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Activities & Events

April 20, 2017

  • Warrior For Life Networking Luncheon - Gibson's Steakhouse, 2105 S. Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL. Networking and lunch from 12:00-14:00. All Active Duty or Reserve Transitioning Marines and Sailors seeking employment will be admitted for FREE! Otherwise the fee for the luncheon will be $32.00 (payable directly to Gibsons with credit card or cash.) For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact any of the Chicago Marine for Life Team; Major Danielle Sanzi at or Master Sergeant Shawn Doty at visit the Marine For Life Network

May 6, 2017

  • The 13th Annual RUN TO REMEMBER is a 5K USATF certified chip-timed 5k Run or, if you choose, a non-competitive 5k walk, on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. More than 5,000 citizens, police officers, families of fallen officers and supporters of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation are expected to participate in the 13th Annual Run to Remember. The event also features a junior jog, family friendly After-Party, appearances by the CPD Mounted Unit, K-9 Unit, and helicopter unit as well as a children’s activities area and performances by the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society. The R2R starts and finishes at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, located just east of Soldier Field. For more information or to make a donation, please visit

May 13, 2017

  • The McHenry County Marine Corps League Det #1009 cordially invites you to participate in their Range Crawl 2017 Team Shooting Competition to be held on Saturday, May 13th. This event will be held at three County shooting ranges with four exciting courses of fire; Precision Pistol, Precision Rifle, Active Pistol and Active Shotgun. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show your shooting skills! Fee is $200 per 4 member team. Finish off the day with a steak dinner at the VFW for $30 per person. All proceeds benefit Veteran Family Assistance and Veteran Community Projects. For more information, call (847) 906-DDOG (3364) or visit

May 18, 2017

  • Chicago Marine For Life Networking Luncheon - Gibson's Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Networking and lunch from 12:00pm - 14:00. All Active Duty or Reserve Transitioning Marines and Sailors seeking employment will be admitted at no charge. Otherwise the fee for the luncheon will be $32.00 (payable directly to Gibsons with credit card or cash.) Valet parking is available for $14.00. For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact any of the Chicago Marine for Life Team; Major Matt Tune - or Major Danielle Sanzi - or visit the Marine For Life Network

May 26, 2017

  • Honor the Fallen RUCK March! On May 26th 2017, Veterans, supporters and active duty military members will be rucking 20 miles with 22+ pound ruck sacks on their backs to honor our fallen heroes and to raise awareness of PTSD and Veteran suicide. This patriotic ruck march will begin at Veterans Memorial Park in Glencoe (299 Park Ave) at 8 AM and will end at Milton Lee Olive Park around 5PM. Our goal is to raise as much awareness and funds for Veterans and their families dealing with PTSD and the epidemic of Veteran suicide. No one will ever be forgotten! All funds will be donated to Chicago Veterans, a local non profit organization who is committed to building a strong, positive veteran community. If you’re as passionate about our cause as we are, we encourage you to create a fundraiser and help raise money for Chicago Veterans. To Register for the event, donate or become a fundraiser, please visit

May 27, 2017

  • Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. The City of Chicago will give special recognition to our fallen heroes and their survivors at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony and Memorial Day Parade. Gold Star family members are identified by the Gold Star Lapel Pin and the Next of Kin Lapel Pin that are presented to families who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, the Gold Star Pins are not an award, but symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and the ultimate sacrifice they made. The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago.

May 28, 2017

  • MEMORIAL DAY. All gave some. Some gave ALL. Remember those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.

June 3, 2017

  • The Sgt. Tommy's Kids Family Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Herrick Lake in Wheaton, Illinois. Attendees will learn about and practice fishing, participate in games and crafts, enjoy a free lunch, and take home a rod and reel to enjoy the sport after the day is complete. All children ages 3-15 are welcome to attend with their families and friends. This event is limited to the first 350 children registered. The event is always completely free, but we ask that attendees sign-up in advance. We hope to see you there this year. for more information please visit Sgt Tommy's Kids Fishing Day

June 30 - July 8, 2017

  • The 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games will be held June 30 – July 8 in Chicago. Approximately 250 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will participate in the competition. The wounded warrior athletes will represent the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations Command. Teams include active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. They will go head-to-head in archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball, track and field, engaging in friendly competition and experiencing the healing power of sports. 2017 marks the first year the Warrior Games will be held entirely outside a military installation or a U.S. Olympic Committee facility. Bringing the Warrior Games to Chicago increases public exposure of the event and provides new opportunities to showcase the strength, resilience, and dedication of the participants. With downtown Chicago as the backdrop, the 2017 Games promise to be memorable for the wounded warrior athletes, enjoyable for their caregivers and family members, and inspirational and educational for spectators and other supporters. For more information please visit Warrior Games

July 4, 2017

  • On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!

August 19-20, 2017

  • Chicago Air and Water Show featuring military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues and parachute teams. The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest-running free admission events of its kind. North Avenue Beach. Event runs from 10AM -4PM. National anthem at 10:45AM

August 27, 2017

  • Train. Race. Conquer. Join the Chicago Veterans on Sunday, August 27, 2017 for the 7th Annual Fort2Base Race! Registration is now open! Use discount code CHIVET, for 10% off standard pricing for the 10NM or 3NM! For more information and to register please visit

September 30, 2017

  • Please join us September 30, 2017 for a round of golf, at Village Greens of Woodridge, IL at our Eighth Annual Golf Outing to raise money to support Sgt. Tommy’s Kids. We are a 501c3 Charity started in honor of fallen Marine Sgt. Thomas M. Gilbert. We are working to carry on his love of the outdoors by hosting our Fishing Day for children and their families, and providing kids with the opportunity to attend outdoor education camps. Over the past 10 years, we’ve put FREE fishing poles in the hands of over 1,500 kids and have helped to send over 400 children to Camp Edwards YMCA Camp. For more information please visit Sgt Tommy's Kids Golf Outing

October 15, 2017

  • The 2017 Toys for Tots Campaign officially begins and runs through December 23rd. If you are interesting in volunteering, please contact the LCO in your County of residence by clicking here

November 10, 2017


November 11, 2017

  • VETERANS DAY. Take time to pay tribute and give thanks to all American Veterans who served their country during war or peacetime.

December 3, 2017

  • Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade - "The World's Greatest Motorcycle Parade". Help support 2d Battalion, 24th Marines in their Toys for Tots mission. The parade will begin at Dan Ryan Woods (83rd & Western) and ends at Lane Tech 2501 W. Addison). Line up begins at 6:00AM, and the parade will start at 9:30AM. For more information, please visit

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