2014 LGF Chicago Preemie Events


November - December 2014

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 4,000 of these such gifts to several Chicagoland hospitals. For the upcoming holiday season we will be reaching 10 local area hospitals and will also be reaching hospitals as far as Maryland and Mississippi.

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.


November 16-29, 2014
13 West Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

For the fourth 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 2011-2013. These books make their way to local NICUs and children's hospitals across the Chicagoland area and beyond.

Find the Arlington Heights Barnes & Noble »


November 26 - December 24, 2014
1419 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60642

For the third 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 »


Wednesday, November 19th, 7-9 pm
175 W Jackson, Suite 123, Naperville, Illinois 60540
Snacks are included!
Tickets: $40

Come out and support Little Giraffe Foundation for this month's World Prematurity Day! The night will be filled with lots of great raffle prizes and munchies from local restaurants! All proceeds will benefit Little Giraffe Foundation's missions of funding neonatal research and supporting patients and parents in the NICU.
Reserve your tickets today! »

November 1-17

In honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month this November, we are asking you to share your preemie story with us!  We will share these stories on November 17th through a virtual scrapbook to honor all of the babies that were born too soon.  These stories help raise awareness and offer support to all NICU families past and present, thank you!

Thursday, November 6th, 7-9 pm
Bottle and Bottega, 2900 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Wine & food are included!
Tickets: $45

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 snacks included.

Reserve your tickets today! »


October 12, 2014
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Support Our Fundraising Team!

Our dear friend and amazing Little Giraffe Foundation supporter, James Colombo, is running the 2014 Chicago Marathon on October 12th and is raising funds for Little Giraffe Foundation along the way. Please help to support his tremendous efforts!



July 20, 2014, 6:30 am
Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
Join Our Team!
Support Our Team!

The Little Giraffe Foundation has been selected as an official charity partner for the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by Humana Vitality!

Register with us today and your spot in the half marathon is guaranteed at a discounted rate!

Not a runner? Support our team by donating to one of our participants!

Purchase our official Half Marathon Team Jersey!


July 19, 2014, 9:00am
1701 Quincy Ave, #26, Naperville, IL
Reserve your spot!

Join us for Top Level Fitness' Workout for a Cause on Saturday, July 19th at 9 am!  Bring as many friends as you can and be ready to burn some calories! The workout is open to ANYONE, clients and non-clients alike!

To attend the Saturday workout it is voluntary donation of $10.


Sunday, June 22, 1:00 pm
Beyond the Ivy, 1010 Waveland Ave.
Beer, wine, & food are included!
Tickets: $125

The Little Giraffe Foundation invites you join us for our 4th 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 April 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 3 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 over $27,000 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 3,000 such gifts to NICU’s both throughout Chicagoland and beyond.

Reserve your tickets today! » 


April 2014
Reserve your Spot Below!

Chicago families unite to collect comfort items for NICU families!

During the entire month of April, More Than Milk and the Neighborhood Parents Network will be supporting the Little Giraffe Foundation by hosting playdates!

Bring a board book, plastic baby toy, journal, or reusable water bottle to a playdate below or gather friends for your own playdate drive.

A list of playdates open to the public are listed below.  You must sign up online to attend and space is limited.

Friday, April 4, 2014 (3:30-5:30PM) Sod Room 

Thursday, April 10, 2014 (1:00-5:00PM) Bubbles Academy

Sunday, April 13, 2014 (9:00-11:00AM) Kid’s Island

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (4:00-6:00PM) Little Beans Cafe

Saturday, April 19, 2014 (3:30-5:00PM) Lekotek
(specializes in children with disabilities/special needs and siblings)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (11:00AM-12:00PM) Fit4Mom Stroller Strides Class

For more information, to sign up, and to learn about hosting your own playdate drive, visit www.morethanmilk.org or www.npnparents.org.


March 30, 2014, 8:30 am
Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
Support Our Team!

Several of our wonderful supporters will be running in the 2014 Chicago Shamrock Shuffle on March 30, 2014.  They are raising funds for Little Giraffe Foundation through this event on active.com.  All proceeds go to funding neonatal research and NICU families! If you are interested in supporting our team, please do so!


February 5, 2014, 7-9pm
175 W. Jackson, Suite 123, Naperville, IL 60540
Tickets: $38

Come on out, uncork your inner artist, and create a masterpiece of your own for a good cause. Don't worry if you're artistically challenged, as an on-site local artist will help, and so will the wine (first glass included)! All proceeds benefit the Little Giraffe Foundation funding neonatal research and supporting parents and patients of the NICU. Ticket price includes your first beverage. Pinot's Palette provides the canvas, easel, brushes, paints, and apron to wear.  This event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and amazing raffle prizes from local vendors!   Reserve tickets » 

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Little Giraffe Foundation Benefit at Red Arrow Naperville

February 18, 2019, 5-9 pm
216 S Washington St, Naperville, IL

Come out and support Little Giraffe Foundation with food and drinks! 20% of the proceeds from food and beverages will be donated to our charity that evening!!

September 29, 2019, 6:00 am
Jackson Park, Chicago, IL
Join Our Team!
Support Our Team!

The Little Giraffe Foundation is back as an official charity of the 2019 Chicago Half Marathon & 5K! Sign up with code CT19LGF to join the team.