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



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

___ OCTOBER 2021___

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

October 28, Thursday
Hindman Auctions
Seeing Stars: Property from the Collection of Bill Zwecker
Online bidding for November 19 Auction Begins



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___


November 4, 2021, Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm (or virtually at 7:00-7:20 pm)
The Breakthrough Board
Bringing Breakthroughs Home
The Casino, Chicago or
Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest or
Virtually 7 to 7:20 pm
Cocktails, Camaraderie and Fundraising in Support of Cancer Research at
UChicago Medicine, Previously Known As
University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Women’s Board.
To Virtually View Auction, Purchase Tickets:


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, 6-8PM
Society of Architectural Historians
Celebrating the Historic Rehabilitation of the Old Post Office
The Old Post Office
Cocktails, Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction


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, 11AM-1:30PM 
Joffrey Ballet
The Nutcracker Luncheon
Hyatt Regency, Virtual
Luncheon, Conversation
(312) 739-0120



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, 2021, Thursday, 5:30-9:30PM
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Winter Wishes Holiday Cocktail Celebration
The Casino


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



November 19, Friday, 10:00 AM
Hindman Auctions
Seeing Stars: Property from the Collection of Bill Zwecker
Online https://hindmanauctions.com/digital-bid-room



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



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From the editors of Classic Chicago magazine with  Erica Williams





Cindy McCain Keynotes for Rush







Cindy McCain’s calendar for the coming weeks signals her significance at center stage. On April 27 Penguin Random House publishes Stronger: Courage, Hope & Humor in My Life With John McCain, an autobiography sure to instantly hit bestseller lists everywhere. And then on May 11 she will keynote the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center’s first virtual spring luncheon benefit with participants registered from across the country for what has been known for nearly three decades as a signature of the season.


Cindy McCain.

Recognized for her clarity, compassion, courage, and her lifelong dedication to improving lives around the world, Cindy McCain is keeping a promise made to the Woman’s Board in the depths of COVID last April when planners realized they had to postpone the 2020 spring luncheon, where she was a highlight of the day’s program. “What a message Cindy McCain has for all at this pandemic time,” Rush Woman’s Board Chair Cindy Mancillas shares. “Her new book highlights all the ways she has gained strength through the ups and downs of a life well lived.” McCain will share these secrets to her own inner strength at the upcoming virtual program.


Cindy Mancillas, at center, at a past luncheon.

The Board is working with the Rush Medical Center’s technology department to enhance all of Zoom’s features to make sure guests feel as though they are right there together while sharing their screens from all over the world. And as a fun bonus, all guests will receive hand-delivered gift bags filled with surprises, including (at a certain level) a copy of McCain’s book.

And going virtual has its benefits: “Put on a pretty top if you’d like, but keep your fuzzy slippers on too! We are having guests register from all around the country, people connecting from their vacation spots as well as friends here who have been hesitant in the past to take off work for a longer lunch hour. Kelly Lynch from our Woman’s Board office has done a great job coordinating with Rush’s excellent tech staff,” says Mancillas.

Since the luncheon’s beginnings, the Board has brought forth vibrant voices with powerful messages to sold-out audiences every spring. From the first luncheon, featuring fashion editor Grace Mirabella, to speakers throughout the years including Madeleine Albright, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Laura Bush, Sherry Lansing, Nora Ephron, and other enlivening legends, the Rush Spring Luncheon bursts forth each year as the event to inspire.


Megan Mawicke Bradley.

This year, in addition to McCain’s much-anticipated appearance, Megan Mawicke, a Rush Woman’s Board member who worked for more than 20 years as sports reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, will also join in on the fun, handling the program’s Q & A portion.


Mingling at the 2019 luncheon. Photo by Widia Vita.


Looking from above, 2019. Photo by Widia Vita.

The much-anticipated spring social event, where guests get to pull out cheerful floral prints and pastel suits from the backs of their closets after a long winter and connect with friends returning from warmer climes, always has a profound underlying purpose. Next month’s luncheon will underscore Rush’s determination to study and pilot new models of care delivery for cancer patients. On average, cancer patients have to wait almost a month for first treatments to begin and then struggle to navigate the complexity of care. This project aims to reduce patients’ time to first treatment and create value and reduce costs. The Board aims to raise $500,000 towards this goal.

Their dedication to this principal project, The Woman’s Board Fund for Precision Oncology Research, convinced luncheon chairs Brooke Kuehnle and Katie Frekko to extend their chairmanship for an extra year when the 2020 luncheon was postponed. “It is called Precision because the research is directed to finding a cancer treatment that is tailor-made for each patient. The technology the researchers are developing with be a big game changer,” says Kuehnle. “This is also a time to celebrate all that Rush has done during the pandemic for some of the patients sickest with COVID who were transferred there and for the community surrounding our hospital.”

Frekko adds, “We are determined to create the perfect experience for all cancer patients, which they so deserve: coordinated, cost-effective, and highly compassionate. These should be extra special services that let people know how much the center cares about them. There has been cancer in my family and learning how effective and precise this research program will be is amazing.”


Lake Foresters Brooke Kuehnle and Katie Frekko.

Funds raised by the 2021 Spring Luncheon will be directed to Rush Medical Center’s education, research, and community service programs, as well as to the Precision Oncology Research project. “We are so grateful to our donors, sponsors, and to the Women’s Board, which has adapted to all the pandemic changes,” Mancillas explains, citing friends and partners Hindman Auctions, the Segal Family Foundation, Carlette McMullan, William Blair, 2×2 Health, Clover’s Garden, The Book Stall, Illinois Tool Works, and Graystone Consulting. In honor of the event and its important cause, The Book Stall in Winnetka is offering ten percent off all purchases of Stronger made at their store to customers who mention the luncheon or the Woman’s Board.


Stronger (Penguin Random House, 2021).

Stronger: Courage, Hope & Humor in My Life With John McCain will focus on the author’s much-beloved husband, their nearly 40-year partnership, and the “trials and triumphs of a singular American life,” per publisher Penguin Random House.

Of the late United States Senator and heavily decorated Vietnam veteran, she has said: “My husband, John McCain, never viewed himself as larger than life—but he was. He had more tenacity and resolve than anybody I ever met. Being with him didn’t hold me back—it gave me flight, a courage I never would have felt on my own.”

As the chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, she oversees the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity. McCain also chairs the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, working to end human trafficking and supporting victims in Arizona, the United States, and around the world. Through her work with the McCain Institute, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem. McCain also serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking and on the Board of Directors of Project C.U.R.E, the advisory boards of Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters. The mother of four chairs her family’s business, Hensley Beverage Company, one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation.

Author, philanthropist, and businesswoman, McCain continues in the tradition of the Woman’s Board Spring luncheon presenting leaders with something riveting to say.


For further information on the May 11th Virtual Spring Luncheon, and to purchase tickets, click here.