animal show for the kids

Where: James Pate Philips State Park
Location: 2054 W Stearns Road, Bartlett, IL

October 5, 2019

Slides and Swings Soiree

Climb Higher at Highland is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to create a safe, inclusive and accessible playground that all children can enjoy, including those with special needs. Please Join the first annual “Swings and Slides” Soiree benefiting the Climb Higher at Highland Fund.

This Soiree includes dinner, dancing, open bar and of course silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Can’t join? Feel free to donate on the website. All support is greatly appreciated.

Come join the Soiree on October 5th at 7:00 PM at
La Barra
3011 Butterfield Rd.
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Where: La Barra Restaurant
Location: 3011 Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook, IL 60523

October 5, 2019

Knights Challenge 5k Run / Walk / Kids Dash

Mary’s Millennium Knights of Columbus Council #12801 is hosting their 6th Annual Knights Challenge 5k Run / Walk / Kids Dash on Saturday October 5th. The race, which benefits the Hanover Township Food Pantry, is being held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, 502 S. Park Blvd, in Streamwood, IL. For more information email or call the parish office at (630) 837-6500.

Where: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish
Location: 502 S Park Blvd, Streamwood, IL 60107

October 12, 2019

2nd Annual Halo Awards

The Halo Awards is a first-of-its-kind Grammy-style event celebrating scientists for their tireless pursuit of cures and treatments that help people live better lives. This is not your typical award show!

Where: Museum of Science and Industry

When: Saturday, October 12, 6pm

2019 Show Highlights

6 – 7pm: Cocktail Reception

Science-inspired “edible”cocktails from James Beard-nominated and former Alinea/NEXT Chef Jenner Tomaska

7 – 8:45pm: Award Show

Celebrating three of Chicago’s “Heroes of Medicine” and 40 under 40 scientists leading the next generation of translational research

Hosted by Lisa Allen of “The Mix” with seated dinner and featured performances by:

– The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

– Cancer researcher Tom Gajewski and cancer survivor Jenny Conlee of  The Decemberists 

8:45 – 10pm: After-Party

Where: Museum of Science and Industry
Location: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637

October 15, 2019

A Toast to Tutoring

A Toast to Tutoring is an exclusive cocktail party benefiting the Chicago Lights Tutoring program.

The evening celebrates the impact of one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring tutors/mentors and students. Join the festivities for complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers, plus DJ entertainment.

Chicago Lights Tutoring matches 440 first- through twelfth-grade students with caring adult tutors/mentors. Together they meet weekly to foster students’ academic, social, and emotional growth.

It costs $1,622 to support a student through the 2019-2020 school year.

Sponsor a student, change a life!

Where: Dance Studio
Location: 59 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654

October 18, 2019

The Irish Books Arts & Music Gala Awards Dinner

Friday October 18, 2019

7:00pm Cocktails, 8:00pm Dinner

Erin Ballroom at the Irish American Heritage Center

4626 N Knox Ave Chicago IL 60630

Seats are $125 for Irish Club members (IAHC, Gaelic Park, Ireland Network, etc) & $150 for general public

Visit for more information.

Where: The Irish American Heritage Center
Location: 4626 N Knox Ave Chicago IL 60630

October 18, 2019


The Trotter Project, Chef Charlie Trotter’s legacy foundation, hosts their marquee event of the year, the Third Annual Excellence Gala: Women & Innovation. This year, the gala is celebrating women innovators as well as the achievements of its culinary scholarship recipients and legacies of Chefs Charlie Trotter and Homaro Cantu. Presented by The Trotter Project’s founding corporate sponsor United Airlines, the gala returns on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 4:30pm – 11:30pm at The Lakewood (1758 W. Lake St. Chicago IL).

For more info, visit

Where: The Lakewood
Location: 1758 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60612

October 20, 2019

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s 6th Annual “A Walk for the Bear” Costume Walk

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation will host A Walk for the Bear, its 6th Annual Walk on Sunday, October 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Lincoln Park (Grove 2, intersection of Clark Street and LaSalle Drive). Trick-or-treat and walk the 3-mile trail dressed as your favorite warlock, witch or wizard to benefit pediatric cancer research and provide hope to those affected. Halloween fun will continue with hocus pocus activities including pumpkin decorating, costume contests and a boxed lunch after the walk. Presenting Sponsor of A Walk for the Bear is Donlen, A Hertz Company.

A Walk for the Bear brings together families and supporters of Bear Necessities in honor of children who are fighting and those who have lost their battle to pediatric cancer. Funds raised will benefit pediatric cancer research grants through Bear Discoveries and customized experiences through Bear Hugs.

A Walk for the Bear Schedule:
• 9:00 a.m. Register Your Broomsticks
• 10:00 a.m. Witchy Walk Kick-Off
• 11:00 a.m. Spellbinding Post Event Activities

Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children ages six to 19, and free for children under five. Cancer patients and survivors can register free of charge.

Tickets are available online at or by calling (312) 214-1200 x26. Volunteer opportunities are available.

