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Hot Chocolate Walk for Little City Draws Over 2,000

Annual event along Chicago’s lakefront an important fundraiser for nonprofit serving people with disabilities

Photo caption: Kimm Donnelly, Sean Byrne, Mia and Lily participated in the Hot Chocolate Walk for Little City on Nov. 8.
Sean Byrne, Kimm Donnelly, Lily and Mia participated in the Hot Chocolate Walk for Little City on Nov. 8 in Chicago.

More than 2,000 people walked two miles along Chicago’s lakefront on Sunday, Nov. 8, with proceeds from the fundraiser benefitting Little City in Palatine. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities the best options and opportunities to live safely, work productively, explore creatively and learn continuously throughout their lifetime.

The walk was part of the larger Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race held the same day in Grant Park. The Walk for Little City was an untimed walk and attracted people of all ages, including families with young children.

Little City assists hundreds of children and adults along with their families throughout the Chicago area by providing innovative and personalized programs that enable individuals to live life to the fullest. Programs include residential services for children and adults, home-based supports, foster care and adoption, employment opportunities, Special Olympics, a therapeutic day school, horticulture therapy and an award winning Center for the Arts. For more information, visit littlecity.org.

For complete information, visit www.littlecity.org or contact Ann Meyer at ameyer@littlecity.org or 847-221-7831.

About Little City
Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.


Tina Maraccini, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: (847) 221-7855

"There are so many capable and caring staff at Little City, past and present, who have helped Clifford. He has made a lot of progress in mastering his behavior."

Colleen, Mother of a child living in a ChildBridge Group Home