Donating to a worthy cause has never been easier or more delicious than it is during Oak Leyden’s, March Gladness.

“The Oak Park-River Forest area is inundated with non-profits and it can be hard for donors to support all the worthy causes in the area” says Lori Malinski, Director of Fund Development for Oak Leyden, “but March Gladness is so attractive to people because, let’s face it, everyone has to eat!”

Five local restaurants, offering a variety of price points and cuisines, have committed to give a percentage of their daily profits back to Oak Leydon on Thursdays (and one bonus Friday) throughout March. Maya del Sol has opted to raffle off an private ceviche making class as a way to support March Gladness. These restaurants believe in Oak Leyden’s mission to  help children and adults with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential. 

2019 participating restaurants include: Bricks Wood Fired Pizza, Cucina Paradiso, Lake Street Kitchen+Bar, Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, Oak Park Brewing Company and Maya del Sol.

Funds raised through March Gladness will go into Oak-Leyden’s general operating budget and dispersed to areas of greatest need. That means snagging  a slice of pizza Bricks on 3/7 may help secure Early Intervention therapies for children. Visit Cucina Paradiso on 3/14 and the dollars you donate by eating an elegant bowl of pasta might aid in securing an employment coach for an adult with developmental disabilities looking to secure a private sector job. Purchase a raffle ticket offered by Maya del Sol and you might just help keep the doors open at one of Oak Leyden’s Life Long Learning Centers.

Dining out is always delightful, but dining out while making a donation is downright delectable!


All March Gladness attendees are encouraged to show their support for this delicious dining event on social media by snapping a picture during a meal and tagging the participating restaurant and Oak-Leyden in a post. Reservations are recommended at establishments taking them and it is advised to mention March Gladness while you are dining.

Bricks Wood fired Pizza

  • 128 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301
  • Thursday March 7th
  • 11am-8:30pm
  • Dine-in or carry-out only

Cucina Paradiso

  • 814 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60301
  • Thursday, March 14th
  • 5pm-9:30pm
  • Dine-in only

Lake Street Kitchen + Bar

  • 1101 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301
  • Thursday March 21st
  • 11:30AM-9PM
  • Dine-in only

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant

  • 1905 N Harlem Ave Chicago IL 60707
  • Friday March 22nd (Bonus Dining Day!)
  • 4pm-11pm
  • Dine-in only

Oak Park Brewing Company

  • 155 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
  • Thursday, March 28th
  • 4PM-1PM
  • Dine-In Only

Maya Del Sol

  • Online Raffle Only/Enter HERE
  • Win a Private Ceviche Demonstration (valued at $250) featuring appetizers and cocktails for 4 people at Maya del Sol! A winner will be drawn at 12pm on April 1, 2019. 

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