These are tough times for all of us. These days, though you'd like to go out for a nice meal and still give money to a good cause, you can't help but think you could use every penny you can keep in your pockets, so choices have to be made as to where your money will go.
But not on Thursday, April 30, when you can take part in Dining Out For Life, and have some cash go to such a cause just by going out to eat. Now in its 16th year, Dining Out For Life is a charitable event that is held in more than 50 cities across the United States and Canada. On this night, the more than 3,500 restaurants taking part in the event donate a portion of their proceeds to local AIDS service organizations. In Chicago, the beneficiary is AIDSCare Chicago. Last year more than $80,000 was raised in Chicago for AIDSCare. And to think, all you have to do is eat out at one of the participating restaurants. No forms to fill out, no mailing lists to get on, nothing like that.
There are dozens of participating restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs, from Cucina Paradiso in Oak Park to the Signature Room at the 95th in the Hancock building, to Lakeview faves like Cornelia's, Ann Sather's and Angelina, to Andersonville hotspots such as Anteprima, Hamburger Mary's, and La Tache. You can find out more, including the complete lisst of participating restaurants and how you can get involved by volunteering or donating on your own, at Dining Out For Life's Web site.