2020 Big Dates
Chicago’s Ultimate Calendar of Nonprofit Fundraisers
1 Wednesday – New Year's Day
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Integrative Medicine Benefit Concert. Sons of the Silent Age will perform David Bowie hits, with proceeds providing integrative medicine services for NorthShore's Kellogg Cancer Center patients. 8 p.m., Metro Chicago.
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, Interfaith Leadership in the Time of Tribalism. Eboo Patel, a key figure on religious diversity, will share ideas about how to build a country where all people thrive. 6 p.m., Spertus Institute, Chicago.
Cara Chicago, Conversations with Cara. An afternoon of lunch, wine tastings and discussions centered around Cara's mission and work to alleviate poverty. 11 a.m., City Winery, Chicago.
Goodman Theatre Education Luncheon. An insider's look at the Goodman's civic engagement, including programs for youth, schools and life-long learners that are offered year-round and free of charge. Noon, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
National Association of Women Business Owners, NAWBO Talks. Entrepreneur presentations to educate and inspire women business owners.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation Young Professional's Board, Purple Affair for the Bear. Drinks, food, dancing and prizes with all funds raised benefiting kids battling pediatric cancer and their families. 8 p.m., Lyric Opera House, Chicago.
20 Monday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Archdiocese of Chicago, Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast. Proceeds benefit emergency tuition assistance and academic innovation. 8 a.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
The Chicago Lighthouse, Dueling Pianos Night. High-energy show supporting veterans' programs of The Chicago Lighthouse and Illinois Joining Forces. 6 p.m., Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago.
Illinois Holocaust Museum, Young Professional Committee Presents LOL. Featuring comedian Orny Adams, funds raised support the Museum's efforts to combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. 7 p.m., 1446 W. Kinzie St., Chicago.
Mercy AG亚洲国际游戏home for Boys & Girls Annual Poker Night. Cocktails, dinner buffet, casino games, prizes and the chance to make a difference for kids in Chicago. Grand prize is a seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. 7 p.m., Gibsons Bar and Steak House, Chicago.
Urban Initiatives, The Soccer Ball. Cocktail-style party provides an opportunity to learn about Urban Initiatives' programming and meet members of its community. 7 p.m., Rockwell on the River, Chicago.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, D'Vine Affair. Wine and craft beer tasting benefiting Catholic Charities' self-sufficiency programs. Union League Club, Chicago.
Leukemia Research Foundation Town Hall Meeting. Medical experts answer questions on leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes for patients, survivors, caregivers and family members. 1 p.m., Holiday Inn and Suites Chicago North Shore, Skokie.
Lurie Children's Hospital, Aon Step Up for Kids. An 80-floor climb to the top of one of Chicago's tallest buildings to raise funds for the hospital's patients and families. Aon Center, Chicago.
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting. Networking over topic-centered discussions; the first of five throughout the year. Union League Club, Chicago.
Leukemia Research Foundation, Annual Ski for Research. Through Feb. 4, five days of skiing, dinners and more. Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Beaver Creek, Colo.
Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, Eisenolopy. Monopoly-themed evening played on customized boards raises funds for gastrointestinal cancer research and real estate education. 6 p.m., Revel Fulton Market, Chicago.
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, Fleur de Lis Ball. Fundraiser to support programs to end the cycle of poverty. 6 p.m., Galleria Marchetti, Chicago.
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School Celebration. Provides tuition assistance to Mother McAuley students. 6 p.m., Beverly Country Club, Chicago.
Envision Unlimited, Bright Futures Ball. Celebrates and supports choice, independence and inclusion for people with disabilities. 7 p.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
Horizons for Youth, On Cloud Nine. Celebration of 20 years of making a difference in the lives of Chicago students. 7:30 p.m., Revel Fulton Market, Chicago.
Little Company of Mary Hospital, Annual Crystal Heart Ball. Proceeds will benefit the modernization of the hospital's emergency department. 6:30 p.m., Field Museum, Chicago.
Marklund Top Hat Ball - Vintage Circus: An Evening Under the Big Top. Benefits children and adults with profound developmental disabilities. 6:30 p.m., Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago.
Pillars Community Health, The Ball. Learn more about Pillars Community Health's nonprofit health and social services, while enjoying an evening of live music, dancing, raffles and casino gaming. 6 p.m., Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Battle of the Bands. Local bands battle it out for fun and a good cause, with a crowd-selected winner.
Wrightwood 659, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China. Through May 3, examines contemporary Chinese art through the lens of materiality, featuring some of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists today. 7 p.m., Wrightwood 659, Chicago.
Clearbrook, First Look for Charity at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. Clearbrook's hospitality suite will be open all evening with a bar, appetizers, entertainment, photo booth and complimentary coat check.
7 p.m., McCormick Place, Chicago.
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, Cupids and Cocktails. An evening of food, cocktails, auctions and dancing to provide educational support and opportunities to Chicago students from under-resourced neighborhoods. 7 p.m., Sofitel Hotel, Chicago.
American Lung Association, Fight for Air Climb. A 31-floor climb to make a positive impact for lung health. 7 a.m., Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace.
Barrington Area Council on Aging, Dancing with the Barrington Stars. Dance competition featuring Barrington community and business leaders performing with professional dance partners. 6 p.m., Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre, Hoffman Estates.
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, An American in Paris. An evening of music and glamour to support world-class music education for dedicated young musicians across the Chicago region. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Junior League of Chicago Annual Gala. Seated dinner with silent auction, live music and dancing to benefit the League and its community projects. 6 p.m., The Drake Hotel, Chicago.
Center on Halsted, A Night with Oscar. Academy Awards-viewing party celebrates the past year's film and actor achievements, with proceeds benefiting the Center's programs and services. 5 p.m., Park West, Chicago.
CJE SeniorLife, Spin for Seniors. Raises money for 35-plus programs to help older adults in Chicago age positively in place. 1:30 p.m., Studio Three Lincoln Park, Chicago.
Illinois Holocaust Museum, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An exploration of Justice Ginsburg's life and her numerous, often-simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women's rights pioneer, and pop-culture phenomenon. Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie.
12 Wednesday – Lincoln's Birthday
14 Friday – Valentine's Day
The Cleve Carney Museum of Art, For the Love of Frida Gala. Authentic Mexican cuisine by renowned chef Rick Bayless and an evening of entertainment in honor of the upcoming exhibition Frida Kahlo 2020. 6 p.m., Esplanade Lakes, Downers Grove.
17 Monday – Presidents' Day
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Las Mujeres de Cristo Rey. Cocktail reception supporting art, music, choir, affinity clubs, drama and counseling that take place outside the classroom for Cristo Rey students. 6 p.m., Ignite Glass Studios, Chicago.
Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation Annual Meeting. Members and stakeholders gather for a breakfast and presentation of the Foundation's accomplishments over the past year. 8 a.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
American Heart Association Chicago, Go Red for Women Executive Luncheon. Focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles, building awareness and raising critically needed funds to support research and education initiatives. 10 a.m., Marriott Marquis, Chicago.
Special Olympics Illinois, Super Plunge. Participants will plunge once an hour for 24 hours. Noon, 2311 Campus Drive, Evanston.
United Way of Metro Chicago, IGNITE. Hosted by Young Leaders United, a party for philanthropic young professionals with live music, dancing, silent auctions, hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktails. 8 a.m., The Dalcy, Chicago.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Bear Tie Ball: Boots and Bling. Supports the organization's mission to eliminate pediatric cancer and provide hope and support to those affected. 6 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Boys & Girls Club of Lake County, 20th Anniversary Gala. Celebrating two decades of building great futures in Lake County. 6 p.m., Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest.
Clearbrook, A Grapevine of Friends Wine and Craft Beer Tasting. Also includes food, raffles, silent auctions and live music. 6:30 p.m., Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca.
JDRF Illinois, TypeOneNation. A day of inspirational and educational activities led by national and local experts to help patients and their loved ones better manage life with type 1 diabetes. 8 a.m., McCormick Place, Chicago.
Les Turner ALS Foundation, Hope Through Caring Gala. Honors those who have helped raise funds for ALS research and clinical care, provide patient and family services, and increase awareness. 6:30 p.m., Raddison Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Sensational Soloists Winter Concert. Students perform in concerts throughout the day. 1 p.m., Pick Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University, Evanston.
Respiratory Health Association, Hustle Chicago Stair Climb. A 1,632-step climb up an iconic Chicago skyscraper to support a future free of lung disease, a world without asthma, lung cancer or COPD. 7 a.m., 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
DIFFA/Chicago Excellence in Care Awards. Honoring 2020 grant recipients.
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, Critical Conversations: Responses to Climate Change. High-profile speakers with differing views address critical issues of the day. 6:30 p.m., Spertus Institute, Chicago.
Girls in the Game, Anniversary Field of Dreams Gala. Honored speakers and girls tell their stories of strength and confidence. 6 p.m., InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.
The Chicago Lighthouse, Raising the Stakes for Vision: Poker & Casino Night. An evening of casino games and food; grand prize is a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker. 5:30 p.m., Gibsons Bar and Steak House, Chicago.
