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APRIL 2020


When you are the most happening person at the party, its time to leave. Kelly Cutrone


April 1, 2020, Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm
International Music Foundation
2020 Spring Event
The Union League of Chicago, Crystal Room, 65 West Jackson Blvd.



April 3, 2020, Friday, 7:00-11:00 PM
The Chicago Public Library Foundation Associate Board
Night in the Stacks:  Celebrating Favorite Works of Children’s Literature
Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden
Open Bar, Food, Dancing, Photo booth, Raffle, More
 Veronica Brown


April 3, 2020, Friday
Red Clay Dance Company
Paint the Town Red
Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr.
Performance features three world premieres



April 3, 2020, Friday, 6:00 pm
Lookingglass Theatre Company
Northern Trust and Bonnie Hunt at masquerade 2020: Cabinet of Curiosities
Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N. Park Drive, Chicago
Gala, Dinner, Awards Ceremony, Live Auction



April 3-4, 2020, Friday- Saturday, 5:30 PM-9:00 AM
Field Museum
Dozin’ with the Dinos
Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Family event, pajama-themed, explore exhibitions over night



 April 4 2020, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The Alliance Française de Chicago
The Artist Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées
54 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago
Aimée Laberge
312 337 1070



POSTPONED watch here for new date

April 17, 2020, Friday 6:30 p.m.
The Joffrey Ballet
“Center Stage”
Auditorium Theatre, Performance
The Old Post Office, 8:00 pm
Dinner, Dancing and more
Dress Festive and Fabulous

April 17-18, 2020, Friday- Saturday, 5:30 PM-9:00 AM
Field Museum
Dozin’ with the Dinos
Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Family event, pajama-themed, explore exhibitions over night



April 18, 2020, Saturday, 7:00-11:00 PM
Junior League of Chicago
Perfect Pairings
Chicago Union Station, 225 S. Canal Street
,uests will sample food and beverage pairings from Chicago’s top restaurants and bars.
Proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Chicago and its community projects.
Junior League of Chicago
(312) 664-4462



April 20, 2020, Monday
Music Institute of Chicago
Anniversary Gala
Four Seasons Chicago
Dushkin Award recipient: pianist Evgeny Kissin
Cultural Visionary Award recipient: Helen Zell



POSTPONED see September15
April 21, 2020, Tuesday, 10:30am
The Antiquarian Society
Spring Luncheon
The Casino, 195 E. Delaware Place
Luncheon, Conversation



April 23, 2020, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Kenilworth Garden Club
Kenilworth Garden Club Luncheon with Dr. Eric Haskell’s
“Modern Floras:  The Frenchwoman’s Garden in Our Time”
Glen View Club, 100 Golf Road, Glenview
Reception, Luncheon, Program
Jeanne Daniel
Kenilworth Garden Club


April 25,  2020,  Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Chicago Zoological Society
Whirl Gala
Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 East Water St.



April 26, 2020, Sunday 12 p.m.
JDRF Illinois
TeeUp Fore T1D
Topgolf Naperville
Maggie McNally



MAY 2020


I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt …. You wait and see. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night


May 1, 2020,  Friday 6:00 pm
Chicago History Museum
Designer of Excellence 2020
The Langham, Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave.
Award Ceremony
Postponed Until Autum 2020. No Date Set
May 1, 2020, Friday, 7:00 pm
Misericordia Women’s Auxiliary
Misericordia Loves Chicago
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Spring Celebration



May 2, 2020, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The Alliance Française de Chicago
Intouchables Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées
54 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago
Aimée Laberge
312 337 1070



May 2, 2020, Saturday, 2:00-6:00 PM
Junior League of Chicago
Derby Party
Point & Feather, 113 W. Hubbard Street
Viewing Kentucky Derby,  Derby-themed food and beverages, games, a silent auction and raffle.
Proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Chicago and its community projects.
Junior League of Chicago
(312) 664-4462



May 4,  2020, Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Newberry Library
2020 Newberry Library Award Dinner
Honoring Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian
Presentation of the Newberry Library Award and Remarks by Lonnie Bunch
Followed by cocktails and dinner
Jo Anne Moore


May 5, 2020, Tuesday, 12:00 Noon
Museum of Contemporary Art
Visionary Luncheon
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Luncheon, Curated Program with Major Featured Artist



