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CHICAGO, Illinois, December 2013 – The measure of a great city is how its citizens support their cultural and educational organizations. Which begs the question: How can we measure up?

I AM TURNER works with so many outstanding Chicago organizations – the kind that define Chicago as a global city and help make it a great place to live. This year, we ask friends and colleagues to consider a gift of a membership, tickets, or a donation to any one of these very worthy efforts. Your gift can make the season brighter for family, friends and business associates and do some real good along the way.

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. One of ALA’s most important efforts is Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.  Consider giving a “challenged” book as a holiday gift.  Or supporting ALA’s legendary work defending our right to read. Perfect gift for: Your book club, book worm in your life, First Amendment Advocate. Gift contact: http://www1.networkforgood.org/ (Designate Banned Books Week on form). Website: bannedbooksweek.org.

THE ANCONA SCHOOL. The Ancona School is an extraordinary community built on the genius of children. In fact, this preschool-8th grade school is a feeder to the best high schools in Chicago. Its commitment to social and economic diversity is underscored by the amount of financial aid awarded each year. Perfect gift for: Education advocates, engaged citizens, Ancona alumni. Gift contact: Dan Winter: dwinter@anconaschool.org . Website: www.anconaschool.org.

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. Wrap up the museum’s world-renowned collection for the art lover in your life. The Thorne Rooms tricked out for the holidays should jump-start any child’s love of the museum. Perfect gift for: Your boss, special client, people who love art. Gift Contact: 312.499.4111. Website: www.artic.edu/join-and-give/members/give-membership.

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION. A membership here is like finding the mayor’s keys to the city. Walking tours, fasincating programs on Chicago’s architecture and signature events like Open House Chicago make CAF the “Number One Thing to do in Chicago.” Perfect gift for: People who love architecture, design, culture, Chicago history. Gift Contact: https://www.architecture.org/membership-gift-set. Website: architecture.org.

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN. CBG offers 26 breathtaking gardens, four natural areas and beautiful lakes reflecting 365 acres of natural wonder Don’t miss Wonderland Express this holiday – a family tradition and favorite. Membership gives you access to all of it: Buy 3 memberships and get $10 off each. Perfect gift for: Families, garden enthusiasts, nature lovers. Gift Contact: Anne Boynton aboynton@chicagobotanic.org. Website: www.chicagobotanic.org.

CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER. Shakespeare in the Park was last summer’s warm up for an extraordinary season. Still to come: Merry Wives of Windsor and Gypsy. CST presents world-class theater in they city’s most dramatic setting and connects 40,000 students and teachers each year to the power of the world’s greatest playwright. And for the holidays? Don’t miss the Q Brother’s Christmas Carol. Perfect Gift for: Shakespeare lovers, theater goers, families Gift Contact: Christopher Pazdernik cpazdernik@chicagoshakes.com. Website: www.chicagoshakes.com.

COMMON THREADS. Since 2003, Common Threads has been teaching after-school cooking classes to students in schools located in underserved communities. This year the organization announced the goal of getting one million kids cooking for 2017. Perfect gift for: Education advocates, foodies, health nuts. Gift contact: LisaWagner: lwagner@commonthreads.org. Website: www.commonthreads.org.

IES ABROAD. IES is a not-for-profit and one of the world’s leading providers of study abroad programs. IES actively recruits students from diverse populations and provides $2.2 million EACH YEAR in scholarships. Gift contact: www.iesabroad.org/study-abroad/alumni/online-gift. Website: www.iesabroad.org.

KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. Just ask your kids: this is the place where awesome lives. Through 17 interactive exhibits, the KCM brings the world down to size for kids – and let’s them rule the world. A family membership will keep kids happy year round. Perfect gift for: families, grandparents, early childhood development advocates. Gift Contact: Lisa Narotsky: LNarotsky@kcmgc.org. Website: www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org.

MORTON ARBORETUM. More than 1,700 acres of majestic trees, a sensational children’s garden and miles and miles of hiking trails create an extraordinary oasis just 30 minutes from downtown. Don’t miss Illumination, the holiday’s blockbuster tree lighting experience. Perfect gift for: families, tree huggers, outdoor lovers. Make Your Contribution at www.mortonarb.org/make-donation. Or contact Nancy Dowdell at 630-725-2027 / ndowdell@mortonarb.org.

NEAR NORTH MONTESSORI. Located in the heart of the city, this is a school where kids learn to soar. With a profound commitment to diversity, the school grants over $620,000 in financial aid to 90 children. Perfect gift for: NNMS alumni, Montessori lovers, education advocates. Gift contact: giving@nnms.org. Website: www.nnms.org.

RAVINIA FESTIVAL. It’s been the sound of summer for years. It’s also home to a summer conservatory for young musicians and an arts-in-education program that connects with thousands of young students in Chicago Public Schools. Perfect gift for: Music lovers, education advocates. Gift Contact: Deanna Braun: dbraun@ravinia.org. Website: www.ravinia.org/AnnualFund.aspx.

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has inspired millions by teaching the lessons of the Holocaust. Beyond the soul-stirring museum experience, the museum provides extraordinary education programs and events. Perfect gift for: Everyone. Gift Contact: https://donate.ushmm.org/page/contribute. Website: www.ushmm.org.

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