Area 18 – North Suburban Cook

Area 18 was founded in 1982 and provides programming for people in the North and Northwest Suburbs of Cook County.

There are many opportunities available for you to get involved with Special Olympics including serving as a volunteer or committee member, helping with fundraising or competing as an athlete. If you live in the Area and want to find out more about the local program,  please contact the Area Director.

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area18Area 18 Contact Info


Jordan Feldman – Area Director

Katelin Sheppard – Manager Sports

Kristen Wisniewski – Manager Business Development & Partnerships

103 Schelter Rd., Ste. 25
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069
Phone: 224-234-8635
Fax: 847-478-0982


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Region K Bowling @ Nu-Bowl Lanes
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm
O’Hare Plane Pull @ Chicago O'Hare Airport
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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What is the Plane Pull?

The Plane Pull features the ultimate tug-of-war competition, as teams of up to 20 battle a UPS Airbus A300 or United Airlines 737, weighing more than 180,000 lbs.  That is right, the plane weights nearly 90 tons! Each team raises a minimum of $1,000 to participate (only $50 per person for a team of 20).

Teams compete in one of four divisions:

  • Open Division: Ideal for companies, school teams, clubs, friends and Families
  • Public Safety Division: law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, EMT, DNR, DOC and military personnel; teams need at least 10 public safety competitors to qualify for this division
  • Fitness Division: CrossFit, gyms or other fitness groups
  • Hotel Division: solely for groups in the hotel industry

Questions on this event? Please contact Sandy Nash at 309-888-2562.

Day of Information

The 10th annual Plane Pull at O’Hare International Airport will be held on the southwest side of the airport grounds at the United Airlines Cargo Facility.  The site is located off of Irving Park Road with the entrance near Bensenville.  Click here to download the Day of Event Information

Parking and Shuttle Buses

Due to construction, all participant parking will be OFF SITE.  Complimentary shuttles provided by Durham will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and run through the conclusion of the event. Shuttles will leave from the parking area every 30 minutes (i.e. 7:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 8:30 a.m.) with handicap accessible buses leaving on the hour.

Individuals are encouraged to bring collapsible strollers when possible.  If you have strollers that do not collapse or individuals with mobility issues you are welcome to drop off at the Plane Pull event site prior to parking.

Participant Parking:

517 Express Center Drive, Chicago, IL


Pre-Registration Event

Special Olympics Illinois will be hosting a pre-registration event on Friday, September 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Aviation Administration Building located at 10510 W. Zemke Blvd, Chicago.  The event will be on the second floor in Conference Room 1.  Team Captains should bring all team materials (offline donations and signed waivers).  This is a great way to avoid the lines the day of and have your teams t-shirts to wear the day of the event!

Registration & Schedule

Registration will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.  Team Captains are asked to check in their teams the morning of the event.  The Team Captain will receive all necessary materials for their group including t-shirts, wristbands and lunch tickets.  Team Captains are responsible for collecting and submitting all money and signed waivers for their team at this time.  All teams must raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate.

Participant Waivers

All participants are required to sign and submit a Plane Pull event waiver prior to participating. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.  All waivers should be submitted to your team captain prior to registration.

Team Captain Meetings

Team Captains are required to attend a Team Captain meeting approximately 30 minutes before their scheduled pull time.  Click here to view the Pull Schedule and Team Captain meeting times.  Please note, actual pull times are subject to change.  We recommend that your team arrives no less than 1 hour prior to your scheduled pull time.  This will allow ample time to check in and attend your Team Captain meeting.

Team Captain Meetings will be held outside the PULL AREA EXIT at the below times:

8:15 a.m. – Teams #1 – 24

9:00 a.m. – Teams #25 – 48

9:45 a.m. – Teams #49 – 72

10:30 a.m. – Teams #73 – 96

11:00 a.m. – Teams #96+

Pull Schedule

Click here to download the O’Hare Plane Pull Schedule All walk-up teams will pull after the scheduled pulls are completed.

Semi-Finals & Grand Championship Pull-Off

Open Division teams are scheduled to pull between the two planes. For this reason, we have added a Semi-Final to this year’s Plane Pull event in which the top Open Division team from each plane will compete for the Open Division Championship title. For all other divisions, the team with the fastest pull time will be awarded that Division’s Champion.

