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Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 at 11:25 AM CDT

Big Green Hosts 4th Annual Chicago Sports Summit

Big Green Hosts 4th Annual Chicago Sports Summit

NBC 5's Alex Maragos sits down with Big Green Regional Director Maggie Hughes to talk about the 4th annual Chicago Sports Summit set to take place on Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency. 

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 at 01:18 PM CDT

Thousands Expected to Partake in JDRF One Walk Fundraiser

Thousands Expected to Partake in JDRF One Walk Fundraiser

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter sits down with JDRF Illinois Youth Ambassador Charlie Sexton to talk about Diabetes and their upcoming 'One Walk' event on Sept. 29.

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 at 12:26 PM CDT

Reclaim13 to Host Annual Cherish The Dream Gala

Reclaim13 to Host Annual Cherish The Dream Gala

Reclaim13 representative Amy Adler talks about how the organization is devoted to ending the sexual exploitation of children. The upcoming gala is scheduled to take place Saturday Oct. 5.  

Monday, Sep 23, 2019 at 06:11 PM CDT

Girl With Sickle Cell Hosts Awareness Birthday Party

Girl With Sickle Cell Hosts Awareness Birthday Party

A 9-year-old south suburban girl with sickle cell disease is hoping to help others like her by holding an awareness party instead of a birthday celebration. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details.

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 at 11:42 AM CDT

Chicago Gourmet, The Big Chill(I) to Kick Off Soon

Chicago Gourmet, The Big Chill(I) to Kick Off Soon

NBC 5's Alex Maragos sits with the Duck Inn Chef Kevin Hickey to talk about the upcoming Chicago Gourmet and a chili cook off that will soon kick off at the end of September. Tickets are $95; however by using...

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 at 11:26 AM CDT

Chicago's South Side Film Festival Promotes Young Filmmakers

Chicago's South Side Film Festival Promotes Young Filmmakers

The founder of Chicago South Side Film Festival, Michelle Kennedy shares what you can expect to see at this year's third annual festival event.

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 at 11:16 AM CDT

After School Matters Annual Gala Returns

After School Matters Annual Gala Returns

NBC 5's Alex Maragos sits with Mary Ellen Caron, CEO of After School Matters Chicago charity program to talk about the upcoming gala event set to take place Sept. 24 at the Wintrust Arena.

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 08:39 PM CDT

Little City: Home in Palatine Gets Extreme Makeover

Little City: Home in Palatine Gets Extreme Makeover

The makeover was made possible by a group of volunteers who wanted to transform a group home and help eight adult women with developmental disabilities. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has the story.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 07:01 PM CDT

Local School Fundraises for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Local School Fundraises for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

A Chicago-area school is raising money and making a difference for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and honoring some of those who have been affected. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz reports.  

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 06:31 PM CDT

A Look At Navy Pier's 'Ship of Tolerance' Art Installation

A Look At Navy Pier's 'Ship of Tolerance' Art Installation

Using the universal language of art to help young people learn about tolerance and diversity is the mission behind a new, free public art installation at Navy Pier. The Ship of Tolerance, presented in collabora...

Making a Difference Resources

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