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;

Jill Alberts Jewelry and Maria Pinto Trunk Show

Jill Alberts and Maria Pinto are hosting this joint truck show to debut their latest collections. Ten percent of the day's proceeds will be donated to the Allendale Shelter Club. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. show. 5:30-7:30 p.m. presentation and cocktails. Miramar Bistro, 301 Waukegan Ave, Highwood, 847-433-1078

Imagine! Fashion Show

Join the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center as it raises funds for the Rush University Cancer Center at the board’s 88th annual fashion show, which will feature 100 notable Chicagoans as models. 6 p.m. Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St.; For tickets, contact Stefanie Coyne at 312-942-6513 or

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.;

Monday, October 6, 2014

3Arts Awards

Support creative forces across the city as 3Arts presents scholarships to female artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities to recognize their contributions to music, theater, education, dance, and the visual arts. 5:30 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
; For tickets, contact Jeanna Rathell at 312-443-9621 or

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;

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Columbian Ball

The Museum of Science and Industry honors former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing at its 34th annual soirée to support educational programming and exhibitions. 6 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.; For tickets, contact Denise Hicks at 773-947-3730 or

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.

Sir Georg Solti Foundation Benefit

Celebrate the life of Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Sir Georg Solti and support his foundation’s mission to help young American conductors at this annual dinner featuring a variety of musical performances. 6:45 p.m
.; The Casino Club, 195 E. Delaware Pl.; For tickets, call 847-448-8329

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.;

UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards Luncheon

Join UNICEF in honoring Francie Comer, cofounder of the Comer Family Foundation, and Sue Duncan, founder and chairman of the Sue Duncan Children’s Center. Proceeds will support UNICEF’s global child survival and development programs. $75. 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 169 E. Pearson St., 212-922-2464;

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;

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chicago Humanities Festival Benefit Evening

The New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak at a dinner commemorating the festival’s 25th anniversary. 5:30 p.m. public program; 7:30 p.m. dinner. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl.;

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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.;

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.;

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