Chicago Businesses Step Up for Teachers & Kids

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you’re probably aware that there is a Chicago Teacher’s Union strike going on right now, affecting 350,000+ students city-wide. I personally stand with our teachers, and hope that the school board end this strike with a fair contract now. But no matter where you stand politically, I think we can all agree that it’s pretty cool to see Chicago businesses step up to support our teachers and students during these rocky times.

I’ll be updating this list as new information comes my way. If you hear about a Chicago business doing something special for teachers or students leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list! (Please note: some of these deals have stipulations, contact the businesses directly if you have questions!)

CTU Members

Challengers Comics + Conversation is offering CTU members 20% any purchase during the strike, and also has an offer for free comics for classrooms. They’ve also published a really nice thank you to our hard working teachers on their blog! Get the details here.

Brainstorm Movies, Comics & Gaming is offering CTU members 25% off for the duration of the strike. Visit their site.

Buffalo Wings & Rings is giving CTU members 15% off throughout the strike. Please contact them for details.

Lizards Liquid Lounge is offering a free cocktail to picketing teachers today, 9/11/12. Check their Facebook page for details.

Uncharted Books is offering educators 25% off their purchases during the strike. Click for details.

Chicago Bagel Authority on Armitage is offering teachers 25% off their food orders. Visit their site.


Second City is offering a free day camp to assist with child care. 10am – 3:30pm. Get the details.

Dimo’s Pizza has a special offer for the kids affected by the strikes. Parents, come in for a slice, and your kids eat free. Dimo’s has kid-sized slices of cheese, plus coloring books and crayons. Older students not accompanied by an adult must bring their student ID for this deal. Valid until 9pm during business hours. Get the details here. #foodforthought

Waveland Bowl is offering free kids bowling from 9am-4pm on strike days. Visit their site.

More coming soon!


  1. Chicago Bagel Authority on Armitage is giving teachers 25% off their food orders as well. Their sandwiches and bagels are fabulous! :)

  2. Drove by Waveland Bowl today. They’re offering free kids bowling from 9a-4p on strike days.

  3. Thank you, Natalie!

  4. As a suburban teacher who (naturally) supports the CTU, thank you for sharing this! It starts to feel like everyone is against us after awhile. It’s a pleasant reminder that there are truly awesome parents out there when I read posts like yours. Thank you.

  5. Its GREAT to see people supporting teachers, when teachers strike in the UK someone always has a moan! These people train the minds of the future, they need supporting and paying accordingly.

    I did read something on the BBC website and I hope that things go back to normal now, but good on everyone for getting behind teachers

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