Support the Mission
February's Peace Love and Hostelling Happy Hour
benefiting education at the hostel
Friday, February 11, 2011, 8.00p - 11.00p
at the Mad River Bar & Grille
2909 N Sheffield, just north of Diversey, in Chicago
You are invited to Peace, Love, and Hostelling: S'More Amour soiree. Come out on Friday to enjoy a fun north side bar filled with fun-loving, internationally-minded friends. Remember, it is all for a good cause, because you will be supporting the peace-building education work of the hostel and its partner teachers in schools throughout the Chicago area. Have fun, meet new friends and support education.
Bring your friends to Mad River Bar and Grille on Friday, February 11th and enjoy an open bar and buffet from 8-11pm. Mad River is located at 2909 N Sheffield, just north of Diversey. The closest L stops are Diversey and Wellington.
Entry is $30 at the door and will benefit youth from Chicago Public Schools who participate in the hostel's award winning cultural awareness building programs.
Win prizes! Raffle prizes are coming in from supporters as you read this invitation. Raffle prizes so far:
FREE Comedy, complimentary admission for 2 at The Second City
FREE Fish, VIP entry for 4 to Shedd Aquarium
FREE Architecture, 4 walking tour passes to Chicago Architecture Foundation
FREE Cookies, 4 cookie gift boxes from Ann Marie's Delights
FREE Sailing, 6 people, drinks and munchies, leaving from Montrose Harbor on a 30ft Catalina
Chicago World Citizen Award Luncheon 2010
benefiting education at the hostel
Friday, December 3, 2010, 11.30a - 1.30p
at the J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel
24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago
Hostelling International Chicago is our local nonprofit hostel that teaches and promotes cultural understanding through travel and education. What could be more important in our diverse and endlessly interconnected world than respect and understanding of cultures.
During the 10th Anniversary of the opening of HI-Chicago in 2000, we take this opportunity to honor the work of our fellow Chicagoans in building a more peaceful planet through cultural understanding.
2010 Chicago World Citizens
Honorable Mayor Richard M. Daley
As we mark the 10th Anniversary of HI-Chicago, we are pleased to honor Mayor Daley for his commitment to making Chicago a truly global city. Mayor Daley has been a champion for the hostel and officially opened the hostel at the ribbon cutting back on December 4, 2000, Hostelling Day in Chicago.
President and founder of Language Stars, LLC, Ms. Lancry embodies global citizenship by teaching languages to children at her 15 locations throughout the Chicago area and Washington D.C. and language programs in over 100 schools. She is dedicated to creating multilingual leaders for our interconnected world.
A teacher at Kelvyn Park High School, Ms. Pavona is committed to opening her students' minds to the world and has partnered with the hostel since 2005.
A sophomore at Kelvyn Park High School, Ms. Sarmiento is a youth leader and is described by her teacher, Ms. Pavona, as "one of the kindest and most compassionate students."
Together we can create a more peaceful planet one student and one traveler at a time.
HI-Chicago opened its doors in the fall of 2000, and on December 3, 2010 we celebrate 10 years of serving Chicago with the first annual Chicago World Citizen Awards. Recipients will be Chicagoans who exemplify in their own way the peace-building mission of Hostelling International, "to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling."
We hope that you will join us for this celebration.
Tickets are limited, purchase them now online at Eventbrite, click the link below:
Our educational model is to partner directly with schools, their teachers, students and administrators, to deliver curricula developed by the education team at the hostel. We train and support our partner teachers in learning and delivering our curricula, and we are proud to have a retention rate for teachers of over 90%. In fact, our high retention rate means that many teachers spend years on the waiting list waiting for additional funding so that they can join the program.
You can find out more about our educational programs by following these links:
Cultural Kitchen, connecting classrooms to countries and their cultures around the world
Exchange Neighborhoods, sharing cultures among high school classrooms here in Chicago
Photos of our wonderful students
Help the hostel bring the world to Chicago!
Our downtown hostel serves our Chicago community in two major ways:
- Accommodations : serving Chicago with over 80,000 overnights per year, all at an inexpensive price that opens Chicago to more travelers, especially young travelers
- Education : serving Chicago's youth through education that teaches cultural understanding and open-mindedness to over 1800 local students per year
Your support is needed to help the hostel reach its goals for service to Chicago.
The mission of Hostelling International-USA
"to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling."
This mission for greater understanding has seldom been more vital to the world we live in then it is today. By facilitating and inspiring exploration of the world, its peoples and its cultures, we build the foundation for a more peaceful future.
Hostelling International-Chicago is an Illinois nonprofit corporation and an IRS 501(C)(3) qualified organization. We welcome your support of our efforts.
Education Programs Need Your Support
You can open the minds of our youth to the world. Cultural Kitchen serves over 700 Chicago youth bringing them into the hostel to learn about a country of their choice and meet travelers from around the world. Each classroom of 20 - 25 students costs the hostel $2000.
Bridge the cultural isolation of 's high schools by supporting Exchange Neighborhoods. The hostel works with Chicago Public School high schools on this strong educational standards based education program. Two high school classrooms, one each from two different high schools, come together at the hostel to share cultures and learn to bridge their differences. Each exchange of 50 students costs the hostel $5000.
For more information about supporting the 's education efforts, please contact:
Thomas Applegate, Executive Director.
Give Your Time
Hostelling International-Chicago thrives through the work of our ever-growing team of volunteers. Volunteers interact with travelers from around the world and around the country by providing insider information about Chicago and joining travelers for exploration around the city. For volunteer information, click here.