Step Up for Recovery 2017



125% Raised of$25,000 Goal

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The Story

EVENT DATE: Oct 15, 2017

In November 2016, the US Surgeon General reported that more Americans suffer from addiction than from all the cancers combined. Join us for the third 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.


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 Lyfe Kitchen 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. 1323.



Step Up for Recovery is sponsored by 


Golub Realty/Orrington Plaza
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Gateway Foundation


Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
Inclusion Solutions
Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO)
Lockton Companies


Dentistry for Kids
Representative Robyn Gabel
Representative Lou Lang
Kittleman & Associates
John J. Cahill, Inc.
Lemoi Ace Hardware
TITLE Boxing