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USO SpeakUP! Survey

Sep 24, 2012   //   by admin   //   Contest, News  //  No Comments


USO SpeakUP! Online Survey

October 17-November 30, 2012


Help the USO of Illinois Help YOU!

Share your thoughts and help the USO of Illinois better meet the needs of the military community.

Each participant will be entered to win a FREE iPad!

Currently serving Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve Military Personnel and their dependents are eligible to participate.


2012 Design Our Ornament Contest

Aug 2, 2012   //   by admin   //   Contest, Events, News  //  No Comments

It’s August, but we’re getting ready to ‘deck the halls!’

The USO of Illinois announces its 2nd Annual “Design Our Ornament!” Contest. Military kids age 17 and under are invited to capture the spirit of the upcoming season and submit their original drawings to the USO of Illinois. The winning drawing will be etched onto an elegant crystal ornament by The Crystal Cave to create a truly one-of-kind holiday gift.

This special edition holiday ornament will be made available exclusively through the USO of Illinois and featured at the USO of Illinois’ 2012 Star-Spangled Salute Gala, Saturday, October 13 at Navy Pier in Chicago. Proceeds from the sales of the ornaments will benefit USO of Illinois’ Discovery Kids programs, which provide military kids and families with special recreational and educational events.

The winning entry will be announced on September 14, 2012. The winning artist will receive a $400.00 contribution to a 529 College Savings Plan plus a $100.00 gift certificate to Toys ‘R Us®!


Mail finished designs to:

USO of Illinois Attn: Design Our Ornament Contest
333 S. Wabash Ave., 16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Questions? Call 312-822-6699

Terms & Conditions

  • Entries must be received by 11:59pm on September 7, 2012
  • This contest is open to military dependent children whose parents are currently serving on active duty or in the national guard or reserves
  • One entry per child
  • Entrants must be a current resident of the state of Illinois
  • All participants must be 17 years old or younger
  • All designs must be hand-drawn. No digital artwork will be accepted
  • All designs must be the artist’s original creation and shall not be copied or duplicated from previously published art
  • Entries will not be returned

How Do I Love Thee? Getaway Contest

Feb 20, 2012   //   by admin   //   Contest, News, Video  //  No Comments

The USO of Illinois partnered with The Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, to launch the "How Do I Love Thee?," Valentine's Day Getaway Contest. Military were asked to profess their love to their significant other in video format to win a two night stay at the award winning Eaglewood Resort and Spa February 17th thru February 19th, breakfast during their stay and a Romantic Carriage Ride. View the winning entries here!

We had so much fun making Daddy this Valentine's Day video. For just turning 2 years old, Juliana (we call her JuBo) gives mommy quite the interview about their love story!

Winner of the USO of Illinois ‘Design Our Ornament’ Contest Announced

Nov 24, 2011   //   by admin   //   Contest, Events, News  //  No Comments

Original Drawing Submitted by the Son of Two Illinois Active Duty Parents Selected as the Official 2011 USO of Illinois Holiday Ornament

CHICAGO - There’s holiday cheer in the air and the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois invited area military children to capture the spirit of the season and submit their original drawings for the annual “Design Our Ornament” Contest. 11-year-old Kalil Sims, the son of two Illinois active duty military parents, submitted the winning design. The USO of Illinois ornament contest was created to give area military children the opportunity to express their creativity and the chance to receive a monetary gift to put towards their future education. Kalil will receive a $400.00 college savings contribution through The Freshman Fund ( plus a $100.00 gift certificate to Toys ‘R Us®! The contest is an example of the programs and services the USO of Illinois provides to enhance the quality of life of America’s troops and their families.

The Limited Edition 2011 USO of Illinois Ornament will be available for a $35 donation beginning Friday, November 25, 2011. Proceeds from the sales of the ornaments will benefit the USO of Illinois’ Discovery Kids and military support programming. USO Discovery Kids provides specially designed year-round educational, recreational, and cultural events and programs lift the spirits and nurture quality family time together for military families.

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