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Volunteer Spotlight: Kathleen Tynes

We are excited to spotlight our new volunteer Literacy Coordinator, Kathleen Tynes.   If you have not yet met Kathleen, you are sure to run into her soon.  She’s at the playhouse several days a week making sure our playhouse is ready to roll-out the new literacy program in 2018!  The Literacy Coordinator role is one…

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Halloween Fun: An Opportunity to Lead

Teens Plan Halloween Party at GiGi’s The teens from Teen Tastic are at it again! This time they put on their party planning hats to plan the spookiest, scariest Halloween Party that GiGi’s Playhouse – Chicago has ever seen. Their planning began months back when they decided it was time the teens got to party…

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3rd Annual Get Down With Down Syndrome a HUGE Success!

Get Down With Down Syndrome 2017:  A Fun Filled Afternoon of Dancing and Inspiration! The 2017 Get Down With Down Syndrome Dance-A-Thon was a success on many levels.  With nearly 300 people in attendance, it was our largest event to date!   We raised over $31,000 and contributions are still rolling in through matching donations, friends…

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Teen Tastic! Ready to Dance at 3rd Annual Dance-A-Thon

GiGi’s Teen Tastic group has been hard at work learning a new dance.   During Teen Tastic, which meets every other Thursday, they selected the song, My Type, and created an original dance routine.  They can’t wait to debut it at our 3rd annual Get Down With Down Syndrome Dance-A-Thon on September 23rd at DePaul College…

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Volunteer Spotlight: High School Seniors Create Virtual Tour

Meet Richard, Evan, and Ike Three high school students from North Shore Country Day School recently selected GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago for their Senior Service Project.  As part of the project, each student is required to plan, prepare and complete a 60 hour service project during a two-week period in May. Richard, one of the three…

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Join GiGi’s Chicago on LinkedIn

Those of you who know us well will already be aware that we’re a social bunch at GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago! You can now find us on our LinkedIn Company Page, where you’ll find all of the latest news about GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago; community engagement and program event updates. If you have a LinkedIn profile then you can…

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We Are GiGi’s! We ARE Teen Tastic!

The teens at GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago have been hard at work this year and it definitely shows in their new video. This video project started out as a self-reflection and an introduction to the Teen Tastic team. During this process, teens made autobiographical posters that described their likes, dislikes, their interests, future plans, and dreams.…

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GiGi’s Chicago: Furnishing our New Playhouse

This past year, GiGi’s Playhouse in Chicago underwent an expansion to help meet the needs of our growing community.  Our previous space was small and did not have the proper furnishings needed to implement our free educational and therapeutic programming to individuals with Down syndrome.  When it came time to furnish the newly expanded space,…

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Farewell to Our Intern, Jessica

Hello! This is Jessica. As many of you know, I have been the intern here at GiGi’s since January. Unfortunately, Friday, April 28th, was my last day. I have an incredible experience and gained a wealth of valuable experience during my time here, and I wanted to use this space to talk about my time here.…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Grace Gibbs

Purposeful Programming:  How do we do it? GiGi’s provides purposeful programming for all ages. We have an amazing team of highly qualified and passionate volunteers who lead our programs. This month, we’re going to shine a spotlight on Grace Gibbs, a teacher who runs our Saturday LMNOP program. She is also the Math Tutoring Coordinator and Vice…

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