Center for Disability & Elder Law Winter Benefit: Light Up the Loop. Evening of food, drinks, networking and collegiality recognizing CDEL's award recipients. 5:30 p.m., Baker McKenzie offices, Chicago.
Union League Boys and Girls Clubs, Youth of the Year. Finalists share their journeys. 5:30 p.m., Union League Club, Chicago.
Auditorium Theatre Trivia Night. Fundraiser for the Theatre's Hearts to Art camp, a program for young people who have experienced the death of a parent. 7 p.m., 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Chicago Youth Centers, Shake and Stir. James Bond-themed soiree to support CYC. 7 p.m., Wintrust Grand Banking Hall, Chicago.
Cornerstone Services, Inc., Strikes & Spares for Cornerstone. Bowlers of all ages and skill levels enjoy friendly games to help raise funds for people with disabilities in the Kankakee area. 5 p.m., Brookmont Bowling Center, Kankakee.
Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford, A Grand Entrance Gala. Includes ribbon cutting for Easterseals' new Building a Healthier Tomorrow Fitness, Wellness and Recreation Center. 5:30 p.m., 1939 W. 13th St., Chicago.
Holy Trinity High School, Guardians of Hope. Raises scholarship funds for promising students across Chicagoland. 6 p.m., Aon Grand Ballroom – Navy Pier, Chicago.
Giordano Dance Chicago Legacy Ball. 6 p.m., Ravenswood Event Center, Chicago.
Mount Carmel High School, The Caravan Gala. Benefits the Mount Carmel Educational Foundation, which funds the gap between the cost of tuition and the true cost of a Mount Carmel education. 6 p.m., Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
Northern Illinois Food Bank, A Cup of Hope. Sponsored by NIFB's Executive Women's Council, an afternoon of teas, sparkling wine, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. 1:30 p.m., Embassy Suites, Naperville.
Special Children's Charities/Special Olympics Chicago, Polar Plunge. The coolest event in the city, benefiting the 7,500 athletes of the Special Olympics Chicago program. 10 a.m., North Avenue Beach, Chicago.
2 Monday – Casimir Pulaski Day
Illinois Housing Council Affordable Housing Forum: Building a Better Future. Through March, networking, education and the latest ideas in affordable housing. 2 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Youth of the Year Competition. Annual competition honoring and celebrating some of Chicago's most inspiring teens. 5:30 p.m., Aon Grand Ballroom - Navy Pier, Chicago.
Erie Neighborhood House, Future of Promise Dinner. Celebrating 150 years of service by Erie Neighborhood House, which provides education, critical services and advocacy to immigrants and low-income communities in Chicago.
Landmarks Illinois, Legendary Landmarks Celebration. Proceeds benefit the state's leading voice for historic preservation. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
Positive Coaching Alliance, Positive Impact Awards. Celebrates coaches, student athletes and community leaders who contribute to creating a positive, character-building youth sports culture.
Brave Initiatives, Brave Bash. Girls take the stage to share stories of grit and perseverance, taking on some of the city's deepest challenges and innovating new tech solutions with code. 6 p.m., Uptake, Chicago.
Chicago Lights, Gala of Hope. Also benefiting the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. 5:30 p.m., Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.
Adoption Center of Illinois, Forever Family Gala. Dinner, wine pull, silent and live auctions to provide post-adoption resources to parents, support groups to birth parents and search-and-reunion efforts. 6 p.m., Adler Planetarium, Chicago.
The Associate Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem, Annual Associate Board Benefit. Benefits NorthShore Evanston Hospital's Henrietta Johnson Louis Infant Special Care Unit and Department of Pediatrics, and the Associate Board Emergency Family Fund. 8 p.m., School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom.
Hephzibah Children's Association Heart of Gold Ball. Black-tie fundraising event with cocktails, a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions. 6 p.m., Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Illinois Chapter, Students of the Year Grand Finale. Honors the philanthropic leadership of area high school students, and funds the cure to blood cancers. 6 p.m., Galleria Marchetti, Chicago.
American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb - Chicago. A 180-floor climb to make a positive impact for lung health. 7 a.m., Presidential Tower, Chicago.
Association Forum, Women's Executive Forum. Current and future women leaders in the association and nonprofit communities engage in critical conversations about the unique issues faced by women in the industry. 9 a.m., W Chicago - City Center, Chicago.
Blood Science Foundation NextUp Awards. Showcases driven, determined young people across Chicagoland who make a difference in their communities through fundraising, philanthropy, volunteerism and activism. 6 p.m., The Drake Hotel, Chicago.
National Association of Women Business Owners Chicago, NAWBO Talks. Quarterly entrepreneur presentations to educate and inspire women business owners.
DIFFA/Chicago DIFFArence. A '90s lip sync battle, with proceeds going toward the DIFFA/Chicago Excellence in Care Awards. Knoll Fulton Market Showroom, Chicago.
Lawrence Hall, Lucky Charm Cocktail Reception. An opportunity to share Lawrence Hall's ongoing impact in healing children with trauma. 5:30 p.m., Troquet River North, Chicago.
Goodman Theatre Scene Night for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. A night of theater, drinks and appetizers to support Chicago's flagship not-for-profit theater and community organization. 5:30 p.m., Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Honors those committed to teaching the dangers of hatred and indifference, with guest speaker former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. 5 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
PAWS Chicago, Animal Magnetism. Dog-friendly gala to raise money to save AG亚洲国际游戏homeless pets. 7 p.m., Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago.
Lyon Family Foundation, Hoosier Ball. Allows the organization to provide additional support to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 6 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
Mercy AG亚洲国际游戏home for Boys & Girls, March for Kids Post-Parade Party. A family-friendly celebration in the Loop to support a solution for kids in crisis.
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Masquerade Gala. Benefits youth music education programs and youth scholarships. 6 p.m., Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling.
Keshet Annual Rainbow Banquet. Celebration of Keshet's success and growth in providing programs and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
WINGS Speakers Luncheon. Madison Dearborn Partners CEO John Canning to interview Chicago-based sports team owners Michael Reinsdorf, Rocky Wirtz and Tom Ricketts. 11:30 a.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
17 Tuesday – St. Patrick's Day
Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards. Celebrates Chicago's top architects, brokers, developers, property managers, interior contractors and design professionals and supports the GCFD. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
Girls 4 Science, Women's History Month Reception. Honors a woman leader in the science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM). Merchandise Mart, Chicago.
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Hinsdale Auxiliary Tablescapes. Luncheon, boutique shopping, silent auction and raffle of member-designed tables – all to benefit The Angel Harvey Family Health Center. Noon, Westin Hotel Lombard.
Girl Scouts Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana, Tribute to Achievement Dinner. Celebrates community and corporate leaders who champion Girl Scouts. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Rogers Park Business Alliance, Sneak Peek. Showcasing new restaurants in Chicago's diverse Rogers Park neighborhood, and benefiting the nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance.
ACLU of Illinois' Annual Lunch. Proceeds enable the ACLU to do the critical work of protecting civil liberties in Illinois. 11 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
Association Forum SmartTech. Association management professionals discover how to use technology and data more efficiently to increase revenue, drive membership and adapt to today's changing business environment. 9 a.m., OLC Education & Conference Center, Rosemont.
Austin Coming Together, Annual Spring Social Fundraiser. Supports ACT's mission of improving quality of life for residents of Chicago's Austin neighborhood.
Merit School of Music, Play On: A Benefit Concert to Support Music Education. Jazz-infused concert benefiting equal access to music education. 10 a.m., City Winery, Chicago.
United Way of Metro Chicago, April Food Day. Annual food collection event and awards luncheon, addressing food insecurity and benefiting food pantries across Chicago's south and southwest suburban regions. 10 a.m., Tinley Park Convention Center.
Leadership Greater Chicago, Celebrate Leaders. Honors those who lead bold, transformative change for a better Chicago for all. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
Chicago Public Library Foundation, Night in the Stacks. Proceeds fund life-changing services for Chicagoans of all ages and in every neighborhood. 7 p.m., Winter Garden, Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago.
Red Clay Dance Co., Paint the Town Red. Free-spirited fundraiser following the spring concert of Chicago's premier Afro-contemporary dance company. 7 p.m., Harold Washington Cultural Center, Chicago.
American Heart Association, Chicago Heart Ball. Black-tie gala for Chicago's business, medical and philanthropic communities, benefiting the American Heart Association. 6 p.m., Aon Grand Ballroom - Navy Pier, Chicago.
De La Salle Institute, D-Final Event. Men's college basketball national semifinals on four jumbo screens, food, beer tasting and raffles supporting the school's young women and men. 6 p.m., De La Salle Institute's Parmer Activity Center, Chicago.
Little City Annual Gala. Supports the hopes and dreams of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Little City. 6 p.m., The Drake Hotel, Chicago.
