Classic Chicago DateBook



MARCH 2019


March 24, 2019, Sunday, 5:30 PM
Mister Kelly’s Alive: One Night Only
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse
Drinks, Dinner, Pure Live Entertainment
David Marienthal


March 26, 2019, Tuesday, 6:00 PM
The Newberry Library
Leonardo’s Books: New Light on Leonardo’s Intellectual World
The Newberry Library  Ruggles Hall
Alex Teller


March 26, 2019, Tuesday 6:30 PM
March 28, 2019 Thursday, 6:30 PM
Alliance Française de Chicago
Screening of Hochelaga, Terre des Ames / Hochelaga, Land of Souls   
In partnership with Asian Pop-Up Cinema 


March 27, 2019, Wednesday, 5:30 PM
Gold Coast Neighbors
Program: Best Safety Practices
835 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 913 East


March 28, 2019,  Wednesday, 6:00 PM
Graham Foundation
 Mark Lamster: In Search of Philip Johnson
Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place


March 30, Saturday, 6 PM
Court Theatre
Court Theatre Gala
The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne
Entertainment, Raffle, Auction, Cocktails, Dinner


March 31,  2019, Sunday, 10:30 AM
Porchlight Music Theatre
The ICONS Gala Honoring Jerome Robbins
Performances, Auctions,
The Ritz -Carlton Chicago


APRIL 2019

April 4, 2019, Thursday, 7:00 PM
Graham Foundation
Vlatka Horvat:Third Hand
Graham Foundation
In partnership with IN>TIME Festival
4 West Burton Place


April 5, 2019, Friday, 10:30 AM
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
FARE Chicago Spring Luncheon
The Standard Club
Reception, Luncheon


April 5, 2019, Friday, 4:30 PM
The Newberry Library
Medieval and Early Modern Dance in the Book
The Newberry Library- Baskes Boardroom ITW Seminar Room
Lecture, Session with rare books, a demonstration of Baroque dance,
performance by the Newberry Consort.
Alex Teller


April 5, 2019, Friday
Chicago Public Library Foundation Associate Board
Night in the Stacks
Harold Washington Library Center’s Winter Garden
Food, Drinks, Dancing


April 5, 2019, Friday, 6:00 PM
Lookingglass Theatre Company
gglassquerade2019 “Night Music”
University Club of Chicago
Cocktails/Silent Auction, Dinner, Awards Ceremony, Live Auction
Lookingglass Theatre Company
773-477-9257, ext. 103


April 5, 2019, Friday, 6:00 PM
Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum
Shall We Dance
Opening Night Gala: Silverscreen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930’ and 40’s
Chicago History Museum
Reception and Exhibition Viewing, Silent Auction, Dinner and Dancing
Ishan Johnson
Chicago History Museum


April 6, 2019    Monday, 6 pm
Newberry Library
Newberry Library Award Dinner, honoring Marilynne Robinson
Newberry Library, 60 West Walton, Chicago
Reception, Program,  Dinner
Jo Anne Moore
Newberry Library
(312) 255-3556


Saturday, April 6, 2019
American Heart Association
Chicago Heart Ball
Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
Black Tie


April 9, 2019, Tuesday, 6:00 PM
American Writers Museum
Onword 2019
Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom
Reception, Performance, Award Program & Dinner
Molly McDonald
PJH & Associates


April 11, 2019, Thursday, 6:00 PM
Giordano Dance/Saks Fifth Avenue
Giordano Dance Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show
Saks Fifth Avenue, Michigan Avenue
Fashion Show


April 12, 2019, Friday, 6:30 PM
The Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Ballet Spring Gala
Lyric Opera House
Performance, Dinner, Dancing with Joffrey Artists


April 12, 2019, Friday, 6:30 PM
Brasil Ritmos E Cores
International Women Associates 2019 Annual Fundraising Gala
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Black tie, Reception, Silent Auction, Dinner, Performance, Auction, Dancing
Ethel Gofen


April 12, 2019, Friday, 7 PM
Misericordia Women’s Auxiliary
Misericordia Loves Chicago
Ravenswood Event Center
Celebration, Performance, Dinner, Fashion Show


April 13, 2019, Saturday, 5:00 PM
Writers Theatre
Writers Theatre WordPlay Gala
Four Seasons Hotel
Reception, Dinner, Performance: Writers Theatre Artists


April 17, 2019, Wednesday, 6:00 PM
Graham Foundation
Charles Bernstein: Near/Miss Poetry Reading
Graham Foundation
In partnership with the Poetry Foundation
4 West Burton Place


April 25, 2019, Thursday, 6:00
Smart Museum of Art
Bauhaus Tea Party, Part I


April 26, 2019, Friday
Driehaus Design Initiative
The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence
Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage, 700 S Des Plaines
Reception, Fashion Show


April 27, Saturday 4:00 PM
Ragdale, The Artists’ Residency
Ragdale’s A Novel Affair
Distinctive North Shore Homes, Shoreacres, Lake Bluff
Reception, Intimate Dinner with 12 Acclaimed Authors


