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