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  • Active Transportation Alliance
    As advocates for clean, active travel, Active Transportation Alliance strives to make bicycling, walking, and using public transit convenient and safe. Staff members and volunteers organize fun events, such as Bike the Drive, designed to promote the active-transportation movement. Additionally, Safe Routes to School and other programs encourage physical activity—such as walking or bicycling to school—and work to make sure such activities are safe for children. Ultimately, Active Transportation Alliance envisions a Chicagoland where half of all trips are made by biking, walking, and public transit, a dramatic shift from environmentally harmful and sedentary forms of travel.
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    600 W Chicago Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Public Schools
    The third largest school district in the Unites States, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) operates more than 675 individual schools serving more than 400,000 students every year. It reaches 18% of all the youth attending public schools in the state and serves students from a variety of backgrounds, 87% of whom come from low-income families. CPS aims to provide students with a comprehensive array of math, science, language, and history classes to prepare them for future success. In addition to classroom learning, CPS emphasizes out-of-school initiatives including Keep Kids Learning summer activities and Chicago Book Clubs. See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
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    125 S Clark St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Copy Cat Cleaning
    Copy Cat Cleaning’s technicians arrive at residential and commercial sites to remove messes, dirt, and dust. They fastidiously dust and vacuum bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen fixtures. They also offer bathroom sanitation, snow removal, deep carpet cleaning, and power washing.
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    5518 W Gladys Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Frontera Farmer Foundation
    Since the Great Depression, the face of American farming has changed. Small family farms have been increasingly replaced by larger enterprises that are able to produce and export more due to the scale at which they operate. Unfortunately, the Frontera Farmer Foundation reports, today's conventional agricultural methods—the use of pesticides and fertilizers—contribute to the destruction and loss of nearly 4 million acres of irrigated land every year. Rick and Deann Bayless founded Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003 to attract renewed support for the small-scale farmer. Since they're more likely to use organic farming methods and introduce biodiversity to the land, these farms actually strengthen the soil instead of exhausting it. To help them survive amid larger enterprises, the Frontera Foundation provides capital-development grants. Through these and the equipment they purchase, Bayless hopes to establish a year-round link between small-scale farmers, farmers-market patrons, and chefs, keeping a steady flow of seasonal agriculture pouring into Chicago. *No donation is necessary to enter or win, and a donation will not increase your chances of winning. To enter without donation, you must handwrite on a 3x5 card labeled "Rick Bayless Sweepstakes Entry," your full name, complete address, home and daytime telephone number (including area code), e-mail address and date of birth (all of which must be legible) and mail it with proper postage to: “Rick Bayless Sweepstakes Entry,” Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654. See Official Rules for additional requirements. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18+. Entry period ends: 11:59 p.m. CDT on 7/15/2014. ARV of prize: $4,863.00. Sponsor: Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654.
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    445 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Demoiselle 2 Femme
    In a vacant lot in Roseland, 10 teenagers are hammering, drilling, and sawing two-by-fours. Their goal: to build a playground for their neighbors. As explained in an article in the Chicago Tribune, these young women are participants in Demoiselle 2 Femme’s STEM projects. As part of the program, they designed and built a playground squished between two storefronts to help provide a safe place for kids in the community to play, while putting the engineering principles they had learned through the program into action. These design projects are representative of Demoiselle 2 Femme’s larger goal for its participants, reflected in its French name–to turn “young ladies to women.” Though Demoiselle 2 Femme’s founders started only with a few volunteer mentors in a local church, Sherida Morrison and Romanetha Looper envisioned a comprehensive program that would lead girls along the path from childhood to adulthood. Today, the founders and their group of coordinators work with numerous adolescent girls to help them think systematically and make productive life decisions. Their programs focus on the problems and challenges that girls can face in society, ranging from the prevalence of drugs and STDs to nutrition and family connectedness. An after school program provides weekly workshops on life skills and interpersonal relationships, project hopeful trains participants in financial literacy, and the Femme 2 STEM program empowers girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math through community transformation workshops. See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
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    9415 S Western Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Metropolitan Planning Council
    If Chicagoland were a machine, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) would be the engineer ensuring its smooth operation. Through partnerships with businesses, communities, and governments, the MPC has worked to make Chicago a more prosperous place to live since 1934. Adhering to a philosophy of interconnectedness, the planners and developers behind the MPC understand that everything from transportation networks to public housing to the workforce fueling the economy must work together to keep the city healthy. This summer, MPC is embarking on a quest to motivate Chicago-based individuals and community groups to activate and transform public spaces through the 2014 Placemaking Challenge. After equipping people with the necessary information and inspiration to transform underused neighborhood spots, the Placemaking challenge empowers them to make an impact. With the assistance of the community, participants will design and implement their Placemaking intervention of choice—whether transforming a trash-covered lot into a garden or adding allure to a dull retail strip—during the weekend of August 15–17. Participants also have an opportunity to win one of four $1,000 prizes—including a Groupon Love Local Award sponsored by Groupon Grassroots—to fuel their efforts. By simply sharing and promoting their work in the neighborhood and Placemaking stories through the MPC website, participants are eligible for a prize. After a public vote and determination from MPC’s judges, winners will be selected, and all participants will celebrate at a September event.
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    140 S Dearborn St Ste 1400
    Chicago, IL US

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