We are giving the students of Peterson Elementary more opportunities.


The Friends of Peterson is a fundraising organization. Its goal is to raise funds to help support the students and staff at Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School.


Our annual Beer for Books event is around the corner!

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 from 5-9 PM at the Gatehouse at the Conservancy.
3960 W. Bryn Mawr

With the purchase of a $20 ticket, you will be treated to live music; non-alcoholic beverages; and delicious hors d’oeuvres donated by neighborhood restaurants including Tre Kronor, Local Pizzeria, Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club, El Carrito, and Chicago Pizza. You can also purchase wine, donated by Lentino Enterprises, and craft beer, including Half Acre and Une Année, that evening.

Due to these challenging financial times at Chicago Public Schools, there will be lots of opportunities to support the work of Peterson through tax-deductible contributions, as well as the chance to win a huge assortment of fabulous prizes through a silent and live auction!

Purchase Tickets


Event Sponsors



Megan & David Garr
Adamji Family
Stephen Johnson
Laura Jops
Catherine Korda
Mark and LLoy Johnston


Individuals Donating Their Talents

Jendy Barnes
Jenny Curtis
Chuck Deters
Ky DIckens
Kaisa Dille
Katreena Dyrek
James Edstrom
Abel Fernandez
Anita Gabor
Jenny Hoskins
Kathleen Hurley
Andrew Johnson
Kim Schiller
Scott TrinteR


Music Provided By

The Chevrons
Marc and Andres
The Basement Band

Business & Organization Donors

AkVavit Theatre
Breakroom Brewery
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Wolves
Chroma K8 Beautique
Club Lago
Davis IMperial Cleaner
Galter Life Center
Goldfish Swim School, Evanston
The Grafton
Hua's Oriental Center
L. Woods
Lil' Kickers
Lillstreet Art Center
Messy Mini Masters
North Park University
North Park Covenant Church
North Shore Nannies
NEIU Campus Recreation
Pete's Auto
Pro-Holistic Care Physical Medicine Chicago
Physical Medicine Chicago
Robert's PIzza Company
Shedd Aquarium
Shepin Tax Services
Steel Springs Fitness
Supreme Beauty Parlor
Taylor Hair Design
Two Brothers
Waking Dreams Studio
Watercolors by Sandy Trinter
Women & Children First

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Through the support of our community and businesses, we have successfully raised our first $100,000!

Thank you to everyone that has helped Friends of Peterson reach this milestone, and to all who will support us in the future.

Friends of Peterson is now an Amazon Smile partner! At no extra cost to you, every purchase you make through Amazon Smile will also be a small donation to Friends of Peterson. Start by just clicking below!


Find out about our organization, mission, and what successes we have had thus far.

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