Dianne Reeves Tonight at Symphony Center

Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves, a Symphony Center favorite, is an astonishing vocalist who transports her audience with her power, joyful intensity and spiritual abandon. She appears on the 2014/15 SCP Jazz series on the heels of Beautiful Life, her first studio album in five years. With her longtime pianist and musical director Peter Martin leading the way, the four-time Grammy® winner will illuminate the various facets of love with songs ranging from Stormy Weather to Marvin Gaye’s I Want You. More info here.

Symphony Center is graciously extending their stage once again to John Moulder, Chi-Town Jazz Festival’s Founder/Director as he encourages people to attend our events in the coming weeks supporting hunger relief in Chicago. Plan to attend an evening of great jazz at one of these venues. There is still time to become a Sponsor. And you can always just “Donate Now!” at our secure link. Donate NowWe hope to see you at the Festival. Thanks!

Entry Forms for the Drawing

Entry FormYou could win a pair of Jazz Subscription Series tickets for either  the Symphony Center or the University of Chicago Jazz at The Logan. Entry forms will only be available at the performances. The proceeds will help feed the needy in Chicago. Plan on attending one, many or all of this year’s performances. Here’s the schedule. Good Luck!

And please don’t forget that you can donate anytime to support hunger relief in Chicago.Donate Now

Where Donations Go: Spotlight on West Suburban PADS

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The mission of West Suburban PADS is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. West Suburban PADS is the only social service agency in west Cook County with a comprehensive “housing + services” solution for transitioning individuals and families out of homelessness. Over the past 23 years, they have developed a unique, integrated approach that to date has transformed the lives of more than 10,000 people. PADS solution is comprehensive and long-term, not just a quick fix, which benefits PADS’ clients and also the communities in which they operate. As part of the PADS Emergency Services Program an average of 40-70 homeless adults and children receive emergency shelter and meals every night between September and May.

See a video about West Suburban PADS here.  Please visit their web site for more information.

Where Donations Go: Spotlight on Care for Real

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Care for Real was established in 1970 by members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This organization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help to victims of fires in “Arson Alley,” the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. It was intended to be a short-term solution to a specific problem. However, it soon became clear that there was a need in Edgewater for an ongoing safety net for neighbors in need. Today, Care for Real is the safety net for the entire Edgewater community. Its mission is to help in the Edgewater community by providing food, clothing and counseling services to those in need. They do this through on-site food distribution, deliveries to the homebound, a free clothes closet and a case-management program to help clients connect with other services they may need. In 2013 alone, Care for Real fed almost 60,000 people.

Please visit the Care for Real web site for more information.

Where Donations Go: Spotlight on Top Box Foods

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Co-founders Chris and Sheila Kennedy have been passionate advocates for the promotion of healthy food accessibility for more than two decades. Top Box Foods is a non-profit organization with a simple purpose: to offer delicious, nutritious, high-quality foods at affordable prices, particularly to people living in areas with limited access to healthy eating options. By partnering with neighborhood churches, community centers, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of Cook County and more, Top Box Foods is able to reach a critical mass of people in need of cost-effective healthy eating options and their foods are an average of 40% off of the cost of grocery store equivalents. Top Box Foods offerings include boxes of farm fresh vegetables and fruits, USDA Choice meats, poultry, and fish, pre-made low-calorie frozen dinners,and all the fixings for well rounded meals. A greater focus on balanced nutrition reduces the obesity and diabetes related illnesses that plague low income neighborhoods. Healthier people make stronger communities. One forkful at a time, Top Box Foods is making a difference.

See a video about what Top Box Foods is and what they do herePlease visit their web site for more information.

Where Donations Go: Spotlight on Catholic Charities of Chicago

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Helping people in need for more than 97 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, with 153 programs at 161 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties. Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. In fiscal year 2014, more than 1.1. million people received support from Catholic Charities on their path to self-sufficiency. This included nearly 70,000 people receiving a nutritious, warm meal at our evening supper programs; 171,298 mothers and children receiving nutritious groceries and a wide range of services to stay healthy at our Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Food & Nutrition Centers; 2,428 seniors receiving nutritious meals delivered to their homes; and a network of 9 food pantries providing food to 203,000 people.

Please visit the web site of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Our Poster Says It All


2015 Chi-Town Jazz Festival Poster is here!
2015 Chi-Town Jazz Festival Poster is here!

The Festival operates through the generosity of many people – musicians who share their talents, our all-volunteer staff who donate their time, Chicago’s most loved jazz venues that donate their space, and leading Chicago institutions that donate tickets and other services—that all come together to raise funds for hunger relief in Chicago. We ask that you consider supporting hunger relief also by attending any or all of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival performances! Your donations and the funds raised help feed the needy in Chicago through the works of Catholic Charities, Care for Real, Top Box Foods and West
Suburban PADS.