Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chicago q's Golden Anniversary

Chicago q is celebrating by offering patrons four $4 menu items that put a new spin on "q" classics. On the day of its anniversary, September 4, the restaurant will give 10% of proceeds to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Through September 7. 1160 N. Dearborn St., 312-642-1160; chicagoqrestaurant.com

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

Cocktails & Couture For A Cure

The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation is hosting this event to find a cure for Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and anything related. Designers Azeeza and Ricorso will showcase some of their pieces for sale with all proceeds benefiting the foundation. $175. 6-10 p.m. Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E. Monroe; csfinfo.org

The Woman’s Board of Children’s Home’s September Gala

The Woman’s Board of Children’s Home + Aid hosts its 94th annual black-tie benefit supporting the organization’s social service programs for Illinois children and families. 6:30 p.m. Four Season’s Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl., 312-424-6832; childrenshomeandaid.org

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Erie LaSalle Body Shop's Casino Night

Casino-style gaming, a silent auction and raffle, and food from Gibsons Steakhouse headline Erie LaSalle Body Shop's 80th anniversary celebration, benefiting Gilda's Club Chicago. $150-$250. Montgomery Club 500 W. Superior; erie80bond50.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

Mod Mex & Mod Mix

Hosted by chef Rick Bayless, this event is dedicated to all things Mexican food and drink. There will be chef cook-offs, a five-course menu, and VIP reception to view a cooking demonstration by chef Bayless. Through September 14. $95-$275. chicagogourmet.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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Back to School Soirée

City Year Chicago's Associate Board is hosting this soiree in honor of back-to-school season and to raise money for City Year to keep children in school. $100-$10,000. 7-10 p.m. The Library Club, 191 S. LaSalle St.; cityyear.org

Illumination 2014

Support the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation at the nonprofit’s 10th annual black-tie gala. The event will feature dinner, dancing, and music by Michael Lerich and his orchestra. 6:30-11 p.m. Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., 312-782-9160; loopchicago.com

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; chicagobotanic.org

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; mcachicago.org

"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.; mcachicago.org

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; cso.org

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; foodnetwork.com/inconcert

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., chipublib.org

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.; pjhchicago.com

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; chicagogourmet.org

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; instituteofwomentoday.org

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Throughout the summer, 15 neighborhoods will be hosting free events for the public to lead up to this festival to set the night on fire, literally, with a fire show and other entertainment. This festival is in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Chicago River between State and Columbus Sts., 312-850-8440; chicagofirefestival.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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; chicagohumanities.org/gala

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.; eataly.com 

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; marshallpierce.com

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; jbftasteamerica.org

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.; bbbschgo.org

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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.; run10feed10.com

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