5 Sunday – Palm Sunday
8 Wednesday– Passover Begins at Sundown
10 Friday – Good Friday
12 Sunday – Easter Sunday
Rush University Medical Center Annual Spring Luncheon. Supports Rush University Medical Center's education, research and community service programs. 11 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
Cara Chicago Annual Gala. Supports Cara's mission to end poverty and AG亚洲国际游戏homelessness. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Family Health Partnership Clinic Gala. Silent auction and gala raises money for the clinic, which provides health care to uninsured men and women in McHenry County. 6 p.m., Boulder Ridge Country Club, Lake in the Hills.
Northwestern Settlement, Spotlight on the Settlement: The Magic of Giving. Featuring the magic of Justin Willman and benefiting the Family CARES Center, a free mental health clinic serving the neighbors of the Settlement. 6 p.m., Park West, Chicago.
The Joffrey Ballet, Center Stage. A performance at the Auditorium Theatre, followed by a party with experiential food stations, interactive entertainment, and dancing at The Old Post Office.
Urban Gateways, Art for All Gala. Celebrates and advocates for Urban Gateways programs and the power of the arts in the lives of young Chicagoans. 6 p.m., Venue West, Chicago.
American Cancer Society Discovery Ball. The gala has raised more than $36 million since 2007 to save lives from all cancers. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
Bridge Youth and Family Services Annual Gala. Proceeds help kids and their families overcome challenges and trauma to lead happier, more successful lives. 6 p.m., Sanfilippo Estate, Barrington Hills.
Chicago Children's Choir, CCC Unplugged. A night of cocktails and special performances supporting the choir's mission to inspire and change lives through music. Chop Chop, Chicago.
Junior League of Chicago, Perfect Pairings. Food and beverage pairings from Chicago's top restaurants and bars, with proceeds benefiting the League and its community projects. 7 p.m., Union Station, Chicago.
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, House of Cards. Associate Board Casino Night, with cocktails, casino games and dancing. 7 p.m., Joe's on Weed, Chicago.
Northern Illinois Food Bank, Foodie 5K - Wheaton. Run or walk the beautiful grounds of Cantigny Park, with a post-run festival with games and fun for the whole family. 9 a.m., Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
VanderCook College of Music, A Night at the Pops. Featuring musical performances by the student musicians, benefiting the school's Great Teachers Scholarship Fund. 6 p.m., VanderCook College of Music, Chicago.
Beauty Changes Lives Experience. Supports the next generation of beauty industry professionals with mentorship, inspiration and scholarships. 6 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Good Sports Disco Event. Hosted by the Chicago Young Professionals Board, an annual dance party with raffles and auctions.
Music Institute of Chicago Anniversary Gala. Celebrating one of the nation's largest and most respected community music schools, dedicated to transforming lives through music education. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Union League Boys and Girls Clubs, Annual Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Honors the best sports journalists of today and the recent past as an exclusive fundraiser for the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. 5:30 p.m., Union League Club, Chicago.
American Writers Museum, OnWord. Fundraiser to support the Museum's educational and cultural programming. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
American Red Cross Annual Heroes Breakfast. Honors individuals and groups for acts of great bravery, dedication and service. 7:30 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
Chicago Architecture Center, Making Communities Stronger. Funds raised will support the CAC's free citywide festival, Open House Chicago, as well as its education programs. 5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
Local Initiatives Support Corp., Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. Recognizes the essential role that both nonprofit and for-profit developers play in building communities in Chicago-area neighborhoods. 2 p.m., McCormick Place, Chicago.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Chicago Light the Darkness. NAMI Chicago's annual gala and awards dinner. The Geraghty, Chicago.
Spark Ventures Wine & Dine. Socially minded individuals and wine lovers across Chicago show their commitment to improving the world around them. 6 p.m., The Dalcy, Chicago.
WINGS Anniversary Celebration Open House. Showcasing WINGS history and growth with visuals, art and graduate speakers. 6:30 p.m., Barrington's White House, Barrington.
Clearbrook, Shining Star Ball. Black-tie gala with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction. 6:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
De La Salle Institute Annual Great Futures Gala. Hosted by Extollo Educational Foundation, community stakeholders come together to support the school's young women and men during their formative years. Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
Driehaus Design Initiative Awards for Fashion Excellence. Cocktail party and runway show competition featuring Chicago's top emerging fashion design students, with collections scored by industry judges; proceeds benefit Chicago fashion programs.
Arts of Life, Unbridled Art: A Kentucky Derby Party. Supports the creative practices and professional development of 60 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 6 p.m., 1963 Johns Drive, Glenview.
Children's Place Association, Once Upon A Time Gala. Black-tie gala to raise funds for children struggling with illness and extreme poverty. 6:30 p.m., Union Station, Chicago.
Chicago Zoological Society, 2020 Whirl. Hosted by the Women's Board and the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo, supporting conservation, education and animal welfare programs. 6:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand, Chicago.
Have Dreams, Night of Dreams Gala. Funds raised support programs and services for children, teens and adults with autism. 6:30 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
Horizons for Youth, No Ordinary Evening. Supports organizations that demonstrate substantial local impact in the areas of education and community service. 6 p.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
Ignite Wonderment Gala. Business, civic and philanthropic leaders support Ignite's life-changing work. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Jewish Council for Youth Services Annual Gala. A night of fun and laughs in support of the JCYS Scholarship Fund. iO Theater, Chicago.
Laugh Your Face Off. Comedy fundraiser created and hosted by WGN-TV's Pat Tomasulo and his wife, Amy, to raise money for research that will cure trigeminal neuralgia. 6:30 p.m., Park West, Chicago.
New Moms, Kitchen Walk. Tour of 10 newly renovated kitchens selected by a committee of professional designers. 10 a.m., Oak Park and River Forest.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, National Rebuilding Day. Volunteers repair the AG亚洲国际游戏homes of AG亚洲国际游戏homeowners in need. 7 a.m., Chicago and Cook County, Chicago.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Blossoms of Hope Brunch. Supporting the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program. Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Out of This World Spring Orchestra Concerts. Performances of the music of Holst. 5:30 p.m., Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, Highland Park.
National MS Society, Walk MS. One of 11 Walk MS events in Illinois; others May 3 and Sept. 13. 9:30 a.m., Soldier Field, Chicago.
The Nature Conservancy, Our World Illinois. Recognizes donors, partners and friends who have supported Illinois' Our World campaign and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, Children's Kids' Fashion Show. Children walk the runway for a good cause while enjoying a day of fun that includes crafts, games, hair, makeup, lunch and more. Contributions support patient programs at Comer. 1:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
American Lung Association, Lung Force Expo. Designed for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, and other chronic lung diseases. 8 a.m., Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.
The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence, Chicago Chefs Spring Into Action. Silent auction, paddle raise and drawing to help raise funds to support The Network's work. 6 p.m., Galleria Marchetti, Chicago.
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, Leadership Luncheon. Supports scholarships, programming and enrichment programs 11:45 a.m., University Club of Chicago, Chicago.
Genesys Works, Breaking Through. Leaders in business, education and philanthropy celebrate Genesys' class of 2020 interns as they approach the end of their internships and begin their post-secondary journeys.
Greater Chatham Initiative, Investors Summit. Investors who own apartment buildings or rehab and sell AG亚洲国际游戏homes to owner-occupants receive updates on the Greater Chatham real estate market.
Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter, Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. Honoring outstanding philanthropists and celebrating humanitarian spirit. 11 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation, Sports and Sparkle Gala. A night of iconic Chicago sporting themes and games, silent and live auctions along with commentary from Charles "Peanut" Tillman. 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Butterfly Ball. Supports the education programs of the Museum, Chicago's urban gateway to nature and science. 6 p.m., Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago.
Children's AG亚洲国际游戏home & Aid, Derby Day Party. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and auction items.
Gateway for Cancer Research, Kentucky Derby Party. Hosted by the Gateway Associates Board, all proceeds go toward funding cancer research.
Junior League of Chicago Derby Party. Derby-themed food and beverages, games, a silent auction and raffle benefiting the League and its community projects. 2 p.m., Point & Feathers, Chicago.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Annual Gala. The organization's premier fundraising event of the year with gourmet cuisine, signature cocktails, live entertainment and exclusive live and silent auctions. 6 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
USO of Illinois Derby Day. A live stream of the races on big screens, with Best Hat and Best Dressed competitions. 2 p.m., 1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago.
Wellness House Walk. Family-friendly event supports programs to prepare and empower people to fully live life with cancer. 5:30 p.m., Wellness House, Hinsdale.
Center for Enriched Living, Chefs' Night. Signature tastings from more than 30 of Chicagoland's finest food and drink purveyors. 5:30 p.m., Lincolnshire Marriott, Lincolnshire.
National Association of Women Business Owners Chicago, Achievement Luncheon. Kick-off to Small Business Week with a post-luncheon dessert buffet, networking reception and awards ceremony.
Merit School of Music Gala. Raises money for music education. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
WTTW and WFMT, Celebration 2020: Trailblazers, Women Who Change the World. Celebrates women, past and present, who have transformed our society. 6 p.m., Renee Crown Public Media Center, Chicago.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School VIVA. Proceeds benefit the young men and women served and educated by the school. 5:30 p.m., Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago.
