2021 Big Dates – Crain's Chicago Business

Torrey DeVitto with homeless dogs Dot and Jango at the PAWS Chicago Fur Ball.
PAWS Chicago
StreetWise Vendor Lindsey Slator performs at the StreetWise 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans.
StreetWise, Inc.
Taking a swing at NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Team Little Lefty participates in western suburbs at the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk.
Leukemia Research Foundation
Shown: 22nd annual Hunger Scramble (August 2020).
Northern Illinois Food Bank
LGC Celebrate Leaders.
Leadership Greater Chicago
Guest with charming snake at the Big Fish Ball.
Friends of the Chicago River
St. Coletta’s staff prepare to welcome 100 golfers at the Kennedy Golf Invitational.
St. Coletta’s of Illinois
Chicago Children’s Choir Voice of Chicago ensemble at Reverberation.
Chicago Children’s Choir
Guests bid on auctioned items in support of SALC at the Experience the Light Gala 2019.
Salt and Light Coalition
Shown: 22nd annual Hunger Scramble (August 2020).
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Dancing in the holiday season at the Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton attended Joey’s Angels and Friends Golf Outing.
Leukemia Research Foundation
CDEL’s Winter Awards Benefit.
Center for Disability & Elder Law
JPA 2020 “All in for Kids” Casino Night.
Juvenile Protective Association (JPA)
Las Mujeres de Cristo Rey at Ignite Glass Studios.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
2020 Polar Plunge.
Special Olympics Illinois
Matt Warman and Lauren Menzer at Dancing with the Barrington Stars.
Barrington Area Council on Aging (Bacoa)
Poker and Casino Night.
The Chicago Lighthouse
Players at the 2020 Middle Market Open.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Participants Can Run/Walk Anywhere in the World, Virtual RUN/WALK To End Homelessness.
A Safe Haven Foundation
A little rock & roll, food and fun at the Rock ‘N’ Roll for your Heart & Soul.
Hephzibah Children’s Association
Celebrating the Illinois creative community at the Seventh Annual Benefit Luncheon.
Arts Alliance Illinois
Second City hosts Yes, and…An Improvised Gala.
Gilda’s Club Chicago
Volunteers deliver safety kits to homeowners at Homeowner Safety Kit Deliveries.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
The Graduates’ Luncheon supports youth education.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Erie House EDs with Goose Island founder John Hall at the 150th Anniversary Dinner.
Erie Neighborhood House
Guests enjoying the RMHC-CNI Annual Gala. 
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana
Supporters donated generously in the Paddle Raise.
Les Turner ALS Foundation
A night to remember at the Hephzibah’s Heart Of Gold Ball.
Hephzibah Children’s Association
Chicago Polar Plunge on March 7, 2019.
Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities
Shown: 5th annual Cup of Hope (March 2020).
Northern Illinois Food Bank
NHS’ Deborah Moore, Donna Clarke and Karen Woods at the 2020 Transformative Impact Awards.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
Spring Fundraiser Event/ Virtual Dinner Event, Hope Gala.
Chicago Youth Programs
John C. Robak, Honorable Phumzile Pride Mazibuko at the Chicago Consular Corps Gala.
World Business Chicago
A couple enjoys the 2019 Gift of Life Gala.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
GCR Vice Chair Dr. Stephenson & Gateway Supporters at the The Cures Gala.
Gateway for Cancer Research, Inc.
Wellness House Ball 2019.
Wellness House
Patrick Boyle donating on behalf of Sloan Valve at the 18th annual fundraiser.
Leyden Family Service and Mental Health Center
Celebration during a No More Chemo party. 2019 St. Jude Detroit Gala.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Gala in a Bag delivered to Purple Tie Ball Guests, WINGS Virtual Purple Tie Ball.
WINGS Program, Inc.
Inspire Greatness Gala.
Special Olympics Illinois
Amy Liss views the therapy space named after her at the Growing Home Building Campaign Reception.
Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley
A squad at the RMHC-CNI Sporting Clays Tournament.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana
Golfers enjoy 2020 NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Genesys Works Annual Golf Outing.
Genesys Works Chicago
All In Annual Breakfast Summit.
CommunityHealth
Start line of 2019 Detroit St. Jude Walk/Run.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
LaBagh Woods in Chicago is the perfect venue! 3rd Annual Beer in the Woods.