April 27, 2019, Saturday, 6:30 PM
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Annual Gala
The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave.
Cocktails, Gourmet Action Stations, Live & Silent Auctions,
Live Entertainment


April 27, 2019, Saturday, 6:30 PM
Chicago Zoological Society
Chicago Zoological Society’s Whirl
Brookfield Zoo
Reception, Up-Close Animal Experiences, Dinner, Dancing


April 28, 2019, Sunday
Chicago Opera Theater
Chicago Opera Theater Gala
Blackstone Hotel
End of Season Celebration Immediately Following
Final Performance of Moby Dick


MAY 2019


May 2, 2019, Thursday, 11:00 AM
Field Museum
Women in Science Luncheon
Field Museum
Keynote address and Luncheon
Catherine Miller
Field Museum Women’s Board


May 2, 2019, Thursday, 6:00
Smart Museum of Art
Bauhaus Tea Party, Part II


May 4, 2019, Saturday
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing
Art Institute of Chicago
Vera Mandilovitch


May 7, 2019, Tuesday, 10:30 AM
The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center
25th Annual Spring Luncheon
Hilton Chicago
Reception, Luncheon
Whitley Bouma Herbert


May 7, 2019, Tuesday, 11:30 AM
Chicago Child Care Society
Dream Builders Luncheon
The Standard Club, 320 South Plymouth Court
Registration, Lunch & Program
Deb Schlies Chicago Child Care Society
773-643-0452 ext. 2457


May 8, 2019, Wednesday, 6:00 PM
Merit School of Music
Gala 2019: Celebrating 40 Years of Music
Four Seasons Hotel
Reception, Dinner, Award Ceremony
Rina Tsang


May 8, Wednesday, 11:30 am
Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation
Chicago Medical Briefing Luncheon
Luncheon with panel of experts on advancements in early-onset bipolar disease
Private Club


May 8, 2019, Wednesday, 6:00 PM
Screen Gems Gala benefitting 2019 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Cocktails, Dinner, Tribute to Lincoln Park Zoo’s Kevin Bell
The Arts Club of Chicago
Sam Kohlhaas


May 11, 2019, Saturday, 8:00 PM
Smart Museum of Art
Kepla & Deforrest Brown Jr Performance


May 11, Saturday
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Steppenwolf Annual Gala
Dinner and entertainment celebrating its prized Ensemble and community outreach
Rockwell on the River


May 16, 2019, Thursday, 6:00 PM
The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show Opening Party
Chicago Merchandise Mart, 7th floor
Benefit, Party, VIP Lecture & Reception
The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Carol Cheng


May 17, 18, 19 Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11 AM
Dolphin Promotions
Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show
Chicago Merchandise Mart, 7th floor
Featuring over 75 premier national and international exhibitors presenting fine antique furniture, decorative and fine arts.


May 17, 2019, Friday, 11:00 AM
The Service Club of Chicago
A Royal Garden Party
The Drake Hotel
Reception, Luncheon


 May 20, 2019, Monday, 5:30 PM

League of Chicago Theatres
Gala honoring Mike Nussbaum
Cocktails, Dinner, Entertainment,  Awards, Lifetime Achievement to Mike Nussbaum
The Palmer House Hilton

May 20, 2019, Monday, 6:00 PM
The Music Institute of Chicago
Four Seasons Hotel
Cocktails, Dinner Awards Presentation


May 21, Tuesday
Misericordia Heart of Mercy
Siblings Association presents The Artist in All
Silent Auction Featuring Art by Residents
The Art Institute of Chicago Children’s Wing


May 23, 2019, Thursday 11:30 AM
Children’s Home & Aid
Champions for Children Luncheon
Honoring Corporate Partner of the Year BMO Harris Bank
The Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom


May 26, Sunday, through Sept 8 2019
Art Institute of Chicago
Manet and Modern Beauty
Regenstein Hall
First AIC exhibition devoted exclusively to   Édouard Manet in over 50 years.


May 30, 2019, Thursday, 6:00 PM
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Four Seasons Chicago
Reception, Immersive Experience, Dinner, Dessert & After-Party
Briana Wagner
PJH & Associates


JUNE 2019


June 4, 2019, Tuesday, 5:00 PM
The Village Chicago
10th Anniversary Benefit
Holtschneider Performance Center (DePaul School of Music), 2330 N Halsted
Reception, Program, and Performance (featuring Rachel Barton Pine)
Darcy Evon, CEO


June 7, 2019, Friday, 6:30 PM
Woman’s Board, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Woman’s Board Summer Ball Gala
Hilton Chicago
Cocktails, Formal Program, Silent Auction, Dinner, Auction, & Dancing
Madeline Schimeck,

June 8, 2019, Saturday, 1:00 PM
Smart Museum of Art
Family Day: Tees ‘N’ Totes
Art Making


June 8 and June 9, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am
Old Town Art Fair
Art Works for Sale, Garden Walk, Live Music, Food Court, Children’s Corner
Old Town Triangle Historic District


June 12, 2019, Wednesday, 6:00 PM
Gilda’s Club
Gilda’s Club Awards Dinner
Four Season HotelReception, Dinner


