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Celebration, connection, commitment

Find your place in the CIF community at one of our events.

Any organization can host events. Center for Independent Futures hosts more—new connections, moments of joy, avenues for support, and the achievement of goals. Center for Independent Futures hosts the discovery of a new favorite restaurant, high-fives along a marathon course, and a dance floor full of individuals of all abilities. From attending to volunteering to joining a team, we can help you find a unique way to celebrate and support the hopes and dreams of all individuals.


Center for Independent Futures' premier fundraiser showcases the SPARK of our community. Gather for drinks and dinner at an elegant downtown venue and end the night on the dance floor with over 400 of our friends and supporters.

Something's Cooking

Get a taste of the Evanston culinary scene at Something's Cooking, which features samples of signature dishes from local establishments and new favorites alongside an open bar and silent auction.

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive

Join Center for Independent Futures for exclusive views of Chicago's skyline on the one day every year that Lake Shore Drive is closed to cars. Your ride with Center for Independent Futures' Dream Team helps make possibilities a reality.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

If running a marathon is one of your dreams, Center for Independent Futures can help you get to the finish line. Join Team Center for Independent Futures for guaranteed entry into the Chicago Marathon and one-on-one training and fundraising support.


Success Stories

Jonathan's Story

Jonathan's Story

A short film from Guy Bauer Productions captures a day in the life of Center for Independent Futures participant Jonathan Shuman, documenting his full life and the ways we support him and others to live their dreams.

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