National Museum of Mexican Art, Gala de Arte. Black-tie fundraiser supporting Mexican art and culture. 6 p.m., Sheraton Grand, Chicago.
Rush University Medical Center, Associates Board Casino Night. Music, dancing, food, a silent auction, interaction with Rush leadership and a casino night. 6:30 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Alliance Francaise de Chicago, Un Air de Provence. Raises funds for education, inner-city high school language, immersion programs and cultural offerings. 6 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
Friends of the Chicago River, Chicago River Day. Groups and individuals beautify the Chicago River, restore trails, plant native plants and more. 9 a.m., at more than 60 locations along the Chicago River, Chicago and suburbs.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Green for Good: Powered by Girl Scouts. Interactive eco expo empowering youth to learn sustainable habits and take the lead on the pressing environmental issues of today. 10 a.m., Aon Grand Ballroom - Navy Pier, Chicago.
Ravinia Associates Board, Music Matters. Supports Ravinia and its Reach Teach Play programs, which effect social change through music in under-resourced communities in Cook and Lake counties.
6 p.m., Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago.
Special Olympics Illinois, Inspire Greatness Gala. Celebrates the mission of the Special Olympics movement in Chicago, with cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. 6 p.m., Fairmont Millennium Park, Chicago.
10 Sunday – Mother's Day
Susan G. Komen Chicago, Race for the Cure. Survivors, thrivers and supporters come together at the lakefront for the event, which enables Komen to meet critical needs in local communities and invest in breakthrough research. 7:30 a.m.., Montrose Harbor, Chicago.
Chicago Cultural Alliance MOSAIC. Expresses and celebrates Chicago's vibrant cultures with diverse global culinary offerings, multicultural performances and an awards ceremony that honors Chicago's cultural leaders. 5:30 p.m., Chicago History Museum, Chicago.
Clean Energy Trust Co_Invest Cleantech. Showcase for sustainable tech startups and a national convening of stakeholders invested in our nation's energy transition and environmental future. 9 a.m., Revel Fulton Market, Chicago.
Prevent Blindness, Swing Fore Sight Golf Event. All proceeds support Prevent Blindness and its sight-saving programs. Noon, 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview.
SGA Youth & Family Services Annual Benefit: Building on Promise. Proceeds provide life-changing services to children and families in Chicago. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, Luminary Award Dinner. Fundraiser to help restore the lives of children and families who are victims of sexual abuse. 5:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Myra Rubenstein Weis Benefit Luncheon. Luncheon and silent auction benefiting the Myra Rubenstein Weis LIFE Cancer Survivorship Program. 10:30 a.m., Highland Park Country Club, Highland Park.
The Salvation Army Civic Luncheon. Celebration of the organization's programs and services, and honoring recipients of its William Booth award. 11 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
Northern Illinois Food Bank, A Taste That Matters. Entertainment, food tastings from local chefs and restaurants, and a silent auction to benefit hungry neighbors. 6 p.m., Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.
Search, Inc., Trailblazers 2020: Celebrating Our Champions. Fundraising event for Search, Inc., which annually serves more than 500 people with developmental disabilities. 6 p.m., Rockwell on the River, Chicago.
Wayside Cross Ministries, Master's Touch Annual Dinner. Hear violinist/leadership trainer Roddy Chong and learn about Wayside's recovery program for men. 6:30 p.m., Gaslite Manor, Aurora. waysidecross.org.
Women Employed, The Working Lunch. Funds Women Employed's work to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equality. 11 a.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Woman's Board Summer Ball. The organization's largest fundraising event. Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Facing History And Ourselves, Chicago Benefit Lunch. Empowering the next generation to stand up to bigotry and hate. Noon, Hilton Chicago.
National Able Network, Veteran of the Year Award Luncheon. Proceeds help Chicagoland veterans find civilian careers. 12:30 p.m., Venue West, Chicago.
United Way of Metro Chicago, Stronger Neighborhoods Annual Luncheon. Annual luncheon honoring leaders and changemakers who strengthen neighborhoods across the Chicago region. 11:30 a.m., Marriott Marquis, Chicago.
Goodman Theatre Gala. A stage and screen star performs a best-of-Broadway repertoire, with proceeds supporting Goodman's education and engagement programs. 6:30 p.m., Fairmont Millennium Park, Chicago.
Chicago Children's Choir SOUNDBITES. The Choir's Ambassadors Board hosts a night of cocktails and special performances, supporting CCC's mission of inspiring and changing lives through music each year. Morgan's on Fulton, Chicago.
Make-A-Wish Illinois, Wish Ball. Celebrity entertainment, dinner, dancing and auction supporting wishes for Illinois children. 6 p.m., Aon Grand Ballroom - Navy Pier, Chicago.
Mercy AG亚洲国际游戏home for Boys & Girls, Annual Have Mercy Spring Gala. Mercy AG亚洲国际游戏home's Junior Board hosts a night of dancing, silent auction and a raffle to support kids in crisis living at Mercy AG亚洲国际游戏home.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Annual Together in Teal Illinois Walk. Teams and individuals walk to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to raise funds to support survivors, caregivers and research.
Rogers Park Business Alliance, Secret Garden Gala. Benefits Glenwood Sunday Market's food access program, which annually provides $20,000 in fresh food for people in need in Rogers Park.
Lurie Children's Hospital, Move for Kids. Free 5K walk and roll for patients, families and friends. Soldier Field, Chicago.
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, North Shore Jazz and Classical Music Festival. Free all-ages community event featuring MYAC's jazz, orchestra, chamber and choral music students, benefiting its programs and scholarships. Noon, MYAC Center, Highwood.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Annual New Look of Leadership Fashion Show and Brunch. Brunch and runway modeling featuring local leaders wearing fashions from Chicago's leading designers. 11:30 a.m., Loews Hotel, Chicago.
CARPLS (Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services), Legal Aid Golden Gavel Celebration. Fundraising gala for the organization, which helps low- and moderate-income residents find solutions to their everyday legal matters. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
Children's AG亚洲国际游戏home & Aid, Woman's Board Spring Luncheon. Showcasing the vital programs and services of Chicagoland early childhood centers. Skokie Country Club, Glencoe.
De La Salle Institute White Sox Night. Admission includes food, beverages and a great view of the ballpark; proceeds support the young men and women of De La Salle Institute. Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago.
Illinois Green Alliance, Limelight. Celebration of achievements in sustainability, including an award ceremony recognizing green building leadership in Illinois.
Misericordia, The Artist in All Empowerment Through Art. Silent auction featuring original works created by the talented Misericordia resident artists with the assistance of staff and volunteers. 6:30 p.m., Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing, Chicago.
Designs for Dignity, Spirit of Design. 20th anniversary gala features craft cocktails, haute cuisine, raffle prizes, a live appeal, entertainment and more. 6 p.m., Theater on the Lake, Chicago.
Share Our Spare, Celebration of Changemakers. Honors leaders and visionaries across Chicago who work to improve the lives of children and families. 6 p.m., Ritz Carlton, Chicago.
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, State of the Wards. Public meeting focused on current projects and latest initiatives.
Big Shoulders Fund Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Supports schools in Chicago's disadvantaged neighborhoods. 6 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
Children's AG亚洲国际游戏home & Aid, Champions for Children Luncheon. Community leaders, elected officials and corporate partners come together to support Children's AG亚洲国际游戏home & Aid. Noon, Hilton Chicago.
JDRF Illinois, Real Estate Games Chicago. Brokers, developers and property managers take part in a series of sporting events to support Americans who are affected by type 1 diabetes. 1 p.m., Lakeshore Sport and Fitness - Illinois Center, Chicago.
Envision Unlimited (Buddy) Bike the Drive. Cyclists with and without disabilities enjoy a car-free bike ride to support Envision Unlimited. 8 a.m., Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.
People's Resource Center, Race to the Flag 5K. CARA-approved 5K honors veterans. 8 a.m., Ty Warner Park, Westmont.
25 Monday – Memorial Day
Association of Consultants to Nonprofits Annual Meeting. Networking and panel discussion.
The Night Ministry, Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner and Auction. An evening in support of the organization's mission to provide housing, health care and human connection to individuals experiencing AG亚洲国际游戏homelessness. 5:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand, Chicago.
Chicago Center for Music Education, For the Love of Music. Fundraiser to provide music to children as a vehicle for self-expression, self-growth and deeper human connections. 6 p.m., City Winery, Chicago.
Music of the Baroque, A Musical Feast. Benefits concerts and an arts education program in Chicago high schools. Fairmont Millennium Park, Chicago.
Autism Speaks, Chicago Walk. One of 80 walks around the country. 9 a.m., Soldier Field, Chicago.
Digestive Health Foundation Gala. Raises critical funds for digestive diseases and cancers at Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
GI Research Foundation Annual Ball. Proceeds fund research at the UChicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center. 5:30 p.m., Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Spring Musical Celebration. Opening night of "42nd Street." 7:30 p.m., Lyric Opera House, Chicago.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Spare A Night Out. Bowling blowout with multiple sessions to choose from, all-you-can-eat food and a chance to meet other BBBS supporters.
