2013 LGF Chicago Preemie Events



October - December 2013


One of the missions of the Little Giraffe Foundation is to support families with babies in the NICU.  During the holidays, we offer gift bags that include books and toys to let them know someone is thinking of them.  Since our foundation's inception, we have delivered over 2,000 of these such gifts to several Chicagoland hospitals.  For the upcoming fall and winter holiday season we will be expanding our donation list to 8 local area hospitals as well as several rural hospitals in Alabama and Mississippi in desperate need.

Please help the Little Giraffe Foundation reach more NICU families by purchasing a toy from our holiday wishlist on amazon.com.

Note: Some of the items are "Add-on Items". As indicated by Amazon, these items can only be purchased with an order totaling $25.00 or more. This label can be seen once the individual item is clicked. The Baby Einstein Bendy Ball can be purchased in any number, without a minimum order total. Our apologies for any confusion!


November 29 - December 18, 2013
1419 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60642

For the second year running, Buy Buy Baby in Lincoln Park will be hosting a toy drive benefitting the Little Giraffe Foundation.  These toys will be distributed to NICU's across the Chicagoland area and as far as hospitals in New York City and rural Alabama and Mississippi!  By donating a toy, you will have made it possible for us to reach a child that otherwise would not receive a gift this holiday season  Please help us to reach more families this year!

Find the Lincoln Park Buy Buy Baby »


November 16-29, 2013
13 West Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004


For the third year in a row, the Arlington Heights Barnes & Noble has elected to make the Little Giraffe Foundation a featured charity in the Holiday Book Drive. Over 1,500 books were donated to Little Giraffe Foundation in 2011 and 2012. These books make their way to local NICUs and children's hospitals across the Chicagoland area and beyond.


The Little Giraffe Foundation will also be wrapping gifts for donations on the evenings of December 21st and 22nd at this location.  Please come out and purchase a book to support our cause!


Find the Arlington Heights Barnes & Noble »



Fall Donation Fitness Series
For Moms and Moms-To-Be

5-Class Series Pass
Best Value!

Week 1: Stroller Fitness with Kim

Saturday, September 21, 8:30 - 9:30 am
lululemon athletica
1627 N. Damen Ave, Chicago

Week 2: Sprout Stroller Bootcamp
Thursday, September 26, 10-11 am
Wrightwood Park
2534 North Greenview Ave, Chicago

Week 3: Stroller Barre
Tuesday, October 1, 11am-12pm
Diversey Harbor
141 West Diversey Parkway, Chicago

Week 4: Spin Class
Friday, October 11, 9:45-11:45am
Lincoln Park Athletic Club
1019 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago

Week 5: Dailey Method
Monday, October 14, 7-8:30pm
Dailey Method Bucktown
1714 North Damen Ave, Chicago

Little Giraffe Foundation has teamed up with More Than Milk and Bump Club and Beyond to bring you our fall donation fitness series!  Workouts vary from stroller fitness to spinning – join us for one or any number of our 5 classes!  Earn a raffle ticket for each class that you attend for a chance to win some amazing prizes!  100% of the proceeds from these classes will benefit our preemie causes!




Little Giraffe Foundation Team - Chicago Half Marathon

Sunday, September 8, 7:00 am
Jackson Park
6401 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Support Our Team!

Several of our board members and supporters will be running the 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon on September 8, 2013.  We are raising funds for this event through active.com.  If you are interested in supporting our team, please do so!

An Evening with City Winery Winemaker 
Robert Kowal

Thursday, August 8, 7-9 pm
City Winery
1200 W. Randolph, Chicago
Wine & food are included!
Tickets: $60 | Event Details

Based on his 20 years in the businees, Chicago City Winery's lead wine maker, Robery Kowel, will lead a night of wine education for Little Giraffe Foundation. Tickets can be purchased through the link above and will include tastings of several wines and light appetizers. Join us for a fun and sophisticated evening!

Thursday, June 20, 7-9 pm
Bottle and Bottega, 2900 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Wine & food are included!
Tickets: $50  

In honor of preemies throughout the country come on out to uncork your inner artist and create a masterpiece of your own for a good cause. Don't worry if you're artistically challenged, an on-site local artist will help, and so will the wine. All proceeds benefit the Little Giraffe Foundation funding neonatal research and supporting parents and patients of the NICU. Wine and Pizza (from Naked Pizza) included. 

Reserve your tickets today! »

Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Beyond the Ivy, 1010 Waveland Ave.
Beer, wine, & food are included!

