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.
Jordan Feldman – Area Director
Katelin Sheppard – Manager Sports
Kristen Wisniewski – Manager Business Development & Partnerships
103 Schelter Rd., Ste. 25
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069
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.
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.
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+
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.
Chicago Police and Fire vehicle display
United Airlines Photo Booth and Games
LETR/SOILL Merchandise Sales
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.
- O’Hare Plane Pull Flyer
- 2018 O’Hare Plane Pull Guide
- 2018 O’Hare-Plane-Pull_Hotel Division Flyer
- 2018 OHare Plane Pull Team Captain Roster
- 2018 O’Hare Plane Pull Business Cards
- 2018 O’Hare Plane Pull Donor Receipts
- 2018 O’Hare Plane Pull Offline Donation Tracking Form
- O’Hare Plane Pull Waiver
- Email Signature
- 2018 Plane Pull Event Day Information
- 2018 Plane Pull Team Schedule
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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