Harley Helping Hands Spring Soiree. Provides direct financial grants for adults with brain cancer living in Illinois, to relieve financial burdens on families.
Leukemia Research Foundation, Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference. Free educational program for blood cancer patients and caregivers who want to learn more about treatment options.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Spark! Highlights the hospital's research, clinical care and the incredible stories that have resulted. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Cleve Carney Museum of Art, Frida Kahlo 2020. The life and works of artist Frida Kahlo with 26 original pieces. 1425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, Annual Golf Classic. Hosted at five courses, supporting DMSF's mission to provide educational support and opportunities to Chicago students from under-resourced neighborhoods. 10 a.m., Exmoor, Conway Farms, Knollwood, Shoreacres and Skokie Country Clubs.
Mercy AG亚洲国际游戏home for Boys & Girls, Annual Leader Council Graduates' Luncheon. Leading women in business and civic arenas celebrate the academic achievements of Mercy AG亚洲国际游戏home's children. 11 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
Ascend Justice Celebration of Courage. Supports individuals and families impacted by gender-based violence and the child welfare system. 6 p.m., Old Post Office, Chicago.
UCAN Youth Leadership Awards Dinner. Five young people receive scholarships to further their education. 5:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Friends of the Forest Preserves, Swing for Sustainability Golf Outing. Eighteen holes of golf with lunch, on-the-course drinks, open bar-reception and dinner with awards. 12:30 p.m., George W. Dunne National Golf Course, Oak Forest.
DIFFA/Chicago MASQ - Masquerade Gala. Cocktail hour, sit-down dinner and a special live performance of 20/20 Vision: A World Without AIDS. 6 p.m., Revel Fulton Market, Chicago. .
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Man and Woman of the Year Grand Finale. Celebrates the achievements of the year's candidates and award winners, while raising funds for cure to cancer. 6 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Misericordia Golf Outing. The Midwest's largest charity golf outing, supporting services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Misericordia. 7 a.m., Olympia Fields and Flossmoor Country Clubs.
Friends of the Chicago River, Big Fish Ball. Fin-tastic evening that provides funds to improve and protect the Chicago River system. 5:30 p.m., Westin Chicago River North.
Chicago History Museum, Annual Making History Awards. Honors the positive, enduring impact of some of Chicago's extraordinary leaders while supporting the Museum's programs and exhibitions. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
American Lung Association, Fight For Air Ride. Through June 14, cyclists of all levels ride approximately 50 miles per day for up to three days, through rural northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. 7 a.m., McHenry County College, Crystal Lake.
JDRF Illinois, Young Leadership Committee One Party. Appetizers, open bar, entertainment and more in support of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. 6 p.m., Old Crow Smokehouse, Chicago.
American Cancer Society Walk & Roll Chicago. Company teams, individuals, families and friends of all ages and skill levels enjoy live entertainment, fun activities, and a walk or run 5K, skate 10K, or bike 15K to raise funds and help save lives from all cancers. 8 a.m., Maggie Daley Park, Chicago.
Center on Halsted, Human First Gala. An opportunity to reflect on and celebrate past accomplishments while looking forward to the work ahead. Harris Theater, Chicago.
Girls in the Game, Annual Chip in for Girls Golf Outing. Empowers 150 girls and teens to learn, grow and stay active at the organization's summer camp. 9 a.m., Cantigny Golf, Wheaton.
Little City Invitational Golf Classic. Raises awareness and funds for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. 10 a.m., Twin Orchard Country Club, Long Grove.
Association Forum, Forum Forward. Annual education and networking conference for Chicagoland association management professionals. 8:30 a.m., VenueSIX10, Chicago.
Gilda's Club Chicago Awards Dinner. Inspirational night supporting Gilda's Club, where those impacted by cancer can go to gain social, emotional and informational support to supplement medical care. 6 p.m., Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.
Leukemia Research Foundation, Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk. Chip-timed run, walk and party in the park to raise funds to cure all blood cancers. 6:30 p.m., Arvey Field - Grant Park, Chicago.
The Chicago Innovation Foundation Un-Gala. Fundraiser for the Foundation, whose mission is to educate, connect and celebrate innovators across the Chicago region. 5:30 p.m., Revel Fulton Market, Chicago.
Chicago Botanic Garden Summer Dinner Dance. A summer solstice cocktail party and fundraiser. 6:30 p.m., Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe.
Auditorium Theatre Devil's Ball. A night of devilishly good fun where proceeds support the restoration/preservation of the Auditorium Theatre. Auditorium Theatre, Chicago.
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, Play for the Cure Game Day. A day of tennis, card games and golf to benefit breast cancer research and programs. Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Walk for Kidneys. Three-mile walk to raise funds to support research, public education and patient services.
Union League Boys and Girls Clubs, Annual Wine Dinner. Multi-course meal with paired wines. 5:30 p.m., Union League Club, Chicago.
21 Sunday – Father's Day
Envision Unlimited Classic. Golf outing supports services that promote choice, independence and inclusion for people with disabilities in Illinois. 11 a.m., Olympia Fields Country Club.
De La Salle Institute Golf Classic. Proceeds will benefit the school's scholarship program. Gleneagles Country Club, Lemont.
Designs 4 Dignity, Back Lot BBQ Bash. A summer kick off in partnership with the AG亚洲国际游戏homebuilders Association of Greater Chicago. 4:30 p.m., Merchandise Mart, Chicago.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Annual Girls Education Conference: Power and Possibilities. Half-day summit on early learning innovation, expanding youth educational experiences, the importance of mentorship, and the economic impact of investing in girls' educations.
Goodman Theatre, Scene Night for The Outsiders. A night of theater, including complimentary drinks and appetizers, with proceeds supporting Chicago's flagship not-for-profit theater and community organization. 5:30 p.m., Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center, Rising to the Challenge Benefit. Celebration of the organization's 51 years as an award-winning outpatient mental health center for children and adults from throughout the Chicago area. 6 p.m., Evanston Golf Club, Skokie. .
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Bike MS: Tour de Farms. Through June 28, routes vary from 25 to 150 miles; proceeds benefit people affected by MS. Kane County Fair Grounds, St. Charles.
Archdiocese of Chicago, Fore the Kids Golf Outing. Benefiting emergency tuition assistance within the Archdiocese of Chicago's Catholic schools, as well as academic innovation. 11:30 a.m., Chicago Highlands Golf Club, Westchester.
Imerman Angels, Brunch Run 5K and Walk. Runners and walkers come together to raise funds for the one-on-one cancer support community. 8:30 a.m., Montrose Harbor, Chicago.
Civic Federation Annual Awards Luncheon. Honors the civic contributions of citizens and institutions while supporting the Federation's mission to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services.
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Annual Gala. A leader in cinematic artistry will receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award; also includes cocktails, dinner, discussion and film clips.
Genesys Works Gala. Proceeds go toward empowering underserved high school students to achieve college and career success through skills training and meaningful work experiences.
PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run. Thousands of pet-loving participants run, walk, wag or wiggle at Chicago's largest pet friendly event. 7:30 a.m., Montrose Harbor, Chicago.
Rogers Park Business Alliance, Best of Rogers Park. Celebrating members of the community for their exemplary contributions to strengthening businesses and building community.
Women's Business Development Center, Rise Up! Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Summit. Training and tools for childcare business owners, and recognition of extraordinary leaders in the childcare community.
4 Saturday – Independence Day
Chicago Parks Foundation, Play for the Parks Golf Invitational. Connect with Chicago's corporate and philanthropic community, Chicago Park District leadership and passionate park supporters.
11:30 a.m., Jackson Park Golf Course, Chicago.
The Women's Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo Ball. Black-tie event draws more than 800 business, civic and philanthropic-minded community leaders. 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.
The Ravinia Women's Board Gala: Cynthia Erivo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A tribute to great women singers from Nina Simone to Beyonce; the only concert fundraiser supporting the nonprofit Festival and its Reach Teach Play education programs. 4:30 p.m., Ravinia Festival, Highland Park.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Middle Market Open Golf Tournament. Chicago's dealmakers gather for a day of networking, championship-level golf and philanthropic support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. 10 a.m., Shoreacres, Knollwood and Onwentsia Golf Clubs, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Golf Classic. Eighteen holes of golf with lunch offerings, bottomless snacks and beverages, and contests for players of all levels. 8 a.m., Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont.
PAWS Chicago, Beach Party. Dog-friendly gala for guests and their beachwear-clad dogs. 6 p.m., Castaway's, Chicago.
Boys & Girls Club of Lake County, Annual Golf Outing. Raises critical funds for at-risk youth in Lake County.
Edward Foundation Charity Golf Tournament. Supports the charitable fundraising organization of Edward Hospital. Noon, Cog Hill Golf Club & Country Club, Lemont.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Illinois Chapter, Yacht Rock. Hosted by the LLS Illinois Associate Board, a party under the stars to support lifesaving blood cancer research and patient services. 7 a.m., Columbia Yacht Club, Chicago.
