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Upcoming Chapter Events 

BC Cares: Dignity Diner Meal Service
Holy Covenant Methodist Church
Lincoln Park (Near Diversey/Clark)
4th Tuesday of every month

We have 5 or 6 BC alumni serve and interact with 40-60 guests, many of whom are regulars and build relationships with our volunteers.  We are looking for more BC alumni to join us!!  The Diner is also always looking for silverware and/or homemade desserts.  If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact Liz Gates '10 at

BC Cares Saturday School
Saturday April 5
10:00-11:30am (arrive at 9:30am to help with set-up)
McCutcheon School cafeteria
4865 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640

Saturday School is back and we need volunteers!

The Saturday program is an interactive 90 minutes of art, games, recreation, and reading with 25 1st and 2nd graders. BC Alumni and friends welcome as well as parents who would like to bring their kids to volunteer.

Questions? Want to sign up? Please contact Coordinator Kevin Convery ’85 at





Recent Past Events

Chicago Chapter Annual Alumni Mass and Breakfast Reception
Sunday, Feb. 23 10:30 a.m.
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School
5088 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Ill.

Mass will be celebrated by Terrence P. Devino, S.J., vice president and university secretary, Boston College. A light breakfast reception will immediately follow the Mass, and Fr. Terry will share updates about existing initiatives, programs, and planning taking place at Boston College in his presentation, "Snapshots of Boston College Today."

There is no cost for the reception, but registration is required. 

Please click here to register. 

Big Boss Comedy Show
January 17, 18
8 p.m.
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago

Join fellow alumni in some laughs with Big Boss Comedy performing at Stage 773, featuring Corey Pordell '03.  On Friday, January 17, stop by earlier for a pre-show happy hour at Coopers, 1232 W. Belmont Ave, starting at 6 p.m.  The reservation is under BC Alumni Chicago Chapter.

Click here to purchase tickets!

Catholic Charities Annual Early Childhood Christmas Party 
Saturday, December 14
721 N. LaSalle, Chicago
1 - 4:30 p.m.
Two volunteer shifts available: 12 - 3 or 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

We'll need about 15 alumni for each shift as there will be about 200 attendees at each shift of the party.  Activities that we'll help out with include arts & crafts, face painting, food distribution, and assisting Santa.  If you have any questions, or would like to sign up, please contact Kaitlyn Murphy '05 at

Sixth Annual Winter Boot Drive
Saturday, December 7th
McCutcheon Elementary Branch Building
4850 N. Kenmore, Chicago

As you recall in the past, we have orchestrated a "coat drive" for the students and thanks to a very generous donor, every student will be receiving a coat this year!
So, we are shifting gears and collecting boots.

Many of you ask us why we choose to work with McCutcheon every year....not only are the staff, faculty fantastic to partner with...but, 2/3rds of the school's students come from homeless shelters.

•donor(s) to sponsor the pizza, arts & craft projects
•baked good (store bought or homemade!)
boot donations
•volunteers on Friday 12/6 3p-5p (Decorate & Set Up)
•volunteers on Saturday 12/7 9:00am-12:30pm ("Personal Boot Shoppers", Games, Arts & Crafts, Santa's Helpers, Facepainters, etc).

Questions? Want to sign up? Contact 
Sara McCarthy '90 ( 312-961-4872) or Esther Chang '02.

BC Alumni Chicago Chapter Holiday Party
Friday, December 6, 7-10pm
Black Duck Tavern
1800 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Please join us for our annual BC Alumni Chicago Chapter Holiday Party.  We will be returning to the private downstairs room at Black Duck! The $35 ticket price includes soft drinks, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Click here to register!

Always an Eagle - Soaring in the Windy City
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30–9 p.m
Hotel Allegro, Walnut Ballroom
171 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Ill

The Eagles have landed!  Please join fellow alumni, parents, and friends on Thursday, November 7 to welcome BC's most recent graduates to the Chicago chapter and area.

Help our newest Eagles, the sesquicentennial class, realize the wonderful and powerful BC community available to them.  Mingle with fellow alumni and learn about upcoming chapter events.

Your registration includes heavy hors d' oeuvres and a drink ticket, and a cash bar will also be available.  All are welcome to attend and enjoy!

Click here to register.

150th Anniversary Service Project & Luncheon
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 N. St. Clair Street, Chicago, Ill.

The Windy City is home to thousands of alumni, parents, families, and friends of Boston College. Come join us to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our beloved University. Work together on a serivce project to fight hunger - we will be packing meals to be sent to hungry families in West Africa.

9:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Helping Hands service project
Noon Luncheon with Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences David Quigley

To register, please click here!

Chicago Chapter Annual Alumni Mass
Sunday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m., reception immediately following
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory
5088 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644

Please join the Chicago chapter for our Annual Alumni Mass, and to continue to build momentum for the 150ontheroad event in June! Mass will be celebrated by Christopher Devron, S.J., STM'01, Founding President, Christ the King.  The chapel is located inside the main school building. There is parking on site, and there will also be a free shuttle from the CTA blue line Austin stop beginning at approximately 10 a.m.

