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Introducing the Amina Grace Speech and Language Program!

This program provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills.

Hear what one family has to say about this program.

A special thank you to Sage Products for providing funding to start this program at our Playhouse.

Learn more about this exciting program.

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Join the GiGi’s Playhouse McHenry County Team!

Are you interested in helping our Playhouse grow and provide more services and programs? We need your help. Join our dedicated team of concerned and engaged people.  Help us identify long-term goals and implement innovative strategies for lasting change and improvement.  At the same time, serving on a board or committee can be an invaluable way to meet others and develop connections to help you build new social and professional ties.

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Special Events


What a great way to kick off Down Syndrome Acceptance Month. Sunday, October 1, 2017 was our 6th Annual Bunco Down Benefit! The room was filled with 250 participants having a lot of fun.  Learn more.

Save the Date for the 7th annual Bunco! 

Sunday, October 6, 2019 

Spring Fashion Show Luncheon

A wonderful afternoon was had by all at the 2018 Fashion Show Luncheon on April 22nd! 

What a wonderful afternoon! Twenty-seven models celebrated their achievements as they walked the runway – all smiles and full of confidence. The luncheon was delicious.  The friendship of family and friends abounded. Learn more.

How I Learn

At GiGi’s Playhouse, we see potential, ability, and possibility. We educate, inspire, and believe.  We celebrate uniqueness and we shout out to the world so everyone knows how AWESOME Down syndrome is!  ​

Maybe you know a family member, a student, a neighbor, a classmate with Down syndrome, or maybe you have Down syndrome yourself- we want to share some of our tools for learning and communication so you pass it on! ​

Find out more here

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New Career Opportunity!

Speech and Language Pathologist

My literacy story…

I have been going to GiGi's in McHenry for literacy, since they moved to Elm Street. Jack has had a difficult time learning to read and doing basic academics for a long time. He was a sick kid for the first half of his 13 years, so we needed somewhere he could go that was familiar, comfortable and wasn't school. We had been to GiGi's for play groups and he has always been relaxed there. When we got matched up with Hope, it was a great experience. We were able to make some books and flash cards that were of things Jack had interest in. Sesame Street, popular logos, favorite movies. When we made a picture book of what "Jack likes…" we were really onto something! The program has been great by making it a fun and comfortable place to learn at his own pace. We still have our days where Jack would much rather try to "teach" Hope about all things silly, but all and all, we have seen progress every year!

I can't thank everyone enough for such a great program that can adapt to all reading levels, handled with an amazing amount of patience and with lots of love and kindness.

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