Jeanne Gang, the mastermind behind Studio Gang Architects' Aqua Tower (c. 2005), speaks at AIC this weekend.
Artist Talk: Jeanne Gang on Architecture
Thursday, January 17, 6-7 p.m.
Jeanne Gang reigns as the premier female architect in the city since her completion of the Aqua Tower last year. This Thursday, Gang comes to the Art Institute to discuss her exhibit “Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects,” architecture, and recent projects. The talk is free with museum admission, so we’ll be going early to check out the exhibit, which examines the inside of Gang’s studio and, in turn, her creative process (on display through February 24). Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600
Strike a Pose Benefit Event
Thursday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception; 7 p.m. Cocktails
Cubs outfielder David DeJesus and teammate Anthony Rizzo join fashion designer (and fellow Chicagoan) Peach Carr for tonight’s Strike a Pose benefit at the River East Arts Center. DeJesus, Rizzo, their wives, and a handful of other Cubs couples and Chicago-lebrities will walk the runway in a fashion show, while guests enjoy refreshments from popular restaurants such as RPM Italian, Shaw’s Crabhouse, and Glazed & Infused. The event benefits the new David DeJesus Family Foundation and its efforts to raise money for ALS research. Tickets are $250-$2,500 on cubs.com/fashion. 435 E. Illinois St., 773-404-2827
Fire and Ice Winter Rooftop Opening
Friday, January 18, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
The dana hotel’s Vertigo Sky Lounge once again transforms itself into the Fire & Ice patio, a winter oasis 26 stories high. At the opening party tonight, and then nightly throughout the winter season, guests can order flaming shots from the 12-foot custom carved ice bar, or warm up in fur blankets and robes near the outdoor fire pits. Vertigo’s resident DJ provides music all night. RSVP to email@example.com. 2 W. Erie St., 312-202-6060
Let It Snow Sale
Through the end of January
Snow isn’t in the immediate forecast, but the Oak Street Council will still host its annual Let It Snow Sale now through the end of the month. Stores along the shopping-centric street are offering a slew of promotions and exclusive prices. Shop favorites like Barneys New York, Escada, Furla, Kate Spade, Lanvin, Paul Stuart, Vince, Scoop NYC, and more.