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Charity Programs

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive Charity Partners Program

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive offers a perfect way for non-profit organizations to raise money and boost awareness for their causes, without having to take on the expenses associated with throwing their own events! (And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that this is one of the most fun rides in town.)
If your nonprofit group is interested in becoming a charity partner with MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive, please download this document. Read it carefully and return the application by May 10.

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive 2014 Scholarship program

The Active Transportation Alliance is offering 200 complimentary MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive registrations to youths 17 years of age and under who are affiliated with local youth groups, and who otherwise would not be able to participate in the event. Download our info sheet and get information about applying.

Meet Our Charity Partners:

On the third page of online rider registration for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive, adults will be asked if they would like to fundraise for one of our charity partners and enjoy a $5 discount on registration. 

Hope you consider using this ride to support a cause that is important to you!

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers (AFAM):

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is committed to empowering young parents by providing them with the tools, resources and support needed to break the cycle of poverty, establish prosperity, and prevent child abuse.

We are asking our "Bike the Drive, Break the Cycle" team members to commit to raising at least $150 to support our antipoverty mission.

American Diabetes Association:

Those who partner with the ADA’s Tour de Cure at Bike the Drive can expect a day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes®. Each rider must meet a $200 fundraising minimum, which goes towards critical diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. The ADA funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, as well as delivers services to hundreds of communities and those denied rights because of diabetes. Join us to Stop Diabetes©!


The mission of ARZA is to strengthen and enrich the Jewish identity of Reform Jews in the United States by ensuring a connection with Israel.  We strive to promote advocacy for a pluralistic, just and democratic society in Israel by linking the people and institutions of the Reform Movements in both Israel and the Unites States. Donate to ARZA to meet your fundraising goal.

We request a minimum $18 donation from all Team ARZA participants and hope you will encourage others to support your efforts to Bike the Drive for Israel!

Carole Robertson Center for Learning:

Carole Robertson Center for Learning

For over 38 years, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been dedicated to nurturing, supporting, and strengthening family life in Chicago through quality child, youth, and family development programs. Each day, approximately 700 children and families from the west side of Chicago rely on the Carole Robertson Center for high quality programs.

Join the Carole Robertson Center for Learning as we partner with MB Financial Bank- Bike the Drive. Together we will continue providing quality programs to families in need. Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $100.

Come out and enjoy a day of fun in the sun with us! Bike the drive with CRCL!

Center for Independent Futures:

Center for Independent Futures

Center for Independent Futures upholds a vision for the future where individuals with disabilities have access to all the opportunities of a full life. CIF offers services for individuals and training and tools for family groups, educators, and human service professionals.

You can be part of CIF’s Dream Team and support individuals with disabilities in realizing their hopes and dreams. As a member of the Dream Team, you will receive a team t-shirt, and if you reach your fundraising goal of $300, you will earn back your Bike the Drive registration fee. Join us to ride for possibilities!

Chai Lifeline:

Chai Lifeline

Chai Lifeline is a non-profit organization serving children who are suffering with pediatric cancer and other serious pediatric illnesses. Chai Lifeline provides crucial social, emotional, psychosocial and financial support through year-round programs and services designed to help families to maintain a sense of optimism and comfort during diagnosis, treatment, recuperation, and beyond.

Join Chai Lifeline at the MB Financial Bike the Drive while committing to raise $250, to help raise funds for the vital services that Chai Lifeline provides to the entire family.

Chicago Dance Institute:

Chicago Dance Institute

Chicago Dance Institute (CDI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization founded to use dance and music as vehicles to promote social emotional development in Chicago's youth. Through in- school partnerships, residencies, and public performances, CDI operates as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them towards excellence. CDI partners with Chicago Elementary Schools, both public and private, to provide arts programming as part of students’ curriculum.

We are asking our “Bike the Drive” team members to raise a minimum of $100 to support CDI classes, which feature a lead teacher, assistant teacher, and live musician.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Gear up and join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Cycle For Life at Bike the Drive. Team members are asked to raise $150 which goes to help support life-saving research, quality care, and education programs for those effected by Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis (cf) is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. More than 10 million Americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene, which means they are at a greater risk for having a child with the disease.

Join us and help add tomorrows for those living with cf!

Esperanza Health Centers:

Esperanza Health Centers

Esperanza Health Centers, a community clinic, promotes healthy lifestyles and improves health status through the provision of high quality health care and wellness services. Since 2004, Esperanza has provided quality health care to the southwest side and serves 21,000 patients annually at three sites located in Little Village and Chicago Lawn.  Funds raised through the Bike the Drive will help provide medical care to thousands of low-income and uninsured patients. 

Join our Pedaling for Hope Team!  By raising $140 you can sponsor a clinical visit for an uninsured patient.  $460 covers the yearly primary care costs for one patient.   

Pedal for hope, health & family!

Lupus Society of Illinois:

Lupus Society of Illinois

For 40 years the Lupus Society of Illinois has led the charge in the fight against lupus.  Providing comprehensive support to people with lupus and those who care about them is at the heart of what we do.

Lupus is a unique disease affecting every individual differently.  The Lupus Society of Illinois provides unique programs and services to meet the individual needs of the lupus community.

Join us at Bike the Drive!  Each rider must meet a $100 fundraising minimum which goes toward funding our efforts in Illinois – helping to ensure the lupus community receives the support needed.

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National MS Society:

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

Join the Movement and ride with the MS Society’s Bike MS: Tour de Farms at Bike the Drive. Each rider must meet a $300 fundraising minimum which goes towards funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI):

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI)

RMHC-CNI is dedicated to caring for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a ‘home away from home’ just steps from where their child is being treated. Every night, 140 families find comfort, compassion, and community in our 5 area Ronald McDonald Houses®.

Join our ‘Strides for Families’ team and together, let’s bike beautiful Lake Shore Drive.  By fundraising $100, you will sponsor a family for two nights at Ronald McDonald House and be rewarded with exclusive ‘Strides for Families’ gear!

Togetherness Heals!  Let’s Bike Together!



The Chicago QT’s are joining Bike the Drive to raise funds and awareness for the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome) Foundation. Each rider is asked to raise $200 for the SADS Foundation’s life-changing efforts.

The SADS Foundation’s mission is to save lives and support families with children and young adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities. 

My daughters and I have Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) and are partnering with the SADS Foundation to reach out to families who need support navigating the journey through LQTS.

Join the team to save lives! Bike the Drive!

Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois:

Young Life

Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois is committed to promoting an active lifestyle for children with disabilities by providing programming as well as equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, specially-designed adaptive bikes, and other mobility devices necessary to not only exercise and grow stronger, but also to engage with family, friends and classmates to become confident, independent, active members of their communities.

Come Bike the Drive along side some of our families, raise a minimum of $75 & become a part of Variety’s mission in action!

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Young Life:

Young Life

Young Life is a faith based youth outreach organization that reaches out to kids all over the world. Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with loving adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf, building bridges of authentic friendship. In Chicago we serve over 300 kids each year. Help us reach more kids by raising money for Young Life through Bike the Drive. You will receive a Young Life shirt and will be impacting kids in the city for many years to come. Each rider must raise a minimum of $200.