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Spring Games Get a Big Kick Off

Monday May 4th was a big day for the athletes of Special Olympics Chicago as they celebrated the kick off to Spring Games at the opening ceremonies held at Soldier Field. Check out this story from our partners at the Chicago Sun Times and see just what it’s like to be an athlete at Spring Games.

2015 Sip & Savor Date Set

Join the Associate Board of Special Olympics Chicago on Thursday May 28th for Sip & Savor at Bentley Gold Coast in the heart of Downtown Chicago. Spend the night sipping cocktails and savoring menu bites from Chicago’s top chefs with exclusive access to Bentley’s premier vehicles.  This year’s chef’s will include..

Summer House Santa Monica

Kevin Stack, Sous Chef, The Purple Pig

RPM Italian

HUB 51

Glazed and Infused

Chicago Yacht Club

Rich Mancini, Winner of Season 1 of Hell’s Kitchen

Proceeds will support athletic programs for nearly 5,000 Special Olympics Chicago athletes. The list of celebrity chefs is building fast so be sure to check back as we update our guests!

THANK YOU to our returning sponsors, Dykema Law Firm

Purchase your tickets today by clicking here

Chicago Polar Plunge

Join us for the 17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge! Whether you go ankle high, knee deep or take the full plunge, your efforts help support the athletes of Special Olympics Chicago! Registration Now Open! Click here to reserve your spot at North Ave Beach.

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017

Time: 10:00am- Kick off and first wave of plungers.
Plungers continue in 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 waves.

Location: Castaways, North Ave. Beach 1603 N. Lakeshore Dr. 60614


Will he or won’t he? Click here to read the story from NBC5 Chicago on how Special Olympics Chicago is working hard to recruit actor Vince Vaughn to take the Chicago Polar Plunge!

Farewell To An Athlete

Kevin O’Brien, was a lover of fried chicken, Frank Sinatra, movies and one of the first ever Special Olympians at Soldier Field on July 20th, 1968. Winner of 750 medals, he leaves behind a legacy that we can all be proud of. Read more about Kevin’s incredible life from the Chicago Sun Times by clicking here.

Are You Brave Enough?

Excited for the plunge but have some questions about what it’s all about, who it benefits and what past plunges have been like? Get all the answers by clicking here and reading this great story from

CPS Students Show Off Their Basketball Skills

See just how competitive, focused and talented the athletes of Special Olympics Chicago are as showcased in this great story by ABC7 Chicago.

“I had my team to help me. I did team work. Good sportsmanship. I used my team to help me. It’s all ain’t about me. It’s about my team,” said Patrick Mathews, a Ray Graham player.

Click here to see the full story

SOC Bank of America Chicago Marathon Team Member Spotlight

Look ahead to your next goal!  Change your life and the lives of others and run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with us on October 11, 2015.  We will get you across the finish line smiling with VIP benefits including free race entry and training program!
We will send you registration materials once they become available.  To reserve your spot on our team email




Special Olympics Chicago would not exist today without the time, energy, dedication and commitment of hundreds of volunteers throughout the city. Special Olympics relies on its dedicated volunteers.

Please contact us for more information:

Special Children's Charities
Susan Nicholl, Executive Director
c/o Special Olympics Chicago

541 North Fairbanks
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 527-3743
Fax: (312) 347-0235


Special Children's Charities