Saturday, January 31, 2015

Aspire’s Big City Night Gala

Take a trip back to the roaring 20’s at Aspire’s 17th annual Gatsby-themed gala with cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent and live auction, and speakeasy after party. 6 p.m. – midnight. Palmer House, 17 E Monroe St. aspirechicago.com/gala2015

Purple Affair for the Bear

The auxiliary board invites you to a Purple Affair for the Bear Masquerade party to benefit Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Enjoy a magical evening of live music, dancing, complimentary food and cocktails, and a silent auction. $110. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.; bearnecessities.org

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Second Annual “Super Chili Bowl II”

On Super Bowl Sunday, executive chef Brett Neubauer and the team at Howells & Hood invites five top Chicago chefs to create a flight of chili offered as a special menu item. Guests will taste each creation and vote for their top pick during the big game. Event runs from 3 p.m. until the end of the game. For reservations visit opentable.com or call 312-262-5310. Participating restaurants include: Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan; DMK, 2954 N. Sheffield; Oak + Char, 217 W. Huron; The Radler, 2375 N. Wilwaukee; Tanta, 118 W. Grand, and TETE Charcuterie, 1114 W. Randolph

Sunday, February 8, 2015

8th Annual Be My Valentine Family Event

The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation will be hosting its eighth annual Valentine's Day event, which will be featuring a grand family buffet, live music, and activities for children. There will also be a private auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit breast cancer research and programs at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The Ritz Carlton Chicago Hotel, 160 East Pearson Street, 312-926-7133; lynnsage.org

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mid-Winter Night's Wine Dinner

Come for an evening of wine and dinner with special guest speaker  Lucia Barzano of il Mosnel and John Cressman of World Wide Wines. Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, and a dinner menu which includes dishes like diver-caught scallops and monkfish tenderloin. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Dinner is $90 per person. Prosecco Ristorante, 710 N. Wells St., 312-951-9500; prosecco.us.com

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentin's Day Dinner: Southern Style

Celebrate Valentine's Day in true southern style with a decadent prix fixe dinner made especially for the holiday from Chef Eric Michael. The four-course meal will also include one specialty cocktail and a champagne toast. The Southern Chicago, 1840 W. North Ave., 773-342-1840; thesouthernchicago.com

Equality Illinois Gala

Celebrate Valentine's Day at the largest LGBT formal event in the Midwest, which includes the silent auction cocktail party, gourmet dinner, and dancing till midnight. 6 p.m. to midnight. Hilton Hotel Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave.; equalityfederation.salsalabs.com

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oyster/Cocktail Event in Oyster Bar

Join Shaw's Crab House for a special meal and drinks as some of the top mixologists around Chicago will gather to create customized cocktails to pair with five different oysters from around the country. Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722; shawscrabhouse.com

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MoCP 2015 Darkroom Benefit

The Museum of Contemporary Photography will be hosting its annual benefit auction. It will be honoring Barbara Crane with the Silver Camera Award. Guests will enjoy an art-filled evening, with all proceeds from the event benefiting MoCP exhibitions, public programs, and the community. Tickets are $150 per person. A Private Club, 195 East Delaware Ave., 312-663-5554; mocp.org

Saturday, February 28, 2015

JLC Annual Gala – A Night on the Red Carpet

The Junior League of Chicago will be hosting its annual gala where guests will be treated to a red carpet entrance, specialty cocktails, gourmet food stations, and dancing to benefit the JLC's mission. Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St., 312-245-8200; jlc.org

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Face the Future Foundation Presents "A Venetian Masquerade" Benefit

Join Honorary Chairs Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro, Leeann Trotter of NBC5 Chicago, and President’s Award recipients, Mary Ann Rose & Heinz Kern for the Face the Future Foundation's masquerade benefit. Cocktail reception, casino tables, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing will be some of the events guests will be treated to throughout the evening. The Foundation raises funds and public awareness to support the care and treatment of children suffering from craniofacial deformities and abnormalities, and related challenges. 6:30 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl.; facethefuturefoundation.org

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Presence Ball

Join Presence Health at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for The Presence Ball. This black tie event will celebrate “Our Recipe for a Healthy Future” with culinary delights from top Chicago restaurants, a live auction and music from Orchestra 33. Proceeds from The Presence Ball will be directed to the highest priorities of Presence Health. Hyatt Regency Chicago , 151 East Wacker Dr.; presencehealth.org

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