Care for Real Annual School Drive Kicks Off

Care for Real Annual School Drive Kicks Off

Hard to believe but it’s time to begin preparing for the new school year! In late August, Care for Real hosts an Annual School Drive. Because of your financial donations in 2016, our organization helped to ensure more than 800 kids received a backpack chockfull of supplies to start the year off on the right foot.   But we can’t continue the program without your support. Please consider making a cash donation online at or host a School Supply Back Pack Drive on our behalf (large backpacks are needed most). You can also drop off backpacks at Care for Real starting today. Hours for donations are Monday-Friday from 9 am-3:30 pm and Saturday from 9 am-12:30 pm and are accepted in the back.




Taste of Andersonville to benefit Care for Real, Weds. August 9

Taste of Andersonville to benefit Care for Real, Weds, August 9

One of the best dining events of the year! Join us Wednesday, August 9, 6-9pm for the Annual Andersonville Dinner Crawl. And $1 from every ticket sold benefits Care for Real! 🍴

Enjoy a “Taste of Andersonville” on two curated dining routes, each featuring 11 small plate stops! Visit your favorites restaurants, find new spots to dine, shop, and meet neighbors and friends. 

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Choose from the GOLDEN FORK route or the SILVER SPOON route, both filled with great eats. Or purchase THE WORKS and take on BOTH routes and the whole neighborhood! 

Tickets for one route are $30 in advance and $35 week-of-event, if available; for THE WORKS, tickets are $55 in advance and $65 week-of-event, if available. 

Ticket passports can be picked up starting at 4PM from the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark on August 9.

GOLDEN FORK (Vegetarian friendly)
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Bar Roma Chicago (Meatball)
Candyality (Candy kebob)
Dollop Diner (Donut Bites & potatoes)
Jerry’s – Andersonville (Fried Green Tomato & Pimento Cheese Bruschetta)
Kopi A Travelers Cafe (black bean & corn salad)
KOVAL Distillery @ Milk Handmade (Samples of locally made bourbons, rye, gin)
Lady Gregory’s – Andersonville (Macaroni & Cheese)
Ranalli’s of Andersonville – Chicago (an assortment of thin crust pizzas)
TrueNorth (Kale Banana smoothie)
The Wooden Spoon (Pit smoked beef sandwich w/ horseradish aioli and vidalia onion)
Additional vendor TBA

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Andies Restaurant (Organic falafels, Baba Ganoush, Spinach & Feta pie) 
Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant (Braised prosciutto Flatbread & vegetarian option available)
The Coffee Studio COMING SOON!
Fireside Chicago (Gouda Mac & Cheese w/peas & mushrooms & Cajun meatloaf)
First Slice Pie Cafe (Cherry Streusel pie bites)
Konak Pizza & Grill (Chicken chops w/ bulgar rice)
KOVAL Distillery City Olive (Samples of locally made bourbons, rye, gin)
Long Table Pancakes @ Andersonville Farmers Market (silver dollar pancake shish-kebabs)
Pork Shoppe (Chicken & Pickle skewers, Corn fritter)
Replay Beer & Bourbon-Andersonville (Kale empanadas, beef empanadas, and pork belly)
Vincent Restaurant (French Toast Bites)

Chicago Spirit Brigade selects CFR as Edgefest beneficiary, August 5 & 6

Chicago Spirit Brigade selects CFR as Edgefest beneficiary, August 5 & 6

Come see the Chicago Spirit Brigade at EdgeFest! These fantastic supporters of Care for Real will have four performances with two on Saturday, August 5th, and two on Sunday, August 6th!

That’s right, FOUR chances to see your favorite CSB Stars!! Be sure to spot the red buckets to make your charitable donation! 125% of what CSB raises at these 4 performances will go to Care for Real! And we’ve found a matching donor to help extend the $$ raised at the events.

Location:  on Broadway from Thorndale to Ardmore

Saturday, August 5th

1:30p – North Stage
3:30p – South Stage

Sunday, August 6th

3:00 – South Stage
4:30 – North Stage

20th Century Fox and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios support CFR Clothing Closet

20th Century Fox and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios support CFR Clothing Closet

Thank you 20th Century Fox and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios for the generous clothing donation!  Care for Real now distributes more than 11,000 articles of clothing and personal care items each month.  And the contribution came just in time as we are seeing an increase in families with children turning to us this summer.  

