November 19, 2019

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, more than 500 civic, corporate, and community leaders came together on Friday, November 15 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Chicago Commons and its impact for under-served communities in the region.

The celebration included leadership from Honorary Co-Chairs: J.B. Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois, and Lori Lightfoot, Mayor, City of Chicago; and attendance by Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton; City Clerk of Chicago, Anna Valencia; State Representative Theresa Mah, and Senior Advisor to Governor JB Pritzker Nikki Budzinksi; and Co-Chairs: Charles Matthews, President & CEO, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, & Scott Swanson, PNC President of Illinois and several others.

The Generations of Generosity dinner and celebration helped raised more than $320,000 which will be directed for critical educational programs and support services for children, families, adults with disabilities and seniors. See our latest video for a glimpse of our programs in action!

The event also provided an opportunity to recognize individuals, corporate, and government partners who have been influential in their support and advocacy to advance high quality early education and other key social support services at Chicago Commons. Honoree videos for the individuals and institutions recognized are below.