Saturday, September 20, 2014

16th Annual Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Ball

The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden will host its annual black-tie garden party to showcase the beautiful landscape of the Chicago Botanic Garden. All proceeds benefit Mikyoung Kim, a landscape architect who is designing a Learning Campus for children and families in the garden. $550. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847-835-5400;

Museum of Contemporary Art Gala

The David Bowie international exhibit will be making its only U.S. stop, and this gala will be modeled after his musical talent. $3,000. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Arts, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660;

Wings of Hope Gala

Join Imerman Angels at the first annual Wings of Hope Gala to benefit their mission to enable connections that provide one-on-one cancer support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. The formal event includes a program lead by WGN TV’s Dina Bair. $300. 6p.m.-12a.m. Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E Pearson St.;

"David Bowie Is" Gala

MCA Chicago is hosting its annual fundraising gala presented by Louis Vuitton in honor of the “David Bowie Is” exhibit. Guests will have the opportunity to chat with big names from Chicago’s social scene and dance to Bryan Ferry, Roxy’s music legend. $3,000. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave.;

Symphony Ball

Chicago Symphony Orchestra celebrates a new season with a reception followed by a concert of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony led by music director Riccardo Muti. After the concert, enjoy dinner and dancing at the Palmer House Hilton. 7 p.m. Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 312-294-3185;

Food Network in Concert at Ravinia

The Food Network’s first-ever In Concert series, featuring celebrity chefs and a performance by John Mayer, benefits Share Our Strength. 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park;

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Primo Classico de E'uropa

Quintin and Diane Primo host a European-themed bash benefiting the Primo Center for Women and Children. 1-5 p.m. Lake Forest Sports Cars, 990 N Shore Dr., Lake Bluff

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nancy Horan Book Talk and Signing

Join Oak Park native and author Nancy Horan as she launches the paperback of her bestselling historical novel Under the Wide and Starry Sky. 6 p.m. Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St.,

A Special Event at the Navy Pier

Enjoy dinner, cocktails, and a teen performance benefiting After School Matters’ youth apprenticeship programs. 5:30 p.m. Navy Pier, Lakeview Terrace and Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave.;

End of Summer Bash

Jay Michael, star of Bravo’s 100 Days of Summer, will host this party at SUB 51. The festivities will include a build-your-own taco bar and beer cocktails and brews from Ommegang. A portion of proceeds will benefit Common Threads, an organization dedicated to children living in underserved communities. $50. 5-8 p.m. 51 W. Hubbard St., for tickets, click here

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chicago Gourmet: A Tribute to Charlie Trotter

In honor of chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Gourmet will benefit his foundation to promote cooking and food amongst youth. Best known for his cooking, Trotter's friends and colleagues will be gathering to create a six-course meal. $500. 6:30 p.m. Trump International Hotel Grand Ballroom, 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8000;

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bag Pipes & Bonfires

Catch kilted skydivers, bagpipes procession, and more at the 27th annual Bagpipes & Bonfires, hosted by Lake Forest Open Lands Association. 350 N. Waukegan Rd. Lake Forest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chicago International Film Festival’s Critics’ Picks

Chicago film critics will gather at the JW Marriott Chicago to discuss the films at this year's Chicago International Film Festival. $15. 5:30-7:30 p.m. JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St.,

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Institute of Women Today Gala

Join the Institute of Women in awarding Kerry Kennedy and Leah Hope with Sister Margaret Traxler awards. The non-profit is celebrating its 40th anniversary to serve women and families in need. $225. 5:30 p.m. Swissôtel Chicago, 323 E. Wacker Dr., 773-651-8372;

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Chicago Fire stars Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney will serve as grand marshals of the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, presented by Redmoon Theater in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. The Grand Spectacle show on the Chicago River will feature fire stunts, musical performances, and a fireworks display. 8 p.m. Chicago River between the State Street and Columbus Drive bridges;

Vo Pop-Up Shop

Come see Amy Vorel’s signature line, Vo. at a pop-up shop at Heritage Bicycle in Lakeview, where the jewelry will be sold out of a vintage school bus. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Heritage Bicycle, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave.;

