Category Archives: Non-Profits

Free Thanksgiving Meal Chicago

A Church 4 Me MCC will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day, November 24. located in Rogers Park at 7366 N. Clark St.

 

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ART AIDS AMERICA in Chicago Dec – April

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Art AIDS America Chicago

This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.

 

Uncomfortable, wistfully beautiful,
and vitally important… — Advocate.com

 

Art AIDS America will culminate its national tour at the new Alphawood Gallery, established for this presentation by the Alphawood Foundation, at 2401 North Halsted Street (at Fullerton Avenue). The exhibition – opening on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, and continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017 – will be free and open to the public.

Tino Rodriguez (born 1965), Eternal Lovers, 2010. Oil on wood, Overall: 18 × 24 inches.

Private collection.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

Chicago’s WORLD OF CHOCOLATE Dec. 1st

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The biggest and best way to kick off the holiday season!
On Thursday, December 1, Revel Fulton Market is the place to be. Transcending traditional boundaries, World of Chocolate 2016 commands full sensory attention. This year, prepare to awaken your spirit as you discover the pleasures of FIRE and ICE.

From classic confections to surprising savories, 20 of Chicago’s best chefs are offering their talents at Chicago’s premiere World AIDS Day event. Admission grants you more chocolate than in your wildest dreams; an open bar with cocktails that will warm your spirits; and music to get you in the holiday groove—all the makings of an unforgettable night.

Purchase your general admission ticket for $135 or join us for premium tastings in the VIP Lounge for $235.

Uptown Chicago Tent City Starter Kits

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From Alderman James Cappleman –

I have worked hard to encourage the City of Chicago to adopt a housing first model to reduce the number of people living with homelessness after noticing its success in other parts of the country. This strategy works best when two components are in place: a sufficient amount of subsidized housing coupled with wrap-around services. The most difficult piece to this model is having a dedicated source of funding to make an investment for long-term cost savings. I’m working with Mayor Emanuel to have a steady stream of funds available so that we can remain focused on housing. Some of this funding will be through a 4% surcharge for a new Airbnb Ordinance and there will be some additional funding coming from the Clarendon-Montrose TIF development.

Our pilot program to get 70 people living under the viaducts along Lake Shore Drive directly into housing is now underway. We have had a number of meetings with housing advocates, the folks living under the viaducts, city departments, and other community leaders to create a plan that will work. After all of these individuals without homes are in their new apartments, the Dept. of Family & Support Services (DFSS) will assess what worked well with this project and where improvements can be made. Afterwards, DFSS will select more areas throughout the city where people are living outside in encampments to implement this housing-first strategy.

 

How You Can Help

 
I’ve asked Inspiration Corporation to help me with a “New Home Starter Kit” drive. This starter kit will provide these 70 individuals going into new apartments with some of the needed supplies to start life in their new homes. To organize this process of purchasing this starter kit, my office has created a registry with Target. If you’re able to help, please click here to go to the registry and purchase needed items that will assist these individuals start their new life in an apartment. Inspiration Corporation will host a day at their Uptown headquarters where you will be invited to help put these starter kits together so that they can be distributed.

A substantial number of people living on the streets have told me that they became homeless right after they were released from Cook County Jail with no employment or disability in place and no family available to help them start over again. Without these necessary supports in place, it’s no wonder why we have such a high recidivism rate in our prisons. Later this month, I will be meeting with Cook County Sheriff Dart’s Office, DFSS, and the Dept. of Public Health to discuss how a more effective transition could be made when people are released from jail.

I am pleased that so much is coming together to help those in need. It’s a very complex process, but lasting solutions require thoughtful planning with everyone working together.

Best,

Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo June 25th

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The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to diversity and values the benefits and advantages of a diverse workforce. One of its core values is Diversity, valuing differences and the respectful involvement of all people, employing and leveraging the gifts, talents, and experience from each person’s culture, perspective, and background to create value for the organization and help make it even more successful.

Now they are stepping forward  to launch an officially sanctioned  Celebration of LGBTQ Pride at the Zoo!  There will be  LGBTQ Day & Night events! This is only the 2nd Zoo in the country to celebrate Pride in a big way!

