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October 8, 2017
Playworks is thrilled to be an official charity of the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Over the past four years, our runners have generously raised funds to support... »
June 3, 2017
Lace up your sneakers and join us for some nostalgia over green grass and a big red bouncy ball for our 6th annual kickball tournament. Playworks Illinois Corporate Kickball... »
May 25, 2017
Healthy Chicago 2.0, launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health, serves as the start of a new movement dedicated to making Chicago a connected,... »
February 22, 2017
Playworks Illinois is celebrating AmeriCorps week by highlighting one of our AmeriCorps Coaches, Shamerea Richards. Coach Shay is a first-year coach serving at James N. Thorp... »
November 10, 2016
It was in 1996 that Jill Vialet founded Playworks, a national nonprofit providing elementary schools and youth organizations around the country with fun and safe activities.Read... »
October 20, 2016
On Thursday, October 20, 2016 Playworks Illinois will host our annual fundraising event, Get in the Game: Camp Playworks. This evening, filled with food, libations, games, and a... »
August 9, 2016
photo by GettyImagesWhy are we so quick to dismiss play as a force for learning? As Playworks CEO and founder Jill Vialet notes,"Consider something as simple as a game of... »
June 23, 2016
Playworks has teamed up with New Balance to offer the SparkStart Fitness Challenge across the nation. See how New Balance, MLB athletes, and Playworks are getting kids in the... »
June 7, 2016
While summer time is the perfect time for kids to get outside and play, there are plenty of distractions around to keep them from getting good exercise such as the TV,  computer... »
June 4, 2016
10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Lawrence Athletic FieldsWant the opportunity to give back to your community while indulging in an afternoon of kickball? Our 5th Annual Playworks Illinois... »