Category Archive


  • 2018 Associate Board Pizza Party

    Every year, we look forward to this event as a way for the UI staff, Associate Board and participants to genuinely connect and get to know each other through an evening of games, team building exercises, and, of course, pizza.

    2018 Associate Board Pizza Party
  • Thank You to Our Associate Board!

    The Urban Initiatives Associate Board is a group of approximately 150 young professionals who dedicate their time to volunteering with UI participants, helping to plan UI events, and raising funds to support our work. Our members come from all over the greater Chicago area to support the kids and families that we serve. Although their…

    Thank You to Our Associate Board!
  • IMC Hosts UI’s First Board of Directors Panel

    Last Thursday, February 8th, Urban Initiatives hosted its first Board Panel event. We were so fortunate to have Karen Gladstone and Board members Patrick Croke, David Mahoney, and Jimmy Samartzis join 20 Associate Board members at the offices of IMC for a great panel discussion on community involvement, philanthropic topics and professional development.

    IMC Hosts UI’s First Board of Directors Panel
  • AB Spotlight: Patrick, Brian, and Michael Quirke

    What we love most about the holiday’s in Chicago is how we’re reminded of the importance of family. This city has a way of extending strong family values to workplaces, social relationships, professional athletic teams, and hey, even grassroots non-profit organizations. Urban Initiatives believes in a greater community, and that unifying our Chicago community takes…

    AB Spotlight: Patrick, Brian, and Michael Quirke
  • #UIAB Pizza Party

    The UI Associate Board hosted Work to Play program participants from Lawndale, Ward, and Walsh for the 5th Annual #UIAB Pizza Party. Urban Initiatives would like to thank Neil Hirshman, Suzie Bohacik, and Kirkland & Ellis for hosting our Associate Board members, UI students, staff, and coaches for another year of fun!

    #UIAB Pizza Party
  • Slalom Volunteers Visit Game Day

    Amidst a snowy Friday afternoon, an energetic team from Slalom Consulting brought the heat as they welcomed Work to Play teams from Beethoven, Little Village, Sandoval, and Kozminski to Chicago Indoor Sports for an afternoon of friendship and play.

  • Accenture Scores Goals with UI

    As the first snow of the year descended upon Chicago, Urban Initiatives students from Barry, Jenner, Lloyd, and McNair and volunteers from Accenture were undeterred as they traveled to Windy City Fieldhouse for a much-anticipated Game Day.

  • UI’s 15th Anniversary Halloween Bash

    The 15th Anniversary Urban Initiatives Halloween Bash was another huge success. For the fourth straight year, Chop Shop and 1st Ward Events welcomed us back to not only have a ton of fun but to support UI’s sports-based youth development programming.