A Walk for the Bear will happen rain or shine. Should extreme weather that compromises participants’ safety occur, updates will be communicated on the Bear Necessities Facebook Page. Furry friends are welcomed on the trail and hair-raising costumes encouraged.

For more information on fundraising opportunities, visit For more information on sponsorships, contact Follow A Walk for the Bear on social media at #Walk4Bear19.

About Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, after losing her son “Bear” to pediatric cancer. Twenty-six years later, the organization is dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and to providing hope and support to those who are touched by it. For more information, visit

Where: Lincoln Park (Grove 2)
Location: Intersection of Clark Street and LaSalle Drive

October 24, 2019

34th Annual Gift of Life Gala

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) announces its 34th Annual Gift of Life Gala, benefitting the NKFI mission to improve the health and well-being of those at risk or affected by kidney disease through free screening programs and community health initiatives in Illinois, on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place. The evening worthy of the World’s Fair pays homage to “Old Chicago” with themed activities, cocktails, dinner stations and raffles.

NKFI will present CPD Chief Superintendent Eddie Johnson and his son CPD Officer Daniel Johnson with the “Gift of Life Award” in recognition of their contributions to the world of kidney disease. Nearly two years ago, 25-year-old Daniel donated a kidney to his father, Eddie, after he was diagnosed with glomerulonephritis, an acute inflammation of the kidney. Renowned Chicago philanthropists, Joan and Paul Rubschlager, will be honored through the “Harold & Molly Schwartz Founders Award” for their outstanding commitment and achievement on behalf of NKFI.

Regina Waldroup, reporter at NBC5, Chicago-native and longtime public supporter of organ donation, will serve as mistress of ceremonies and host the evening’s events. Guests will enjoy Windy City-inspired activity stations throughout the evening as they step back into Prohibition and battle off in a Chicago Cubs versus Chicago White Sox showdown. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in advance on the NKFI website.

Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by “classic Chicago” dinner stations such as Wrigleyville favorites and Garrett Popcorn Shops® at 7:00 p.m. FAMOS! DJ Entertainment will provide music for the evening.

Event sponsors include Gift of Hope, University of Chicago Medicine Transplant Center, Fresenius Kidney Care and NX Stage.

Tickets are $350 per person and $300 for individuals under 30; sponsorship opportunities are available. Purchase tickets for the 2019 Gift of Life Gala at For sponsorship inquiries contact Brigit Dunne, Development Coordinator, at or (312) 321-1500.

Where: The Drake Hotel
Location: 140 East Walton Place

October 25, 2019

Martin Short to Appear as Guest Speaker at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) is thrilled to announce Emmy Award-winning Actor and Comedian, Martin Short, as Guest Speaker at the Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon to celebrate 34 years of LSCRF on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. Event proceeds will support advancing the treatments, education and early detection of breast cancer.

The Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon is co-chaired by Michelle Williams and Justyna Della Valle. The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. The PURSE-SUE THE CURE™ purse auction will feature more than 100 new, collectible and kids’ handbags, as well as men’s featured items from preeminent retailers, upscale boutiques and private collections.

To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit:

For further information visit or call 312.926.7133.

Where: Hilton Chicago
Location: 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

October 27, 2019

Music Institute of Chicago’s “Spooktacular” Concert and Haunted Musical Open House

When:    Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m.

Where:   Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Admission:   $10 for concert and open house; $5 per trick-or-treater for open house only (parents/guardians free)


Tickets and Information: or 847.448.8326

Where: Nichols Concert Hall
Location: 1490 Chicago Ave Evanston, IL 60201

October 29, 2019

ZCenter’s 5th Annual Taste of the Town Gala

When: Tuesday Oct 29th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Where: The Drake Hotel Chicago

More Info:

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

November 9, 2019

Saluting With Smoke BBQ Competition

On November 9th, come support and celebrate local Veterans as Veteran’s Day approaches. This KCBS sanctioned Competitor Series BBQ competition provides a unique and patriotic BBQ experience for everyone involved. The contest will include Chicken, Pork Ribs, and Anything Goes categories and can be cooked on any heat source (including propane and electric). Join the fun in the parking lot of Crusade Burger Bar at 209 S Bridge St, Yorkville IL 60560.

For more information on the event, visit

Where: Crusade Burger Bar
Location: 209 S Bridge St Yorkville IL 60560

November 16, 2019

CatVando’s 6th Annual Gift of Laughter Dinner + Variety Show

Where: Alpine Banquet House
Location: 11141 W Roosevelt Rd, Westchester, IL 60154

November 23, 2019 - November 24, 2019

11th Annual Veterans’ Food Drive

Where: Dominick's Store
Location: 127th and Ridgeland in Palos Heights, IL

December 8, 2019

American Red Cross Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Donor Registry

The date of this party will be December 8th, 2019 from 11:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M at D’Agostino’s Pizza, 1351 W Addison St.

Where: D’Agostino’s Pizza
Location: 1351 W Addison St Chicago IL 60613