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Thanksgiving Giving Back

November 29 is #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving to kick off the holiday season. Check out what these local restaurants are doing to honor this fast-growing tradition.

Buona, The Original Italian Beef is Focusing on Eliminating Type 1 Diabetes
Chicago’s family-owned restaurant group is doing a corporate match for their round up at the register fundraising drive to support JDRF, the non-profit organization focused on finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Donations are given when customers round up the total cost of their meal to the nearest dollar.

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Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery Is Doubling Down for Peanut Tillman’s Charity
On Giving Tuesday, Bridgeport Fave Freddies is doubling its contribution to Charles “Peanut” Tillman’s Cornerstone Foundation. The restaurant has been donating $2.00 to the Foundation for every jumbo pizza they sell on pro football game days. On Giving Tuesday, they will double that “give” to $4.00 per jumbo pizza.  Learn more about The Cornerstone Foundation at

Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, 701 W 31st Street, Chicago. (312) 808-0147

Lake County’s Chocolate Sanctuary Helping Make a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Teens
The Chocolate Sanctuary is launching a fundraising program for Passion Outreach on Giving Tuesday. Starting on November 29th and through the end of the year, the acclaimed cocoa-inspired restaurant and lounge is donating $1.00 to the north Chicago teen mentoring charity for every custom Passion Outreach chocolate bar it sells in its retail shop. The house-made Passion Outreach candy bars sell for $3.50.  Learn more about Passion Outreach at

The Chocolate Sanctuary, 5101 Washington St, Gurnee, 224-944-0808,

Tom & Eddie’s Offers 50% Off To Those Who Give Every Day
Tom & Eddie’s gives 50% off their famously delicious burgers and other hand crafted menu items to all police, fire and EMT professionals uniform or with proper ID. It’s the company’s way of living up to their commitment to Changing the World, One Burger at a Time.

Find Tom & Eddies in Lombard: The Shops on Butterfield at Yorktown Center; Naperville: Tower Crossing at Ogden Ave and Naper Blvd. and Vernon Hills: Vernon Hills Town Center at Milwaukee Ave and US 45/Olde Half Day Road.

#GivingTuesday at Chicago's Party Headquarters

The Division Street Entertainment District is kicking off Giving Tuesday to give back this season. For every Jameson, Absolut or Avion drink order on Tuesdays in December, participating bars, The Lodge  She-nannigan’s  The Hangge-Uppe  The Original Mother’s  Mother’s Too and Coconutz, and participating spirit brands will donate $2 to Imerman Angels.

Imerman Angels’ mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. For more information on Giving Tuesday and giving back with the Division Street Entertainment District, go to


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