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Chicago Baseball Night, Special Olympics fundraiser, in Autism Certified City of Mesa, AZ


Due to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, and from the guidance of Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Arizona have made the difficult decision to cancel the Chicago Baseball Night event. The safety of our athletes, families, donors, and volunteers is always our top priority. We are looking forward to coming back together for this event next year!

Experience a Chicago style St. Patrick’s Day party after the Cubs Game! The event is a traditional Chi-rish party filled with your favorite sports celebrities comically entertaining the crowd!

What a great way to enhance your spring training trip, by going to Chicago Baseball Night for Special Olympics on March 14, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Sheraton in Wrigleyville West, Mesa, Arizona. Experience this Chicago-style St. Patrick’s Day party after the Cubs or White Sox game, hosted by comedian Marc Cordes.

Featuring: Chicago Cubs Manager David Ross, Chicago Cub Kyle Schwarber,  Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds (the original Bleacher Bum), Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher, Chicago Cubs Mark Grace, Chicago Bulls Scotty Williams, Dennis Gardeck Arizona Cardinals, and many more.

All proceeds benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Arizona.

Chicago Baseball Night tickets start at $75 per person and include live entertainment, a Chicago-themed buffet, and two drink tickets. VIP Tickets are $500 per person and include a pre-event tailgate party with celebrity interaction, open bar, premium buffet, and entertainment.

Appropriately, this event will be held in Mesa, the first-ever Autism Certified City in the U.S. designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the result of nearly a year-long quest to tailor travel experiences for individuals with autism and their families.

In total, almost 60 businesses and organizations in Mesa and the surrounding area completed autism certification training, and are now each deemed a Certified Autism Center by IBCCES. The effort was immediately embraced by other city factions including the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and numerous nonprofit organizations. More than 500 Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities employees and 1,200 plus Mesa Police Department public safety and law enforcement officers are fully committed to autism certification training. To date, nearly 4,000 community members have completed or committed to the autism certification.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.chicagobaseballnight.org.

Polar Plunge


The 2020 Polar Plunge season will run from Saturday, February 15 through Sunday, March 22.  Registration is scheduled to open on Monday, November 11th.  All proceeds collected by plungers benefit the 23,000 traditional athletes and 17,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.


Bloomington Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 22

Braidwood Polar Plunge

Saturday, March 14


Carlyle Plunge & Donut Dash

Saturday, February 29

Decatur Polar Plunge

Saturday, March 7

Effingham Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 29

EIU Glow Plunge

Sunday, March 1


Evanston Polar Plunge

Sunday, February 23


Fox Lake Polar Plunge

Sunday, February 16


Galesburg Polar Plunge

Sunday, February 23


Macomb Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 29


Mahomet Plunge & Donut Dash

Saturday, March 21


Manteno Polar Plunge

Saturday, March 7


Mendota Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 29


Oak Brook Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 29


Palatine Polar Plunge

Sunday, March 22


Peoria Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 15


Quincy Polar Plunge

Saturday, Februay 22


Rend Lake Polar Plunge

Saturday, March 7

Rock Island Polar Plunge

Sunday, March 15


Rockford Plunge

Saturday, March 7


SIU Polar Plunge

Saturday , February 29



SUPER Plunge

Friday, February 21- Saturday, February 22


Yorkville Polar Plunge

Sunday, March 1