June 14, 2019, Friday, 7:30 PM
Auditorium Theatre
The Devil’s Ball
Auditorium Theatre
Drinks, Dancing, Light Bites, Wine Raffle, Silent Auction, Tours
To Benefit Auditorium Theatre Restoration and Preservation


June 21 2019, Friday, 6:30 PM
Chicago Botanic Garden
Summer Dinner Dance
Chicago Botanic Garden
Dinner, Dancing Under a Tent


JULY 2019


July 12, Friday, 6:30 PM
The Women’s Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo
The Zoo Ball
Reception, Viewing of Favorite Creatures, Candlelit Dining Dancing

July 12, 2019, Friday
The Norton Museum Of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Exhibit, Film Posters from the Dwight Cleveland Collection
1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
The Norton Museum of Art


July 14 2019, Sunday
The Ravinia Women’s Board
Annual Gala Benefit Evening
Reception, Dinner, Performance by Jennifer Hudson, Chicago Symphony Orchestra  


July 18, Thursday, 6:00 PM
PAWS Chicago
Paws Beach Party
Pet Friendly Gala, Buffet Dinner, Including One for Pets Only, Dancing on Deck
Castaways Beach Yacht




August 5th, 2019, Monday, 11:00 AM
The Service Club of Chicago
Day on the Terrace
The Peninsula Chicago
Reception, Runway Fashion Show, Luncheon


August 12, 2019, Monday, 11:00 AM
Big Shoulders Fund
Golf Classic
Olympia Fields Country Club
8:30 AM Check-in, 10:30 Welcome, 11:00 Shotgun, 5:00 Cocktails, Dinner, Program



September 6, 2019, Friday, 5:00 PM
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Art in Motion
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Molly Rinehart


September 6, 2019, Friday, 6:30 PM
The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center
Bright Futures Fall Benefit,
Theater on the Lake 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Benefit, Party
Whitley Bouma Herbert


September 27, 2019, Friday 6:30 PM
Big Shoulders Fund
Big Shoulders Fund Ball
Location TBD
VIP Reception, Main Event, Program
Amelia Drozda




October 3, 2019, Thursday, 7:00 PM
Giordano Dance Chicago
Dancing with the Giordano Stars
Park West
Voting for Professional Dancers & High Profile Partners
Giordano Dance Chicago


October 3, 2019
Gary Comer Youth Center
Gary Comer Youth Center “Redefine Possible” Luncheon
University Club
Ashley Pabst, AM Consultants Group


October 5, 2019, Saturday
Victory Gardens
Victory Gardens Chicago Stories Gala
Four Seasons Hotel
Performances Short Plays by Celebrity Authors


October 8, 2019, Tuesday
Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Ballet Fall Luncheon
Hilton Chicago
Reception, Luncheon, Intimate Conversation
Artistic Team of Joffrey Ballet


October 24, Thursday, 6:30 PM
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Gift of Life Gala
The Drake Hotel
Reception, Dinner, Dancing
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois


October 25, Friday, 11:30
 Lynn Sage Cancer Research
Fall Annual Celebrity Luncheon
Featuring Purse-Sue the Cure Silent Auction of Designer Handbags
The Hilton Chicago


October, 2019
Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation
Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation 21st Annual Dinner
University Club
Dinner, fundraiser
Ashley Pabst, AM Consultants Group




November 1, Friday, 6:00PM
The Service Club of Chicago
Annual Gala
Four Seasons Hotel
Reception, Silent Auction, Dinner, Dancing, Live Auction


November 9, 2019, Saturday, 6:30 PM
University of Chicago Cancer Research Women’s Board
Reception, Dinner, Dancing, Auction
Four Seasons Hotel
Erin Peck



December 4, 2019, Wednesday, 10:00AM
The Service Club of Chicago
Holiday Luncheon
The University Club of Chicago – Cathedral Hall
Reception, Holiday Shopping, Luncheon


December 6, 2019, Friday, 6:30 PM
Woman’s Board, Chicago Botanic Society
All Aboard
Chicago Botanic Garden
Reception, Dinner


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


Art Institute of Chicago
Through June 9, 2019
Rembrandt Portraits


Field Museum of Natural History
Through January 5, 2020
Brewing Up Chicago 


Graham Foundation
Through May 4, 2019
Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Eternal Gradient


Museum of Contemporary Art
Through March 24, 2019
Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons
Through May 12, 2019


National Museum of Mexican Art
Through October 13, 2019
 Abyss: Rocío Caballero Exhibition Torres Gallery


 Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Through September 29, 2019
A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE


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.

Benefit chairs and cultural event principals who wish to update an existing listing, as well as those
would like to add an appropriate event to the list, please send information in the following format to


Calendar Date, Day of Week, Clock Time
Sponsoring Organization
Name of Event
Location of Event
Schedule of Event Components
Name of Contact Individual
Name of Contact Company
Contact Telephone
Contact email


Compiled by the editors of Classic Chicago with
Erica  Williams and
Travaughn Cowan