May 5, 2020, Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Friends of Historic Second Church
“Too Beautiful Not to be True: Burne Jones, Morris and Religious Imagery”
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Ave.
Speaker Debra Mancoff, Scholar in Residence, Newberry Library
Heather Kendall



May 6, 2020, Wednesday 6:00 PM
Women Who Change the World
WTTW /WFMT Renee Crown Public Media Center, 5400 N. St. Louis Ave.
Cocktail Reception, Program, Seated Dinner
Rachel Barton Pine, Angela Ingersoll, Donica Lynn, Sandra Delgado, Lisa Desjardins


May 7, 2020, Thursday, 11:00am
Field Museum
Women in Science Luncheon
Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Dr.
Keynote Address, Kristine McDivitt Tomkins, Conversation with Wendy Paulson, Luncheon
Catherine Miller



May 9, 2020, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
The Alliance Française de Chicago
Gala 2020 · Un Air de Provence
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 East Pearson St.
Lauren Esula
312 337 1070



May 9, 2020, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Steppenwolf Theatre
2020 Steppenwolf Theatre Gala
Old Post Office, 415 S. Canal St. Chicago
Cocktails, Dinner, Auction,
Late Night DJ, Dancing, After Hours



May 14, 2020, Thursday, 5:00 – 900 p.m.
Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Opening Night Party of the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show
Merchandise Mart, 7th Floor
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. VIP Lecture and Reception
Carol Cheng



Postponed–No New Date Yet
May 15, 2020, Friday, 11:00 a.m.
The Service Club of Chicago
Spring Luncheon “A White House Floral Affair”
The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton
Reception, Luncheon
Hat Luncheon. Guest Speaker Laura Dowling,
Former White House Chief Floral Designer.



May 15, 2020, Friday, 6:30 PM
International Women Associates
IWA Annual Fundraising Gala
Japan: Celebrating the REIWA Era, A Beautiful Harmony
Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Japanese Inspired Dinner, Dancing, Traditional Cultural Performances,
Silent and Live Auction
Pilaar Pantoja, Organizational Manager


May 15, 2020, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Summer Ball, Honoring Kim White & Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel
Four Seasons Chicago



May 16, 2020, Saturday, 7:00-10:00 PM
Rogers Park Business Alliance
Secret Garden Gala
Hampton Inn Chicago North



May 21, Thursday, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
JDRF Illinois
Real Estate Games
Chicago Lakeshore Sport & Fitness – Illinois Center
Michael Mayberry



May 21, 2020, Thursday, 6:00 PM
Big Shoulders Fund                                                         
Humanitarian Award Dinner
Location TBD                                                     
Cocktails, Dinner, Program
Amelia Drozda



May 28, 2020, Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Annual signature event, ballroom transformed to put guests in patient experience, highlighting
hospital’s research, clinical care and the incredible patient stories that have resulted.
Briana Wagner



May 30, 2020, Saturday, Time: TBD
Art Institute of Chicago-Society for Contemporary Art
SCA Benefit 2020 Auction & Gala
S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S State St.
Social Event, Benefit, Gala



May 30, 2020, Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
42nd Street Celebration
Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, 60606
Cocktail Reception,  Dinner. Performance, Post-performance After Party
The Boards Office, Lyric Opera of Chicago



JUNE 2020


Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.– Franklin P. Jones


June 2, 2020, Tuesday, 6pm-8:30pm
Chicago Child Care Society
Anniversary Gala
Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place
Gala, Reception, Dinner

June 4, 2020, Thursday, 6:00-9:00 PM
Sarah’s Circle
Hot Summer Night
The Arts Club of Chicago
Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres, Live Band, Auction Prizes
To Help End Women’s Homelessness
Anna Withers
Sarah’s Circle



June 12, 2020, Friday, 6 p.m.
JDRF Illinois
The YLC One Party
Old Crow Smokehouse – River North
Christine Bissler



June 24, 2020, Wednesday, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Friends of Historic Second Church, League of Women Voters, Illinois
Celebration of Chicago History: “100 Years of Women’s Suffrage”
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Ave.
Docent led tours of landmark church sanctuary, Lecture, Reception
Speaker Rachel Bohlmann
Heather Kendall



  JULY  2020

July 10, 2020, Friday,
Women’s Board, Lincoln Park Zoo
Zoo Ball
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2400 Cannon Drive
Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Dancing


July 12, 2020, Sunday,  3;30 p.m.
Ravina Women’s Board
Annual Ravinia Women’s Board Gala
Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd. Highland Park


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


 AUGUST 2020


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

August 3, 2020, Monday, 11:00 a.m.
The Service Club of Chicago
Day on the Terrace
The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior
Reception, Runway Fashion Show, Luncheon
Models Include Club Members,  Local Celebrities.





