Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Midsummer BBQ Cider Dinner
Executive Chef Scott Walton is pairing up his BBQ favorites with craft ciders from breweries like Woodchuck Hard Cider and Original Sin Hard Cider. Learn how to create and brew your own cider from brewery representatives. Hors d'oeuvres and three plated courses will be served. 6-10 p.m. Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312-262-5310; howellsandhood.com
Chicago Golf Invitational

Play a game of golf at the 17th anniversary of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Golf Invitational. Andy Avalos will emcee the event and cocktails and dinner will be served. $500. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, 12294 S. Archer Ave.; catholiccharities.net/golf

It's in the Mix Speaker Series

River North Design District and The Golden Triangle have teamed up to host a discussion about sprucing up a space with antiques and modern touches. Moderated by Jan Parr of Crain's Chicago Business, panelist guests include Randy Heller, Kenneth Walter, John Cannon, and Michael Del Piero. The Golden Triangle, 330 N. Clark St., 312-755-1266; rivernorthdesigndistrict.com

Friday, July 25, 2014

Marco Foster's Fourth Annual White Party

To benefit local charity One Hope United, come out for a night of drinks, dancing, and white-hot fashion. $35. 8-10 p.m. Parliament, 324 W. Chicago Ave., 312-380-0004; mfwhiteparty.eventbrite.com

Saturday, July 26, 2014

BLU: Festa Brazil

The Shedd Aquarium is opening its doors for a summer soirée that is completely eco-friendly. Attendees will have the chance to see an aquatic show and help themselves to an open bar. The event supports the aquarium's efforts at sustainability. $175. 6 p.m.-MIDNIGHT. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.; blu.sheddaquarium.org

"Art for Life" Hamptons Benefit Event

This 15th annual fundraising effort by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is committed to providing inner city youth with opportunities and exposure to arts and opportunities for new artists to exhibit their work. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. and dinner will follow. $1,500. 6 p.m. 212-254-6677; rushphilnathropic.org

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Project Ethos Debut at I|O Urban Roofscape

Project Ethos has partnered with French Tuesday to throw its Chicago debut party atop The Godfrey Hotel with two fashion shows, music by a live DJ, an art gallery, and an after party to follow. 7 p.m. I|O Urban Roofscape, 127 W. Huron St., 312-374-1830; projectethos.tv

Friday, August 1, 2014

Nazr Mohammed Fundraiser

Guests will watch Nazr Mohammed presenting donations to various organizations, while enjoying entertainment, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. The Nazr Mohammed Foundation helps improve Chicagoland schools and other educational initiatives. $75 in advance, $100 at the door. 7–10 p.m. Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie St., 312-563-0495; nazrmohammed.com

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sustainable Vows Festival

Art Depth is partnering with City Farm to host an art, sustainability, and urban farming festival, where there will be interactive art-making, fresh food workshops, craft tables, sustainable projects and practices, and more. Free. 11 a.m-4 p.m. City Farm, 1204 N. Clybourn Ave.; artdepth.org

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago

This philanthropic efforts gives kids battling cancer the opportunity to attend an oncology camp where they can play with other children and be carefree in a safe environment. Through August 14. Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., 312-266-1000; campkidsarekids.org

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Taste of the Nation

Come out and support the city’s first culinary event that directly benefits ending childhood hunger in America. Join 85 of Chicago’s notorious chefs and mixologists for a tasting. Participating chefs include the celebrated Michael Sheerin, Tim Graham, and countless others. $125. 7:00 p.m. Navy Pier Ballroom, 600 East Grand Room; tasteofthenation.org/chicago

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dance For Life Chicago Gala

Dancers from around the world will perform to support Dance for Life and other organizations like the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Dancers' Fund, Making A Daily Effort, and Agape Missions Inc. Randy Duncan, Harrison McEldowney and Jeremy Plummer will make their debut performance along with Chicago dance companies. $250-$600. 5 p.m. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-341-2310; danceforlifechicago.org

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chicago Dancing Festival

This free festival features ballet, modern, and hip-hop dancers who will choreograph moves to dance to. chicgaodancingfestival.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014

4th Annual Patrick J. Ryan Golf Outing

Chicago's Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) will be benefiting from this golf outing, established by Jim and Marie Ryan, in honor of their son who committed suicide. LOSS is a program of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. $200-$15,000. St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Rte. 59, West Chicago, 630-231-3100; catholiccharities.net

USO Clark After Dark

A military-themed event shuts down a section of the city at Hubbard and Clark Streets for live entertainment and fun to benefit the families supported by USO of Illinois. usoofillinois.org/clark-after-dark

Friday, August 22, 2014

Junior League of Chicago Soiree

Say "aloha" to the Junior League of Chicago's annual soiree. Dance to live music, eat, drink, and partake in a silent auction. $85. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600; jlchicago.org

Friday, September 5, 2014

Chicago Hunter Derby

Chicago Equestrians for a Cause is bringing back its annual Chicago Hunter Derby, which benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, and the United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation. Through September 7. Annali Farm, 18752 Edwards Rd., Antioch, 312-988-9900; chicagoequestriansforacause.com

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chicago Canine Rescue Mutt Strut

Bring your favorite furry friend for a 1.5 mile walk through Lakeview. A fitness course, cake eating contest, and dog wash will also be set up for your pooch. All proceeds benefit Chicago Canine Rescue. $35-$75. Lakeview along Newport Ave. between Southport and Lakewood; chicagocaninerescue.org

Celestial Ball of The Adler Planetarium Women's Board

This is the black-tie benefit for the Adler Planetarium presented by their Women's Board. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, auctions, and dancing. $800. 6:30 p.m. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-266-8729; adlerplanetarium.org

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's for Dinner?

A formal event featuring twenty of Chicago's finest and unique restaurants, paired with signature cocktails, will get the night moving in the right direction. Luxurious exotic cars and fashion will highlight the night in style. Eat, drink, and receive a complimentary gift bag worth over $500. Joe Perillo Auto Group, Gold Coast Showroom, 834 N. Rush St.; for tickets, click here

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