Click here to register!

For more information or to volunteer as a reader, Eucharistic minister or greeter, email Alison Stankus '00

BC Chicago National Day of Service

Click here to check out photos from BC's Eighth Annual National Day of Service!
The National Day of Service unites Boston College alumni across the country in the spirit of "men and women for others." The Jesuit commitment to service helps define the BC experience, and the annual event gives alumni a chance to reconnect with fellow BC graduates while making a difference in their communities. For more information please visit

BC Cares Saturday School Program
April 6, 2013 (more dates to be added)
9:45 a.m. - noon
McCutcheon Elementary School
4850 N. Kenmore in Uptown
Chicago, IL

Join fellow Eagles as we do fun, hands-on projects with students at McCutcheon Elementary!  The school is a two block walk from the Lawrence (Red Line) El stop.  The Saturday Program includes two hours of hands-on activities (arts ‘n crafts, games, etc.) with up to 25 McCutcheon students.

Volunteer Opportunities
Facilitator - We need Saturday Facilitators. As the Facilitator, you come up with the 2 hour agenda of activities and provide the supplies and a kid-friendly snack needed for your plan. You will then lead that day’s volunteers through your plan for the kids.  Reimbursement up to $50 per session.

Volunteers – Each session we need up to 12 volunteers to work in small groups with the kids guiding them through the activities.

Please email fellow alumnus and coordinator Kevin Convery '85 at to sign up with the date(s) you’re committing to be either a Facilitator or Volunteer.

Beanpot Championship Gamewatch: BC vs. Northeastern
February 11, 2013, 6:30pm
Tripoli Tap
1147 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL

Kid friendly with adult supervision!

2013 BC Chicago Chapter Kick Off
Thursday, February 21
Tripoli Tap
1147 W Armitage in Lincoln Park

Come mingle with your fellow Eagles to learn more about upcoming programs, events, and volunteer opportunities. We would love to hear your ideas. All are welcome! There will be a cash bar with appetizers provided by the chapter.

RSVP to: Mary Lucas '07 via email -

A Guided Art Tour!

The Art Institute of Chicago is the city’s most iconic art museum and home to some of the most recognizable images in American Art.  Please join other BC Alums as we tour this renowned permanent collection.  Due to space restrictions, this tour will be limited 30 participants. Additional information will be forwarded to attendees several days prior to the event.

Kindly respond by February 1st to Lauren Peterson at

Chicago Chapter Annual Coat Drive 
Give the gift of warmth to a child in need by supporting our Annual Coat Drive for children whose families are currently living in homeless shelters.  Our goal is 150 coats!  This event is many of these kids' one and only holiday celebration. We hope you can join us!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Friday, Dec 7th from 3:00pm-5:00pm - Set Up
McCutcheon Branch Building
4950 N Kenmore (one block north of Lawrence)

Saturday, December 8th - 9:30am - 1:30pm
Coat Drive Giveaway
McCutcheon Branch Building
4950 N Kenmore

We are looking for volunteers to manage: arts & crafts, games, kids shopping for their coats, monitor food stations, face painters!

Coat drop-off locations are below:

Lincoln Park:
Coldwell Banker Office - Attn: Sara McCarthy
1959 N Halsted (south of Armitage)
Office hours: 9a-5p weekdays - 10a-3p weekends

Baker & McKenzie Law Firm Attn: Esther Chang
300 E Randolph Suite 5000
Office Hours: 9a-5p   312-861-3732

Other donation opportunities include arts & craft materials, snacks, pizza and beverages.

Any questions or would like to sign up? Contact Sara McCarthy at 312.867.8138 or email

Chicago Chapter Holiday Party!
Friday, December 7, 2012
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Black Duck Tavern
1800 North Halstead St (Located at the corner of Halsted and Willow in Lincoln Park)

Please join us for our annual BC Alumni Chicago Chapter Holiday Party, this year joined for the first time by the BC Law Alumni Chicago Chapter!  Tickets for open bar and appetizers are $35 per person.  Click
here to register!

Catholic Charities Holiday Party
Saturday, December 15, 2012
12:00-3:00PM or 2:30-5:30PM
St. Vincent Hall (1st Floor)
721 N. LaSalle

Come volunteer at one of BC Cares' most popular events - the Catholic Charities Holiday Party!There are two volunteer shifts: 12:00-3:00 and 2:30-5:30.  We’ll need about 15 BC volunteers for each shift as there will be about 200 attendees at each shift of the party. Activities that we’ll help out with will include the arts/crafts, games, face painting, helping Santa, food/soda distribution and book/goodie bag distribution.

Alumni are welcome to bring children to volunteer, just note that when emailing. This event has had a wait list every year, so don’t hesitate in signing up!