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


September 5, 2020, Saturday, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Friends of Historic Second Church & Marktown Preservation Society
Marktown Walking Tour
405 Prospect Street, East Chicago, Indiana 46312
Architect Nate Lielasus will lead the tour of Marktown, former industrial town designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1917
Heather Kendall



September 10, 2020
Alliance Française de Chicago 
The Symposium on the Arts of France:Le Grand Style de la Riviera: The Côte d’Azur
Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave.
Lecture, Seated luncheon (for Grand Patrons, Patrons and their guests). 
 September15, 2020, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. 
The Antiquarian Society
Autumn Luncheon
Speaker, New York Interior Designer Thomas Jayne!!
The Casino, 195 E. Delaware Place
Luncheon, Conversation

September 19, 2020, Saturday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Friends of Historic Second Church
Led by: Architect, Nate Lielasus
Heather Kendall



September 24, 2020, Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, 600 E Grand Ave.
Fashionable Opening Night Benefit & Preview
Patron Reception, 5:00 p.m.



September 26, 2020, Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
JDRF Illinois
JDRF One Walk – Libertyville
Independence Grove
Maggie McNally


September 27, 2020, Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
JDRF Illinois
JDRF One Walk – Chicago
Abbie Peterson



September 27, 2020, Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
JDRF Illinois
JDRF One Walk – Schaumburg
Busse Woods
Jennifer Carr



September 27, 2020, Sunday, 10 a.m.
JDRF Illinois
JDRF One Walk – Merrillville
Hidden Lake Park
Mary Anne Bryan





Parties are the nightly ritual of the sophisticated society.    –Dominick Dunne


October 4, 2020, Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
JDRF Illinois
JDRF One Walk – Orland Park
Centennial Park
Mary Anne Bryan



October 4, 2020, Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
JDRF Illinois
JDRF One Walk – Warrenville
St. James Farm
Lindsey Riley



October 17, 2020, Saturday, 6:30pm
Field Museum
Field Museum Gala
Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Dr.
Cocktails, Dinner
Catherine Miller



October 24, 2020, Saturday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Friends of Historic Second Church
Basement to Belfry Tour: Halloween Edition
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Ave.
Architect Nate Lielasus will provide guests a behind the scenes look at areas of the church not typically visited on regular tours.
Heather Kendall




Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.    –Mason Cooley

November 6, 2020, Friday, 6:00 p.m.
The Service Club of Chicago
Annual Gala
The Four Seasons, 120 E. Delaware
Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Dancing, Silent, Live Auctions



November 7, 2020, Saturday, 6:00-11:00 p.m.
North Shore Board of the Northwestern Settlement House
Northwestern Settlement House In The Wood Gala
Theater on the Lake, Chicago
5:30 p.m. VIP Reception by Invitation
Cocktails, Seated Dinner with Wine Pairings, Live auction, Entertainment by Maggie Speaks
Melanie Panchal847-997-0775




November 14, 2020,  Saturday
Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum Gala
Gala event





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


December 2, 2020, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.
The Service Club of Chicago
Annual Holiday Luncheon
The University Club, 76 E. Monroe
Sipping & Shopping, Luncheon, Carol Sing-Along



December 5, 2020, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
JDRF Illinois
JDRF One Dream Gala
Silent Auction, Dinner, Gala Program, Silent Auction Electronic
Michael Mayberry






April 30, 2021, Friday, 6:00-10:00  PM
Glessner House
The Great Chicago Fire Gala
Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago
Cocktail hour, dinner, presentation on Chicago at the time of the fire by a noted celebrity historian (TBD)
William Tyre, Curator & Program Director, Glessner House


At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other. ~ Ann Landers






Through May 2021
Chicago History Museum
American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. at North Ave.


_____________NOT QUITE THERE____________


Nothing risque, nothing gained. -Alexander Woollcott


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 If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn


Compiled by the editors of Classic Chicago with
Erica  Williams