A long time supporter of the athletes and programs of Special Olympics Chicago, 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea will be running with the best of them in honor of those with special needs. Click here to read the story from DNA INFO
Click here to see some of our great athletes discussing how the Special Olympics has helped them develop and achieve their goals as they prepare for the Special Olympics Wold Games in LA.
Thanks to Rick Kogan for telling this wonderful story about our dedicated show on CAN TV, produced each month by our talented athletes. Another great opportunity made possible through the generous support of our donors and community partners!
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This year’s favorite plunger, Vince Vaughn talks to the Chicago Blackhawks captain Johnathan Towes about their shared love of all things Blackhawks and the Chicago Polar Plunge. Click here to see the interview.
Join the athletes of Chicago and across the state as we celebrate our Unified Relay Across America participants, 2015 World Games athletes and the arrival of the Flame of Hope! Celebrate with us at 10am on Navy Pier as we build towards a community of inclusion, respect and happiness. Together we will create a Unified World!
On a beautiful spring day, thousands of athletes joined each other in a parade through Soldier Field in celebration of the 2015 Spring Games. Click here to see the full story from WGN
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.
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
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
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Vince Vaughn continued his media tour explaining just why he did the Chicago Polar Plunge, for our athletes of course! Check out his interview here.
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
First it was Jimmy Fallon, now Vince Vaughn is set to join us for the Chicago Polar Plunge on March 1st! Click here to read the story from the Chicago Tribune on this warm hearted celebrity Very Important Plunger!
It’s official! Find out all the details of this year’s celebrity Very Important Plunger by clicking here
Click here to see just how this year’s Chicago Polar Plunge is preparing for another great year with a little help from their friends!
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!
Click here to see the story from the Chicago Sun Times on how Special Olympics Chicago is dreaming big by inviting Vince Vaughn to take the Chicago Polar Plunge this year
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.
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 rootsrated.com
See how the Special Olympics has helped Colleen Sykes become a model employee at her job at the Smith Village Retirement Home. Click here to see the full story from Mary Schmich with the Chicago Tribune.
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.
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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