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First Look For Charity


WHEN: February 7, 2020 6-11PM

WHERE: McCormick Place 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

COST: $275.00

ORGANIZER: Shelley Chenoweth 331-444-8185 schenoweth@soill.org

The First Look for Charity is the nation’s largest auto show and a formal gala benefiting Special Olympics and 17 other vital charities in the Chicagoland area. Now in its 30th year, the First Look offers complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, champagne, wine, soft drinks and desserts all on the show floor. Guests will also enjoy live music and have the chance to win a new 2020 vehicle. The Special Olympics Illinois hospitality suite will be open all evening beginning at 6:00 pm located at S403. Enjoy the open bar, hors-d’oeuvres and complimentary coat check. Remember – this is a tax-deductible contribution.

Please contact Emily Merkle for more information at emerkle@soill.org or by phone 630-426-1153


Donate to get your Special Olympics Holiday Ornament!


Give $65 or more today and we’ll ship the first-ever Special Olympics ornament right to your home. Better yet? Your donation can get an athlete everything they need to train, compete, and win in 2020!

Hurry and order today to get your ornament before the holidays!

Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.

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