Tickets: $125 | Event Details

The Little Giraffe Foundation invites you join us for our 3rd annual Cubs Rooftop Event to benefit Neonatal Research and patients and families of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).

A limited number of advanced are available for a reduced price through March 15.

This Chicago Cubs Rooftop serves as our organization’s primary annual fundraising event. Attendees get a premium Cubs game viewing experience while helping to support our causes. 

As you may be aware, Little Giraffe foundation has supported many Chicagoland NICU’s over the past 2 years. The funds provided by this Cubs Rooftop event will be used to continue funding Neonatal research as well as purchasing small gifts for NICU families. 

Our organization focuses on supporting research aimed not only at survival, but at improving the quality of life of these preemies well beyond their days in the NICU. Our goal is to help as many former NICU babies as possible to lead normal lives in the future. To date, we have funded $10,000 in such research programs throughout the country. 

In addition, many members and supporters of our foundation have experienced first-hand what it takes to be a parent of a preemie in the NICU. This experience is frightening, overwhelming, and often times leaves parents feeling isolated and helpless. In this respect, we also provide support to these families by way of small gifts, with a focus on providing board books which allow parents to read to their babies – often the only interaction a parent can safely have with their ill child. Since our inception, we have distributed 2,000 such gifts to NICU’s both throughout Chicagoland and beyond.

Reserve your tickets today! » 


Entire month of April 2013 - See specific dates, times, and locations below.

During the entire month of April, More Than Milk will be sponsoring the Little Giraffe Foundation by hosting playdates! They will be helping us to collect comfort items such as board books, journals, reusable water bottles, disposable cameras,and pre-wrapped healthy snacks for NICU families.

A list of playdates open to the public are listed below.  Reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, April 10th (2PM-5PM)
NPN Lakeview Club Playdate with Purpose at Explore and Much More.

Wednesday, April 17th (10AM-12PM)
Sod Room Playdate with Purpose hosted by More Than Milk.

Thursday, April 18th (7:30PM-9:30PM)
NPN Lincoln Square-North Center club: “Raising Naturally Well Babies/Children” Playdate with Purpose at Ravenswood Health Center.

Monday, April 29th (11AM – 1PM)
Oak Park Playdate with Purpose hosted by More Than Milk.

Here is a glimpse of participating groups and local businesses (More Coming Soon):

LPAC Yoga Mommies Playing on April 15th.

NPN Lincoln Square-North Center club Plaing on April 12th.

Christa R & her Stroller Strides friends Playing on April 16th.

Karin P and friends Playing on April 25th.

Holly D and friends Playing on April 26th.

Interested in planning your own? Email amy@morethanmilk.org. We will help coordinate your drive and donations! 

Join or host a playdate drive anywhere across Chicago!
All you have to do is collect/bring a comfort item or two and have fun with your friends. We will be collecting NEW Board Books, Disposable Cameras, Journals, Pre-wrapped healthy snacks, & Reusable Water Bottles for families in NICU’s across Chicago.

More Than Milk, mom groups, individual moms, and local businesses will be hosting playdates across the city. Playdates will be popping up all month long so be sure to keep checking our website, Facebook page, and emails. 


March 10, 2013, 9:00-11:30 am
Northwest Community Hospital
800 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

This is a community event, and all Chicagoland preemie parents, family, friends, and medical professionals are welcome to attend. Snack on brunch appetizers and visit exhibitor booths (come see us at the LITTLE GIRAFFE FOUNDATION booth!), which will include representatives from the medical community, as well as other local preemie/NICU support organizations. Neonatologist Dr. Joel Fisher will speak at 10:30 a.m., highlighting the development and milestones of preemies post-NICU.

Parents of Preemies Day is also a child-friendly event with many fun activities for the kids who attend. Mascots from the Chicago Wolves and Schaumburg Boomers will make an appearance. And kids can stay busy with face painting, snacks, and crafts.

The NICU Parent Advisory Council of Northwest Community Hospital is creating a Lending Closet of preemie-sized clothing for their NICU families – if you have any preemie clothing you can donate, please bring it to the event!

Register for the FREE event! » 

February 12, 2013, 6:30 pm ($45)
Give Me Some Sugar
2205 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Come spend Tuesday, February 12, out with us while learning some basic piping and design techniques for cupcakes. Of course, all proceeds benefit our mission to support neonatal research and parents and patients of the NICU. Each student will get a half dozen Valentine's Day themed cupcakes to decorate and take home.

This event is BYOB and the apron will be provided! There are only 16 spots available, so register now!





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