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Charity Register: September

Five opportunities to give this fall.

August 19, 2013

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What: The Renaissance Society 2013 gala and art auction welcomes new executive director and chief curator Solveig Øvstebø with cocktails, dinner, and silent and live auctions to benefit The Society’s upcoming exhibition season.
When: September 7, 6:30 pm
Where: Block 37, 108 N. State St., Third Floor
Tickets: Visit, or call 773-702-8670

What: Chicago Equestrians for a Cause invites guests for a country weekend of show jumping, shopping, entertainment, and more to benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, and the United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation.
When: September 7–8
Where: Annali Farm, 18752 Edwards Road, Antioch
Tickets: Visit

What: Hit the links at One Hope United’s 23rd annual event at Midlane Country Club and enjoy an evening of networking, dinner, and a silent auction at Glen Flora Country Club.
When: September 10, 10:30 am
Where: Midlane Country Club, 4555 W. Yorkhouse Road, Wadsworth
Tickets: Visit

What: Join the Junior Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for its seventh annual craft beer tasting event, showcasing 25 of the country’s finest brewers.
When: September 20, 7:00 pm
Where: Carmichael’s Chicago Steak House, 1052 W. Monroe St.
Tickets: Visit

What: Enjoy cocktails, dining, dancing, networking, and more at Mercy Foundation’s 46th annual fundraiser to benefit Mercy Hospital & Medical Center.
When: September 27, 6:30 pm
Where: Chicago Hilton & Towers Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-567-2114

Bea Brittan


Can't-Miss Summer Events

Soak up the season with these other much-anticipated summer happenings.

July 09, 2013

Models on stage at Macy's Glamorama
Glamorama showcases the top looks at Macy’s.

Fall is fashion’s prime time, but Macy’s gets a head start with Glamorama, its annual all-out preview of the newest looks from top designers, including Maison Jules (a Macy’s exclusive), Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, and Jean Paul Gaultier. A production to rival the runways of Paris and Milan, this year’s event—“Fashion in a New Light”—features Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and a performance by the artists of Cirque du Soleil on August 9 at Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph Dr., 312-334-7777).

Summer may be the slow season for many theater companies, but Steppenwolf (1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650) is humming along with two buzzworthy productions: Belleville, Amy Herzog’s critically admired examination of an expat couple whose relationship runs aground along the Seine (June 27–August 25), and the compelling William Petersen story Slowgirl (July 18–August 25) about a teenager and her uncle building a relationship in the wilds of Costa Rica.

The music never stops in this town—and Beyoncé fans won’t want to miss her appearance on July 17 at United Center (1901 W. Madison St., 312-455-4500). While rarely out of the spotlight (who can forget her performance at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show?), the pop diva hasn’t toured full time since 2009, when she thrilled more than a million people worldwide.

photography by Adam Bettcher


Charity Register: July/August 2013

Five opportunities to give this summer.

July 01, 2013

Table set for National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s luncheon
Women on the Move Luncheon.

What: Join the Women’s Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo for an evening of dining, dancing, and entertainment at the annual summer gala, this year themed “Wild at Heart.”
When: July 12, 6:30 pm
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-742-2296.

What: The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization Veterinary Outreach Program’s first fundraiser features dinner, cocktails, and a silent auction.
When: July 21, 6 pm
Where: Signature Room at the 95th, 875 N. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-280-0457.

What: Dive into dinner and cocktails, and connect with marine life at Shedd Aquarium’s benefit honoring Wild Reef’s 10th anniversary.
When: July 27, 7 pm
Where: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-939-2438.

What: Dial for donations while riding a 19th-century European salon carousel to help Festival of Children Foundation benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
When: August 3, 5 pm
Where: Sanfilippo Estate, 789 Plum Tree Road, Barrington Hills
Tickets: Visit, or call 714-438-3200.

What: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s sixth annual luncheon will honor 2013 Woman on the Move Justine Fedak for her role as a mentor to youth and an advocate for healthy lifestyles.
When: August 19, 11:30 am
Where: Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St.
Tickets: Visit

By Bea Brittan


Charity Register: May/June 2013

Six opportunities to give this spring.

April 30, 2013

A Rare Affair.
A Rare Affair.

What: Enjoy cocktails, auctions, dinner, and dancing at Alexian Brothers Foundation’s 27th annual Ball de Fleur gala.
When: May 4, 6 pm
Where: Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street
Tickets: Visit, or call 847-385-7304.