Illinois Green Alliance, GreenBuild AG亚洲国际游戏home Tour. Through July 26, featuring the latest sustainable AG亚洲国际游戏home technologies and energy-efficient strategies. 10 a.m., AG亚洲国际游戏homes throughout the Chicagoland area.
American Cancer Society, Chicago Select Golf Invitational. A challenging day of golf with proceeds going to cancer research. 9 a.m., Medinah Country Club.
Lawrence Hall, Back To School Supply Drive. Through August 14, donation drive to fill over 500 backpacks for foster children. 9 a.m., 4833 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago.
After School Matters, Summer Teen Cuisine Lunch Series. Chicago teens pair with the city's best chefs to raise revenue for life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities. 11 a.m., Gallery 37, Chicago.
Greater Chatham Initiative, Dining on the 5 Street Festival. Through September, outdoor patio dining until 8 p.m., Indiana to Langley Avenues, Chicago.
Les Turner ALS Foundation, Strike Out ALS 5K and 1 Mile Run, Walk and Roll. One-of-a-kind race where participants can run, walk or roll on the field's warning track. Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cohn Weil Memorial MS Outing. All-day event featuring a golf tournament, meals, cocktails, bridge, mahjong and canasta, live and silent auctions.
Respiratory Health Association, CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour. Ride through the rolling hills of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin while raising money for a future free of lung disease. 9 a.m., Gurnee Mills Mall, Gurnee.
Cornerstone Services, Inc., Summer Chi.Ill Trop Rock Music Fest. Through Aug. 9, featuring some of the biggest Trop Rock artists in the country and benefiting people with disabilities at Cornerstone Services. 2 p.m., Chicago Marriott Schaumburg.
Special Olympics Illinois, Ducky Derby. People of all ages watch ducks racing to the finish line. 10 a.m., 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Leukemia Research Foundation, Angels in the Fairway Golf Outing. Established in memory of Joey Mix of Buffalo Grove, who succumbed to leukemia at age 3 in 1996. 7 a.m., Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisc.
St. Coletta's of Illinois, Kennedy Golf Invitational. A day on the green to help raise money for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 11 a.m., Crystal Tree Golf and Country Club, Orland Park.
Illinois Green Alliance, Annual Boat Cruise and Networking. Attendees include leading designers, architects and builders working to promote sustainability. 5 p.m., Spirit Cruises at Navy Pier, Chicago.
Chicago Dancers United, Dance For Life. Performance and gala benefiting The Dancers' Fund and AIDS Foundation of Chicago with performances by Chicago's premier dance professionals. 6 p.m., Auditorium Theatre and Hilton Chicago.
Girls 4 Science, Student Recognition Ceremony. Celebrates students and their STEM achievements and featuring a female leader in STEM as keynote speaker. Malcolm X College, Chicago.
Salt and Light Coalition, Illuminate Gala. Learn what it means to be enlightened by the light, and see the success of the organization's Thrivers. The Drake Hotel, Chicago.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Golf for the Bear. All proceeds benefit kids battling pediatric cancer and their families.
Cara Chicago Summer Social. Chicago's top chefs offer tastings in support of Cara's mission to eradicate poverty.
LEAP Innovations, InnovatED Summit. Innovators from across Chicagoland and beyond explore what it takes to make the learning of every child personal.
Northern Illinois Food Bank, Hunger Scramble. A day on the green with on-course tastings and giveaways, a 19th-hole awards reception, silent auction and raffle prizes. 8:30 a.m., Cantigny Golf, Wheaton.
USO of Illinois, Clark After Dark. Block party celebrating America's military service members and their families. 4 p.m., 420 N. Clark St., Chicago.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Illinois Chapter, Red Sky Night. Live and silent auctions, food stations, desserts and beverages to support a cure for blood cancers. 6 p.m., Columbia Yacht Club, Chicago.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MuckFest. Fun 5K mud run built for laughs, but on a serious mission to create a world free of MS. 9 a.m., Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake.
Chicago Dancers United, Dance Divas. Three nights of music, dance and laughter featuring Chicago's premier professional male dancers impersonating the famous dancing women of stage, screen and pop music. Baton Show Lounge, Chicago.
Genesys Works Signing Day. Celebrates the culmination of the class of 2021's eight-week summer training and the official acceptances of their year-long internships with one of Genesys's corporate partners.
7 Monday – Labor Day
The Salvation Army, Hope "Fore" Kids Golf Classic. Proceeds benefit summer camps, after-school programs and music education for disadvantaged children and teens in Chicagoland, as well as a shelter for families in extreme crisis. 10 a.m., Glen Club, Glenview.
Illinois Holocaust Museum, Women's Leadership Committee Soiree. Proceeds benefit the museum's student/educator programs and special exhibitions. 6 p.m., Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago.
Children's AG亚洲国际游戏home & Aid, 100th Annual September Gala. An evening in support of the organization's early childhood centers and honoring outstanding community members.
Midwest BBQ for the Brave, Annual BBQ. Raises funds to support programs created by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 6 p.m., CD & ME Special Events, Frankfort.
Adler Planetarium Celestial Ball. Celebration under the stars, hosted by the Adler Women's Board to raise funds for educational programming that inspires people to engage in STEM. 6:30 p.m., Adler Planetarium, Chicago.
The Chicago Lighthouse, Seeing What's Possible Annual Gala. Join us for our annual gala because your support is needed as we continue to serve the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and Veteran communities during this challenging time. 7 p.m., Virtual event.
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opening Night of the 2020|21 Season. A night of glamour and opera. 7 p.m., Lyric Opera House, Chicago.
Cedille Records, Soiree Cedille. Concert and dinner that benefits the nonprofit operating organization of the Grammy-winning record label dedicated to promoting Chicago's finest classical music performers and composers.
CJE SeniorLife, Celebrate CJE. An evening celebrating the programs provided by CJE SeniorLife to help senior adults age positively in place. 5 p.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
Misericordia AG亚洲国际游戏home Family Fest. Food, entertainment and children's games to support programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 11 a.m., Misericordia AG亚洲国际游戏home, Chicago.
Have Dreams Golf Classic. Proceeds benefit the children, teens and adults with autism served at Have Dreams. 10:30 a.m., Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Kildeer.
Chicago Foundation for Women 35th Anniversary Luncheon. The largest women-focused event in Chicago, bringing together more than 2,000 community, business, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to invest in building safe, just and healthy communities for women and girls. Noon, Sheraton Grand, Chicago
Mercy Housing Lakefront, Moving Forward Together. Celebrates Mercy Housing's accomplishments serving people in need of affordable housing. 4:30 p.m., Fairmont Millennium Park, Chicago.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Paint the Town Gala. Music, food, auctions, networking and awards to celebrate the organization and the low-income AG亚洲国际游戏homeowners and communities it serves.
The Goldie Initiative, Goldie Gala. Industry professionals network while supporting women in Chicago's commercial real estate community. 5:30, Wintrust Grand Banking Hall, Chicago
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, Annual Raices Gala: A Celebration of Our Roots. Raises funds to help the museum continue as a cultural and economic anchor to Chicago's Humboldt Park community. 6 p.m., Galleria Marchetti, Chicago.
18 Friday - Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown
Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Party. Cocktail party on the late summer grounds of the CBG.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Annual Teal Lights Cruise. A narrated lake and river sunset cruise, featuring more than 20 lit properties, an open bar and light meal. 6 p.m., Wendella Boats, Chicago.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMIWalks Chicago. Free 5K walk raising awareness around mental health and funds for mental health services. 2 p.m., Jackson Park, Chicago.
Special Children's Charities/Special Olympics Chicago, Midway Fly Away 5K Run and Walk. Benefits the organization's 7,500 athletes. 9 a.m., Midway International Airport, Chicago.
Gateway Foundation Illuminating Recovery. Commemorates Gateway's 50-plus years in addiction recovery and celebrates work toward for more statewide, addiction recovery resources. 5:30 p.m., Venue West, Chicago.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Konica Minolta Golf Classic. Friendly competition, golfer giveaways, course contests and prizes. 11:30 a.m., Cantigny Golf, Wheaton.
Rush University Medical Center, Annual Golf Outing. Supports student scholarships to all four colleges at Rush University Medical Center. 11 a.m., Silver Lake Golf Club, Orland Park.
Ignite, A Full House for Youth Poker and Casino Night. An evening of charitable casino games, including craps, blackjack, roulette, and a Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament where the winner takes AG亚洲国际游戏home a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. 5:30 p.m., Hugo's Frog Bar and Gibsons Steakhouse, Chicago.
StreetWise Annual Gala. Honors the 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans who are making Chicago a better place to live and work. 5:30 p.m., Galleria Marchetti, Chicago.
American Cancer Society Skyline Soiree. Young professional and philanthropic leaders unite to support the mission of the Society. 7 p.m., Revel Fulton Markety, Chicago.
Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation, Annual Illumination Gala. Celebrates the Loop's rich cultural amenities and its continued transformation; proceeds support strategic initiatives and inclusive public programming that improve the vibrancy of downtown. 6:30 p.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Sporting Clays Tournament. A 100-clay target course, plus side event games, raffles, a cookout lunch and silent auction packages specially selected for clays enthusiasts. 9 a.m., Northbrook Sports Club, Hainesville.
Arts & Business Council of Chicago, A Celebration of 35 Years Connecting Arts and Business. Proceeds support art makers in 77 communities throughout Chicagoland. 6:30 p.m., Epiphany Center for the Arts, Chicago.
Friends of the Forest Preserves Annual Beer in the Woods. Beer tasting and nature-themed festival in the forest preserves, where attendees learn about nature while sipping beer for a great cause. 2 p.m., LaBagh Woods, Chicago.
27 Sunday - Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Team Teal Runs the Chicago Half Marathon. Runners who have a connection to ovarian cancer join Team Teal to participate in the Chicago Half Marathon. 7 a.m., Jackson Park, Chicago.
After School Matters Annual Gala. Celebrates the achievements of Chicago teens while raising revenue to provide life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities for nearly 20,000 deserving teens each year.
Chicago Lights, Summer in September. Hosted by the Associates Board, supports the outreach programs of Chicago Lights.
CineCares Foundation, Cinespace's Got Talent. Cast and crew from favorite TV shows compete using their lesser-known talents in front of a live audience and celebrity judges; funds raised support youth from under-served communities in education and job-training in TV/film. 7 p.m., Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, Chicago.
Comer Education Campus Benefit Luncheon. Supports the organization's mission to provide academics, enrichment and college success for local youth. Raddison Blu Aqua, Chicago.
Genesys Works Annual Charity Golf Outing. A round of golf to support pathways to success for underserved Chicago students. Medinah Country Club.
Imerman Angels Gala. The one-on-one cancer support community celebrates the connections made in 2019 and honors those who have made it possible. 6 p.m., Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago.
Les Turner ALS Foundation, Walk for Life. Chicagoland's largest gathering of the ALS community: a 2-mile stroll along the lakefront with entertainment and children's activities. Soldier Field, Chicago.
Metropolitan Planning Council Annual Luncheon. Civic and corporate leaders come together to support the MPC's efforts to create a better, bolder Chicago region for everyone.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Dinner of Champions. Pays tribute to the vast network of generous corporations, organizations and volunteer leaders who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
Women's Business Development Center, 2020 Signature Chicago Conference. Local and regional women business owners and corporate, government and community partners come together for a day of procurement, learning and networking opportunities. Chicago and suburbs.
Giordano Dance Chicago, Dancing With The Giordano Stars. Dancers from Giordano Dance Chicago and pre-selected non-dancer contestants team up for the annual competition to benefit the company and its educational outreach programs. 7 p.m., Park West, Chicago.
The Wetlands Initiative 25th Anniversary Benefit. Supports the organization's habitat restoration projects.
Leyden Family Service and the SHARE Program Annual Fundraiser. Raises funds for mental health and substance abuse treatment. 6 p.m., Allegra Banquets, Schiller Park.
NorthShore University HealthSystem, American Craft Expo Show. Through Oct. 4, one of the top fine craft shows in the country, with proceeds benefiting NorthShore University HealthSystem maternal health initiative. 10 a.m., Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe.
Rush University Medical Center, Woman's Board Fall Benefit. Supports Rush programs, including The Woman's Board Transformation Fund for the Rush University Cancer Center. 6 p.m., Theater on the Lake, Chicago.
WINGS Purple Tie Ball. Honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Children's AG亚洲国际游戏home & Aid, Annual Lost Dunes Golf Outing. Golf, lunch, a cocktail reception, dinner buffet and auction. Lost Dunes Golf Club, Bridgman, Mich.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Chicago Dinner. Helps provide $30,000 in college and vocational scholarships to children of severely injured Marines and Navy corpsmen. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Lakeview Pantry, Fighting Hunger - Feeding Hope. Celebration of the organization's 50th anniversary in 2020, with an auction and a live sale of the Pantry's operating expenses.
Chicago Parks Foundation, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Team ChiParks. Runners show their passion for the parks by running with Team ChiParks.
Respiratory Health Association, Lung Power Team at the Chicago Marathon. Runners run the Chicago Marathon or race of their choice for people living with asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases.
12 Monday – Columbus Day
Openlands Annual Luncheon. The largest gathering of the Illinois conservation community, including business and nonprofit leaders, elected officials and community volunteers. 10:30 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
The Joffrey Ballet, Opening Night Celebration. A post-performance party celebrating the opening night of The Joffrey's 2020-2021 season. 9:45 p.m., Lyric Opera House, Chicago.
826CHI, Eat Your Words. Chicago's culinary and literary worlds come together to support young Chicago writers, with small plates from Chicago's finest restaurants, an Iron Chef-style battle, and student readings. 6 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago.
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 30-Year Anniversary Gala. Commemorating three decades of aiding the success and growth of the Hispanic business community in Illinois. Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
Lawrence Hall, Annual Fall Fete Gala. Raises funds to heal trauma in more than 1,000 children and families in Chicagoland communities. 6 p.m., Zhou B Art Center, Chicago.
The Resurrection Project's 30th Anniversary Celebration. Brings together Chicago's leading civic, business and community leaders. 5:30 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Black Ensemble Theater Gala 2020: The Legacy Continues. Fundraiser to support BET's mission to eradicate racism and its damaging effects on society through the utilization of theater arts.
The Chicago Lighthouse, FLAIR 2020. A don't miss event for the season's hottest fashion trends and show-stopping entertainment. Due to the unique circumstances of this time, FLAIR will be virtual. 11:30am., Virtual event.
Illinois Bar Foundation Annual Gala. Honors leaders of the Illinois legal community, with proceeds benefiting programs to provide financial assistance to lawyers and their families during times of crisis and to provide equal access to the justice system. Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Arthritis Foundation, Freedom of Movement Black Tie Gala. Acknowledges leaders in the advancement of research and awareness for the management, prevention and cure of arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the United States. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
Chicago Architecture Center, Open House Chicago. Through Oct. 18, visitors can explore Chicago's most iconic and unique architectural treasures. Citywide, Chicago.
Collaboraction Theatre Co., The Utopian Ball. Celebrates Collaboraction's mission to incite social change in Chicago through theatre and community engagement. 7 p.m., Venue West, Chicago.
Field Museum Gala. Black-tie gala provides funds to advance the museum's scientific and educational mission. 6:30 p.m., Field Museum, Chicago.
Reclaim13, Cherish the Dream Gala. Celebrates successes and provides funding to help children who have been sexually exploited or trafficked in the Chicagoland area. 6 p.m., Westin Hotel Lombard.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Illinois Chapter, Light The Night Chicago. Fundraising walk that aims to bring light to the darkness of cancer through funding research.
USO of Illinois, Star-Spangled Salute Gala. Star-studded evening of entertainment and military pageantry, all in honor and support of the men, women and families of the U.S. Armed Forces. 6 p.m., 840 E. Grand Ave., Chicago.
Wellness House Ball. Helps the organization continue to provide programs at no cost to prepare and empower people to fully live life with cancer and beyond. 6 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Family Health Partnership Clinic, Care4 Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk. Raises money for uninsured residents of McHenry County so that they may receive breast cancer screenings, education and preventative services. 8:30 a.m., Woodstock North High School, Woodstock.
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children's. A day of family-friendly fun that supports groundbreaking pediatric research at Comer Children's Hospital. Includes a 5K run/walk, kids' mile and kids' dash. 9 a.m., University of Chicago Main Quad, Chicago.
Child Link, Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting. Annual wine tasting through seven restaurants, celebrating the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and raising funds for Child Link. 5:30 p.m., downtown La Grange.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Walk for the Bear. Annual costume walk honors children who are fighting, and those who have lost their battle to pediatric cancer; funds raised will benefit pediatric cancer research and programs.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Ayudando a Nuestras Familias: "Helping Our Families" Cocktail Reception. Benefits Casa Catalina Basic Needs Center in the Back of the Yards community.
Girls 4 Science Anniversary Celebration and Advisory Board Fundraiser. An evening celebrating 11 years of Girls 4 Science and fundraising for the organization; proceeds support free STEM-focused quarterly programs.
Girls Inc. of Chicago, Annual Luncheon and Fundraiser. Luncheon and fundraiser honoring Chicago women who are accomplished in their fields. 11 a.m., Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
Greater Chatham Initiative, Manufacturing Day. Tour of Daley College and two Greater Chatham manufacturing firms for those interested in job opportunities in metal fabrication. Daley College, Chicago.
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, Fall Benefit Luncheon. A celebrity keynote speaker and designer handbag auction to support advancing treatments, education and early detection of breast cancer. 11 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
Lurie Children's Hospital, Corporate Cup. Teams representing local companies compete while raising life-changing funds to support Lurie Children's Hospital.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Gift of Life Gala. Leaders in government, medicine and business raise funds for free screening programs and community health initiatives.
