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The Joffrey Ballet Spring Gala

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Joffrey Ballet will host its signature event, the Gala, on Friday, April 20th in honor of Ashley Wheater’s 10th anniversary as Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. The 16th Annual Gala, presented by the Joffrey’s Women’s Board and Gala Chair, Susan Oleari, is themed a Swedish Midsummer celebration and will highlight the Joffrey’s legacy as a world-renowned ballet company committed to elevating and empowering the community. The Joffrey’s spring program features Alexander Ekman’s North American Premiere of Midsummer Night’s Dream and entire artistic team will be on hand to celebrate.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a special one-hour performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Parkway) featuring dancers from the Company.

The performance will be followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing at 8 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.).

Guests will be treated to a delicious menu created specially by the Palmer House Hilton inspired by traditional Swedish Midsummer fare.

This black-tie affair raises funds for The Joffrey Ballet’s community programs and performances. The Joffrey positively impacts the lives of thousands of children, teens and young adults throughout the city of Chicago through its award-winning Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs. These programs provide students with inspirational art education opportunities, fostering creativity and confidence.

Individual tickets are priced at $1,000 for the performance and Gala dinner, and tables range from $10,000 to $50,000. For more information on tables and tickets or donation inquiries, please visit or call 312.386.8911
The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence

Friday, April 27, 2018

Driehaus Design Initiative presents The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence

Join us for a runway show featuring Chicago's top emerging fashion design students to benefit fashion programs in Chicago, including: Columbia College Chicago, Dominican University, The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Showcasing nearly 200 original garments crafted by up to 25 undergraduate students – the event will also include specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences.

A panel of fashion industry experts will judge the collections live as they are presented on the runway. Come critique the collections and take note of your favorite designers alongside the judges.

Cash prizes and trophies are awarded to the top three designers. A retail partner presents a Distinguished Designer award to the designer whose collection best represents the store’s brand. Most recently, retail and first place awarded designers received window and retail displays at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue and a meet-and-greet with Michael Kors.

Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy exclusive viewing access to a private collection of classic American cars, and VIP ticket holders and sponsors will be invited to attend the VIP After-Party, immediately following the show.

700 S. Desplaines Street in Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo's Zoo-ologie:
Walk on the Wild Side

Saturday, May 12

Strut your stuff for wildlife at the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo's eighth annual signature fundraiser, Zoo-ologie: Walk on the Wild Side.

The event, which welcoms more than 1,000 guests to the zoo for a night of culinary creations, drinks, dancing and a silent auction, will have a new footprint this year. Guests can swing by the monkeys at Helen Brach Primate House and dance in an urban oasis on the tented Park Place Terrace. Also new this year is the Explorer Experience add-on, which will give guests access to VIP programming in Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, including special tours, and much more!

DryHop Brewers will also be debuting its 2018 Lincoln Park Zoo collaboration beer with a special pairing dish from one of the city's finest chefs.

The event begins at 8 p.m. with early admission of 7:30 p.m. for guests with the Explorer Experience add-on. Early bird general admission, or the Gibbon Package, starts at $110. The early bird Explorer Experience Package starts at $160. Early bird ticket pricing will be available through April 17.

Zoo-ologie: Walk on the Wild Side is presented by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo chairs Tara From, Tiffany McCormick and Jennifer Splawski.

All Zoo-ologie proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to supporting Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign, which includes capital projects such as the new Searle Visitor Center, slated to open in late 2018.