Friday, April 25, 2014

We All Speak Dance

The Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board’s 12th annual Spring Gala consists of a black-tie evening beginning with a special performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Afterward, trolleys will transport guests to the Chicago Hilton for cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the sounds of the Bill Pollack Orchestra. 6:30 p.m. $750. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, 312-386-8911; joffrey.org/gala

Ebertfest Film Festival

The 16th annual film festival will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s film, Do the Right Thing. The acclaimed director and screen writer will be in attendance to present a screening of his groundbreaking film. Through April 27. Festival passes are $145. Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., 217-356-9063; ebertfest.com

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Celebration for Education

Hosted by the Associates Board of the Golden Apple Foundation, the third annual spring soirée features dinner, drinks, dancing to beats by SXSW artist Jafarey, and VIP entry into an after party at Cuvée. The evening supports the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program, encouraging high school and college students to teach in underserved schools. $75. 8 p.m.-MIDNIGHT. The Grid, 351 W. Hubbard St.; springsoiree2014.eventbrite.com

Reaching New Heights

The Alexian Brothers Foundation’s 28th annual Ball de Fleur pays homage to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair with a cocktail reception, silent auction, opening program, dinner, live auction, and dancing to the Becca Kaufman Orchestra. The black-tie optional benefit supports the organization’s healing mission of the Catholic Church. 6:30 p.m.-MIDNIGHT. $500. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 847-385-7304; alexianfoundation.org

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Girls’ Spring Fashion Show and Tea

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital’s fourth annual benefit features a catwalk event for girls ages 5-17 in support of UChicago’s critical patient care programs and treatments. 2 p.m. $150 for adults; $35 for children. Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl.; uchicagokidshospital.org

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Public House's End of Winter Blues Celebration

Toast the end of the Polar Vortex with complimentary tastings of Wild Blue Premium Blueberry Lager and yummy bites provided by chef Tannehill. The event will also include a musical performance by Toronzo Cannon aka "The Bluesman," singing your favorite winter blues. 5:30 p.m. Public House, 400 N State St., 312-265-1240publichousechicago.com

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wish Ball

Make-A-Wish’s annual black tie moves this year to Soldier Field. The evening includes dinner, dancing, and an auction to benefit the organization’s mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. $600. 312-602-9430; events.org

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Vivid

Chicago House’s 27th annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show includes a three-course meal, runway showcase, 100-item silent auction, and a flower market with arrangements by six local florists. Illinois State Representative Naomi Jakobsson will be honored with the Spirit Award for her support of marriage equality. NOON. $200. Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden Ballroom, 400 S. State St., 773-248-5200 ext. 209; chicagohouse.org

Thursday, May 8, 2014

35th Anniversary Gala

Merit School of Music hosts a reception and dinner to honor soprano Renée Fleming with the Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts. 6 p.m. $500. Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., 312-553-2000; pjhchicago.com/meritmusic

Itzhak Perlman and the 2014 JUF Annual Campaign

The Jewish United Fund (JUF) Women’s Division welcomes those who have made a minimal gift of $365 to the 2014 JUF Annual Campaign for a conversation and performance by violinist Itzhak Perlman. $70. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Dr., 312-357-4821; juf.org/springevent

#DFDAFTERDARK

Join Designs for Dignity for libations, bites, and live entertainment by DJ Matthew Harvat. 9 p.m. $40. Ignite Glass Studio, 401 N. Armour St., 800-351-6354; designsfordignity.org

Friday, May 9, 2014

Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence

The Driehaus Design Initiative’s 13th annual competition highlights the talents of 25 Chicago-based design students with a runway show. ABC-7 anchor Linda Yu emcees the event, which also features a live auction by Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra. 6:30 p.m. $175. 700 S. Des Plaines St., 312-932-8648

Jenny McCarthy’s 7th Annual Rescue Our Angels Autism Fundraiser

Jenny McCarthy will host her 7th annual Rescue Our Angels event to raise awareness and funds for families dealing with autism. The exclusive evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and live auction. Guests will include Jacqueline and Chris Laurita, as well as emcees Ryan Chiaverini and Catie Keogh. $150. Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St., 312-605-8300; rescueourangels.com

FARE Spring Luncheon

Iron Chef Cat Cora is the keynote speaker at this year’s spring luncheon for Food Allergy & Reserarch at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event honor’s chef Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and the proceeds will help fund lifesaving research about food allergies. $200. 120 E. Delaware Pl.; foodallergy.org

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ravinia Festival’s Music Matters

Enjoy an evening of live performances, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions to benefit Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY* educational programs. The programs reach more than 75,000 Chicago students and community members, providing musical opportunities throughout the city. Last year’s event raised over $300,000 and was attended by over 500 guests. 6:30 p.m. Black tie. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr., 847-266-5089; ravinia.org

Sunday, May 11, 2014

In the Secret Garden

The Driehaus Museum’s Gilded Age ballroom transforms into an enchanted garden for its fourth annual Mother’s Day afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, sweet treats, and a trunk show featuring handcrafted pieces by Julia Knight. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. $70; $60 for members. The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St.; driehausmuseum.org

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Taste for the Arts Gala

Enjoy a performance by emerging talent from the Chicago Academy for the Arts while sampling dishes from chefs like Rick Bayless, Curtis Duffy, and Tony Priolo at this event hosted by Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra. 6 p.m. $350. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr., 312-421-0202; atasteforthearts.org

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ignite: Light Our Fight. Ignite Our Future.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) commemorates its 30th year of service with cocktails, cuisine, and dancing at its annual spring gala. AFC will honor Michael Bauer with the Civic Leadership Award and Robert Mink with the Volunteer of the Year Award. 6 p.m. $185. Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armour St., 312-334-0935; aidschicago.org/ignite

Mario, Make Me A Model Finale Fashion Show

Azeeza, Agnes Hamerlik, Misanthrope, Lagi Nadeau, and Two Penny Blue will showcase looks on the five remaining finalists of the Mario, Make Me a Model competition. Following the runway event, Mario Tricoci will announce the winning model. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $49.50 general seating; $95 VIP seating. Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St.; tricoci.com

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Paint the Town Red

Over 3,500 singers will participate in Chicago Children’s Choir’s free annual concert, this year featuring guests artists Mucca Pazza and Motown the Musical’s Allison Semmes. 11 a.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.; ccchoir.org

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Marklund's 32nd Annual Golf Classic

Golf with the pros at the annual Marklund Golf Outing. This year's event will include a live auction, dinner, and golfing with former professional athletes. Proceeds from the event will benefit adult and children with disabilities. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Indian Lakes Resort, 250 West Schick Rd., Bloomingdale; marklund.org

Friday, June 6, 2014

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Centennial Gala and Installation Dinner

Each year, the WBAI, an organization of female lawyers in Chicago, hosts a dinner to install the new president. The event usually draws over 800 lawyers, judges, and dignitaries. This year, in addition to celebrating the incoming president, WBAI is also commemorating the 100-year anniversary with a gala at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. wbaillinois.org

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Chicago Blues Festival

Sing the blues, or just listen, at the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival. The theme this year is “Blues by the Lake” and will include performances by Caroline Chocolate Drops and Otis Taylor Band. Through June 15. Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.; cityofchicago.org

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