DMK RESTAURANTS’ 365 DAYS OF GIVING

Since the day we opened the doors of our first restaurant in 2009, DMK Restaurants has been passionately supporting a wide array of local charities and non-profits. Our desire to be great neighbors within the communities we serve has fueled cash donations of over $100,000 to causes benefitting hunger, wellness, children and the environment. Please follow our social media channels to stay abreast of this year’s programming and special events.

In 2018, we are proud to be working with the following organizations:

January – March: Young Chicago Authors (youngchicagoauthors.org)

Through creative writing, Young Chicago Authors helps young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable. In Chicago’s contemporary landscape, there is a desperate need for a space dedicated to the voices of young people who face violence and segregation on a daily basis, a safe place that provides a platform for youth expression and celebrates the narratives of teens from every corner of the city. Young creative people need mentors to guide their writing to a level that sparks real change in themselves and their communities. YCA’s programs serve as an introduction to and immersion in a vibrant literary community that transcends cultural and socio-economic boundaries.

April – June: Plant Chicago (plantchicago.org)

Plant Chicago aims to develop circular economies of food production, energy conservation and material reuse, while empowering people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient. In a circular economy, conventional waste streams from one process are repurposed as inputs for another, creating a circular, closed-loop model of material reuse. Plant Chicago equips people and businesses with the tools to live more sustainably through community-driven, hands-on programs and innovative tech demonstration projects.

July – September: SocialWorks (socialworkschi.org)

SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago. Their framework for interactive spaces and experiences aims to nurture local talent and open new doors, much like what its co-founder Chance The Rapper has done in the music industry. Leveraging a combination of grassroots marketing while staying true to his vision, Chance became the first streaming artist to be nominated for and win a Grammy. Together, SocialWorks and friends hope to move forward with the same spirit of innovation, bringing the city and its youth together.

October – December: Chicago Food Depository (chicagofoodbank.org)

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Cook County’s local food bank. They provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Working with a network of more than 700 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, they distribute 160,000 meals every day. While food distribution is central to their mission, they also develop programs that address the root causes of hunger for people of all ages and backgrounds.