Classic Chicago DateBook




____ CURRENT 2021____



Current Through  Sunday, April 3, 2022
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Chicago Works: Caroline Kent
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Friday nights are the first chapter in all my favorite short stories, Unknown


Current Through Sunday,  June 5, 2022
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Bani Abidi: The Man Who Talked Until He Disappeared
Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition




____ SEPTEMBER 2021____



September 20, 2021, Thursday, 12:00-12:45PM
Landmarks Illinois
Preservation Snapshots Lecture
Lecture, Discussion



September 21, Tuesday, 5:00-6:15 PM
The Village Chicago
It’s the New Roaring 20’s!
The Village Chicago Trailblazer Awards, Raffle Prizes, Fund-a-Need, performance by Chicago Sinfonietta



September 23, 2021, Thursday, 6:00-8:30PM
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards
The RealReal Awards Ceremony



September 24, 2021, Friday, 6PM
Old Town Triangle Association
Then and Now- Our Old Town
Chicago History Museum
Drinks, Auction, Music



September 24, 2021, Friday through Spring 2022
National Indo-American Museum
E/Merge: Art of the Indian Diaspora
Umang and Paragi Patel Center, 815 S. Main Street, Lonbard



September 24, Friday,  530 PM
Woman’s Board, Lincoln Park Zoo
Zoo Ball 2021: Roar with the Changes
Lincoln Park Zoo Grounds
Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing



September 25, 2021, Saturday, 6:30pm
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Under the Stars
Two North Riverside Plaza
Hosted by Karen Gray-Krehbiel and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Women’s Board



September 29, 2021, Wednesday, 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Know Your Chicago 
Session 1 – Broadband: Our Most Important Invisible Infrastructure
Broadband “101”, How it works, What is the Digital Divide, Why it Matters
Rare access to the local and national experts leading the charge, live Q & A


___ OCTOBER 2021___


That’s what life is all about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight, Lilly Pulitzer


October 1, 2021, Friday, 7 PM
The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center
Fall Benefit:  Be a Game Changer

virtual event
A virtual celebration with Chicago’s own The Second City, highlighting Rush Game Changers and featuring curated cocktails, a silent auction and raffle.



October 2, 2021, Saturday 6PM
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois
125th Anniversary  Gala Celebration
Glen View Club
Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing, Music


October 5, 2021, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner
Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago
Honoring Edward McCormick Blair, Jr., OZINGA, and Dr. Stuart D. Strahl



October 6, 2021, Wednesday, 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Know Your Chicago 
Session 2 – Broadband: Our Most Important Invisible Infrastructure
Education and Telemedicine – Broadband’s potential and impact on the digital divide
Be inspired by the Chicago programs and leaders connecting school children and increasing healthcare accessibility through technology no matter where you live, live Q & A


October 7, 2021, Thursday,  6 PM
Northlight Theatre
“It’s Time to Thrive”
Chicago Botanic gardens
Cocktails, Dinner, Auctions


Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00 PM
The History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff
Local Legends: Saluting The Honorable Susan Garrett
Cocktails & dinner,  interview with Carol Marin
509 East Deerpath and on Zoom



October 8, 2021, Friday, 6:00-10:00 PM
The Guild of the Chicago History Museum
The Hottest Ticket in Town, The 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire
Chicago History Museum,  1601 N. Clark Street
VIP Meet and Greet (5:30) Cocktails and Exhibit Viewing, Program, Dinner
Special Guests: Carl Smith, Noted Historian and Author of “Chicago’s Great Fire”
Annette Nance-Holt, Newly-named Chicago Fire Commissioner, Surprise Guests



October 9, 2021, Saturday, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friends of Historic Second Church
The Great Chicago Fire in Music and Story
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave.
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire-



October 9, 2021, Saturday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Lake Bluff History Museum
Lake Bluff History Museum Auto Show
Scranton and Center Avenues, Lake Bluff



October 9, 2020, Saturday
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
The Story of Ram
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville



October 13, 2021-October 24, 2021
The Joffrey Ballet
Home: a Celebration
Lyric Opera House


October 14, 2021, Thursday, 10:30AM-1:30PM

Annual Luncheon Honoring U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
The Hilton Chicago
Luncheon, Award Ceremony



October 19, 2021, Tuesday, 5:30-8:00PM
Bright Promises Foundation
Bright Promises 2021 Awards
The Dalcy
Awards Ceremony



October 20, 2021,  Wednesday,  6:00 PM
The Solti Foundation,  U.S.
Solti Night 2021
The Casino, 195 East Delaware Place,  Chicago
A Special Evening or Music and Celebration
Reception, Program, Dinner



October 21, 2021
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation
Insights IV-An Art Exhibition of Creativity and the Bipolar Brain
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
Drinks and Bites



October 21, 2021, 12:00 PM
Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation
Virtual Benefit
Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation



October 22, 2021, Friday, 6:30PM
Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Preservation Awards
Davis Theater
Awards Ceremony



October 23, 2021, Saturday
Music of the Baroque
50th Anniversary Gala
Fairmont Hotel Chicago



October 23, 2021, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Friends of HIstoric Second Church
Basement to Belfry: Halloween Edition
Second Presbyterian Church
1936 S. Michigan Ave.



October 23, 2021, Saturday, 7:30PM
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
25th Anniversary Season
Auditorium Theatre



October 28, 2021, Thursday, 6 :00 PM
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Gift of Life Gala:Bridging The Gap Towards Kidney Health
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Gala, Award Ceremony
Cocktails, Dinner




___ NOVEMBER 2021___


I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party, Ron White


November 5, 2021, Friday
Service Club of Chicago
Gala: Our Kind of Town Chicago John O’Hurley, Celebrity Host
Four Season Hotel, Chicago
Reception, Entertainment, Dinner, Dancing



November 12, 2021, Friday, 6:00 p.m.
PAWS Chicago
PAWS Chicago’s 20th Annual Fur Ball 
The Drake Hotel
800 guests, with their pooches, dinner buffet, silent and live auctions, raffle prizes, live bands.



November 18-21, 2021
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Dance Performances



November 20, 2021-March 26, 2022
Museum of Contemporary Art
Andrea Bowers
Museum of Contemporary Art

___ DECEMBER 2021___


What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day, Phyllis Diller


December 11, 2021, Saturday,
JDRF Illinois
One Dream Gala
McCormick Place Convention Centre & Arie Crown Theater
Dinner, Auction, Concert




___ JANUARY 2022___


Live for today…Plan for tomorrow…Party tonight..!!!– Anonymous



___ FEBRUARY 2022___


 Someone said that life is a party. You join in after it’s started and leave before it’s finished. Elsa Maxwell


___ MARCH 2022___


“I don’t know a lot about politics, but I can recognize a good party man when I see one.” – Mae West



___APRIL 2022___


 He threw all those parties hoping she’d wander in one night–Anonymous


___ MAY 2022___


 Wherever there are friends, there is a party–Anonymous


May 11, 2022, Wednesday,
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation
16th Annual Medical Briefing Luncheon
The Casino
Speakers: Margaret Trudeau, former First Lady of Canada and mother of the present Prime Minister, and Karen Swartz, MD, Chaired Professor, John Hopkins



NOTE: Every effort has been made to provide accurate information and the editors of Classic Chicago are endeavoring to identify and correct the inevitable errors than can occur in a document of this kind.

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From the editors of Classic Chicago magazine with  Erica Williams