Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rocking And Freezing For Good Causes


As noted here a while back, there will be a Lou Reed tribute show at The Empty Bottle in Chicago this Sunday, March 2nd. Perfect Day will bring together an impressive lineup of local talent to benefit Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. The participating bands are Supercell Mothership, Energy Gown, Phil Angotti And Friends, The Red Plastic Buddha, The Luck Of Eden Hall, and Tanglewood. Tickets are $10, and the tribute kicks off at 7:00 PM.

There’s been a lot of coverage in the local news about brand new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon coming to town to take a dip in the icy Lake Michigan water at North Avenue Beach along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel this Sunday morning at 10:00AM. The Polar Plunge is a charity event that raises money for Special Olympics Chicago.

One day earlier, The Chiditarod, AKA Chicago’s Urban Iditarod, will kick off its annual race involving imaginatively decked-out shopping carts at 12:30 PM. The starting gate is located at 1900 W. Hubbard, and teams of exotic competitors will wind their way through a currently undisclosed path (see the website for details) to the finish line some time after 4:00 PM. Organizers claim this is “probably the world’s largest mobile food drive that combines elements of a race with costumes, shopping carts, and pageantry.”

The event benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and in 2013, the The Chiditarod Foundation gave out $20,000 in grants to 501(c)3 organizations devoted to alleviating hunger in the Chicago area. To make a contribution, log on to Greater Chicago Food Depository website. To make it more fun, pick out one of the racing teams to support, throw on your warmest clothes, and cheer them on this Saturday afternoon. 

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