Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicago Stories Gala

Toast Victory Gardens Theater’s 40th anniversary season at its annual storytelling benefit, featuring 10-minute plays written by Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, GrubHub cofounder Mike Evans, and Victory Gardens founding managing director Marcelle McVay. 6 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St.; For tickets, contact Brittany Barnes at 773-549-5788 x2146 or

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beelzebub 2014 - Circus of the Damned

For the seventh year, GoodWorks Chicago is hosting the ultimate Halloween party benefiting Friends of the Chicago River, Merit School of Music, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Guests will enjoy top entertainment, open bar, light food, and a costume contest. Code for ticket purchase: 14MAVE; PIN: WRBC24GH. $100. 9 p.m. Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza;

Broadway on the B-Way

Head to the cosmetics department at Bloomingdale's for the debut of Broadway on the B-Way. Each beauty brand will laud a Broadway show that represents its fall collection as guests enjoy fresh popcorn, special offers, and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bloomingdale's, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-4460

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brunch with the Breakfast Queen

Breakfast Queen Ina Pinkney hosts brunch and a signing for her new book Taste Memories at Bar Pastoral. As part of the bistro's American Cheese Month celebration, Chef Brooks Hart plans to recreate some of Pinkney's recipes and incorporate American artisan cheeses. 2947 N. Broadway, 773-472-4781;

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Network Out for Bright Pink

Participate in 30 minutes of interval training with Shred415's Mark Beier and 30 minutes of yoga with Chicago yogi Allison English, followed by a networking reception with healthy appetizers, juices, smoothies, and drinks. Proceeds benefit Tickled Pink for Bright Pink $45. 6:30 p.m. Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St.;

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stuart Weitzman: The Spring/Summer 2015 Trunk Show

EXCLUSIVE: For a limited time only, preview and pre-order the new SS15 collection, available in 66 widths and sizes. Schedule an appointment with a Stuart Weitzman fit expert to make your shoe fantasy a reality. RSVP NOW: 29: The Shops at North Bridge, 312-661-1560; November 5-9: 701 N. Michigan Ave., 312-649-0090

Art Van’s “Shining Star” Party

You’re invited to a star-studded event with supermodel Cindy Crawford, HGTV interior designer Hilary Farr, and famed photographer and TV host Nigel Barker. 6:30 p.m. Art Van Furniture, 2606 N. Elston Ave.;

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cooking Up Change Benefit

In an effort to promote better eating habits, Chicago teens will whip up creative and healthy school foods to be judged by some of the city’s top chefs. Guests can sample the dishes, participate in raffles, and bid in a silent auction. $100. 6 p.m. Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., 312-419-1810;

Compassion, Fashion & Cocktails 2014

Come out to help stop human trafficking. The evening will include hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a fashion show by Eskell. Event proceeds will benefit Gales Institute for Integrative Cardiology and Stop Traffick. $40-100. 5:30-10:00 p.m. The Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St.;

Sunday, November 2, 2014

St. Jude Dream a Little Dream Fashion Show

Support the fight against childhood cancer with an evening benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, emceed by NBC 5’s Alison Rosati. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont;

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Toast to Charlie Trotter

Join Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation to honor late chef Charlie Trotter and culminate its year-long fundraising campaign. The event will be hosted by Emeril Lagasse and co-chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. $350. Venue One, 1034 W Randolph St., 312-605-8300;

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Fine Art of Fiber" Exhibit

Come explore the world of quilting, weaving, embroidery, knitting, and more at the "Fine Art of Fiber" exhibit, hosted by non-profit organizations that want to raise awareness for the fiber arts. A silent auction will also be held. 10 a.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd.;

Friday, November 7, 2014

21st Annual SOFA Chicago 2014

The exhibit returns for its 21st year, featuring an exciting group of special exhibits organized by some of the country’s top museums and art organizations. The event will offer guests the chance to view extraordinary museum-style presentations organized by several of the United States’ most prominent curators. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $20. Through November 9. Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand Ave.;

Meals on Wheels’ Celebrity Chef Ball

This interactive dining experience with top Chicago chefs includes dinner, cocktails, a silent auction, and music by DJ Lani Love. Proceeds support Meals on Wheels Chicago. Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St.;

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Catholic Charities Royale Casino Night

The 8th annual charity night brings a taste of Vegas to participants. Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, an open bar, and casino games. Block 37, 108 N. State St.;

Bow Ties and Bangles

Join the Chicago Chapter of the American Indian Foundation and support the mission to further social and economic change in India. Guests will be able to participate in an auction, watch live entertainment, and enjoy dinner. $500. 6:30 p.m. Union Station, 500 West Jackson St., 847-869-5423;

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lana Jewelry Fashion Show

Meet Chicago's Queen of Hoops, Lana Bramlette, at the Lana Jewelry trunk show and fashion show. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fashion show 5-7 p.m.) Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900;

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fashion Forward Benefit

The Museum of Science and Industry's inaugural fashion event celebrates innovation and the future of design and honors French fashion blogger Garance Doré. During the evening, guests can check out wearable technology like the Galaxy Dress, a wearable LED display. $250-$500. 7-10 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.,

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 FLIGHT Event

Children’s Oncology Services is transporting guests to Italy to benefit its One Step Programs to send children with cancer to camp. The event includes an Italian-inspired dinner, music, and silent and live auctions. 7-11 p.m. $275. The Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl., 312-924-4220;

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Orion Ensemble Hosts 22nd Anniversary Benefit

Celebrate the Orion Ensemble’s 22nd anniversary with a benefit performance and party at the Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. There will be a special performance by Orion followed by a lunch. Guests will also have the opportunity to help choose encore performances for works Orion has performed by buying votes for their preferred selection. Proceeds from the event will help support Orion’s performances and outreach efforts to young musicians. 11 a.m. Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd., 630-628-9591;

A Tribute to the Beatles

Chicago’s Anthony Molinaro honors the Beatles fifty years after their American invasion with a set at Ravinia. 418 N. Sheridan Rd.;

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Kick-off the holiday season with the 23rd annual BMO Harris Bank Management Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The day will be full of festivities and will end with the lighting procession down North Michigan Avenue. 11a.m. Pioneer Court, 401 Michigan Ave.;

Thursday, December 4, 2014

World of Chocolate

Chocolate creations are showcased in the Great Hall at Union Station. Evening includes a punchboard and raffle prizes. 6 p.m. 500 W. Jackson Blvd.;

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Mike Toomey Christmas Special

Music converges with comedy as WGN’s Mike Toomey delivers a fun and irreverent holiday tribute. 418 N. Sheridan Rd.;

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Anima Holiday Concert

Chicago-based children’s chorus Anima toasts the season with a holiday concert as part of Ravinia’s $10 BGH Classics series. 418 N. Sheridan Rd.;

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