Our May Winner

On May 26, 2013 By

We’re pleased to announce Blake Grigsby, DePaul University student from Naperville, IL, as the winner of our May grant and the latest addition to our distinguished list of Awesome Fellows.

His project: build the biggest cardboard box castle EVER! We think that’s pretty awesome in itself–a “classic” Awesome Foundation project in many ways: fun, whimsical, and [...]

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Small Projects, Big Impact

Some creative projects require years of planning, large staffs, and extensive fundraising campaigns. Others don’t – but that doesn’t mean that smaller projects are easy to accomplish or that they are any less important.

On March 2, 2013, John Carnwath and Derek Sherman of The Chicago Awesome Foundation sat down with [...]

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We thought we’d try something new this month, so instead of picking our winner in the smokey backroom of an undisclosed location like we usually do, we invited six finalists to pitch their project proposals to a live audience and let the crowd decide on the winner. All six of the projects were certainly worthy [...]

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The Chicago Awesome Foundation is teaming up with the Next Door Café to bring you the first Awesome Hour of 2013. This a great chance to hear about exciting new projects here in town, meet the awesome folks behind the projects, and help decide who gets $1000 to make their project happen. The event is [...]

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Alexandra Schindler is an intern at the Dunes Learning Center in Northwest Indiana. She mostly leads interpretive hikes and other educational programs about the biodiverse ecology of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore where the learning center is located, but she saw an additional opportunity to make the place she works more awesome. Despite efforts to [...]

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Creative Chicago Expo, March 1&2

On February 18, 2013 By

Since we had such a good time at the Creative Chicago Expo last year, spreading the word about the Awesome Foundation and talking to to folks about their Awesome new project ideas, we’re going back for more! In addition to having vendor booth where people can stop by to talk to our trustees anytime between [...]

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