Friday, August 1, 2014

Nazr Mohammed Fundraiser

Guests will watch Nazr Mohammed presenting donations to various organizations, while enjoying entertainment, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. The Nazr Mohammed Foundation helps improve Chicagoland schools and other educational initiatives. $75 in advance, $100 at the door. 7–10 p.m. Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie St., 312-563-0495;

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Skin Cancer Screenings

Summer is the prime season for skin cancer. Join the Chicago Dermatological Society in a gratis skin cancer examination for a check-up. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.;

Sustainable Vows Festival

Art Depth is partnering with City Farm to host an art, sustainability, and urban farming festival, where there will be interactive art-making, fresh food workshops, craft tables, sustainable projects and practices, and more. Free. 11 a.m-4 p.m. City Farm, 1204 N. Clybourn Ave.;

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Yoga Gives Chicago

The Eric Trump Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital are hosting two morning yoga sessions to raise money for the new Eric Trump Foundation Surgery & ICU Center opening next year. 7-9:15 a.m. Trump International Hotel Chicago, 401 N. Wabash, 773-313-4308;

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago

This philanthropic efforts gives kids battling cancer the opportunity to attend an oncology camp where they can play with other children and be carefree in a safe environment. Through August 14. Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., 312-266-1000;

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lemon: Chicago Benefit Dinner

To benefit Alex's Lemonade Foundation for childhood cancer research, more than 20 renowned chefs will be preparing a special meal for each table at the dinner. $750-$10,000. 6:30 p.m. Art Institute of Chicago's South Garden, 111 S. Michigan Ave. N.;

Big Shoulders Fund Golf Classic

The annual golf event is open to the public and benefits the Friends of Big Shoulders Fund Scholarship for inner city students. Big Shoulders Fund is an organization dedicated to helping students receive an education. Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Dr., Olympia Fields, 708-748-0495;

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Taste of the Nation

Come out and support the city’s first culinary event that directly benefits ending childhood hunger in America. Join 85 of Chicago’s notorious chefs and mixologists for a tasting. Participating chefs include the celebrated Michael Sheerin, Tim Graham, and countless others. $125. 7:00 p.m. Navy Pier Ballroom, 600 East Grand Room;

A Summertime Spectacular

Carmen Rossi, owner and managing partner or Hubbard Inn just announced a dinner and cocktails special event. A four-course dinner paired with Bacardi and Grey Goose cocktails will be offered. $42.50. 7-9 p.m. Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., 312-560-9211;

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dance For Life Chicago Gala

Dancers from around the world will perform to support Dance for Life and other organizations like the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Dancers' Fund, Making A Daily Effort, and Agape Missions Inc. Randy Duncan, Harrison McEldowney and Jeremy Plummer will make their debut performance along with Chicago dance companies. $250-$600. 5 p.m. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-341-2310;

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chicago Dancing Festival

This free festival features ballet, modern, and hip-hop dancers who will choreograph moves to dance to.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

4th Annual Patrick J. Ryan Golf Outing

Chicago's Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) will be benefiting from this golf outing, established by Jim and Marie Ryan, in honor of their son who committed suicide. LOSS is a program of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. $200-$15,000. St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Rte. 59, West Chicago, 630-231-3100;

USO Clark After Dark

A military-themed event shuts down a section of the city at Hubbard and Clark Streets for live entertainment and fun to benefit the families supported by USO of Illinois.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Junior League of Chicago Soiree

Say "aloha" to the Junior League of Chicago's annual soiree. Dance to live music, eat, drink, and partake in a silent auction. $85. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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. 

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.;

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;

"David Bowie Is" Gala

The museum is hosting its annual fundraising gala in honor of the “David Bowie Is” opening. Guests will have the opportunity to chat with big names from Chicago’s social scene and dance to Bryan Ferry, Roxy’s music legend. $3000. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave.;

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;

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;

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