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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.

Wish Ball Welcomes JON HAMM

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Make-A-Wish Illinois is pleased to announce that Jon Hamm, Emmy Award winning actor and two-time Golden Globe winner, will appear as the host along with talented wish alumni at Wish Ball at Navy Pier.

For children with critical illnesses, the journey back to hope and strength begins with a life-changing wish experience. In addition to an engaging program featuring Hamm, nearly 1,000 guests will share in inspiring moments found throughout the wish experience and hear first-hand how wishes change lives.

Guests at the event will experience an elegant evening packed with touching moments including meeting several wish children serving as Wish Ambassadors.

Jon Hamm's nuanced portrayal of the high-powered, advertising executive Don Draper on AMC's award-winning drama series "Mad Men" has firmly established him as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors. He has earned numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Awards in 2016 and 2008, Television Critics Association Awards in 2011 and 2015, a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2011, as well as multiple Screen Actors Guild nominations. Hamm can next be seen in Warner Brothers' Tag with Ed Helms and Isla Fisher out this June.

Tickets are $675 per person or $6,750 per table of ten. Premium tables can be reserved for $13,500. Tickets are available online at or by calling 312.602.WISH (9474).

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The 31st annual Alzheimer's Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala underwritten by Rolex will take place Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. This iconic Chicago social event was founded more than 30 years ago by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan to pay tribute to her mother, legendary Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth, who passed away from Alzheimer's in 1987.

This year's gala theme of "Pure Imagination" is inspired by another Hollywood legend, Gene Wilder, who died from complications of Alzheimer's in 2016. The event honors his iconic role as Willy Wonka in the classic film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The Gala is one the Association's most successful fundraising events and supports the critical work of the Alzheimer's Association to change the future of this disease through research, care and support. More than five million Americans, including more than half a million residents in Illinois are currently living with Alzheimer's. In addition, an estimated 16 million family members serving as caregivers are currently affected by the devastating and fatal disease.

The gala committee is led by co-chairs Jon Harris, senior vice president and chief communications officer for Conagra Brands, and his wife, Allie Harris, broker associate for Coldwell Banker, who share a personal connection to the disease through both of their grandparents.

Tickets: $750 individual and up