Friends of the Forest Preserves
The 2019 class of the 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans.
StreetWise, Inc.
Hitting the links at the RMHC-CNI Golf Classic.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana
LGC Celebrate Leaders.
Leadership Greater Chicago
Joan E. Clifford, OnWord 2020 Event Chair.
American Writers Museum
Founder Izabel Olson (center) w/ SALC volunteers at the Experience the Light Gala 2019.
Salt and Light Coalition
Chicago Baseball Night.
Special Olympics Illinois
Friendly competition on the links at the Catholic Charities’ Golf Invitational.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
JPA Board Member Gregg Lunceford & wife Susette at the JPA 2019 “All in for Kids” Benefit.
Juvenile Protective Association (JPA)
Seeing What’s Possible Virtual Gala.
The Chicago Lighthouse
Las Mujeres de Cristo Rey at Ignite Glass Studios.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
The Rumba at Dancing with the Barrington Stars.
Barrington Area Council on Aging (Bacoa)
Music brings people together at Rock ‘N’ Roll for your Heart & Soul.
Hephzibah Children’s Association
Honoring the Citizen Advocate Award recipients at the Seventh Annual Benefit Luncheon.
Arts Alliance Illinois
Guest with Elroy at Big Fish Ball.
Friends of the Chicago River
Players enjoy the 2020 Middle Market Open.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Battle of the Bands 2020.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
Running the warning track of Guaranteed Rate Field at the Strike Out ALS 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk/Roll.
Les Turner ALS Foundation
ED Kirstin Chernawsky, honorees Alissa & Christian at the 150th Anniversary Dinner.
Erie Neighborhood House
What an exciting event, the night was magical at the Hephzibah Heart of Gold Ball.
Hephzibah Children’s Association
Chicago Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Chicago.
Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities
NHS works with daily with community residents at the Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Event.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
Shown: 5th annual Cup of Hope (March 2020)
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Chefs prepare signature dishes for the Chicago Signature Chefs Auction.
March of Dimes
Sponsors’ Trees are displayed in Prudential Plaza for Season of Hope.
Chicago Youth Programs
Honorees and Andrea Zopp & Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot at the Chicago Consular Corps Gala.
World Business Chicago
Music by Jazz, Orchestra and Choral Students.
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory
Michele Mistovich with pups at PAWS Beach Party.
PAWS Chicago
(L-R) Mark Schwartz, Joan & Paul Rubschlager at the Gift of Life Gala.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Red Wagons- another reason St. Jude is so special, at the 2019 St. Jude Detroit Gala.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Danielle Carleton from Lake Behavioral Hospital at the 18th annual fundraiser.
Leyden Family Service and Mental Health Center
WINGS board member Darla Swango and Julius Harang at the WINGS Virtual Purple Tie Ball.
WINGS Program, Inc.
A special evening of food and wine at Gilda’s Night In.
Gilda’s Club Chicago
2019 Gala Ambassadors, the Ladgenski family at the 41st Annual Benefit Gala.
Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley
Chicago Ducky Derby.
Special Olympics Illinois
Cocktails and Conversation.
Genesys Works Chicago
Casa Central Drive-In Movie Gala.
Casa Central
Enjoy craft beer and cider from local breweries at the 3rd Annual Beer in the Woods.
Friends of the Forest Preserves
All In Celebration.
CommunityHealth
OnWord 2020 Cultural and Civic Leadership Award.
American Writers Museum
Thursday, July 1
South East Chicago Commission, Hyde Park Farmer’s Market. For the 2021 Season, the Hyde Park Farmers Market, located in lovely Downtown Hyde Park Chicago, will be open June 13 – September 26 from 9 am – 1pm every Sunday. We will offer a variety of fresh food vendors to choose from!
Friday, July 9
The Institute for Clinical Social Work Summer in the City, "Shifting Paradigms – Becoming More Human in Our Work". This series will explore the many ways we bring our ‘humanity’ into the therapeutic relationship that is unique to all others.
Sunday, July 11
Chicago Loop Alliance, Sundays on State. Street will close to traffic from Lake to Madison on Sundays this summer! Come together with neighbors from every Chicago community for this free, interactive block party! Experience everyone’s neighborhood, the Loop, like never before!
