Little City Youth Finds a Forever Home

At 7-years-old, Little City’s youth Matt* came into the foster care system. His childhood was marked by transient housing, finding refuge in abandoned buildings, periods of homelessness, a lack of education and bearing witness to crime and violence. After coming into the system, Matt lived with eight different foster families. He felt that he didn’t … read more

Little City Star Shines on Stage and in Life

For Lindsey, the whole world is a stage. Lindsey’s love of acting has been a part of her as long as she can remember and she has used that passion to make her dreams become a reality. Lindsey has had the opportunity to play some of her favorite characters thanks to “UPS for DownS” – a … read more

2018 Powerlifting: The Process and the Journey

The following is written by Little City Special Olympics coach Tim Lahart I recently saw an interview with an old teammate and coach of mine, Sam Barber, on the FloWrestling website. You know you’ve made it when Flo interviews you. Sam Barber, was dealing with a dilemma. He had a returning national champion who had … read more

Hops for Humanity Donates Nearly $10,000 to Little City

There are many different ways to support Little City whether it is volunteering on campus, attending a special event or making a donation. The list of ways to support Little City got a little longer as drinking beer just made a big difference. Hops for Humanity recently donated nearly $10,000 to Little City as part … read more

Little City raises nearly $340,000 at Invitational Golf Classic

Roughly 220 golfers came out to Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove Monday to raise nearly $340,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 55th annual Little City Invitational Golf Classic was another successful chapter in one of Chicagoland’s longest running charity golf events. Of the $340,000 raised for Little City, $18,000 will … read more

Planting Seeds: Leo

It’s not just the flowers that grow at Little City’s Dorothy Rose Horticulture Center – it’s the people too. People like Leo, who had a hard time focusing and had some erratic behaviors before discovering all the benefits the Horticulture Program had to offer. It didn’t take long for Leo to channel his energy and … read more

The Coleman Foundation Home Opens its Doors

The Duffey Family Children’s Village continues its amazing growth as The Coleman Foundation Home opened its doors for eight residents earlier this year. The home is now the third in the village, increasing the number of residents in the new homes to 25 children who receive residential services at Little City. With a fourth home … read more

Little City’s Bocce team rolling to gold

When people think of Special Olympics, they often think of the amazing feats of strength seen in powerlifting, overcoming exhaustion and pain in track and field and pushing hard to set records in a swimming pool. But what is often forgotten is the sport that puts the game in Summer Games. Little City will look … read more

Food Frenzy Raises Money for Foster Care & Adoption Program

Little City Junior Board’s 9th Annual Food Frenzy was an incredible evening as more than $13,000 was raised to benefit Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption Program. The festive event took place May 4th at Low Res Studio in Chicago where attendees enjoyed gourmet food and drinks from the area’s hottest restaurants. Participating restaurants and … read more

15,000 youth in Illinois Foster Care system - Little City

The Jones siblings are getting adopted

  Ms. Smith* says for all individuals thinking about fostering, “don’t be afraid, just do it”. She believes if you open up your heart and give it a try, you have the opportunity to change a life. The Jones* siblings – Jenny, Josh, Jessie, and Jamie– have been living with their foster-mother, Ms. Smith for … read more

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services