The Grand Championship will feature the Open Division Champion, Public Safety Division Champion and Fitness Division champions in a final pull off.  Be sure to check the leader board located at the Pull Zone entrance often to see if your team is in the running for this Pull-Off.

Kids Zone and Onsite Entertainment

The O’Hare Plane Pull is a fun day for the entire family! Come out and enjoy good food, live music and activities all while supporting the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.  Below is a list of activities and vendors participating at the Plane Pull.

Cover Story Band

WTTW Kids BIG IDEA Traveling Lab

Chicago Police and Fire vehicle display

United Airlines Photo Booth and Games

Food Provided by HMS Host and United Airlines BBQ

Harley Davidson Raffle

2017 Can-Am Defender Raffle

LETR/SOILL Merchandise Sales


Who Benefits

All proceeds collected through the Plane Pull benefit the more than 22,000 traditional athletes and more than 20,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) currently participating with Special Olympics Illinois.


Presenting Sponsors

United Airlines


Chicago Department of Aviation
Durham School
Region A Flag Football @ NIU Huskie Stadium
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Region D Bocce @ McGuane Park
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Region H Flag Football @ University of Illinois
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am
Region J Bowling @ St. Clair Bowl
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm
Troy Truck Convoy @ CIT Trucks, Inc.
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

What is the Truck Convoy?

The Truck Convoy is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between law enforcement and the trucking industry to raise funds for Special Olympics so athletes  can continue to train in year-round sports activities. Officers involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics have made the Truck Convoy one of their many annual signature events in Illinois

Please contact Katie Risley for more information.

Event Information

Special Olympics athletes and families, the community, companies and local law enforcement agencies will welcome the truckers as they return to the starting location for lunch and a celebration, complete with awards and music.

All trucks must be 10-GVW or larger. Hazardous materials or trucks with alcohol/tobacco names/logos are not permitted.

On-Site Check-In runs from 5:30- 6:00 p.m. inside CIT Trucks; the Convoy will leave at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to view the Troy Convoy Flyer


Eventbrite - 2018 Troy Truck Convoy

Truck entries should be paid in advance to guarantee a position.  Your $100.00 donation includes official Convoy goody bag, and a delicious dinner.  Suggested donation for guests is $10.00.  Children 10 and under, and all Special Olympics athletes in attendance receive free admission and meal.

Click here to view the Troy Convoy Registration Form

Consider placing a bid to be the Lead Truck!  Before the Convoy leaves, a live bid will take place and the highest bidder will pay to lead the Truck Convoy.  Bidding will start at $500.00.

Troy Sponsorship Levels


Region B Volleyball @ Hersey High School
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region C Volleyball @ LaGrange Area Park Dist.
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Region J Bowling @ St. Clair Bowl
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm
Sterling PD Running of the Bears @ Lawrence Park
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sterling PD Running of the Bears @ Lawrence Park | Sterling | Illinois | United States

Join Sterling PD at the annual Running of the Bears for Special Olympics Illinois event on September 15th, 2018. The event will take place at the 1st Avenue Bridge and will end at Lawrence Park in Sterling, IL.

Bears are available for $5 each, 5 for $20, or 30 for $100.

Bear Race Flyer

Region I Equestrain @ Rocky Lane Farms
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm
Queen of Hearts Raffle @ The Station Saloon
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Region D Floor Hockey-Individual Skills @ Jessie White Community Center
Sep 27 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Region D Floor Hockey-Individual Skills @ Gage Park
Sep 28 @ 9:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Region G MATP @ AC Home
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am
Region G MATP @ AC Home
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am
Region H Bowling @ Tangerine Bowl
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am
Region K Flag Football @ Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Region F Bowling-Ramp @ Highland Park Bowl
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm
Run WITH the Law – Sterling @ Newman Central Catholic High School
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
YPB Meeting @ Avia HealthCare
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Taste of Something Special @ The Walkway
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Taste of Something Special @ The Walkway | Mattoon | Illinois | United States

Interested in an evening of music and food while sampling different wines and beer along with bidding on fantastic items? Join us for the 9th Annual Taste of Something Special, a wine-tasting and silent auction event benefit SOILL Region I.

Tickets are $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door. Cash bar will be available. Attendees may also purchase the wines and spirits available for tasting that evening from The Walkway and leave with those purchases in hand.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Vanessa Duncan at 217-345-2424.



Area 18 Sponsors