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USO of Illinois Honor Military Appreciation Month Outside Tribune Tower

May 24, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

USO Volunteers and Staff Will Support the Tireless Efforts of the Troops with Round-the-Clock Presence Outside Tribune Tower.

In partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks and thanks to the generous support of WGN Radio, the will show their support 24 hours a day by camping outside Tribune Tower round-the-clock, just as the troops tirelessly serve our country, night and day.

WHEN:   24 hours a day: May 24, 2012 – 5:00 a.m. to May 28, 2012 – 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tribune Tower (Pioneer Court, south side of building) 435 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL

Can’t stop by the both but want to show your support?  Click the buttons below to Donate or learn about Volunteer opportunities.  


Operation Homelink Donates 100 Web Books to the USO of Illinois

Mar 2, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

Operation Homelink has donated 100 web books to the USO of Illinois to be used in each of the six centers. This estimated $40,000 donation provides service members the opportunity to reconnect with their families. Each of the USO of Illinois centers provide a “home away from home” for active duty military and their families, offering libraries, lounge facilities, and the technology to stay connected. Donated by Boston Massachusetts-based litl LLC, the web books will act as the lead tool of communication among the USO of Illinois centers for service members.

Operation Homelink has distributed over 6,400 computers to military families across the U.S. since its inceptions in 2002. Founder Dan Shannon started the organization after seeing deployed troops say goodbye to their families. Thanks to this donation, troops can say “hello” much more often.

Thank you Operation Homelink for your continuous support and love for our U.S. troops. Visit Operation Homelink at to share a thoughtful message.

The USO of Illinois Plays Cupid for Loved Ones of Deployed Military

Feb 13, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

FTD Donates 100 Bouquets to be Delivered on Valentine’s Day as Part of the USO of Illinois’ ‘Flowers from the Frontlines’ Program

The USO of Illinois’ “Flowers from the Frontlines” Valentine’s Day program encourages all deployed Illinois military personnel to submit the name of their “Home Front Loved One” to be eligible to receive a special USO of Illinois Valentine’s Day bouquet with a personalized message from “The Frontlines.” Bouquets are delivered door to door in time for Valentine’s Day by FTD, a leading floral and gift provider based in Downers Grove, IL.


FTD Group, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries including FTD.COM, Inc., is a leading provider of floral related products and services to consumers and retail florists, as well as to other retail locations offering floral products, in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. The business utilizes the highly recognized FTD and Interflora brands, both supported by the Mercury Man logo, which is displayed in approximately 40,000 floral shops worldwide. The consumer businesses operate primarily through the Web site in the U.S., the site in Canada, and the Web site in the U.K. and are complemented by the florist businesses which provide products and services to FTD’s independent members. FTD Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNTD). For more information about United Online, please visit

Chicago Disney On Ice Fans Ask Illinois Troops to Be Their Valentines!

Feb 9, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

Local school children, many of whom have parents actively deployed in the military overseas, will join favorite Disney characters and skaters from the newest Disney On Ice spectacular, Dare to Dream, to create Valentines for Chicago-area soldiers stationed away from home.

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. This Valentines for Troops initiative is being coordinated through the USO Discovery Kids Program, which provides year-round access to educational and cultural events, including Disney On Ice, for military families.

Westmoreland Country Club’s Paddle Platoon Hosts Paddle Day to Benefit USO of Illinois

Feb 4, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

From noon to midnight on Saturday, February 4th, a group of patriotic paddle players from Westmoreland Country Club will host their 6th Annual Paddle Marathon to benefit the USO of Illinois.

The event will run from noon to midnight that day. The four previous USO Paddle Marathons were quite an “event” – marked by an even-greater-than-usual spirit of camaraderie and good feelings. Courts are reserved for members of the Paddle Platoon for a $50 donation per person, per hour or $200 per court per hour. You can sign up as an individual, and you will be paired with another attendee.