What: Chicago House’s spring brunch honors State Representative Kelly Cassidy with a silent auction, fashion show, and flower market to support those living with HIV and AIDS.
When: May 5, 12 pm
Where: Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden Ballroom, 400 South State Street
Tickets: Visit, or call Beth Connor at 773-248-5200, ext. 303.

What: Help empower the city’s low-income population with dinner, a live auction, and more at A Better Chicago’s first annual benefit.
When: May 16, 6 pm
Where: UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-674-7066.

What: Support Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s women’s health programs at Friends of Prentice’s 27th annual gala, featuring cocktails, dinner, and a live auction.
When: June 1, 5:30 pm
Where: Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, 600 East Grand Avenue
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-926-0199.

What: The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society will auction unique plants from around the globe to benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden’s English Walled Garden.
When: June 7, 6 pm
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, Nichols Hall, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Tickets: Visit, or call 847-835-5440.

What: Join Chicago Shakespeare Theater to celebrate the “Spirit of Shakespeare Awards,” honoring former Mayor Richard M. Daley and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
When: June 17, 5:30 pm
Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 East Grand Avenue
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-553-2000.

—Irish Mae Silvestre


Harrison Ford Cover Party

Cover star Harrison Ford is feted for his advocacy and his starring role in 42.

April 29, 2013

Michigan Avenue welcomed cover star Harrison Ford for an exclusive reception at Chicago Cut Steakhouse. The legendary actor and environmental advocate introduced a never-before-seen video, which highlights Conservation International’s initiatives, and—on behalf of the organization—accepted a $5,000 donation from Ball Park brand to continue innovative research for environmental protection.


Charity Register - March/April 2013

Five opportunities to give.

February 27, 2013

“My Mini Me” Fashion Show.
"My Mini Me" Fashion Show.

What: Join the Face the Future Foundation for a black-tie evening of “Flappers, Fedoras, and All That Jazz.” Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, auctions, and dancing to the Stanley Paul Orchestra at this gala benefit for The Craniofacial Center at the University of Illinois Medical Center.
When: March 9, 6:30 pm
Where: The Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl.
Tickets: Visit

What: Enjoy a children’s runway event, silent auction, and family activities to benefit RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual-violence organization.
When: March 10, 2 pm
Where: Lacuna Fitness, 645 S. Clark St.
Tickets: Visit, or call 773-310-0320.

What: The American Red Cross of the Greater Chicago Region honors those who have demonstrated remarkable acts of courage. The event is emceed by CBS 2 Chicago hosts Kate Sullivan and Rob Johnson.
When: April 17, 7 am
Where: The Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Dr.
Tickets: Visit 11th-Annual-Heroes-Breakfast, or call 312-729-6138.

What: The Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet’s 11th annual spring black-tie celebration features a performance by the renowned dance company, followed by cocktails and dinner at the Palmer House Hilton.
When: April 19, 6:30 pm
Where: Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Tickets: Visit, or call 312-386-8921.

What: Tour an immense 20th-century Italian villa designed by David Adler at this showcase benefiting the Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center.
When: April 27 through May 19
Where: Shuttle parking at 1150 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest
Tickets: Visit, or call 773-782-5041.

—Irish mae Silvestre


Jennifer Hudson Cover Party

The superstar celebrated her recent cover with an unforgettable concert.

January 14, 2013

Superstar Jennifer Hudson celebrated her recent Michigan Avenue cover with an unforgettable concert at the House of Blues. The Smash star wowed the audience with hits like “Night of Your Life,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from her Oscar-winning portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls. The Voice finalist Jamar Rogers helped kick off the evening with an exclusive debut performance of his new single, “High.”



Luke Donald Cover Party

Golf star Luke Donald celebrated his cover with a cocktail party at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.

December 10, 2012

Golf superstar Luke Donald celebrated his Michigan Avenue cover with a cocktail party at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. Tom Dreesen, who interviewed the 2012 Ryder Cup champion for the October issue, gave opening remarks while guests sipped chardonnay and claret from Terlato Wines International’s Luke Donald Collection.


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Jenny McCarthy Cover Party

Michigan Avenue celebrated its fourth anniversary with September cover star, Jenny McCarthy.

October 09, 2012

Michigan Avenue celebrated its fourth anniversary and singled out September cover girl Jenny McCarthy with a speakeasy soirée at Untitled in River North. More than 300 guests mixed and mingled with libations by Cîroc Ultra-Premium Vodka and La Marca Prosecco. McCarthy enjoyed a lemon drop martini and toasted to cocktail-filled nights ahead.

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