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12 More Ways To Help Hurricane Victims In Puerto Rico, Mexico

By  Mina Bloom Ariel Cheung and Alisa Hauser | October 12, 2017 6:13am | Updated on October 12, 2017 12:18pm

 Puerto Rico National Guard members assisting communities as Puerto Ricans try to get to their homes after Hurricane Maria hit. (Photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/PRNG-PAO)
Puerto Rico National Guard members assisting communities as Puerto Ricans try to get to their homes after Hurricane Maria hit. (Photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/PRNG-PAO)
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CHICAGO — Locals haven't stopped raising money for disaster victims in Puerto Rico and Mexico as relief efforts continue.

Below are more upcoming fundraisers:

Logan Square: Head to Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., No. 208, Friday for a benefit show featuring performances by "juke legend" RP Boo, comedian Sarah Squirm, rocker Blackerface and noise music artist Piss Piss Piss, Moan Moan Moan. All proceeds from the event, which costs $7-$12, will go toward hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The Logan Square Neighborhood Association will be there, sharing the local Puerto Rican community's experience with the disaster. Folks are encouraged to bring donations. The performances kick off at 8 p.m. For more information, and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

Avondale: Local artists Janice Aponte and Erica Sanchez launched an art-driven nonprofit to help support Puerto Rico disaster victims. The pair are also hosting an art benefit show Oct. 27 at Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave. The show will feature the work of more than 50 artists. For more information, and to learn more about the nonprofit, visit the Arte al Rescate website.

Hermosa: Ald. Milly Santiago (31st) is holding a workshop to help victims from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at art gallery Workshop 4200, 4200 W. Diversey Ave. Additionally, from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 19, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 W. Armitage Ave., will host a benefit gala featuring Puerto Rican theater and performance artists. Tickets start at $100 and all proceeds will go the Chicago Hurricane Aid for Puerto Rican Artists in collaboration with The Puerto Rican Agenda.

​♦ River North: A Facebook joke turned into a channel for aid, the "Throw Paper Towels at Trump Tower" event set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 will also raise money for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. Adriana Miranda created the Facebook event at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave., in jest, but when thousands responded, she decided to use the event to raise money for the grassroots organization that pledges to give all proceeds to Puerto Rican disaster relief.

​♦ Bridgeport: If drinking for a cause is more your style, 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of The Duck Inn's new Daiquiri Alivio will fund a local nonprofit's efforts to help rebuild the Puerto Rican town of Aguada, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Made with Puerto Rican rum, lime, turbinado gomme and bitters, the Alivio ("relief" in Spanish) is $10.

West Loop: In that same vein, Ace Hotel's new rooftop bar Waydown, 311 N. Morgan St., will donate $1 to Direct Relief for every daiquiri bought in October.

​♦ Little Village: Attend the Estamos Unidos! benefit and get a haircut, bid on art made before your eyes or enter to win salon and restaurant gift certificates. ABN-Circle Inc., a new food and beverage company in Chicago, will donate food and drinks, and all money will be spent on supplies for Mexico and Puerto Rico that will be distributed through organizations like Tonantzin Community Arts and Cultural Gallery. The event will be from 6-10 p.m. Friday at The Jackson, 3613 W. Cermak Road.

Greektown: An Oct. 20 fundraiser at Ambassador Public House, 310 S. Halsted St., will donate money to local charities in Houston, southern Florida and Puerto Rico. Spend $25 and get two drinks and appetizers from 5-8 p.m.

Mt. Greenwood: Students at Mother Mcauley Liberal Arts High School can get a little reprieve from the mundanities of uniform-issue socks Friday with a $1 donation to hurricane victims for the school's Socktober event.

Wicker Park: A "Chicago for Puerto Rico" benefit concert starting at 7 p.m Oct. 19 at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., will feature bands The O'My's, Air Credits, Rich Jones and BoatHouse, who've all agreed to play for free in the donated venue. All proceeds from the show will go to the nonprofit Ricky Martin Foundation for Puerto Rico. Tickets are $20 and can be bought here.

Albany Park/Irving Park: Templestowe Pub is hosting "We're All in This Together" in partnership with Walgreens, 1-6 p.m. Oct. 21, 3135 W. Montrose Ave. Admission to the event, including food and raffle prizes, is a $10 donation, which will go directly to Red Cross relief efforts.


Let's do some good and raise some money for our friends in Puerto Rico. Ticket link in profile.

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