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Join us for the Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities Annual Evening Reception

The Old Post Office

433 W. Van Buren St.

Wednesday, November 29 from 5:30–8:00 pm

Our Evening Reception is less than two weeks away!

Enjoy an evening celebrating our incredible Chicago athletes and the people who help us make a difference in their lives. Tickets are $125 which include heavy appetizers and drinks. All proceeds support athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Chicago.

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Announcing this year's raffle prizes

Raffle tickets are now available. Check out our five fantastic prizes! Tickets are $25 each when you buy 1–4, and $20 each when you buy 5 or more.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at the Evening Reception. Winner need not be present.

2 Round-Trip Airline Tickets and Exclusive Wine Tours and Tastings in Napa Valley, CA. This includes a 2-night stay in a Boutique Hotel in the heart of downtown Napa

Donated by the Bartolai family and United Airlines

Take a personally curated trip for two through Napa Valley for 2 nights and 3 days – you choose the dates within the next year. Airline tickets expire November 29, 2024.

Your two-night stay can be booked at either boutique hotels, the Archer or the Andaz, in the heart of downtown Napa. Both hotels are within one block of each other, allowing for the essential Napa experience as they are walking distance from Oxbow Public Market, Napa Valley Wine Train, over 20 wine tasting rooms, premium shopping, Napa’s culinary culture, and even a few late night, fun karaoke and pool/dart bars.

2 Round-Trip Airline Tickets and a One-Week stay in a Private Puerto Vallarta, MX Condominium

Donated by Saul Lopez and Family and United Airlines

Enjoy a one week stay in a private condominium in Puerto Vallarta. This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condominium fits up to 6 people and includes two round-trip tickets on United Airlines. Airline tickets expire November 29, 2024. One mile from the ocean, two miles from the beaches, and two miles from downtown and Malecon, you can experience all Puerto Vallarta has to offer. Your stay includes parking and all amenities at the condominium, including pool access.

Dates are very flexible! There are still dates available in February/March 2024 if you are looking for a quick getaway. 

Your Own Private Suite for 20 People to see Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Megan Moroney, and Uncle Kracker at Soldier Field (June 15, 2024) 

Donated by Tim LeFevour

Experience the Sun Goes Down tour in style in a private suite at Soldier Field! This suite fits up to 20 guests. 

Plus, enjoy an exclusive opportunity for 2 to lead the 2024 Chicago Polar Plunge with the Shannon Rovers.

Private 4-hour Lake Michigan Cruise and Dinner for 12 with Chef Art Smith

Cruise donated by Anonymous 

Dinner donated by Manolis Alpogianis and Art Smith

Cruise along Lake Michigan in your own 50’ yacht with a captain. Bring your own food and beverages while you enjoy the beautiful view of Chicago from the lake. Invite 12 friends for dinner at Reunion Restaurant with Chef Art Smith at Navy Pier. Mutually agreed upon dates for both events.

Amazing Chicago Sports Package

Donated by Carolyn Daley, John and Colleen Mueller and John R. Daley 

Fly your Chicago flag all year long with tickets to four Chicago sporting events. All dates will be mutually agreed upon between all parties. This special package includes:

  • 10 White Sox tickets in the 100 section, 1st or 3rd baseline, parking pass included
  • 4 Chicago Cubs tickets in section 104
  • 2 Blackhawks tickets in section 218, parking pass included
  • 2 Bulls tickets in section 121, close to the court, parking pass included

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We recently launched a new awareness campaign! Our "Unlock Your Potential" campaign demonstrates all of the different opportunities we offer to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Chicago, and encourages them to get involved in our athletic, enrichment, and educational programs. Look for the ads on billboards, bus shelters, CTA trains, and online.

Find out more

Athletes in Action

Our athletes have had a busy month with tons of exciting activities, classes, competitions, and events. Check out some highlights of their fun and accomplishments.

Intramural Floor Hockey

This month our athletes have been having a lot of fun in intramural floor hockey! Each week 528 High School athletes have been competing on Tuesdays and 424 Chicago Park District/agency athletes have been participating on Thursdays. This year we were able to provide new equipment for teams that needed it.

November cooking class

Our monthly cooking demo was held on Monday, November 6, and our athletes joined Chef Jared from Common Threads to make a delicious meal. This month, athletes used fresh ingredients to make turkey tacos for the whole family! 

Intramural Bowling

On November 1 and 15, 1167 athletes participated in intramural bowling at four locations across the city. Everyone had a great time and each team that participated received a new indoor bowling set to continue practicing at their sites.

- A new indoor bowling set was distributed to each team that participated to

continue practicing at their site.


Our athletes headed to Hawaii this week! 16 athletes and 5 coaches will be there November 14–November 21 to compete in the Holiday Classic in Waikiki. This trip is fully funded by Special Children’s Charities, and we are so excited to provide this amazing opportunity for our athletes.

Our athletes will be competing in Bocce and having lots of fun and adventures.

Have a great trip!

Don't miss fall Family Opportunities!

We are geared up and ready for fall with some fun Family Opportunities from the Chicago Park District.

See the full schedule
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Athlete Artwork Feature

November’s featured artwork is by Miguel Sanchez of Northside Learning Center. Miguel’s artwork is called “Bowling Alley” and shows a bowling ball crashing through pins for a strike! As November brings colder temperatures it is the perfect time to head back to the bowling alley and get back to bowling strikes!

Save the date for the 24th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson!

Join us at North Avenue Beach on Sunday, March 3, 2024 to make a splash and support Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities. Stay tuned for more information soon!

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Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities
2 E 8th Street, Suite 2M
Chicago, IL 60605