Cindy Pritzker, Chicago Athletic Association co-founder John Pritzker’s philanthropic mother and namesake of the hotel’s chic rooftop bar Cindy’s, founded the Chicago Public Library Foundation in 1986 before then helping open of the Harold Washington Library in the Loop. The CPLF was set up to raise funds for collections to go into the buildings and technology for programming. The purpose was to build an endowment, which today has $30 million to support teachers in the library as after school homework helpers, cyber navigators for job search skills, the Summer Learning Challenge for Chicago’s kids and more.
Rhona Frazin, the current president and CEO of the CPLF, told us the library’s Summer Learning Challenge had 85,000 participating kids in 2014 and hopes for more this year. It encourages kids to read, create and discover over the summer. The theme for the 2015 summer program, which is dubbed Rahm’s Readers, is “Explore and Soar.”
On June 3rd, Cindy, Frazin and the CPLF welcomed about two dozen influential women, including Linda Johnson Rice, Trisha Rooney and Chicago’s first lady Amy Rule, for an event in Cindy’s private room, The Library, to honor author Margaret McMullen and her latest book, Every Father’s Daughter . What makes the relationship between the CPLF and Chicago Athletic Association even more special is that hotel will make a donation to the library foundation for private every event booked in the Library. With how popular the rooftop space has been, that could lead to a pretty lucrative gift!