Category Archives: Non-Profits

Fall dates for Circus in the Parks Chicago


 You can still catch CIRCUS IN THE PARKS  with some fall dates, still remaining?
Want to know what’s amazing about Circus In The Parks, besides the
talent? Last year there were 20 performances in five parks. 6000
people saw the show. 
The five parks raised $60,000 between them for
park improvements. It’s grass roots fundraising, and the results are
playground and building improvements above and beyond what cash-strapped
Chicago can give them. A very worthy cause, indeed. 


Saturdays 2pm & 5pm
Sundays 1pm & 4pm
September 8th and 9th

Hamlin Park

3035 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60618


September 15th and 16th

Welles Park
2333 W Sunnyside Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625


September 22nd and 23rd

Holstein Park
2200 N Oakley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

September 29th and 30th

Independence Park

3945 N
Springfield Ave

Chicago, IL 60618


October 6th and 7th

Commercial Park
1845 W Rice Street
Chicago, IL 60622

October 13th and 14th

Mt. Greenwood Park

W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655


October 20th and 21st

Chase Park
4701 N Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Imerman Angels Boat Party July 27

Help Melissa G Wilson Launch Non Profit Social Media Education Center

Chase and LivingSocial are awarding  12 individual grants of $250,000 to 12 small businesses. And a peer of ours is in the running but needs your vote!

Melissa G Wilson is here in Chicago. She wants to use the grant to launch a non-profit organization  to provide affordable ongoing, high quality social media training and book publishing support to all–especially entrepreneurs, small businesses, seniors and students.


Over the past 25 years she has donated thousands of dollars and thousands of hours to help professionals, entrepreneurs and young people from 12 to 29 get affordable social media and networking training. She has donated time and money to help groups like: the YMCA, YWCA, United Way, Scholarship Chicago, University of Dreams and dozens of young professionals.


Will you please help? It takes less than 30 seconds!


To be chosen as a finalist for it she must have 250 votes by June 30th 11:59pm EST.


Here are four easy steps to follow:

1. Go to:

2. Go to the bottom on the right side and click on Sign in with Facebook if you have a Facebook account and if you don’t, click on LOGIN and SUPPORT

3. In the window that appears where it says business name type in: Networlding Publishing. Please be sure to capitalize “N” in Networlding and the “P” in Publishing. You should not need to enter the state and city – but it is Illinois, Chicago.

And then click  VOTE! 

Dance for Life Chicago returns August 18

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 One stage – 6 dance companies

  • The Joffrey Ballet                                             
  • Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • River North Chicago Dance Company
  • Luna Negra Dance Theater
  • Ron de Jesus Dance


Chicago’s Leading Dance Troupes Unite to Raise Funds for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services on Aug. 18


the best dance Chicago has to offer as six of the city’s top dance
companies join together for one spectacular night on stage in this
Dance for Life. With electrifying and poignant choreography, Dance for Life is the Midwest’s
largest performing arts fundraiser for HIV/AIDS, having raised more
than $4 million to support care, education, and prevention in the
Chicagoland area.

This year, Dance for Life hosts two exciting, world-premiere performances by renowned choreographers Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney.


A silent auction and raffle will also be held.


Funds raised through Dance for Life benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Dancers’ Fund and the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project.

WHEN:             Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012

                        5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago Grand Ball Room (720 S. Michigan Ave.)

8:00 p.m. – Dance for Life Performance Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Pkwy.)

*Complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues.


COST:              $50-$75 (performance only)

$175-$500 (includes admission to 5:00 p.m. gala reception and premiere seating at the performance)

To purchase tickets, please call 312-431-2357 or visit

Chicago’s Famous Fido Dog Rescue Holiday Dinner Dance Gala Dec. 9

 Famous Fido will be hosting a Gala Holiday Dinner, and  you are all invited!

Eat, drink, dance, and shop at their
Holiday Bazaar, Silent Auction and Raffle, and  ALL OF the proceeds will benefit Famous Fido’s important work
in the year to come. 

Come share the joy that animals bring to your life!

Friday, December 9, 6PM
Grossinger Auto Plex  @  1530 N Dayton Ave (North and Clybourn)
Tickets are $30 each, or $50 for 2
Dinner buffet, wine, beer and soft drinks! What a deal!

And Every
dollar will go back to the animals. Join us in ringing in the holidays
with some smiles, laughter, and joy, all for a great cause! Your support
keeps these animals off the streets and gets them into the homes they

Purchase tickets
please call  773-907-0305

More details  online.

OPEN BOOKS Voted Most Beautiful Bookstore in Chicago

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.

This is an amazing venture!  And they  host  events at their literacy community center and all over town to spread the word about our mission and meet other book lovers.

It’s been called “the most beautiful bookstore in Chicago,” and it holds more than 50,000 donated books for sale to help support our literacy mission. Come visit!

213 W. Institute Pl.    Chicago, IL 60610

Monday – Saturday     10am – 7pm
Sunday      12noon – 6pm

Join their newsletter and find out about private events!

Stop by and donate – or shop – or volunteer!

