THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Giving Back the Fun Way!

This weekend be a part of something great by giving back the fun way! There are a few fundraising events you can participate in to accomplish this!!

If you love beer and fun, then join the best beer event in Chicago, Beernival, this Saturday (2 p.m.-5 p.m.) at Rizzo’s Bar & Inn (3658 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. This 6th annual event attracts over 300 fun-loving young professionals and features a beer pong tournament, a competitive flip cup, beer-themed carnival games with prizes, and unlimited domestic beer and cider. Raffle tickets are available for purchase to win some big prizes that include Bears memorabilia, Cubs tickets, and party packages from local attractions! All proceeds from this event benefits Autism Speaks to Young Professionals, a division of Autism Speaks. And, after 5 p.m., 15% of proceeds will go back to Autism Speaks, so stick around for a while!!

With Valentine’s Day approaching next week, it’s time again for Cupid’s Undie Run taking place this Saturday (12 p.m.-4 p.m.) at Slugger’s (3540 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. This “brief” fun-run takes place in the middle (2 p.m.-2:15 p.m.) of a BIG party to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (a genetic tumor disorder) that affects 1 in every 3,000 births. Participants can earn some cool fundraising rewards too! A party, a fun run in your undies, all for charity – what could be cooler than that!!

Be sure to bundle up for the 10th annual Polar Beer Festival on the rooftop of the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (1 W. Grand Ave.) in the River North neighborhood this Saturday (12 p.m.-4 p.m.). Sample a variety of strong winter ales from some of Illinois’ best breweries. Admission includes beer samples, an appetizer buffet, and a commemorative glass! Proceeds from this event benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.

Want to do something crazy but fun? Attend The Pajama Crawl this Saturday (12 p.m.-6 p.m.) at various Wrigleyville bars. Just roll out of bed in your pajamas (onesies encouraged), grab a drink or two, and crawl your day away. Your ticket includes admission, a free breakfast buffet, three $4 gift cards to use on the crawl, drink specials, giveaways, and more! It’s the coziest winter bar crawl around!!

America’s favorite travel show, the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, takes place this Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Hall F (5555 N. River Rd.) in Rosemont (17 miles northwest of The Loop). This show features travel experts and travel industry vendors. Attendees can explore endless vacation options and plan a trip or trips face-to-face with thousands of travel experts, discover over 250+ destinations from around the globe, meet travel celebrities, attend dozens of educational seminars, and much more! Plus, save big with exclusive show-only specials and trip giveaways!! It’s time to plan your “fun” days and give back to yourself!!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago