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Thousands expected to honor fathers at Real Men Cook celebrations

Nearly 6,000 people are expected to attend the 2017 Real Men Cook® celebrations where families will come together to pay tribute to fathers and all of the men who help uplift the community. The public will be served samples of delicious food served by volunteer cooks. Now in its 28th year, Real Men Cook will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18.

These individual celebrations are hosted by organizations committed to the Real Men Charities, Inc. mission, to build healthy families and communities. Real Men Charities is the philanthropic arm of Real Men Cook.

There are five locations where the public can enjoy festivities. Each site will set its own admission fee.

The host sites where men will prepare food for the public are:

BBF Family Services – North Lawndale – Douglas Park Fieldhouse, 1401 S. Sacramento in Chicago, IL – 11AM – 2PM – The event is free to the public, but registration at is encouraged.

Dan Ryan Woods – Southside of Chicago – Hosted by Keith Martin, Sr. – Organization: D.A.D.D.Y (Developing A Dedicated Driven Youth) 3-6 PM

Dolton Park District’s Early Learning Center – 729 Engle Street in Dolton, IL – Hosted by Fathers and Blessings – 11AM – 7 PM – Dolton, Illinois – South Suburbs

Hales Franciscan High School – 4930 S Cottage Grove Ave. – Bronzeville – 3PM – 6PM. Get the Super Ticket at www.realmencook.- com and children under 18 with an adult come free.

Trinity United Church of Christ, 1276 W 20th Ave – Gary, IN – Hosted by Rev. John Jackson – 3PM – 7PM

There will also be many private gatherings throughout the city and suburbs.

Sponsors of Real Men Cook 2017 are ComEd, NextLevel Health, University of Chicago Medicine, Whole Foods Market, Black Eats Chicago and Great Migration Centennial.

In addition to fun family activities and great food and music, Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration will continue its tradition of serving healthy food and promoting nutrition. So, in addition to barbecue ribs, chicken, pies, cakes and other tasty tidbits, there will be salads, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables, fruits and baked fish and chicken. Incorporating healthy choices into the menus supports Real Men Charities, Inc.’s mission to build healthy families and communities and spread a message that food is medicine. Through year round programs, seminars, workshops, and supported by medical research, Real Men Cook promotes a healthy lifestyle. Their classes and messages teach that diseases like obesity, diabetes, prostate cancer and heart disease can be prevented and/or managed by adding healthy options and fitness to one’s everyday activities.

Each site will be festooned with the Real Men Cook banner. The men will wear Real Men Cook apparel, and the festivities will continue its legacy that reinforces the message: Real Men Cook, Love and Care.

For a list of sites, entrance fees and for more information, visit



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