The Joffrey Ballet, Season Opening Celebration. Post-performance celebration of the company's first season at the Lyric Opera House. 9:30 p.m., Lyric Opera House, Chicago.
Chicago Children's Choir, Red Jacket Optional. Musical performance by the CCC, benefiting the 5,000 youths participating in its network of programs across the city. The Geraghty, Chicago.
Edward Foundation, The Big Gig. Silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing to support Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients. 6 p.m., Westin Hotel Lombard.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Make a Difference Day. Volunteers make repairs to AG亚洲国际游戏homes of AG亚洲国际游戏homeowners in need. 7 a.m., Austin neighborhood, Chicago.
Susan G. Komen Chicago Annual Gala. A celebration of Komen's commitment to combating breast cancer through advocacy, policy, funding breast health services and global research and honor survivors, thrivers and inspirational Chicagoans who show leadership in the fight.
The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, Black Excellence Awards. Celebrates the Alliance's mission to increase public awareness, interaction, and development of Chicago African American arts organizations. 6 p.m., Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, Chicago.
31 Saturday - Halloween
American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Entertainment, activities, community and a non-competitive walk. Soldier Field - Chicago and suburbs.
Better Government Association Annual Luncheon. Supports the BGA's work for integrity, transparency and accountability in government while honoring leaders who share its commitment to achieve authentic and responsible reform.
Brain Research Foundation Discovery Dinner. Helps the Foundation fulfill its mission to fund the nation's most innovative neuroscience research. 6 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Celebrating Allies. Showcases CAASE's work improving laws, educating allies and championing survivors of sexual harm in Chicago. 5:30 p.m., 155 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.
Chicago Humanities Festival Annual Benefit Evening. Proceeds allow the Festival to offer affordable artistic, cultural and educational programs to everyone in the Chicago area.
Chicago Public Library Foundation, Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner. Honors a literary luminary. 5:30 p.m., Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum, Chicago.
DIFFA/Chicago Art for Life. A juried auction of over 100 works of art of various mediums representing established and up-and-coming artists to watch.
Grant Park Music Festival, Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit. Dinner and a night of musical entertainment that supports the Festival's ten-week season of free concerts at the Pritzker Pavilion, and its life-long learning programs for audiences of all ages.
Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Annual Dinner. Highlights gastrointestinal cancer survivors and their physicians who have benefitted from the Foundation's commitment to funding cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, Beacon of Hope Luncheon. Features a guest speaker and awards.
Midtown Educational Foundation, Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner. Helps place Chicago's at-risk youth on a path to success, with MEF's after-school programs strengthen low-income students in both academics and character. 5:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
YMCA of Metro Chicago Recognition Dinner. Supports programs and services that develop strong children, families and communities throughout Chicagoland. 6 p.m., Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago.
National Museum of Mexican Art, Thelma Uranga. An evening of live music, appetizers, beverages and a chance to win prizes, all in support of the Museum. 6 p.m., National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.
North Shore Board of Northwestern, Settlement House In The Wood Gala. Supports the year-round operations of House In The Wood camp, which offers children a chance to learn in a safe, educational setting away from the streets of Chicago. Theater on the Lake, Chicago.
Keshet Fall Concert. Music and entertainment benefiting programs for children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 5:30 p.m., North Shore Center for Performing Arts, Skokie.
11 Wednesday – Veterans Day
Jackson Chance Foundation Annual Ping Pong Ball. A ping-pong tournament, games and an auction to help remove the financial burden of parking for families with critically ill babies in the NICU. 5:30 p.m., St. Jane Hotel, Chicago.
House of the Good Shepherd, Women's Board Gala. Raises funds to serve women and their families who are victims of domestic violence. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Misericordia AG亚洲国际游戏home, Women's Board Heart of Mercy Ball. Black-tie night of live and silent auctions, paddle raise, cash raffle, dinner and drinks set to live music. 6 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
PAWS Chicago, Fur Ball. Guests and their canine companions walk the red carpet for AG亚洲国际游戏homeless pets. 6 p.m., The Drake Hotel, Chicago.
Society of Architectural Historians Awards Gala. Recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements in architectural practice and academic study.
Hephzibah Children's Association Swanksgiving. Organized by the Chicago Auxiliary Board to raise support and awareness for Hephzibah. 7 p.m., The Lakewood, Chicago.
Lawrence Hall, Holiday Gift Drive. Through Dec. 4 at two locations, donation drive to fulfill over 500 wish lists for foster children for the holidays. 9 a.m., 1818 E. 71st St. and 4833 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago.
Rush University Medical Center, Road AG亚洲国际游戏home Program Benefit. Supports veterans and their families with mental health services and other care. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Chicago Botanic Garden Lightscape Preview. An exclusive first look at the Garden's holiday light show.
Chicago United Bridge Awards Dinner. Focuses on multiracial leadership in corporate governance, executive-level management and business diversity. Hilton Chicago.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Annual Leader Luncheon: Progress, Power and Possibilities. Honors outstanding leaders who have contributed to the social and political strides of all women. Noon, Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
Autism Speaks, CHIP IN Casino Night. All funds raised go toward the organization's mission to enhance lives. 7 a.m., Revel Fulton Market, Chicago.
Cara Chicago, Tribute to the Stars. Breakfast reception and presentation honoring employed students and the corporate and community partners who have contributed to their success.
Union League Boys and Girls Clubs, Annual Gala. 5 p.m., Union League Club, Chicago.
Cornerstone Services, Inc., The Champagne Luncheon. Community leaders put on aprons, pour champagne and entertain guests for tips. Renaissance Center, Joliet.
26 Thursday - Thanksgiving
Austin Coming Together, Annual Membership Awards: Celebrating a Decade of Dedication. Recognizes groups and individuals for their outstanding commitment to Chicago's Austin neighborhood.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Big Bash. Young professionals, community leaders and corporate partners gather to raise money for BBBS programs.
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Daniel H. Burnham Award Dinner. Salutes a community leader; proceeds help the Chamber promote its initiatives. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago.
La Rabida Children's Hospital, Friends of La Rabida Awards Celebration. Supports children with lifelong medical conditions, providing them the care that allows them to reach their full potential.
Metropolitan Family Services, Mpower the Night. Business and philanthropic leaders celebrate the culmination of the year's support for Metropolitan Family Services. 6 p.m., Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.
Muslim American Leadership Alliance Annual Gala. Philanthropists, thought leaders and community trailblazers commemorate another year of progress in storytelling, community building and cultural exchange through MAL's programs.
Providence St. Mel School, Celebration 2020. Raises crucial funds to benefit the independent school on Chicago's West Side.
St. Coletta's of Illinois, Annual Caritas Benefit. Benefits adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Ireland Funds America, Annual Chicago Dinner. Promotes and supports peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and Irish communities globally. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
People's Resource Center, Holly and Hope Holiday Luncheon. Holiday season kick-off with lunch, a silent auction and raffle prizes. 11:30 a.m., Le Jardin in Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
Misericordia AG亚洲国际游戏home Holiday Brunch. Champagne brunch, holiday shopping, performances by the Heartbreakers and Heartzingers, and even a visit from Santa. 10 a.m., Misericordia AG亚洲国际游戏home, Chicago.
10 Thursday – Hanukkah Begins at Sundown
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Housewarming Party. Networking, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to kick off the upcoming program year and efforts for new and current partners and volunteers interested in improving the AG亚洲国际游戏homes and communities of residents in need. 6 p.m., IBEW 134, Chicago.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball. Black-tie celebration benefiting Catholic Charities' Children's Programs. Hilton Chicago.
Greater Chatham Initiative, Kwanzaa Holiday Windows and Puppet Show. Continuing through Jan. 1., puppet shows and 3D window displays with a Kwanzaa theme. 79th Street between Vernon and Evans Avenues, Chicago.
JDRF Illinois, One Dream Gala. Auction, sit-down dinner, live entertainment, and the signature Find a Cure program. 5:30 p.m., McCormick Place, Chicago.
Lurie Children's Hospital, Annual Children's Ball. Benefits the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Lurie Children's Hospital. 10 a.m., Hilton Chicago.
WINGS, Sweet AG亚洲国际游戏home Chicago. Family holiday celebration with portraits, visits with Santa, decorating gingerbread houses and other fun-filled activities. 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Association Forum Holiday Showcase. Conference connecting association management professionals with industry suppliers for learning, networking and conducting business. 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
The Salvation Army, WBBM Good Neighbor Radiothon. Raises money in support of the Bed and Bread Club, a giving program dedicated to helping our struggling neighbors get back on their feet.
24 Thursday – Christmas Eve
25 Friday – Christmas Day
26 Saturday – Kwanzaa Begins
HighSight Eve of the Eve. Pre-NYE celebration with proceeds benefiting HighSight's scholarship program for low-income Chicago students.
31 Thursday – New Year's Eve
Austin Coming Together, Annual Community Summit. Presentation on Austin's Quality-of-Life Plan, a community-led strategic plan for a neighborhood renaissance.