Thank you for your interest in volunteering for SkyRise Chicago, benefitting the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. 

SkyRise Chicago 2017 will be held on Sunday, November 5th at the Willis Tower.

Who Can Volunteer?

We encourage volunteers of all ages and abilities to get involved! Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteers. Collegiate medical affiliate groups are especially important to our event! High School groups MUST email lhilgenber@sralab.org prior to registering your students. We have a VERY limited number of high school spots available.

What do Volunteers do?

SkyRise Chicago volunteers help in every aspect of the event: Packet Pick Up, Volunteer Registration, Water/Food Stations, Gear Check, Stair Marshalls, Crowd Control, and Hand Cycling.

What times are available?

Volunteers must be able to volunteer for the entire duration of the event. Volunteers will need to report at 5:00am or 5:30am. This ensures us enough time to get everyone breakfast, instructions and into their position. Climbers start arriving by 6:00am.

The event is over at 1:00pm, volunteer will be released from their assignment once it is completed.

Can I climb and volunteer?

Unfortunately, we do not allow climbers to volunteer; or vice versa. Our volunteers must be able to volunteer for the event for the duration of the event which does not allow time to climb.

What should I wear?

Volunteers will be provided with a SkyRise Chicago Volunteer T-shirt to put on for the event. Comfortable pants, shorts (must be mid-thigh or longer) or capris, and closed toed shoes (gym shoes encouraged). It will get very warm in the building as the day goes on so please dress accordingly.

How do I register to volunteer?

Complete this survey to register.

Can I still fundraise for the event?

If you’d like to volunteer but still want to fundraise for SkyRise Chicago, you can do that! Create a team or register as an individual (virtual climber). This allows you to use the fundraising website and tools provided upon registration – personalize your page with a photo, text, and upload email contacts.

Will food be provided?

Volunteers will receive continental breakfast before they are placed in their individual assignments in the morning. Snacks are provided for floor marshals to take with them to the floor as you will not able to return to the food stations during the event.

Will I be able to access the Skydeck during the event?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide our volunteers access the Willis Tower Skydeck during the event.


Parking will be available at a discounted rate.