Monday, July 12
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Middle Market Open. Join over 400 members of Chicago’s middle market deal-making community in a one-of-a-kind amateur golf tournament benefitting the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cohn Weil Memorial MS Outing. All-day event featuring golf, yoga, bridge, mahjong, canasta, silent auction and a sit-down dinner raising money for the national MS Society. 6:45 a.m., Northmoor Country Club, Highland Park.
Thursday, July 15
Chicago Parks Foundation Play for the Parks, Golf Invitational. Join the Chicago Parks Foundation out on the greens for a day of golf and networking at Jackson Park Golf Course! Connect with Chicago’s corporate and philanthropic community, Chicago Park District leadership, and passionate park supporters.
Les Turner ALS Foundation, 2021 Strike Out ALS 5k and 1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll.  Complete your 5k or 1-mile race on your own time, from the comfort of your own community by July 15 to qualify for awards. Registration includes a shirt, eye black, and running bib. Athletes of all levels can race towards a cure and the finish line!
Friday, July 16
A Safe Place Wine, Women & Shoes. Virtual event to support survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
March of Dimes, Movie Night Under the Stars. Join March of Dimes for a night out to support moms and babies. Includes open bar, reserved blankets with pillows, cheese & charcuterie boards, and all the essential movie goodies. This elegant movie night will make you feel like you’re IN a movie
Saturday, July 17-25
A Safe Haven Foundation, Global Virtual Run/Walk To End Homelessness. A Safe Haven Foundation, an internationally acclaimed nonprofit dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness is hosting its Virtual RUN/Walk To End Homelessness the week of July 17-25th, 2021. All proceeds will go directly to those we serve.
Sunday, July 18
Ravinia Festival Women’s Board Gala. Cynthia Erivo in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, benefitting Ravinia’s Reach Teach Play Education programs. Ravinia Festival, Highland Park.
Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame, 25th Anniversary Reunion. Welcome Home Celebration of over 275 Inductees, Teams plus family and friends of the sport. Museum open house, networking, food, beverages and beer.
Monday, July 19
Edward Foundation Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds fund life-saving equipment, nursing scholarships and patient services at Edward Hospital. Noon, Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont.
Wednesday, July 21
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Monsignor Michael Boland Golf Invitational. Golf on all four courses plus networking, food, libations and friendly competition with more than 350 golfers to support families in need. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont.
Thursday, July 22
Chicago Human Rhythm Project JUBALEE. Thirtieth annual evening of dance, comedy and music to support the Project’s community-based arts education, performance and economic development programs. 6:30 p.m., Chicago.
Les Turner ALS Foundation Strike Out ALS 5K and 1 Mile Run, Walk and Roll. Run, walk or roll on the warning track at Guaranteed Rate Field. If held virtually, participants will run or walk in their own community, on their own time.
Friday, July 23
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, 2021 Wine Dinner. 24th Annual Wine Dinner with host Terlato Wines. Enjoy up to five wines & a multiple-course meal including Anthony Terlato discussing each wine, a live auction, wine pull & paddle raise to benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.
PAWS Chicago Beach Party. Pet-friendly gathering raises money for homeless animals and supports PAWS mission in making Chicago a no-kill city.
Saturday, July 24
Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, Ride, Baby, Ride Motorcycle Run. Join us for the annual Ride, Baby, Ride Motorcycle run for the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation starting at Harley Davidson in Woodstock, Illinois.
Monday, July 26
American Cancer Society Chicago Select Golf Invitational. The nation’s most profitable single-day golf event benefiting ACS. 8 a.m., Medinah Country Club.
Saturday, July 31st
Leukemia Research Foundation Angels in the Fairway Golf Outing. Raises funds for research to cure leukemia. 7 a.m., Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva.
After School Matters Summer Teen Cuisine Series. Chicago teens pair with Chicago’s best chefs to raise funds for life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities. Chicago.
TBD
Chicago Lions Charitable Association
, Keith Brown Presidents Cup Golf Outing. Annual golf outing fundraiser. Noon.

Sunday, August 1
Envision Unlimited, In Motion. Help Envision raise awareness about the importance of movement for people with disabilities! In Motion is all about being active, in whatever way you want.
