About Us

Every year, nearly 1,200 children in Illinois are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish® believes that wishes are an important part of the overall care and treatment of these children. Each wish offers the opportunity for a joyous, life-changing experience.

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Our Story

The Make-A-Wish® Story

How We Came to Be
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Our Chapter

Since 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 12,000 wishes to children across the state with the support of 1,400 volunteers and numerous donors and other supporters.

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Employment & Internships

Internship and employment opportunities at Make-A-Wish Illinois

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  • Tune in this Sunday, Nov. 30, to Lee Cowan’s Make-A-Wish report on CBS Sunday Morning, featuring eight-year-old Gabriel who wished to be a Yosemite National Park Ranger, and 12-year-old Jackie who wished to meet Cinderella. (Cinderella the Musical)
Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
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