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How to help Haiti in Chicago

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Fundraising never tasted so good. (Photo via TwitPic)

Amid the many reports about the many fatalities and still-dangerous conditions in Haiti after a devastating earthquake Tuesday, one question has been constant: How can we help?

Well, if you don't decide to use the text-donation service vouched for on the U.S. Department of State Blog, there are at least a few ways you can have an impact in Chicago.


  • On Thursday, January 14, Trader Todd's hosts a fundraiser from 8-10 p.m.. For a minimum $15 donation you'll get an open bar (all domestic drafts, house wines and well cocktails) and a sampling of appetizers. All proceeds benefit the Red Cross.
  • On Friday, January 15, Le Passage will throw a fundraiser from 6-9 p.m., with all canned goods and tips collected going straight to Haiti. The bar plans to host subsequent fundraisers on January 22 and 29, according to TOC.
  • On Friday, January 15, Manor and RiNo will donate a portion of their cover charge to the Red Cross.
  • On Saturday, January 16 Billy Dec hosts a benefit at Rockit Wrigleyville, where for a $20 donation you'll get free drinks and appetizers from 9-10 p.m. RSVP to info@rockitwrigley.com. (@billydec, GrubStreetChi).
  • The Hearty Boys will be donating 5 percent of gross profits for the week (including from their new restaurant, Hearty) to the cause (via TOC).
  • On Monday, January 18 (5:30-7:30 p.m.), mk hosts a fundraiser with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. $50 at the door, with the restaurant matching all donations.
  • On Monday, January 18 (8 p.m.), Hideout hosts a benefit show featuring the Waco Brothers and Eleventh Dream Day. $20 admission benefits Partners in Health, which has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years.
  • On Tuesday, January 19 (11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.), Meson Sabika will donate 100 percent of its sales to the Red Cross.
  • This one works a little differently: Donate $100 to Haiti via the Red Cross, and Foiled Cupcakes will give you two dozen cupcakes (open to first 5 people, so do it fast!). The 5-person threshold has been reached. Wow, that was fast!
  • Another cupcake deal: Buy the special banana cupcake with pineapple jam and coconut frosting ($3) Friday through Sunday at Bleeding Heart Bakery. All proceeds go to the Red Cross. (via Grub Street Chi)
  • On Wednesday, January 20, the Hotel Allegro hosts a bake sale from 8:15-9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All proceeds from the pastries will go to Oxfam International. Learn more on Facebook.
  • On Thursday, January 21 from 6-9 p.m., English this benefit, at which a minimum $20 donation gets you one drink and light appetizers (see more on Facebook).
  • 25 percent of all sales at DMK Burger Bar from Tuesday, January 19 - Sunday, January 24 will be donated to the Red Cross.
  • On Friday, January 22, bartenders at Lizard's Liquid Lounge will give all the tips they collect to Haitian relief. Specials include $4 Stella.
  • Many Chicago restaurants will offer diners the chance to contribute to Haitian relief efforts by adding $1 to their check from Monday, January 18 - Sunday, January 24. All proceeds will be donated to the Heartland Alliance. Participating restaurants include Avec, Blackbird, Crust, Piece and more (full, regularly updated list here).
  • On Monday, January 25, all 19 Francesca restaurants will donate 100 percent of profits to the Red Cross.
  • On Tuesday, January 26 (4-10 p.m.), Tapas Valencia will donate 100 percent of its dining sales to the Red Cross.
  • Rodan is offering a Port au Prince Mule (a Moscow Mule with rum instead of vodka) for $7.
  • More from TOC: A long list of ways to donate online and in-person (nice job, guys).



Know of other ways Chicago folks can help out Haiti? We want to make this an ongoing resource, so leave a comment/link and we might add it into the post.

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