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Kaitlyn Murphy at

BC Chicago Chapter Breakfast with Dean Susan Gennaro 
November 16, 2012 7:45 AM ET 
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Prentice Women’s Hospital, 3rd Floor Conference Room L North
250 East Superior St.
Chicago, IL

Join Dean Susan Gennaro of Boston College’s William F. Connell School of Nursing for a discussion of 21st century health care, including health-related current events and the impact of skilled, globally minded, health care leaders.   Click here to register!

Public Transportation:

Parking Info:
Erie/Ontario Self Parking Structure
321 East Erie
Chicago IL 60611
Rate - $10 (after validation which will be provided)

Feel free to call the Alumni office with questions at 617-552-4700 

For more tailgate and gameday information, please visit the Chicago Chapter's Facebook and Twitter pages

Buffet menu to include:
o Pulled pork sandwiches with Honker’s Ale BBQ Sauce
o Fabulous Bratwursts with beer onions and all the fixings
o Juicy cheeseburgers and veggie burgers
o Fresh-baked cookies, crunchy cole slaw, and more!

Finally, we'll have an organized bag tournament and raffle prizes throughout the day!

$50 covers the tailgate of unlimited food, beer and wine, and we’ll be just a five-minute walk from the stadium ($30 for children/non-alcohol option).

The party starts three hours prior to the 2:30pm kickoff at the McGovern Golf Course, 1031 Central Street, Evanston (at Ridge and Central – public transportation and train accessible (Parking is also available at the golf course for $20).

It will be a Chicago-style tailgate party that you don’t want to miss!  

BC National Day of Service Recap

On Saturday, April 14, alumni chapters from all of the country participated in BC's 7th annual Day of Service.

The Chicago chapter had a great showing with 18 alumni and their families coming out to work at two shelters in the city. We did Spring cleaning both inside and outside, learned about how the programs at the houses are run and spent some quality time with the families living there. Many thanks to all that joined and we look forward to seeing everyone out again next year!

Check out the photos!

Coordinator, Kaitlyn Murphy

Celebration with Our Saturday School Partner, Dr. Carol Lang
Saturday, June 16th
10 a.m. Start
Buttercup Park in Uptown
4901 N Sheridan Rd (between Ainslie St & Argyle St

Dr. Carol Lang, the Principal at McCutcheon Elementary where BC Cares had Saturday School this past year, is retiring.  Please come to extend your well wishes to Dr. Lang, see the community's new park, and have a fun-filled Saturday morning at McCutcheon!!!

Eat, play, bring the kids- face painting, games, new playground equipment, hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy. McCutcheon chorus and dancers will perform!

• 10 a.m. - Buttercup Park Ribbon Cutting
• 11 a.m. - Parkway Dedication
• 12 p.m. - Picnic* (Adults: $10 & Children:$5)

Please RSVP to Sara McCarthy '90 at

Alumni Networking Night at the Art Institute
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
6 - 8 p.m.
Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago
Terzo Piano
159 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60601

6:00 p.m.  Registration Opens
6:30 p.m:  Program Begins - Structured Group Networking
8:00 p.m:  Event concludes

Expand your network at this special all-alumni event. With its spectacular location on the third level of the Modern Wing and its floor-to-ceiling windows, Terzo Piano offers panoramic views of Chicago's famous skyline and the cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano. Connect with classmates and make new contacts from a variety of industries.

Cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, space permitting.

Celebration with Our Saturday School Partner, Part Deux
Wednesday, June 27th
3 p.m.
Baker & McKenzie
300 East Randolph Street, Suite 5000 (50th Floor), Chicago, IL 60614

As mentioned above, Dr. Lang, the Principal at McCutcheon will be retiring this summer.  In honor of  her longtime service to McCutcheon and for key role in keeping alive our partnership with McCutcheon Elementary School, Baker & McKenzie will be honoring Dr. Lang at its Annual Pro Bono Reception on Wednesday, June 27th at 3 p.m.  Baker & McKenzie is the law firm responsible for first introducing BC Cares to McCutcheon. 

BC Cares volunteers are invited to join us at this reception.

Thank you to all of the volunteers for all of your contributions throughout the past year. 

Date Event Location
Apr 25 2014
Arts Awards Celebration and Reception Boston College, Tent on Stokes Commons

Apr 26 2014
BC on the Road: Eagles for Others - Philadelphia, PA Gesu School, 1700 West Thompson Street, Philadelphia, PA

Apr 27 2014
Newton College New York Spring Tea At the home of Susan Pollock Kintner NC '64

Apr 27 2014
Newton College Washington, D.C., Tea Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD

May 1 2014
Newton College Boston Spring Reception Brae Burn Country Club, 326 Fuller Street, West Newton, MA

May 3 2014
Class of 1961 Mass and Dinner McMullen Museum, Gasson Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill campus

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