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.


Save the date!

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Put it on your calendar! The biggest fundraising night for Peterson Elementary, the fourth annual
Beer for Books!

Saturday, June 2nd.
7:00 PM
Dank Haus in Lincoln Square



Help Peterson students and teachers get the supplies they need! Friends of Peterson has created an Amazon Wishlist with items that teachers are requesting for their classroom. 
Click here to purchase.


Peterson students danced their way to $16,000!

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Peterson Students danced their hearts out and raised over $16,000 for the Friends of Peterson (FoP) and Peterson's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in order to benefit our amazing students!

The funds raised for the Friends of Peterson will be used to update and expand classroom libraries and pop-up libraries at Peterson School. The Friends of Peterson, which works to provide opportunities for all students at Peterson, has funded nearly $170,000 worth of books and curriculum, music and sports equipment, teacher training, and field trips for students during the last three years. In addition, the FoP has provided financial support for the Arabic program.

The PTA raises funds to provide community-building events that celebrate the skills and diversity of our students. These include our annual International Night, Family Movie Night, and Unity Through the Arts & Sciences. The PTA also funds school groups like the Green Team which supports our school gardening, recycling, and composting programs. For more information about the PTA, please visit www.peterson.cps.edu/pta/.

Thank you for supporting Peterson Elementary and making the 3rd annual Beer for Books event a huge success!

We raised over $43,000 in one night!

Thank you to the businesses, organizations, and individuals that made it possible!

Event Sponsors


Event Underwriters



Business & Organizational

Alarmist Brewing
Anita's Music Studio
Bellissima Donna Salon & Spa
Between Friends Roasting Company
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Happy Faces
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Christiana Construction Crew
Chroma K8 Beautique
Davis Cleaners
Davis Theatre
Dille Designs
Donna's Flowers
Emerald City Theatre
Ensemble Español
Goldfish Swim School
The Grafton Pub
Great Lakes Brewing
Great Lakes Tattoos
GT Prime
Harris Theater
Home Depot
Kaisa Dille Designs
Lake View Art Supply
Leif Landscaping by Abel Fernandez
Lettuce Entertain You
Lil' Kickers
Lillstreet Art Studio
Lincoln Square Athletic Club
Local Pizzeria
Lou Malnatti's

Merz Apothecary
Messy Mini Masters
Metro Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art
NEIU Campus Recreation Center
North Park Covenant Churck
North Shore Nannies
Northwestern Football
Old Irving Brewery
Parlor Art
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Pete's Auto Clinic
Phil Wright Woodworking
Pottery by Colleen
Pro-Holistic Care Physical Medicine
Savory Spice Shop
Spa Nails City
Starbucks on Foster
Steel Springs Fitness
Steppenwolf Theatre
Tea Rose Flower Shop
Timeless Toys
TWO Restaurant
Une Annee
Waking Dreams Studio
Watercolors by Sandra Trinter
Women & Children First
Yellow Productions
You Grow Girl! Fitness


Amie Stachniak
Anita Gabor
Arielle Dachman
Ashley Riggio & David Adamji
Barbara & Nathan Nordund
Catherine Korda & Andrew Johnson
Catherine Rocca
Chuck Deters
David Wetzel
Christina Godon
Diana Platt
Francis Hunt
Jackie Spinner
James & Judy Edstrom
Jamie Rivas
Jendy Barnes
Kelly Ortigara
Karla Holcomb
Kate Kane & Dan Berg
Kathleen Hurley
Ky Dickens & Kaisa Dille
Lindsey Siemens
Lloy & Mark Johnston
Marilyn Pramschufer
Mark Brady & Krista Olson-Brady
Mary Karen & Rob Reynolds
Mary Daley & David Adamji
Matt Anderson
Megan & David Garr
Megan Trinter
Mike Weis & Michelle Brooker
Niki Flores
Phil Wright
Rachel & Grant Bramley
Sarah Colella
Sarah Lammie
Wendy MacWilliams

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