Volunteer Opportunities In Chicago


Too much time on your hands?  Are you looking to find a way to give back? If you have a heart for helping people and making your community a better place, there are many volunteer opportunities in Chicago. Whether you're a veteran or you have never given time to an organization, there's a place for you to fit in.  Helping out can open your eyes to what is going on in your city. By deciding to volunteer, you could be changing lives and making Chicago a better place. 

Mentoring and Helping the Youth of Chicago 


Is a great place to begin. Be a role model to a child - you can change the direction of that child.  These children would be ecstatic to have someone who cares enough to take the time to meet with them and help shape them into a teen or young adult.  Even if it is just shooting hoops or tutoring, spending time with them a couple hours a month can make a huge difference. There are many companies and groups in Chicago that you can look into. 

Food Banks/Food Pantries 


Are always there to help out the community. There are thousands of people in Chicago that are hungry and food banks and panties always are in need of volunteers. The more volunteers, the more people they can serve.  Check out your neighborhood to see what services are available and sign up!

Helping at a Pet Shelter 


Can really benefit you and your community. There are many shelters that are lacking help and support. Shelters are always looking for volunteers whether it is to spend time with the pets or to help feed them.  One of the best jobs in the world is to hold a furry friend - it's instant therapy for both you and the pet.  One animal rescue that is looking for volunteers is Paws Chicago. Who knows! Maybe you will fall in love with a furry friend and decide to adopt or foster one! There are many locations that you can visit. Visit their website at

Volunteers in a Senior Citizen Center 


Are always needed. This will allow you to help the older generation who has helped shape who we are today as a city.  Perhaps you will find out a little about them and learn about their lives. You can make a connection and bring much joy.  Maybe there is a special talent that you have that you can pass on. There is always a need to assist with mealtimes or even read from a favorite book.  Do you like Bingo or enjoy crafts?  Check out the nearest community and call to see how you can help.

Children’s Hospitals 


Are always welcoming guests and volunteers to spend time with the children.  Children love visitors to read books, play games, and to make a craft.  Not only can this make the children happy but it can make the parents happy also.  Giving up some of your free time can allow parents a bit of a respite to grab a coffee or a quick bite.  Doing some legwork to determine what is needed ahead of time is recommended.  If you haven't already make sure to checkout our blog on Your New Home Is Full Of Pride!



Rock's Burger Challenge at ROCK'S in Lakeview

In Lakeview there is a burger joint that has a challenge. Not like any other challenge, try four pounds of challenge. What are we talking about? If you’re from Lakeview, you guessed it: The Rock’s Burger Challenge at ROCK’S in Lakeview! This burger is unlike any you have seen. Stacked to the brim with patty’s, bread and all sorts of extras, it isn’t your push over burger challenge. ROCK'S, which is located at 3463 N. Broadway St, in Chicago’s Lakeview, is one of the best burger joints we have tried. Trust us, we’ve tried a lot! Not only do they have some of the tastiest burgers, but also an atmosphere to boot. A full bar, indoor seating and a great patio right on Broadway Street to enjoy your food or drinks outside, on a nice summer day.

Situated between two PPM buildings, 596 W. Hawthorne and 634 - 42 W. Cornelia, ROCK'S is the next place you have to try. Enough hearing it from us, though, take a look below and find out more about the Rock’s Burger Challenge as well as some other tasty burgers you must try. If you do try the challenge, we wish you good LUCK!

The ROCK'S Burger Challenge

Start with a pretzel roll and four angus beef patties with eight slices of pepper jack cheese, eight slices of bacon, giardiniera, onion strings, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a pound of fries. FOUR POUNDS TOTAL! The Rules: You have 30 minutes to finish everything. No help from anyone else. If you puke, you fail. If you finish, it’s free. If not, it’s $30. If you win, you get a championship t-shirt and entry to the ROCKStar hall of fame. There’s no prize for almost finishing!

Schubert St.

When you add cheddar, gouda, chopped Applewood bacon, red onion, lettuce, tomato and chipotle BBQ sauce to our ½ pound burger and serve it on a pretzel roll, you know you must be at ROCKS. $12

Monster of the Midway

They kick up their ½ Ib. burger with Cajun spice, then top it with candied bacon, roasted red pepper aioli, Boston bib lettuce, and A1 BBQ caramelized onions on a brioche bun. #12 Bill Swerski would approve!

It’s a no-brainer that the ROCK'S Burger challenge is nothing short of hard. But if you put your mind and stomach to it, you surely can succeed. If the challenge isn’t your forte, then you can clearly see the many other tasty choices to pick from.



Five Chicago Must-See Summer Theater Shows

Now, we all know Chicago hasgreat food, amazing nightlife, and the most breathtaking skyline. But did you know we also are extremely talented and cultured. We're talking about the theater, yes, and Chicago hosts some of the hottest and most popular theater shows around the world. I mean, we did hold Wicked here for how many years?

So, yes, here in Chicago you can see some of the best the theater has to offer. Yet finding the right show to see can be difficult and overwhelming. Let alone when and where a show you might like to see is playing. Don’t sweat it. PPM has got you covered. We break down our top 5 current Broadway exports, as well as other shows coming to Chicago that you don’t want to miss.

Dirty Dancing

That’s right, Dirty Dancing has been adopted into a Broadway musical. It's filled with all the dancing and singing of your favorite songs from the movie. Show opens August 8th at the Cadillac Palace Theater on 150 W. Randolph St.

Cirque Du Soleil – Kurios

Cirque Du Soleil hits the Grand Chapiteau at the United Center with this unique show only Cirque Du can do. It's an adventure worth watching when it opens here in Chicago August 6th.

The Little Mermaid

Disney’s beloved Little Mermaid swims to Chicago this summer. If we know anything about Disney Theater, looking at you Lion King, you can expect they spared no expense. Check this show out now at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater located at Navy Pier.

Blue Man Group

This long-standing show in Lakeview is the pinnacle of unique and crazy all mixed into one. If you’re a Chicagoan you most likely have seen it and if you’re an out-of-towner it’s a must. Located at Briar Street Theater just steps away from PPM’s 515 W. Briar, you won’t be disappointed.