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World Down Syndrome Day 2024 Celebration!

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is recognized on 3/21, to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. People all around the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, mismatched socks. Socks were chosen because the karyotype...
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Thank You White Castle!

As you may know, White Castle Chicago regional restaurants have been asking customers to "round-up" their purchases to donate to GiGi's Playhouse Tinley Park! The latest round-up campaign ended on December 31st, and yesterday we were presented a check for a donation of $44,738! This is proof that every penny raised...
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GiGi’s Achievers is Back for 2024!

Our GiGi's Achievers group had an eventful week, having fun painting pottery last Wednesday at Arts and Crafts Studio by Mucci World in Tinley Park, then honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The GiGi’s Achievers program meets weekly and empowers adults with Down syndrome with purposeful activities to ensure continued...
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Abby’s Color Filled Life

Abby and her mom, Barb We wanted to highlight the art and talent of a participant here at GiGi's Playhouse Tinley Park, Abby M. Abby has participated in many local art shows with her beautiful paintings. She truly embodies her "Best of All" as a confident and fantastic artist! Abby's...
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10 Year Best of All!

Here at GiGi's Playhouse, Best of All means a daily challenge to do a little better than you did the day before and it's always celebrated. At our 10 Year Open House on September 24th, we asked our families and participants for a "Best of All" moment or favorite memory...
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Best of all: Cierra

Cierra W. is a 22-year-old participant here at GiGi's Playhouse Tinley Park. She recently completed the summer session of our Amina Grace 1:1 Speech & Language Program in August. Cierra can be slow to warm up to people. With this in mind, her speech therapist was challenged with finding an...
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For the Klyczeks, Volunteerism is a Family Affair

From left to right: Elizabeth Klyczek, Tony Klyczek, Kathy Klyczek and Emily Klyczek If you've been to GiGi's Playhouse Tinley Park, then you've probably had the pleasure of meeting someone from the Klyczek family. Not just one Klyczek, but everyone in their family generously donates their time here: from our...
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Program Highlight: Amina Grace Speech and Language with Governors State University!

From left to right: Vicki, Kelly and Meghan from Governors State University Last week, we wrapped up our second session of the Amina Grace Speech and Language Program here at GiGi's Playhouse Tinley Park for the summer. We are partnering with Governors State University and their Master of Health Science...
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Mrs. America visits GiGi’s Playhouse Tinley Park!

Mrs. America, Nicole La Ha Zwiercan, reading her book "My Sister is Just Like You and Me" On August 5th, we had a very exciting Leaps & Bounds Program with special guest Mrs. America, Nicole La Ha Zwiercan! Leaps & Bounds is a play-based program for children ages 3-7 that...
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Meet Bianca De Rango: New Operations & Outreach Coordinator

Hello! My name is Bianca, and I recently started as the Operations & Outreach Coordinator here at GiGi's Playhouse Tinley Park. I'm joining as a new full time staff member that you will see at the Playhouse. I just moved to Tinley Park in June. I'm excited to see where...

Welcome to the Family!!!

Are you a new parent? Are you expecting a child with Down syndrome? Congratulations! We are so happy you are here and we want to welcome you to our family with open arms and a big warm hug. We are so glad you found us and would love for you...
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World Down Syndrome Day Carnival

World Down Syndrome Day is right the corner!!! We celebrate this day, March 21st..3/21... to represent the three copies of the 21st chromosome that creates Down syndrome. How awesome is that?!?!?! Our annual carnival brings together families, friends, volunteers, and community members and it is a true celebration. There are...