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

25th Anniversary Jubalee

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project is celebrating 25 years as a premiere presenter of American tap and contemporary percussive arts. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by live performances, and concluding with dinner, a live auction, and a dessert reception where guests will be offered the opportunity to meet the performers. Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., 312-742-1168;

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicago International Film Festival

The annual cinema fete, celebrating 50 years, returns for two weeks of flicks. Through October 23. 322 E. Illinois St.;

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friends of Conservation Gala

FOC President Reute Butler and NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin co-host a black-tie affair featuring dancing, dinner, and an auction benefiting the Masai Mara National Reserve. 120 East Delaware Pl., 630-288-2714;

Monday, October 13, 2014

Chicago Ideas Week

Deepak Chopra, George Lucas, and other influencers descend on the Windy City for a weeklong series of talks. Through October 19.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Fall Benefit

Sally Field is the guest speaker at this year's Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation benefit luncheon, which also features a silent purse auction. Proceeds support breast cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. $275. 11 a.m. Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. 312-926-7133;

Chicago Humanities Festival

The 25th anniversary festival gala honors John W. and Jeanna M. Rowe, humanists of the year. It will also feature a discussion with political and cultural commentator David Brooks. $500. 5:30 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago;

Italian Food & Wine Festival

Identitá Golose and Merano WineFestival have partnered to create this three-day event of chef seminar, Italian food, and wine pairings. $30-$150. Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St.; 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chicago House Speaker Series

Chicago House's six annual luncheon will focus on gender, race, and economic diversity and feature speakers such as Orange is The New Black's Laverne Cox, the first openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. $200. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Chicago Hilton, Grand Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave., 773-248-5200 x209;

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sparkle in the City Jewelry Showcase

Hosted by the Women's Jewelry Association, jewelers from the Midwest and more will showcase their collections and designs for men and women. Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will also be served. 6-9 p.m. Marshall Pierce & Co., 29 E. Madison, 312-372-2415;

Friday, October 17, 2014

James Beard Foundation's Taste America Kick Off

Chicago's Taste America weekend-long culinary event will kick off with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event featuring tastings from local chefs and a special dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Grant Achatz, guest Chef Sean Brock, and Host Chef Thomas Lents. Trump International Hotel and Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8000;

The Legacy Continues: An Evening with Jeffrey Osborne

Join the Black Ensemble Theater in celebrating 38 years of musical theater excellence in Chicago with an elegant gala where guests will be treated to a night of cocktails, an elegant dinner, dancing, and a live auction. There will also be a special performance by Jeffrey Osborne himself. The gala is sponsored by ComED, BMO Harris, Northern Trust, Allstate, Chicago Clubs, and Peak Performance Products. 6 p.m. Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave., 773-754-3917;

Big Brothers Big Sisters' Third Annual Big Bash

Support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago by attending their third annual Big Bash. The event includes a three-hour open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, and a silent auction. 8-11 p.m. $95 before October 10; $105 after. Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St.;

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tessa Lark at Ravinia

Ravinia recruits renowned violinist Tessa Lark, a former fellow at the Steans Music Institute, for an afternoon performance. 418 N. Sheridan Rd.;

Sunday, October 19, 2014

James Beard Taste America

Grant Achatz, Thomas Lents, and a host of all-star chefs whip up a dining experience benefiting the James Beard Foundation. 6 p.m. Trump International Hotel and Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave.;

RUN 10 FEED 10 Race

Women's Health magazine and FEED have teamed up to host this philanthropic 10K run to help fight domestic hunger. For every participant that signs up, ten meals will be donated to a local food bank. $45-$55. 8 a.m. Diversey Harbor, 2601 N. Cannon Dr.;

Monday, October 20, 2014

Goodman Theatre’s 90th Anniversary Celebration

Join the Goodman Theatre as it brings together treasured artists from Goodman’s past, present, and future, such as Carla Gugino, Cherry Jones, and Brian Dennehy. 6 p.m. $500. The Standard Club, 320 S Plymouth Ct., 312-443-3811;

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chef Christian Bau at L2O

German chef Christian Bau is flying in for his first collaborative dinner in the States with L2O's Matthew Kirkley. The ten-course menu will be served with regional wines selected by Sommelier Daniel Kiowski. Seatings from 6-10 p.m. $350. L2O, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-868-0002; Call or email for reservations

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;

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.;

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.;

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.;

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