2022 Autumn Tapestry

2023 was filled with impact, achievement, and growth for hundreds of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities – with Little City providing the best options and opportunities to grow; integrated education environments to thrive; safe homes and programs to learn life skills; and so much more! Relive the last 12 months with us and all that you helped accomplish for the nearly 1,000 people with disabilities that we serve together every day!

Click the stories below to read more about how you are helping individuals with disabilities challenge, create, and change throughout their lifetimes! 

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A note from our Chief Executive Officer, Marie Newman

What a holiday season we had at Little City! Seeing the joy on the faces of those we serve has been a tremendous gift and a daily reminder about the importance of the work that we do here every day…


Josh Exceeded Expectations Because of YOU

Meet Karen, a participant in our expanding horticulture program

Karen worked for 25 years at Jewel-Osco, bagging or retrieving carts but always keeping an eye on the floral section. Now retired, Karen has finally realized her dream of working with the flowers, plants, and smells that she has always had a passion for at Little City’s Dorothy Rose Horticulture Center…


Roar forward with us at the 2024 Annual Dinner Gala

Join us for our 2024 Annual Dinner Gala – Roaring Forward – as we remember the past and reimagine the future for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Little City. Little City is delighted to announce that all our DSPs will be the special honorees at the 2024 Little City Gala!


Lakeside Story

Danny challenged his limits – and got the job!

For a long time, Danny was too shy to try. As he worked through Little City’s Employee Development Services program, the soft-spoken Danny had all the skills needed to land a community-based job, but the prospects of interviewing, interacting with customers, and expressing his needs was intimidating. So, Danny decided to face all those fears and take on one of the most public jobs out there – working at a grocery store…


Be a champion for individuals with disabilities!

When you join Little City’s Circle of Love, it is not just about what you do today . . . it’s about what you can do all year long for individuals with disabilities! Making a monthly donation is more than just a recurring gift – you become a champion for hundreds of individuals at Little City!


Upcoming Events

ROARING FORWARD! Annual Dinner Gala

Saturday, April 6, 2024 | The Fairmont | Chicago, IL

As we look forward to the bright future that lies ahead of Little City, we honor and celebrate our deep history of providing hope and opportunity for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

And this year, we are privileged to honor Little City’s Direct Support Professionals, whose heroic work has been a cornerstone for this mission for over six decades.

Don’t miss out on this signature event! Get your tickets now and learn about sponsorship opportunities at www.LittleCity.org/Gala

Save the Date for the 5th Annual Hero Walk!

Saturday, September 22, 2024 | Busse Woods | Elk Grove Village, IL

Save the date for the 5th Annual Hero Walk! Join us in September and walk with the heroes of Little City on a leisurely stroll through scenic Busse Woods and help celebrate 65 years of creating hope and changing the lives of individuals with disabilities with other Little City friends and families! 

Little City Invitational Golf Classic

Monday, June 17, 2024 | Twin Orchard Country Club | Long Grove, IL

Join us for one of the signature charity events of the summer, the Little City Invitational Golf Classic! Come out to Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove for a day of golf while helping Little City raise much-needed awareness and funds for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

More information coming soon!