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TV Coverage on GiGi’s Playhouse

GiGi’s Playhouse Expanding (Rockford), Jan 2016

GiGi’s Playhouse: Down Syndrome Developmental Center opens Sunday (Fort Wayne), Jan 2016

First Down Syndrome Achievement Center Opens in North Dakota, Sept 2015

Chicago Tonight, June 2015

Comcast PSA A Place to Belong. July 2014

NBC National! Helping those with Down syndrome reach their highest potential. Dec 2013

ABC GiGi’s Playhouse expands. Oct 20, 2013


GiGi’s Playhouse: The First Year – Twin Cities

GiGi’s Playhouse Coming To El Paso

Special guests visit GiGi’s Playhouse in Cicero

Today Show! Sept 13, 2013


GiGi’s Playhouse expands services to people with Down syndrome on 10th anniversary (Oct 27)

GiGi’s Playhouse Expands – Aug 2013

ABC7 – Couple with Down syndrome celebrates Valentine’s Day (2013)

FOX 5 – Disney on Ice help kids feel like stars (oct 2012)

I have a voice Gallery (oct 2012)

Syracuse GiGi’s Opens! (Nov 2012)

WHOTV  13 – A local program is giving some special kids a change at normal (March 2012)

CBS2 – Rob Johnson reporting on GiGi’s Playhouse (2012)

Twin Cities Opening (2012)

KSTP news – Twin Cities Opening (2012)

ABC 7 news story (August 2011) GiGi’s Playhouse raises awareness of Down Syndrome

ABC 7 news story (August 2008) Channel 7

ABC 7 news clip (July 2006) PDF



WBEZ – GiGi’s Playhouse gives teens with Down Syndrome their moment in the spotlight

Backyard and Beyond with Lavon Eblen on KJAN in Atlantic, Iowa  (5-15-13)



GiGi’s Playhouse honored at Barrington Area Community Foundation Banquet – Jan 2016

Daily Herald Coverage of Hugs and Mugs Opening – Feb 2014

GiGi’s Playhouse Celebrates Opening of New Achievement Center – Oct 27, 13

New GiGi’s Playhouse underway; donations still needed – Oct 5, 13

GiGi’s Playhouse expands services to people with Down syndrome on 10th anniversary – Aug 25, 2013

One diagnosis makes all the difference – Aug 6, 2013

GiGi’s Playhouse opens in the Twin Cities (March 2013)

GiGi’s Playhouse helps SSC Girl Achieve literacy, lifestyle goals (Feb 2013)

Syracuse Women (Jan 2013)

Southtown Star – Oak Forest Opening (Dec 2012)

Gallery of voices at TRMC (Dec 2012)

Quad City times – Playhouse open in Moline (Oct 2012)

New Jordan Creek Mall murals (September 2012)

Gallery at West Des Moines Mall to Tell Story of Down Syndrome in the Metro (Sept 2012)


Twin Cities opening (2012)

Oak Forest Opening (Patch 2012)

Syracuse opening (2012)

Daily Herald – Life not the same for Hoffman Mother as GiGi’s Playhouse expands  (2012)

Sioux City’s GiGi’s Playhouse supports those with Down syndrome (2011)

(articles below are saved as PDF files)

Photo exhibition gives Down syndrome awareness a voice – Nov 09

Herald News – Jan 2006

Enterprise – April 2005

Plainfield Sun – April 2005

South Barrington Park District – May 2006

The Grand Life – May 2007 (pg 24)

Daily Herald – June 2008

Naperville Triblocal – August 2008

Quintessential Barrington Story – September 2008

i have a voice gallery opening at Lutheran General Hospital, click here


Traveling Gallery PSAs

PSA-1(30sec)|PSA-2(60 secs)


Chicagoan of the Year! Congratulations, Nancy!!

Founder of GiGi’s Playhouse, Nancy Gianni, has been voted as a Chicagoan of the Year. Nancy’s dedication to making the world a better place for all individuals with Down syndrome is obvious to all who know her. Her inspiration comes from her beautiful daughter GiGi and her passion has inspired many to spread positive awareness about Down syndrome in their communities. Click on the following link and scroll down to hear how Nancy channeled her passion into an unstoppable mission that has spread throughout the nation!

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