Thursday, December 4, 2014

World of Chocolate

Sample gourmet sweets from 30 of Chicago’s top chocolatiers, chefs, and caterers at AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s 13th annual winter gala benefiting the organization’s education and care programs for the HIV/AIDS community. 6 p.m. Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-334-0935; aidschicago.org/chocolate

Friday, December 5, 2014

Jingle and Mingle Fundraiser

Support Reach Out and Read at this holiday fundraiser, with hors d’oeurves, food and drink pairings, live music, and more. All proceeds support ROR of Illinois. $75. 6 p.m. Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave, 847-971-7384; Tickets here

Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrates its 25th annual black-tie gala with a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, dancing, live entertainment by the Ken Arlen Orchestra, and late-night treats. 6:30 p.m. Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.; catholiccharities.net/stnick

Feed Your Mind Gala

Pilot Light’s second annual gala features dishes from more than 15 renowned chefs, including Paul Kahan, Jason Hammel, Justin Large, and Matthias Merges, to support the nonprofit foundation’s mission of helping Chicago children make healthy food decisions. 7 p.m. Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.; pilotlightchefs.org

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.; ravinia.org

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University's Anniversary With Michelle Obama

Join the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University as they celebrate their 125th anniversary. The evening will feature a tribute to the diverse entertainment that is presented in the theater, followed by a dinner at the Palmer House Hilton. Michelle Obama will be the Honorary Chair for the celebration, alongside co-chairs Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule. $35. 6 p.m. The Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-342-2357; ticketmaster.com/auditorium

Cooking Demo with Iron Chef Jose Garces

Join Iron Chef Jose Garces as he hosts a holiday cooking demo and four-course dinner to benefit the Chicago Greater Food Depository. Some of the dishes to be prepared include Serrano ham and fig salad, datiles con Almendras, and arroz de calabaza, along with various Spanish wines. $75. 7 p.m. Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524; mercatchicago.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shop For ROAR

Ali's Collection invites you to meet adoptable dogs, enjoy cocktails and light bites, and shop for a cause, as 25% of the evening's sales will benefit Roll Over Animal Rescue. 6-8 p.m. Comfort Me Boutique, 701 W. Armitage Ave; roar4dogs.org

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.; ravinia.org

Friday, January 23, 2015

Soccer Ball

Join Urban Initiatives for drinks, bites, dancing, and a silent auction at its ninth annual benefit supporting health and educational programming. 7 p.m. Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St.; urbaninitiatives.org

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