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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Chicago 2016's Olympic Week Partnership Program

Chicago 2016 has established partnerships with multiple cultural organizations throughout the city to enhance your Olympic Week. The events below will also have Olympians and Paralympians in attendance! If you are interested in taking advantage of the partnerships below, please contact Sara Mouw at and 312-784-6041. We'll also be announcing several sports partnerships this week!

The Peace School

3121 N Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60657-3111

May 4-8, 2009

Each day the Peace School will offer a variety of activities that all relate back to peace. On Tuesday the school will conduct a Peace Circle Art project that takes place at a participating school and lasts for 45 minutes. On Wednesday, there will be hour long classes on Peace breathing and Olympic Values at the Peace School for groups of 50 students. On Friday, they will have hour long sessions on Peace Martial Arts at The Peace School for groups of 50 students.

Swedish American Museum

5211 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60640

May 4-8, 2009

The Swedish American Museum will offer guided tours through museum with a teamwork theme and Chicago's ethnic communities. They will also teach the students the history of activities that become professional sports in Sweden and offer an Olympic-themed craft and a Swedish Meal. The program will last 2.5 hours and the cost would be $5 per student. Monday the program will be offered at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm. Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 am. The group size would be 45 students plus chaperones.

Bronzeville Historical Society

11431 S. Forrestville Ave. #1

Chicago, IL 60628-5901

May 4, 2009

The Bronzeville Historical Society will be talking about the value of working in teams in a morning presentation. They will celebrate three Chicago Black Olympians: Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Ralph Metcalfe. A park district volunteer will be present to do a basketball demo on teamwork. Ralph Metcalfe, Jr. will also be doing a presentation.

American Indian Center

1630 W. Wilson Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

May 5, 2009

The American Indian Center will be giving a tour of the center and conclude with a craft project. The program will last 1.5 hours and start at 9:30 am and 12:15 pm. The price will be $5 per student.

Balzekas Museum

6500 S. Pulaski Road

Chicago, IL 60629

May 6, 2009

The Balzekas Museum will allow students to tour through the Museum Exhibits such as the history of Lithuania, Children's Museum and the Art Gallery. The program would wrap up with a documentary about contemporary Lithuania. The program will last 1.5 hours and will start at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The group size would be 30 students plus chaperones. The price will be $4 per student.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

3001 Central Street

Evanston, IL 60201

May 6-7, 2009

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will start with a presentation by an American Indian, John Low. The students will then be able to view the exhibits, play a game and do a craft based on the American Indian Heritage. The program will be 1.5 hours long will start at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. The cost will be $2 per student. The group size would be 45 students plus chaperones.

Irish American Heritage Center

4626 N. Knox Avenue

Chicago, IL 60630

May 8, 2009

The Irish American Heritage Center program will offer a short Irish history lesson complete with music, dance and art. They program will be 1 hour long starting at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The cost would be $1 per student. The group size would be 50 students plus chaperones.

Urban Gateways

Urban Gateways Center for Arts education can make your arts and culture day come alive! Let them help you embrace the Olympic Movement by creating customized programming for your school. Contact Naomi Sheridan at 312-922-0440 at ext. 2757 or with questions.

3) Scheduling Your Olympian and Paralympian School Visits

Gold medal schools have earned the right to host an Olympian or Paralympian! As stated earlier in the email, please provide us with your schedule of events for Olympic Week. Also, please provide us your top three preferred times for the Olympian/Paralympian to visit. We will do everything in our effort to find an Olympian or Paralympian who can visit during these preferred times. This visit will last no longer than 90 minutes.

4) Alderman Visits to Your School

Chicago 2016 wants to showcase your hard work for Olympic Week to your local government leaders. We are currently working with the aldermanic offices to coordinate aldermen school visits during Olympic Week. If you are hosting an Olympian/Paralympian, the visit will be scheduled for then. For other schools, it will be during the Opening Ceremony.

5) What is your local community newspaper?

Do you have a local community newspaper that often covers school events? If so, please tell us the name and contact and we'll spread the word about your activities to them!

6) Chicago 2016 Merchandise Discount

From now until May 8, Chicago 2016 is offering a 40% discount on T-shirts and Hats at its online store, At the checkout, where it says Gift Vouchers/Discount Coupons insert the CHVOL109 code.

7) Olympic Kits Go Out Friday!

Chicago 2016 will be shipping out your Olympic Kits on Friday. Expect to receive them by the Wednesday before Olympic Week!

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