Chicago, along with Manager Peter Schivarelli, support numerous charitable causes including two charities through their concert ticket sales. Since 1995, the band has donated a portion of each ticket sold to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure to the fatal children's disease, Niemann-Pick Type C.
The band also donates an additional portion of ticket sales to help raise money for Hannah & Friends, which works to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. Hannah & Friends provide funding for the construction and ongoing operations of a farm where residential homes will provide a community for adults with special needs. Chicago and Peter Schivarelli have made a substantial donation to build the first residential home, which has been completed. Hannah & Friends is the personal mission of Maura Weis and her husband, Charlie Weis.
Chicago is close to reaching its goal of raising $1,000,000 for these important causes.
Upon the death of founding guitarist, Terry Kath, the band established “The Terry Kath Scholarship Fund” at De Paul University in Chicago for deserving music students.
Along with Geraldo Rivera, Chicago founded a Halfway House residence (“Chicago House”) in NYC for mentally challenged adults.
Chicago is a proud sponsor of "Horses of Honor", a public art campaign honoring police officers who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. This organization raises money and awareness for police-related charities, particularly those that benefit the families of fallen or severly injured police officers.
Chicago's 2009 national summer concert tour had tremendous success in raising money for local food banks nationwide.
The "Sing With Chicago" promotion contributed to the breast cancer cause in honor of our friend Paqui Kelly, the wife of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly, who is a breast cancer survivor.
Chicago has also joined forces with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer and save lives. Because so many of our fans are women (and the men who love them), many of whom feel passionately about breast cancer, we look forward to working with the ACS on various fundraising projects.