DAYTIME EVENT INFORMATION

During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be  entertainment and a presentation in the afternoon!  $15  advance tickets.

During the day, there will be will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and/or products. There will also be a program  with speakers and entertainment.

 

NIGHTTIME EVENT INFORMATION

Then From 7-10 p.m., a very special evening cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area.  21+  over.

TALK TO THE ANIMALS!

A portion of the zoo will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., including camels, zebras, addax, giraffes, African painted dogs, bison, lions, tigers, (no bears unless you bring one), leopards, and dolphins.

Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.

Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions  area!  We’ll be able to sip cocktails (open bar) and enjoy delicious outdoor fare food and sweets.

Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to the Animals! Curators create a very special experience, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them.

Lounge music will set the tone as the Dj’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago

There will also be a silent auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses.

Tickets are   $60  includes  drinks, food and a phenomenal experience.

 

Limited Number of VIP  Tickets $100 – you will get a personalized PRIVATE  VIP TOUR  of The Living Coast, where you can get up close and touch PENGUINS!  The leader penguins love to come out and mingle with small groups and show off. How cool is that? A professional photographer will be on hand to capture your experience.

 

All the details  at  ZooPrideChicago.com

Dining Out For Life Chicago 2015

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Local Chicago nonprofit, EdgeAlliance, has this month announced more than 70 restaurants to participate in city-wide event, Dining Out for Life, to benefit and geared towards improving the lives of homeless persons living with AIDS.

In its 22nd year, Dining Out for Life brings restaurants and diners across the city together to rally around a pressing cause for Chicago; homelessness. Be part of a movement where millions of people across 60 cities come-out to dine-out on April 30th, “Dining Out for Life”, a campaign that annually raises $4 million in support of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

EdgeAlliance is doing their part in Chicago by connecting more than 12,000 people and 115 community partners with over 80 restaurants in support of our mission of providing quality and affordable housing to those who are most in need.

Rick Roman, co-owner of The Signature Room at the 95th, and Honorary Chair of Dining Out for Life/Chicago 2015, reaffirmed that local restaurants have always been fully supportive of HIV/AIDS research and programming in this city. “We at The Signature Room at the 95th welcome the opportunity to show support for EdgeAlliance and their Dining Out for Life campaign by being a participating restaurant. Our shared support with residents of Chicago – to uphold the traditions of good taste and community engagement – makes this venture a natural fit,” he said. Participating restaurants around Chicago will donate a portion of their proceeds to EdgeAlliance, allowing its residents to sustain healthy lives through affordable housing and programming. Chicago is one of 60 cities across the United States and Canada participating in the event, making Dining Out for Life the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country!

Actress and advocate Pam Grier joined Dining Out For Life as co-spokesperson (with Food Network host Ted Allen) to help raise support. “There is a resurgence of HIV among youth, gay men, women and ethnic minorities due to lack of education and the misperception that the epidemic is over and curable. Awareness and funds are declining – but you can help. Dine out on Thursday, April 24th for the most satisfying meal you’ll have all year.”

For more information on Dining Out for Life, please contact Joey Wasserman, Campaign Development Manager at 202-765-7442 or Jwasserman@edgealliance.org. Visit the official Dining Out for Life website at www.diningoutforlife.com/chicago for full list of participating restaurants.

Chicago House Benefit Returns to Willis Skydeck January 23rd

THE WINTER EVENT EVERYONE LOVES!  

Chicago House and Event Chairs J.P. Anderson, Matthew Harvat, David
Kaufman, Dennis Remer, Tom Segal and Sean Ward invite you to our
favorite winter tradition – Absolut Wrapture – now celebrating 12
fantastic years!

 

Enjoy signature, sky-high cocktails while tasting
delicious hors d’oeuvres. Procure one-of-a-kind works of art from our
silent auction. No matter how you enjoy the event, you’ll be directly
supporting Chicago House!

 

Take your experience to the next level with VIP tickets, which include early admission, a keepsake photo and a VIP swag bag.

