We have had an exciting month with EIGHT confirmed job offers!   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6crls8Ig40&w=854&h=480]   Meet the newest members of the workforce! Chris started with GiGi U in January of 2014 he immediately put a smile on everyone face. He was the perfect student and was always so professional. He took always took pride in…

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The Generation G movement is a social campaign from GiGi’s Playhouse, the mission is to make a conscious decision every day to be accepting, generous & kind.  A huge part of this campaign is aimed toward the younger generation, for two reasons.  As we are sure you have all seen, children can be quite cruel…

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Playhouse families, volunteers, sponsors and friends united on Sunday, June 11th in support of individuals with Down syndrome at the 14th Annual GiGi’s Playhouse Chicagoland 5K Fun Run, Walk and Dash for Down syndrome. Over 2,000 people ran, walked, dashed and supported GiGi’s Playhouse mission, raising more than $200,000 to support FREE, purposeful programs that help…

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On April 20th we had a GiGi’s University Graduation and welcomed a new group of interns into the Hugs & Mugs Cafe! This is always an exciting time! Today we are welcoming our friend Jen’s mom to the blog.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, preferably in a Hugs created mug (they are our…

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Hugs + Mugs is café and retail store run by our GiGi U graduates, now referred to as “interns” along with our support staff. Each will manage different aspects of a real life retail environment. Hugs & Mugs creates gifts from the heart: personalized mugs printed with artwork and photos-your design or ours-you choose!  Adults…

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Hugs & Mugs is a retail and online store run by adults with Down syndrome who have graduated from GiGi University. Hugs & Mugs creates gifts from the heart: personalized mugs printed with artwork and photos-your design or ours-you choose!  Adults from GiGi University are involved in running ALL aspects of the business-design, production, food…

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GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers impact lives everyday. We make a life time commitment from prenatal all thought adulthood. We are very proud of our GiGi’s Internship Opportunities– The GiGi’s Internship Opportunities provide GiGi University graduates with an 18-week internship to practice and master career skills. Throughout this internship, interns receive individualized, hands-on training applicable…

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Happy Fall – Join us for some great Autumn treats!   We now have Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Pie Milk Shakes and Pumpkin Pie Gelato!  Start this Autumn season right with a treat from Hugs + Mugs.  We also have some special one-of-a-kind fall mugs!

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We need your help!! The busy holiday season is starting soon. We are in need of great volunteers to help spend some time here at Hugs+Mugs training and assisting our interns in this great program. If you or know someone interested in volunteering their time, please contact the store manager at 847-278-8531 or email hugsandmugs@gigisplayhouse.org.…

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Meet Keira – Mentor at Hugs + Mugs! Meet Kiera!! Kiera graduated GiGi U in the winter of 2014 and became an intern here at Hugs + Mugs immediately after. Kiera spent 16 weeks as an intern learning great customer service skills, money handling, creative artwork, cafe equipment and sales skills. After the 16 weeks,…

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