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CAKES FOR A CAUSE | Portillo's Teams Up with American Red Cross ♥


The restaurant’s Famous Chocolate Cake dons its “lovely” shape for Portillo’s For Good’s charity partnership with the American Red Cross

Portillo’s, the fast-casual restaurant brand known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, proudly announces the continuation of its partnership with the American Red Cross on the charitable program, Cakes for a Cause. Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, Portillo’s will offer a Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cake ($15.99), a limited-time menu item with a fun holiday spin on the brand’s iconic Famous Chocolate Cake.

“Portillo’s is proud to be a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross and its charitable giving efforts,” says Portillo’s CEO, Michael Osanloo. “As Valentine’s Day approaches, we couldn’t think of a better way to bring back this sweet tradition and celebrate the holiday.”

A portion of proceeds from the sale of Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cakes, up to $25,000, will be donated to the relief organization. The single-layer cakes will be available in restaurants from February 8-17. Guests are encouraged to pre-order now at or by calling 866-YUM-BEEF

“Serving and supporting American Armed Forces and their families has been an integral part of the Red Cross mission from the beginning,” says Celena Roldán, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “Today, we remain committed to members of the military and their families with round-the-clock support through our Service to the Armed Forces programming, from their enlistment to the time they separate from their service and beyond. We are grateful to Portillo’s for this partnership that allows us to further our work.”

Organizations interested in participating in Portillo’s For Good can apply online at For more information on the company, please visit or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Portillo’s

In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” 54 years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 40 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve award-winning ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.

About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.



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