Heidi has been battling a terminal illness called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis since age three. The heartfelt story began earlier this week when Chance the Rapper, who is a regular Lou Malnati’s customer, heard of Heidi’s situation from the Lou Malnati’s management team. He went out of his way to ensure the teen had tickets to the Coldplay concert in Chicago Thursday night. From there, Martin was made aware of her situation and love for the band, and adjusted his travel plans to make time to visit with her.
They spent time together at the Lou Malnati’s located near Midway Airport, where Hernandez is employed.
“I met Chris Martin and it all feels like a dream. He was really encouraging me to not give up and told me I was awesome and to always remember that,” says Hernandez after their visit.
Heidi is currently battling a serious illness, but she continues to come to work with a smile and her hard work and perseverance do not go unnoticed! Heidi is a huge Coldplay fan, and wanting to do something special for her, her manager reached out to Chance the Rapper and asked for help scoring some tickets to the show at Soldier Field.
There are a lot of things we like about Chance. For one, he’s a big fan of our pizza! But most importantly, he has a heart of gold.
We call it the “Malnati DNA,” when team members share the core values that have made Lou Malnati’s great, and Heidi is a shining example of this. We are proud to have her on our team.
Thank you, Chance for helping to make this possible for Heidi!
Learn more about Heidi’s story here.
What goes on at a Lou Malnati’s Company Picnic?
The picnic is a day where our entire Chicagoland team (our Phoenix team enjoyed their picnic in May!) comes together for a day of fun. We start it off with a soccer tournament, winner gets bragging rights for the year, and each store designs a team t-shirt that shows off their creativity and team spirit. There’s family fun games and entertainment, and of course, food.
We appreciate your understanding as we continue this tradition.
Listening to your favorite bands at Lollapalooza while eating a fresh, hot slice of Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza!
If you’re headed to Lolla this weekend, make this dream a reality by stopping by the Lou Malnati’s booth in Chow Town North to refuel between shows.
At just $4 for a slice of cheese, cheese & sausage, or cheese & pepperoni deep dish pizza, you won’t find a more delicious, filling meal for less anywhere in Chow Town!
Our pizzas are cooked fresh on site (yes, we’re bringin’ out the ovens, just like we do every year!) which guarantees you’ll get a hot, cheesy slice every time.
Locally grown, vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh mozzarella seasoned with fresh basil and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
Available at our full-service restaurants (excluding Lawndale) and cafés only.
Our new full service restaurant in Scottsdale is slated for an early summer 2018 opening. This pizzeria will be our largest Arizona location to date, at 10,000 square feet, including an outdoor patio area. The space will include a full bar along with carryout, delivery, and catering services.