Chicago Hospitality

Planning a wish to meet a celebrity can sometimes come on short notice – just like this week’s wish for our wish kid Rene to meet his idol Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. With a small window to make it happen, I was lucky to make some great connections in Chicago. And, wow, what an amazing experience! Everybody involved was so giving and helpful from Giordano’s pizzeria to Lou Malnati’s to the entire staff at Chicago’s Essex Inn.

Here’s a sneak peek of some photos from Rene’s wish- check back for the whole story!!


Everyone really went out of their way to provide awesome dinners and an amazing place for our wish family to stay. Big thanks to Andrew Schwebel at the Essex, John McCarthy at Airport Express, Dean Georgelos & Michael Stano of Giordano’s, and Meggie Lindberg at the Malnati Organization for helping put this wish together on such short notice!


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Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.