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  • 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
  • Preston Bradley Center
    At the corner of Lawrence Avenue and North Sheridan, right in the heart of Chicago’s Uptown Square Historic District, stands a six-story historic building bearing the name of Dr. Preston Bradley. From 1912 to 1978, Dr. Bradley served as the minister of the progressive-oriented Peoples Church of Chicago, using the pulpit to espouse the ideals of social justice as he fervently worked to secure free speech and equality alongside prominent figures such as Jane Addams and Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, the 1926 building – added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 – is a beehive of activity and progress that carries on the work begun by Dr. Bradley. With the goal bringing people together to improve the lives of their neighbors and the community in which they live, the staff welcomes all members of the community into its pair of auditoriums, theater, galleries, and meeting rooms. Permanent space-sharing partners include the Uptown Arts Center, a series of active galleries and studio spaces available for use by local artists, and North Side Housing Services, a city contract agency that addresses transitional housing for displaced individuals. The center is also member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which awarded it the Soup Kitchen Quality Performance Award in 2008, and hosts the 2 L'il Fishes program, which provides free meals to any individual in need six days a week. See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassrootsblog.
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    941 West Lawrence Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Cure Violence
    In 2011 The Interrupters documentary introduced audiences to three Chicagoans whose job it was to walk the streets of their neighborhoods mediating violent disputes. They were part of CeaseFire—Chicago's Cure Violence program—working with other Violence Interrupters to mediate potentially lethal conflicts in the city. In 2013, CeaseFire workers mediated nearly 700 high-risk conflicts, often by physically standing between feuding individuals, putting their lives at risk to make their communities safer. In addition to its work in Chicago, Cure Violence operates programs in five other Illinois cities and 22 cities across the US, and across four countries. The organization's founder, Dr. Gary Slutkin, is an epidemiologist who approaches violence as an infectious disease that should be treated like any other—with scientifically proven methods. Those include detection, intervention, and behavior modification, combined to alter a community's perspective of violence and stop the problem at its source. Within violence-plagued neighborhoods, the organization's Violence Interrupters—often former violence perpetrators—detect and mediate potentially lethal conflicts. Outreach Workers, meanwhile, work with high-risk individuals to change the way they think about violence and help them improve their lives within the system. On a larger scale, Cure Violence shifts the discourse within whole communities and society at large, emphasizing a health approach to violence instead of punishment.
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    1603 West Taylor Street
    Chicago, IL US

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