January 23, 2012 |
Chicago's beach season doesn't kick off until Memorial Day in May, but a couple thousand desperate for a dip will hop in to Lake Michigan in March. Susan Nicholl, the executive director of Special Olympics Chicago, said she expects more than 2,000 to take a dip at North Avenue Beach March 4 for the 12th installment of the Polar Plunge. The fundraiser, where participants are asked to raise a minimum of $125, benefits Special Olympics Chicago. This year, Nicholl said, the organization expects to see the most participation ever, and is looking to break $500,000 raised, another...
February 11, 2013 |
Additional OBR Chicago events taking place in Chicago on Thursday include the following. (Participants at each event will wear red scarves as a way to identify their association with OBR): > > Roosevelt University: "The Vagina Monologues" performance (430 S. Michigan Ave, 9:30 p.m.) > > University of Chicago: UChicago Rises. Reynolds Club (5706 S. University Ave., 2 to 4 p.m.) > > Awakened Goddess Valentine's Ball: Underground Wonder Bar (710 N. Clark Street 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
February 15, 2012 |
One thing Chicago does not experience a shortage of is stuff to do. Between the abundance of bars, restaurants, social events and stores, seldom do entertainment seekers opt for the volunteer or community service avenue. One of those people is not Lindsay Payleitner, a Chicagoan who has combined her backgrounds in volunteering and sewing to create a bi-weekly community sewing class through her business The Sewing Maniac. "I think that people want to give back," Payleitner said.
October 19, 2012 |
This year's Northalsted Parade will be apocalyptic this year, with a Mayan calendar theme sure to inspire some long overdone cries of YOLO throughout the parade. It will also feature a new route. The 16th annual parade will begin at 7 p.m. at Waveland and Halsted, coasting south on Halsted to Belmont. The costume contest's signups occur from 4 to 6 p.m. at Circuit, and participants must be signed up in order to participate in the 7 p.m. contest. Judging this year's competition will be Macray Huff and Katrell Mendenhall from the Style Network's...
January 15, 2013 |
Get ready to jump in and make a splash: Registration is now open for this year's Chicago Polar Plunge. The Plunge, now in its 13 th year, benefits Special Olympics Chicago. It'll take place March 3 at North Avenue Beach. Last year's event had more than 2,000 participants, and the event raised more than $650,000. Participants must raise a minimum of $150 to take part in the plunge, and they have the option to go knee- or waist-deep in the water if the full plunge seems too daunting.
December 5, 2012 |
Chicagoans who drive less over the next few months have the chance to win prizes including dinner and tickets to the symphony. The Regional Transportation Authority, the funding arm for the CTA and Metra, is hosting a "Drive Less Live More" challenge to encourage Chicagoans to bike and ride transit instead of drive. Participants can register at drivelesslivemore.com and track their transportation use to be eligible for various prizes. More than 300 people have signed up for the challenge, the RTA said.