Step Up for Recovery 2018



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The Story

EVENT DATE: Oct 21, 2018

NOTE: Online registration will close at 11:59pm on Friday, 10/19. You can still register onsite the day of, however! Please come to Orrington Plaza on Sunday, 10/21 starting at 8am to register for Step Up 2018.


The US Surgeon General reported that more Americans suffer from addiction than from all the cancers combined. Join us for the fourth year as we climb the Orrington Plaza's 20 stories to confront this health crisis and raise treatment scholarships for teens and adults with addiction!


Click "Register" to join the event or create your fundraising page.

  • $25 a climber
  • $25 Recovery Advocate (supporters, not climbers)
  • $100 for a team of 5
  • $15 for climbers 18 and younger


The Climb 

Orrington Plaza
1603 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(corner of Orrington & Davis)


Registration opens at 8:00 AM. 
Participants will begin to climb at 9:00 AM


Climbers of all abilities, ages 5 and above, are encouraged to participate!


Climb the 20 stories to the top at your own pace. For those in need of a greater challenge, climb the building 2,3,4 or even 5 times! The first group of participants will begin the climb at 9 AM. This is for climbers looking to time themselves and run competitively. At 9:15 we will begin releasing teams and at 9:30 we will begin releasing individuals. Climbers will be dispersed in groups of 5 and released in waves.


Plan to arrive a little earlier than you hope to climb to register and pick up your t-shirt and bib number. We will provide all climbers with plenty of water-- stations will be available every 5 floors, and snacks will be provided at the end of your climb. 


Stick around for bagels, coffee and the drawing of our raffle!



After you've registered, CrowdRise will direct you to create your own personal fundraising page. You can easily share your page with family and friends through social media and email!


Team information

To register as a team, choose a team captain who will register all team participants, click "Create a Team," use your creativity in selecting your team name and get started! Individuals may also join previously-formed teams when they register.


Parking & Transportation

Sunday parking in Evanston is free. Street parking and parking garages are available; the Sherman Plaza Self Park is steps away from Orrington Plaza. Orrington Plaza can be reached easily via the Purple line and Metra's Union Pacific North line toward Kenosha off the Davis St. stops.


Why Climb?

Addiction is one of the nation's greatest health issues. For those struggling, there are many barriers. Stigma and shame lead people to suffer in silence, lack of income or insurance leaves many feeling that accessing treatment is not an option. There are 23.5 million people in the U.S. struggling with addiction, yet only 11% will actually receive treatment. 


Your participation does more than provide funds. It demonstrates support and advocacy for those living in long-term recovery-- a gesture that will provide strength and hope. The funds you raise will save lives-- providing teens and adults access to the treatment they so desperately need. We know that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is attainable. With your help we're able to provide people with new beginnings and a renewed opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.


About PEER Services

PEER Services has been providing addiction prevention and treatment services to  residents of northern Cook County since 1975. We are committed to reducing stigma, treating all our clients with dignity and providing high-quality and affordable treatment to teens and adults. We never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay.

PEER Services is a non-profit 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductibe as permitted by law.

Proceeds from this event will provide treatment scholarships for teens and adults seeking help for their addiction.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Will the climb be timed?
A: No. Although we will not be timing the climb, we invite participants to time themselves and climb competitively. Competitive climbers will be released at 9:00 AM before everyone else.


Q: Is there a fundraising minimum?
A: No. Any support you raise is a great help to ensuring there is access to quality addiction treatment to all in need!


Q: Is the event at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston?
A: NO! The Orrington Plaza is the office building located next to Next of Kin/Kinship in downtown Evanston. The address is 1603 Orrington Ave.


For any questions or concerns, please contact Jenny Phan at or by calling 847.492.1778 ext. 1322.



Step Up for Recovery is sponsored by


Legendary (5000)
Orrington Plaza/Golub and Company


Champion (2500)
Chicago Office Technology Group
Ammon Labs
Freeborn & Peters​


All-Star (1000)
Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities


Advocate (500)
Mike Baskin Consulting
Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO)
S. Wolf & Associates


Supporter (200)
John J. Cahill Inc.
State Representative Robyn Gabel
Glenlake Medical & Professional Centre (DK Realty Partners, LLC)

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