Right Now: USO of Illinois Video

Jan 31, 2012   //   by admin   //   News, Video  //  No Comments

2012 Chicago Cubs Caravan Tour Visits USO of Illinois Great Lakes

Jan 5, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

The Chicago Cubs Visit USO Great Lakes for No-Dough Dinner for the Troops

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have announced the 2012 Cubs Caravan Tour, which includes the winner of the 2012 Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest. The annual Cubs Caravan will feature two buses of players, coaches and front office personnel, including President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer and Manager Dale Sveum. The tour will visit seven schools, two hospitals and a police station on January 11 and 12. The Caravan will also stop at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Lincoln-Belmont Library, O’Brien Field/River Plex and the USO of Illinois at the Great Lakes Naval Academy.

The Cubs Caravan will make an appearance at Ernst Prussing Elementary School, winner of the Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest. Ernst Prussing (4650 N. Menard Ave., Chicago, IL) was selected as the winner of a Cubs Caravan visit because of the school’s enthusiasm and inclusion of Chicago Cubs baseball into its curriculum. The faculty integrated the team’s schedule and statistics into classroom assignments, including geography lessons based on the team’s away games, math problems using player earned run averages and winning percentages, and writing assignments that include drafting player biographies. Students are encouraged to wear Cubs attire instead of their school uniforms on Opening Day, and students sing “Go Cubs Go” during the morning announcements. The school participated in a walk-a-thon to support Juvenile Diabetes research—a trademark cause of beloved Cubs Hall of Famer Ron Santo. The school’s list of Cubs-related activities has earned them a well-deserved visit from their favorite team.

The January 12th No-Dough Dinner welcomed – Darwin Barney, 2B, Jeff Beliveau, Andrew Cashner, Jed Hoyer, EVP & GM, Rudy Jaramillo, hitting coach, Jason McLeod, SVP scouting and player development, Keith Moreland, Color Analyst, James Russell, P, Lester Strode, Bullpen Coach, Dale Sveum, Manager and Randy Wells, P.


Special Ribbon Tying Event for the USO of Illinois Holiday Ornament

Dec 29, 2011   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

The USO of Illinois and The Crystal Cave have Partnered to Create a One-of-a-Kind Holiday Gift Designed by the Son of Two Illinois Active Duty Parents

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. The son of two Illinois active duty military parents, submitted the winning design. The winning drawing is etched onto a luxury crystal ornament created by The Crystal Cave in Wilmette, IL. The special ribbon-tying event will feature USO of Illinois volunteers and The Crystal Cave giving the ornaments a finishing touch by tying a little red ribbon to each crystal ornament. 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. The winer will receive a $400.00 college savings contribution through The Freshman Fund ( plus a $100.00 gift certificate to Toys ‘R Us®!

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. 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.

Goodman Theatre Donates 600 Free Tickets

Dec 24, 2011   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

In Partnership with the USO of Illinois, Goodman Theatre Donates 600 Free Tickets for ‘A Christmas Carol’ to Active Duty Military and Their Families 

United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois and Goodman Theatre will give 600 free tickets for the closing day performance of A Christmas Carol to Active Duty Military and their families. Before the show, the audience will be treated to a holiday celebration featuring the Shurz High School choir, an enchanted Victorian ‘scrooge’ weaving his magic spell, and festive holiday cheer! This year marks the third anniversary of partnership between Goodman Theatre and the USO of Illinois.

About Goodman Theatre’s 34rd Annual Production of A Christmas Carol 

Based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol is the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is opposed to holiday cheer and indifferent to the sufferings of the poor in Victorian London. Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who offer him the opportunity to sympathize with his fellow man. Dickens’ famous characters include Scrooge’s kind-hearted clerk Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the merry-making Fezziwig couple and the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Throughout its history at the Goodman, over 1 million people have experienced A Christmas Carol and the production has hosted six directors, seven Scrooges, 27 Tiny Tims and nearly 20,000 “Bah, Humbug!”s.


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