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Care for Real experiences very busy May 2017

Care for Real experiences very busy May 2017

May 2017 was the busiest month Care for Real experienced in a long time. 5,402 individuals from 2,972 households participated in our food program and another 588 households (and approximately 1,300 individuals) received clothing and personal care items. 93 new clients came through our doors for the very first time – primarily seniors who are unable to keep up with the rising costs of basic human needs. We are grateful to everyone who supports Care for Real. Donate to our cause by visiting:


This weekend: Meet the Care for Real Team at Andersonville Midsommarfest 2017!

This weekend:  Meet the Care for Real Team at Andersonville Midsommarfest 2017!

Andersonville Midsommarfest 2017 kicks off this Friday, June 9 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and continues June 10-11 from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. These is a $10 suggested donation at the gate (kids under 12 and seniors are free). This year, Care for Real volunteers will be at the Balmoral East beer tent on Saturday night, the Balmoral West beer tent on Sunday morning and the Balmoral East beer tent on Sunday night. Part of the proceeds from each tent will benefit Care for Real. Stop by and say hi to the Care for Real team!


Care for Real Board Member Steven Pryor and partner Gregg Rojewski named Edgewater Living Treasures

Care for Real Board Member Steven Pryor and partner Gregg Rojewski named Edgewater Living Treasures

The Edgewater Historical Society will be honoring Care for Real Board Member and Pack the Car founder, Steven Pryor, and his partner, Gregg Rojewski, as Edgewater’s Living Treasures at a community wide event, Saturday, June 10 1:00pm at The Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. 

Care for Real congratulates them for their generous and dedicated support!

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We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

 Care for Real Development/Communications Associate

Reporting to the Development Director, this position provides administrative and creative support for office operations, annual fundraising efforts and special events, donor database management and development of promotional materials.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support the Development Director and Executive Director in their work
  • Manage the donor database including entry and analysis of all donor gifts and key constituent information; submission for and management of corporate matching gifts, and pledge tracking.
  • Provide support for special events and fundraising efforts including logistics, volunteer recruitment, preparation of promotional materials, etc.
  • Develop internal and external communications materials including e-newsletters, brochures, posters, etc.
  • Manage website and social media including Twitter and Instagram
  • Coordinate direct mail and digital appeals
  • Complete new projects as assigned and take the initiative to further Care for Real’s overall success

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills  
  • Computer and graphic skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Database knowledge and experience; familiarity with donor management software a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekends, scheduled in advance, in support of benefits as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage multiple work assignments and to prioritize work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to ask questions, anticipate hurdles and solve practical problems independently
  • Ability to take initiative as well as direction

Starting Salary:  Mid-high 20’s.  Benefits include vacation and sick time.  To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to: before June 30, 2017. 

No phone calls, please.  

Care for Real is an equal opportunity employer.


Pack the Car this weekend!

Pack the Car this weekend!

PTC is rolling out this Saturday from 9AM – Noon at the north east corner of Berwyn and Clark. Care For Real is in need of personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, new bedding linens women’s care items, diapers and band aids.

Thank you Steven and Gregg for your support!  See you Saturday.

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City Lit Theater Cares for Real

City Lit Theater Cares for Real

City Lit Theater is offering Special $20 tickets to the following performances of London Assurance:  Fri. June 9, 7:30pm, Sat. June 10, 7:30pm, Sun. , June 11, 3:00pm, Fri. June 16, 7:30pm, and Sat. June 17, 7:30pm.  50% of the ticket price will be donated to Care for Real! To purchase tix online, use the code CARE when purchasing at or mention CARE to purchase tickets at 773-293-3682.


Visit Care for Real’s table at the 23rd EPIC Yard Sale

Visit Care for Real’s table at the 23rd EPIC Yard Sale

Care for Real will have a special table at 1262 W. Elmdale in conjunction with the 23rd Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale, Saturday, June 3 from 9:00am-4:00pm (rain or shine).  Many of the Block Club participants are also donating treasures for us to collect funds in support of our free programs and services.  Stop by and meet our team!  Special thanks to Lynn Pierce, EPIC Yard Sale Coordinator and Steve and Debra Northey for hosting our location.

EBGA SPRING GARDEN PARTY, May 13 at The Breakers

EBGA SPRING GARDEN PARTY, May 13 at The Breakers!

Join us for food, drink, entertainment and more at the Edgewater Beach Gardeners Association SPRING GARDEN PARTY, Saturday, May 13, 4:00pm-6:00pm at The Breakers.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Care for Real.

Last year, the EBGA donated hundreds of lbs. of fresh, locally grown produce to Care for Real reaching so many of our neighbors in need.  We are very grateful for the generous support!

See you May 13!

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