Join the Illini Guardians & Chicago Illini Club for an Illinois vs. Wisconsin watch party at Joe’s on Weed St. in Chicago! Meet some Illini football players! Click here for more info.

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Watch Party at Joe's at Weed Street

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Watch Party

Saturday, January 28 at 1:30 PM
Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago

Join the Illini Guardians & the Chicago Illini Club for an Illinois vs. Wisconsin basketball game watch party on Saturday, January 28 starting at 1:30 PM (2 PM Tip-Off) at Joe’s on Weed St. in Chicago (940 W. Weed St.).

With appearances by the Illinois football team, including new QB Luke Altmyer and his teammates Reggie Love, Josh McCray, Caleb Griffin, Casey Washington, Isaiah Adams, Keith Randolph, and Johnny Newton (players subject to change).

Come meet the guys, watch the action, and enjoy food and drink specials.

Looking forward to seeing you there. I-L-L!


Past Events

Illini Guardians Holiday Greetings

The Illini Guardians wish you a happy holiday season by having a few Fighting Illini student-athletes sing the holiday classic Jingle Bells. Happy Holidays Illini Fans!


Holiday Toy Drive

Chicago Positive Impact Toy Drive!

Ended December 21, 2022

Illini Guardians partnered with former Illini guard Tracy Abrams and Chicago Positive Impact for a fantastic toy drive this past holiday season.

We are extra proud of men’s basketball stars Luke Goode, RJ Melendez, Jayden Epps, and football stars Casey Washington, Tommy DeVito, Josh McCray and Isaiah Williams for using their NIL notoriety to tweet and promote this great cause!

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Illini Guardians was thrilled to contract with six student athletes from different sports to create an AUTOGRAPHED(!!) poster free to all Illini Guardian subscribers at the Guardian Bronze level!

The athletes represented on the poster to the left are Makira Cook (women’s basketball), Mia Takekawa (women’s gymnastics), Raina Terry (volleyball), Terrence Shannon Jr. (men’s basketball), Piercen Hunt (men’s golf), and Brian Hightower (football).

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Illinois vs. Northwestern Tailgate Event

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Over 150 Fighting Illini fans bought tickets and showed up for the Illini Guardians tailgate pre-game event at the VFW Post in Evanston (just a short walk to Ryan Field). It was a beautiful day for a football game in November, and while fun was had by all at the tailgate, the day got even better as the Illini ran all over the Wildcats and won 41-3 vs. our in-state rivals and took home the Land of Lincoln trophy!

Vegas Game Watch

Saturday, November 19, 2022

While In Las Vegas for the Continental Tire Main Event (men’s basketball tournament), the Illini Guardians hosted hundreds of our closest Fighting Illini friends and fans to gather together to watch Michigan (and their referees) battle the Illini football team.

It was a great game and almost a huge upset by our Illini, only to be done in by a field goal late in the game by Michigan. Go Illinois!!!

Meet the New Guys

Saturday, September 10, 2022

It was a doubly exciting day as the Fighting Illini Football team defeated the University of Virginia at Memorial Stadium and the Illini Guardians hosted a meet & greet autograph session with the seven (7) new members of the 2022/23 Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Team.

Over 500 Illini fans and families stopped by the Illini Guardians tents in Grange Grove to meet all the new guys. We truly appreciate them making the time to meet their fans and we are all excited about seeing these guys on the basketball court.

Decatur Event

May 2022

It is not everyday that AD Josh Whitman, Coach Bielema and Coach Underwood hang out in Decatur, but they did just that at our first Illini Guardians event. Over 200 Illini fans came out to hear about the upcoming seasons for both the Fighting Illini Football and Men’s Basketball programs. A great time was had by all.

Day off Social Media

March 14, 2022

Illini Guardians contracted with 100 student athletes across all sports to take a “Day Off Social” as part of a national campaign to push young people away from social media and promote community engagement and healthier mental self-care. To read more about the event, click here!


January 2022

In a demonstration of the powerful reach and impact college name, image and likeness (NIL) programming can bring to the community, Illinois star football players, Isaiah Williams and Alex Palczewski, met with Chicago grade school students on February 26, 2022 at the Evolution Express Art Show on Chicago’s South Side in celebration of Black History Month. To see video from the event, click on the box to the right! To read more about the event, click here!

Fighting Illini Linemen Tackle Hunger

After the nation’s first NIL food drive to Help Tackle Hunger was a resounding success, please listen as linemen Alex Pilhlstom, Jamal Woods and Alex Palczewski reflect on their experience with the elementary students involved, with the Eastern Illinois food bank, and with Illini Guardians. To read more about the Help Tackle Hunger Food Drive, click here!

Coleman Hawkins Interview with IlliniGuys

Please enjoy this interview sponsored by Illini Guardians! Coleman Hawkins describes the importance of NIL to the basketball program, what it’s like to experience a football crazed campus, how this year’s freshman hoopsters are integrating with newly added experienced leaders, what to expect from Coleman’s game, this year’s team, and even Luke Goode’s repeated efforts to burn every meal he cooks.

Watch the full version to hear it all directly from Coleman