Chicago Urban Race

benefiting The Children's Heart Foundation

The Chicago Urban Race is an exciting day of teams experiencing the thrills of a Chicago version of the Amazing Race that is one part trivial pursuit and one part urban adventure--all to raise funds and awareness for an often overlooked yet important cause.

The Children's Heart Foundation - Illinois Chapter

P.O. Box 2844
Glenview, IL 60026
Tel: (847) 386-6052


IL Chapter Website

The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects (CHD)--the world's #1 birth defect.  As the country’s leading organization solely committed to CHD research funding, CHF dedicates itself to bringing health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by a CHD.

Nearly 1 in 100 babies is born with a CHD and in the U.S., a child is born with a CHD every 15 minutes.  Children undergo life-saving surgeries yet sadly, some die every day from CHD.  Although nearly twice as many children die each year from CHD compared with pediatric cancers, funding for pediatric cancer research is 5 times higher than that for CHD.

Since its founding in June 1996, CHF has funded over $8 million toward 67 cutting-edge and life-saving basic science, translational, and clinical CHD research studies at leading research centers across the United States and Canada.  We need to further understand what causes CHD, how to prevent them, and how to detect and diagnose CHD as early as possible.  While much progress has been made, evidenced by mortality rates declining by 30% in the last decade, we need your support to help develop new treatments for CHD so that children undergo fewer invasive surgeries and to improve the long-term prognosis for children with CHD.

Since its inception, CHF has published and distributed 35,000 English and 3,000 Spanish copies of It’s My Heart, a patient and parent resource book on CHD, and has established 13 State Chapters with volunteers in many U.S. states.