Chicago Polar Plunge

Join us for the 20th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Chicago! Challenge your family, friends, and coworkers to brave the icy waters of Lake Michigan!

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Location: North Avenue Beach

Start Time: 10AM




Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Join Team Special Olympics Chicago for the 2019 Chicago Marathon!

The Special Olympics Chicago Marathon Team (Team SOC) is a group assembled of runners of all ages and abilities in support of the Special Olympics Chicago mission. Team SOC supports runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon through fundraising, training, and day of support! We believe connecting people through sports and physical activity are the beginning steps in spreading our mission of inclusion, acceptance, and joy. Together, we can cross the finish line towards more inclusive communities… one runner at a time.


Midway 5K Blue-Circle

Midway Fly Away 5k

Join us September 8, 2019 for our 7th Annual Midway Fly Away 5k at Midway Airport! In conjunction with the Chicago Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines, this fundraiser will help support more than 7,500 Special Olympics athletes throughout Chicago. Participants will have the unique and fun opportunity to run directly on the airfield while the planes are taking off and landing! This is a great race and an opportunity to support our athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We look forward to seeing you there!


Thank you to BTN 10k for hosting Special Olympics Chicago as your charitable partner. Our athletes, staff, family and friends who came out to participate are so grateful for your support and had a wonderful and fun day!


Chicago 10 Mile Blue-Circle

Chicago 10 Mile

Thank you to Run Mfg for choosing Special Olympics Chicago to be your charity partner of the Chicago 10 Mile. We are grateful for your support of our athletes!

One for the Kids Blue-Circle

“One For The Kids” Golf Outing

Thank you to One for the Kids for supporting Special Olympics Chicago again this year at your Annual Golf Outing! One for the Kids has raised over $1,000,000 for different charities all benefiting children of the Chicagoland area. Their steadfast support truly impacts our athletes and their families, and we cannot thank you enough for making a difference.

LAZ Parking

Golf season is upon us and that means it’s time to dust off those clubs and practice that backswing. LAZ Parking’s Charitable Golf Outing will take place on September 9th at Silver Lake Country Club and we are looking forward to another successful year supporting the Special Olympics of Chicago. In addition to a round of golf, the event provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, loads of contests, great raffle prizes, drinks on the course, a cocktail reception, and much more.

Various levels of participation are available for single golfers as well as groups. In the Foundation’s true spirit of giving back, many of the sponsorship packages include opportunities for business promotion and publicity.

Chicago Hockey Charity Classic

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Chicago Hockey Charity Classic an All-Star game benefiting Special Olympics Chicago!

AMINC Blue-Circle

Anchor Mechanical and Special Olympics Celebration

Thank you to Anchor Mechanical for sharing your 20th Anniversary celebration with Special Olympics Chicago on September 27, 2018. We are honored that you have partnered with our charity to commemorate both Anchor Mechanical and Special Olympics’ milestone year! The outpouring support we received from your family, friends and business partners at the event will greatly benefit our programs that showcase the tremendous skills of our athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On behalf on our 7500+ Special Olympics Chicago athletes, thank you for your generosity and support!

Ducky Derby

The 9th Annual Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Chicago was a great success and we are grateful to all our sponsors and families that came out to support Special Olympics Chicago! This year Advanced Eye Care Professionals co-hosted with Mount Greenwood’s Special Recreation Team. The Special Olympics’ mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Billy Joel Red-Circle

Billy Joel

Thank you to all our sponsors and guests who made the rooftop summer concert with Billy Joel a success.



Evening Reception

We invite you to the Special Olympics Chicago 6th Annual Evening Reception, which is being held once again at Carnivale (702 Fulton Market) at 5:30 – 9:00 PM. Tickets will be $100, which includes food, drinks, entertainment, and more!

The proceeds from this reception will allow us to continue to support over 7500 athletes that participate in numerous events throughout the year.

This year, we are honoring Carey Pinkowski, the Executive Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the Shannon Rovers, Irish Bagpipe Band.