 

When: Thursday, January 23rd

Where: Willis Tower, Skydeck         233 S Wacker Drive

Time: 5 p.m. VIP admission        6 p.m. General admission

Tickets: Limited VIP tickets – $160 (only 60 available)

General tickets – $99       Door Tickets – $120

About Face Theatre Wonka Ball April 26th

Ready for the most exciting event of the year?

About Face Theatre is celebrating its 17th year by presenting a unique
and wondrous Wonka Ball. This year, Wonka goes to the circus with Wonka
Ball: Circus Maximus combining the unexpected delights of the Big Top
with the inspired grandeur of Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts.

Proceeds from the WONKA BALL support About Face Theatre programming including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre, which creates critically acclaimed new work by and about LGBTQA youth and their allies.  The
Youth Theatre has performed on major stages across the country, and,
through its outreach tour, changes the lives of thousands of young
people each year.  AFT also boasts its annual, award-winning main stage season and the ambitious XYZ Festival of New Works.


Hosted by About Face board members Benjamin Sprunger and Billy Lullo,
Wonka Ball: Circus Maximus offers a night of dazzling performance,
decadent revelry, and sumptuous food and drink. The About Face annual
gala is topped off with an extravagant silent auction and the 2013
Leppen Leadership Awards and About Face Youth Theatre MVP ceremonies.

Event:             WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Date:               Friday, April 26 at 8 pm;  Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm


Location:       Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago

Details:           Featuring a silent auction, open bar, delicious food, music, dancing and performances.


Tickets:          $135 general admission. Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party: $135 event ticket + $100 tax deductible donation.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com or call 773-784-8565.

Join us for this amazing celebration! More information online!

Willius Tower ABSOLUT Tune Party with Chicago House Jan 24

Chicago House & Co-Chairs Dennis Remer, Sean Kotwa, David Kaufman,Tom Segal, Christopher Hubbard & Sean Ward invite you to enjoy a fresh new fusion of  one-of-a-kind artwork up for auction and windy city views alongside the premiere of a tasty new tune from Absolut!

Thursday, January 24th

Willis Tower Skydeck   99th Floor
233 South Franklin (Building’s East Lobby Entrance)

5PM: VIP Early Arrival

6PM-9PM: General Guest Arrival

LIMITED VIP TICKET 50% Sold Out: $150, includes EARLY ARRIVAL at 5PM, a commemorative visit and photo opportunity on The Ledge, plus a VIP swag bag of treats from Garrett Popcorn, Kiehl’s, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and much more!  

 
GENERAL TICKET: $99

New In 2013!
Expedited Entry through Willis Tower’s multiple passenger elevators!

Early arrival for VIP’s!

Paperless auction with cellular bidding!

More unique artwork!

 NEW year, NEW tune, SAME great cause

 Tickets at ChicagoHouse.org or phone (773) 248-5200 x. 303

Aids Foundation WORLD OF CHOCOLOATE Nov. 29

This is the PERFECT WAY to Begin
your holiday season ! at World of Chocolate 2012 –
an evening of decadence and celebration of community on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Place your ticket order online!

“This year, we’re featuring both sweet and savory samples from more than 30 of Chicago’s finest chefs, chocolatiers and caterers. Our celebrated Punchboard will be back and bigger than ever with prizes valued as high as $500.”

World of Chocolate celebrates the achievements of master
chocolatiers, world-class chefs and aspiring confectioners throughout
the Chicago area. Their imagination and ingenuity produce breathtaking
creations and inspired flavor combinations for World of Chocolate year
after year.

By participating in World of Chocolate, our generous chocolatiers
make a significant contribution to support the international efforts of
local organizations providing direct HIV/AIDS services. The
chocolatiers’ dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS plays an
essential role in Chicago’s premier commemoration of World AIDS Day.

Decadence is just the beginning of your World of Chocolate adventure. No
matter where your palate takes you, you could return with prizes worth
thousands of dollars.

Experience a world beyond chocolate

AFC’s World AIDS Day Event –  GET TICKETS!
Thursday, November 29     6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hilton Chicago/ International Ballroom
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois