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Giving Tuesday in the Chicago Loop


Posted  4 months ago

7 MIN READ - Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to do some good this holiday season. There’s no shame in a little Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday splurging, but Giving Tuesday serves as a reminder that the holidays are also about generosity. If you’re feeling the spirit of the season, consider making contributions to any of these great non-profits in the Loop.

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The Art Institute of Chicago

A destination for 1.5 million visitors annually, the Art Institute of Chicago houses an extraordinary collection or art from across places, cultures, and time. The museum is committed to expanding the public’s access to its collection while building lifelong connections to art through its exhibitions, scholarship, and public programming. When you support the museum, you demonstrate a shared commitment to the cultural landscape of the city of Chicago and beyond. Gifts are tax deductible and directly support the museum’s thousands of educational programs every year, more than 30 annual special exhibitions, and their state-of-the-art conservation efforts. Give here.

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Auditorium Theatre

This Giving Tuesday, the Auditorium Theatre will be collecting donations for its summer camp, Hearts to Art, which is a program specifically for young people ages 7-14 who have experienced the death of a parent. Through dance, music, theater, and art, Hearts to Art inspires communication and collaboration, fosters emotional growth, and provides these young people with friendship, compassion, and community. Campers also participate in healing sessions with professional counselors, giving them an opportunity to express and share their feelings with peers. The theatre also hosts camp reunions throughout the year so that campers can experience some of the great performances that take place on the Auditorium’s stage! Give here.

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Carpe Librum

Carpe Librum is a used bookstore that benefits Turning the Page, a non-profit literacy and family engagement organization working in Chicago public schools. To raise funds for its programs, Turning the Page collects donated used books, CDs, and DVDs and sells these items in pop-up storefronts and festival events. Supporters can shop thousands of these items – all for under $6 – at its store in the Pedway in Block 37. If you would like to donate books, CDs, DVDs, or vinyl records, they accept donations of any genre and for all ages (some restrictions may apply). To schedule a pickup for five or more boxes from your home or business, or coordinate a book drive, please email Andrew Hertzberg at ahertzberg@turningthepage.org. Give here.

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Chicago Fashion Incubator

Chicago Fashion Incubator is dedicated to the development of fashion entrepreneurs, by giving fashion designers the business tools, mentorship, and training to create innovative products and launch globally competitive businesses based here in Chicago. Your Giving Tuesday contribution supports this initiative, as well as the incubator’s goal to cultivate community growth for fashion-focused industry professionals in Chicago. Contributions will directly impact emerging designers, and help make meaningful economic impact in Chicago.

Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) is a recognized 501(c)3 organization established in 2008. The CFI has trained and supported over 50 designers through its Designer-In-Residence (DIR) program. These DIR have received numerous awards and press recognition, and have included contestants on the reality television show, Project Runway. 

For more information, please visit: www.chicagofashionincubator.org or follow on Instagram: @chicagofashioninc. Give here.

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Design Museum of Chicago

The Design Museum of Chicago believes design has the fundamental capacity to improve the human condition, and strives to make it accessible to everyone through free exhibitions in a public space in the Chicago Loop. A local, non-profit cultural institution, Design Museum of Chicago strives to meet people where they are, facilitating conversations around design comprised of a variety of voices, backgrounds, and viewpoints. Design is not just a single discipline or process, but rather a persistent element present in everyday environments and experiences. Give here.

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Hostelling International

HI USA seeks to raise funds for its Explore the World travel scholarship program. Each $2,000 scholarship enables a young person of limited means to embark on a service learning or educational trip abroad. In Chicago, 29 hard-working students and young professionals have received a scholarship since the program’s inception in 2016. In total, over 400 young people from all walks of life have experienced the power of travel, many of them boarding a plane or traveling outside the U.S. for the first time.

Show your support for these young travelers and inspire many more journeys like these. You can donate and share the Facebook fundraiser. Give here.

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The International Museum of Surgical Science

As North America’s only museum devoted to surgery, The International Museum of Surgical Science is dedicated to enriching the lives of visitors by enhancing their understanding and appreciation of medicine and health through exhibits, collections, and programs. When you support IMSS on Giving Tuesday, you support public health education and Chicago’s cultural vibrancy. Private donations help the museum support its mission through medically themed exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program. Give here.


Porchlight Music Theatre

As Chicago’s home for music theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre is known for bold, edgy, and smart music theatre that celebrates the past, present, and future while showcasing Chicago’s brightest and best talent on and behind the stage. Porchlight inspires the community to learn, build hope, and transform their lives and the world around them.

Porchlight’s youth education program provides music theatre training and outreach to Chicago youth where they practice teamwork, challenge themselves, and explore their imaginations. Your support helps deserving students participate in the “Make Your Own Musical” summer camp, where children ages 7-12 enter the world of music, drama, dance, and writing as they are guided through the process of creating a brand-new musical.

Your donation to Porchlight on Giving Tuesday will bring the magic of musicals to life! Give here

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana exists so families can get better together. Each night, they keep 162 families close to the care and resources they need through five area Ronald McDonald Houses® and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®. Enabling families to stay close to their hospitalized child supports the health and well-being of the child and saves families more than $10 million in hotel and food costs each year.

This Giving Tuesday, join their effort to raise critical funds so that more families with hospitalized children can heal together. To celebrate your generosity on this special day, all donations made will be matched up to $50,000. Donations can provide nearly 1,180 nights for families in need. Give here.

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The Wabash Lights

The Wabash Lights is creating Chicago’s first interactive public art platform. On the underside of the Wabash L tracks, they are building a place where art and technology come together in a canvas of light to foster public discourse and personal expression. This full block of programmable LED lights connect to movements and sounds like your heartbeat, the tap of a drum, or to the rhythm of your favorite song. The result will be a canvas of light for any person, anywhere, to use as a vehicle for expression.

Through a partnership with DePaul University, The Wabash Lights has developed STEAM (STEM + Arts) curriculum to take mobile lights demos into classrooms to conduct workshops aligned with Illinois State Learning Standards. They will deliver the program to underserved Chicago Public Schools.

The Wabash Lights will generate a feeling of greater community in the Loop, and would be grateful for your support! Give here.

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Windy City Playhouse

Experience driven. Audience first. Windy City Playhouse is generating a lot of interest these days, for very good reasons. The Playhouse produces theater unlike any other nonprofit storefront in the city, now colloquially known as the place for immersive experiences. Immersive theater pulls you right into the story, up close and personal. Most recently, the Playhouse has gained critical acclaim for Southern Gothic and Every Brilliant Thing, two 4-star reviewed immersive experiences; the first of which ran for over 20 months and the second of which is now playing to enrapt audiences through December 15. However, intimate experiences like these require smaller audience sizes and higher production quality—both of which rely on the support of generous donors. If you are invested in the future of Chicago theater, consider giving to Windy City Playhouse. Give here.