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Chicagoland Toys for Tots

Motorcycle Parade




P.O. Box 2190  Bridgeview, IL 60455 (773) 866-TOYS



Warehouse: 8900 Odell  Bridgeview, IL  60455

Fax and Phone: 708-598-4909













November 16, 2012




Lester Fortier




Thomas Dertz

Vice President



Peggy Estes




Wendy Langys




Dennis Hedderman

Sergeant at Arms



Debbie Giampa

North-side Coordinator



Joe Ziman

Product Coordinator



Joy Black

Tier Coordinator



Maynard Marsh


A different kind of horsepower will be allowed on the track at Maywood Park


This Friday, November 16, 2012, Maywood Park kicks off their toy drive to help collect toys for the 35th  Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. Bikers are encouraged to ride to the park by 6:00pm for a first ever chance to ride their motorcycles around the track. Maywood Park has never allowed motorcycles on the track but want to provide a unique experience for those who come out to support Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. To help with the Toy  Drive,  Maywood  Park  will  also  offer  everyone  who  brings  a  toy  on  live  racing  nights (Thursday and Friday nights) free admission and $5 off the Winners Circle Dining Room Buffet – from November 16 December 20.


Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade is excited to celebrate its 35th Anniversary with Maywood Park. While many toys are also collected from drop box locations all over the Chicagoland area, the main event is the parade. This year the parade is on December 2nd; always on the first Sunday of December. Every year, Chicagoland bikers meet at Dan Ryan Woods on a street-legal motorcycle with a toy to donate. There is no additional fee or cost. There is no sign- in or registration.


The parade begins at Dan Ryan Woods (83rd & Western) with bikes lining up at 6:00am and rolling out  at  9:30am.  Since  a  single  group of  20,000 motorcyclists  would severely  hamper normal traffic, bus routes, and emergency vehicles, the parade is divided into 4 or 5 groups (called  Tiers).  The  parade  begins  with  Tier  1,  and  then  an  interval  of  approximately  15-20 minutes of normal traffic is provided before Tier 2 is released. The parade ends at DeVry University  Chicago  (Western  &  Roscoe)  with  overflow/alternate  parking  at  Lane  Tech  High School. Remember, the Parade could last up to 5 hours.


The  annual  parade  helps  support  the  United  States Marine  Corps  Reserve’s  Toys  for  Tots



program (in their 65

year). Both programs ask that you remember a few things when deciding

on a toy to donate: toys are collected for children of all ages and some of these children are ill or

are in temporary homes that may not allow stuffed animals. Remember that many teenagers

and young adults also need help at Christmastime. And, don't forget the batteries; batteries can be taped securely to the unwrapped toy. Please, no stuffed animals but gifts for teenagers are always welcome.


Leading up to parade day, riders eagerly watch the weather so that they can dress appropriately and prepare their motorcycles too. These bikers don't wait until the night before to discover that their bike needs work. They are resourceful and prepared for anything! And always remember to ride safe!


It all started on a cold Chicago winter day in December 1978, a group of six friends, led by Vietnam Veteran Ed Aminal Wisniewski, jumped on their motorcycles to deliver presents to needy children. Little did they know that the kindness in their hearts would become one of the biggest charitable traditions in Chicago!