Chicago Area Poetry Foundation and Events

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Celebrating nearly 100 YEARS!!  When Harriet Monroe founded Poetry magazine in 1912, she wrote that her publication was “a modest effort to give to poetry her own place.” Now, nearly one hundred years later, poetry quite literally has that place. Opened to the public in June 2011, the  building houses a public garden, a 30,000-volume library, an exhibition gallery, the Poetry Foundation’s programming offices—including the offices of Poetry magazine—and provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events.  –  Their building on Superior is a MUST  SEE.  


Upon receipt of a major gift from philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the Poetry Foundation was established in 2003, evolving from the Modern Poetry Association, which was founded in 1941. The Poetry Foundation is one of the largest literary foundations in the world.

The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture. Rather than celebrating the status quo, the Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry. In the long term, the Foundation aspires to alter the perception that poetry is a marginal art, and to make it directly relevant to the American public.

61 West Superior Street    Chicago, IL 60654

Building Hours: 11AM – 4PM

Garden Hours: 9AM – 5PM

Library Hours: See library information for details

DOG FUN in Andersonville Oct 15-16

Whoopi Goldberg in Chicago Nov. 4th for Chicago House Luncheon Benefit

Whoopi Goldberg, award-winning actor, producer and television host, is an outspoken human rights activist who is also well known for co-founding and hosting Comic Relief in the United States to raise funds for the homeless. She is a vigorous advocate for children, human rights, education, substance abuse, and in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Goldberg began by helping to promote UNICEF’s work to ease the burden of HIV/AIDS on children and their communities around the world in 2003. She graciously lends her considerable talents by recording video messages, participating in fundraising events and giving press interviews.

Whoopi will be in Chicago
Friday, November 4, 2011
for the Chicago House 3rd Annual
Speaker Series Luncheon

Time: 11:30am-2:00pm
Where: Palmer House Hilton, Grand Ballroom
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL


Dance For Life Documentary to air on PBS Wttw Aug. 11th

Dance for Life 

Brings Twenty Years
of Strength and Community
in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
to the Big Screen

Moving Documentary on Two-Decade Journey Premieres on WTTW-11 on Aug. 11, 10 p.m.

In its 20-year journey, the original small grassroots dance performance event, Dance for Life, has evolved to support HIV/AIDS services in Chicago and financially assist those living with HIV/AIDS within the dance community into the Midwest’s largest, must-see performance, raising nearly $175,000 annually for the cause. Now, a new, riveting documentary, which debuts on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. on WTTW 11, follows the emotional journey and shares the passion of Dance for Life in a style that can best capture its essence: dance.  
The hour-long film paints the story of Dance for Life through electrifying choreography and personal stories. Shared in one-on-one interviews with the dancers, founders and supporters, these narratives convey the significance and evolution of Dance for Life throughout the film.  It will premiere only nine days before the twentieth anniversary performance in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway.
Produced by Emmy Award-winning HMS Media, the documentary is a poignant look at the need for renewed hope and for a cure. Chronicling the 30-year impact of HIV/AIDS in Chicago and its large dance community, the film illustrates the evolution of the fundraiser. Founders Harriet Ross, Keith Elliott, Danny Kopelson and Gail Kalver, as well as beneficiaries, choreographers and dancers recount the impact of HIV/AIDS and their desire for continued progress.

(Photographs by Sando)

Dance for Life initially empowered the dance community in Chicago to take care of itself,” said Elliott, a former dancer with Joseph Chicago Holmes Dance Theater. “The documentary empowers Chicagoans to understand the power of the HIV/AIDS movement and offers a way to get involved while experiencing the best dance the city has to offer.”
From flamenco to Fosse-style jazz, performance excerpts serve as a backdrop for the emotional, yet triumphant story of Dance for Life’s origins and its future. Participants featured in the documentary include Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Chicago Dance Company.  Archival clips illustrate the event’s meteoric rise, having grown from the first sold-out performance at the former 400 seat Organic Theatre to this year’s event at the 4,000 seat Auditorium Theatre.
Dance for Life began as an effort to promote the art of dance in Chicago, while raising awareness of and supporting HIV/AIDS services in Chicago. Later, the Dance for Life Fund was formed as a program to ease the financial burden of Chicago dancers dying of complications of AIDS. As treatment for HIV/AIDS has evolved, so has the Dance for Life Fund. It now helps dancers battling any life-threatening condition to get back on their feet and continue to pursue their passion for dance. Proceeds from this year’s performance will exclusively benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dance for Life Fund.
“The dedication of staff, dance companies and volunteers is as astounding as the level of artistry,” said Harriet Ross, co-founder of Dance for Life. “Though its purpose is practical, the performance enlightens and educates. We sincerely hope that life will continue to mirror art as survival rates improve and as Dance for Life continues to flourish.”
Dance for Life the documentary will air on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. on WTTW 11. 

The live, on-stage performance of Dance for Life will be held on Saturday, August 20 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, in Chicago. Tickets are $50-$75 for the 7:30 p.m. performance, with tickets for the 4:30 p.m. gala and performance ranging from $175-$500. Tickets are available at or by calling 312-922-5812.

Since 1992, Dance for Life has raised more than $4 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS; showcased Chicago’s top professional dance companies; financially established a fund that provides assistance to dancers living with HIV/AIDS; helped to support and produce five spin-off pre-events; and helped raise money for many of Chicago’s leading AIDS organizations.