Meals on Wheels Chicago, Nourish Our City. Nourish Our City is a month-long fundraiser throughout August in celebration of Meals on Wheels Chicago’s birthday. Proceeds will support programs that improve quality of life and maximize independence for seniors and people with disabilities.
Monday, August 2
La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 32nd Annual Golf Classic. The Golf Classic is a fundraising event that invites golfers to come together for a great cause. Join us for a day outside on the links that includes 18 holes of golf, auctions, contests, raffle and golfer prizes, lunch, beverages, and more.
Thursday, August 5
Association Forum, Honors Gala. Honors Gala is a celebratory tradition for Chicagoland associations and the premier fundraising event for the Association Forum Foundation.  The event recognizes outstanding professionals in the association industry.
Cornerstone Services, Summer Chi.ill. Non-stop music and entertainment over 4 awesome days! The Chicago Parrot Head Club and Cornerstone Services Inc present Summer CHI.ILL, a Trop-Rock festival to benefit Cornerstone Services. There will be lots of live Trop-Rock music, food and fun.
 
Global Leadership Network, The Global Leadership Summit. The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event broadcast live to 500+ venues and online across the U.S. The Summit features 15+ diverse world-class faculty teaching from their areas of expertise and experiences related to the topic of leadership.
Friday, August 6
Make-A-Wish Illinois Over the Edge. Through Aug. 7, catch your breath, step up to the edge and rappel off of an iconic Chicago building to support wishes for kids with critical illnesses.
Saturday, August 7
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Gala. An inspirational evening celebrating families and supporters with auctions and entertainment. 6 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
United Relief Foundation, In Honor of Purple Heart Veterans Cruise. United Relief Foundation will be hosting an In Honor cruise for Purple Heart veterans aboard Adeline’s Sea Moose, a 68-foot luxury yacht. Honored guests will be pampered by the crew serving food and beverages as the yacht cruises Chicago’s lakefront.
Monday, August 9
Big Shoulders Fund Golf Classic. Fundraiser for scholarships for deserving children who want to study for a brighter future at a Big Shoulders Fund school. 10 a.m., Olympia Fields Country Club.
Midtown Educational Foundation, 28th Annual Golf for the Kids Outing. Join us for a fun day of golf and networking while supporting our mission of educating and mentoring over 1,100 low-income kids at our Midtown Center for boys and Metro Achievement Center for girls.
St. Coletta’s of Illinois, Kennedy Golf Invitational. An exclusive golf experience at Crystal Tree Golf and Country Club in Orland Park. Carts, lunch, cocktails, and appetizers provided. All proceeds benefit St. Coletta’s of Illinois’ programs and services!

Wednesday, August 11
JDRF Illinois, Diabetes Lesson Plan for School Nurses. JDRF & La Rabida Children’s Hospital present A Diabetes Lesson Plan for School Nurses. This program is for nurses looking to learn all about how to care and manage students living with type 1 diabetes.
Thursday, August 12
Special Olympics Illinois Chicago Ducky Derby. More than 60,000 rubber ducks splash in the Chicago River and race to the finish, with proceeds benefitting over 30,000 athletes in Illinois. 10 a.m., Chicago River.
Friday, August 13
Simon Youth Foundation, Tees for Education.
Saturday, August 14
Salt and Light Coalition, Radiate Gala. Join the Coalition to shine the Light on trafficking. Salt and Light Coalition mobilizes individuals and organizations to empower survivors to heal and thrive through workforce development. Your support changes lives and equips our women to THRIVE!
Simon Youth Foundation, Founders Celebration. Join us an unforgettable experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for food and unique access to 400 at The Brickyard. The day will extend an excellent opportunity to network while celebrating the accomplishments of SYF.
Monday, August 16
A Safe Place, Drive Out Domestic Violence Golf Outing. Day-long golf outing supporting community survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Briarwood Country Club, Deerfield.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Golf for the Bear. This exclusive charity golf event brings together golfers, professionals, and civic leaders to enjoy a round of golf, network, and support children with cancer. Enjoy a scramble format at The Club at Wynstone, one of the best courses in Illinois.
Chicago Scholars, Swing for Scholars. Swing for Scholars is an annual golf tournament co-hosted by Chicago Scholars and the Manny and Pat Pulido Sanchez Foundation. Join us for food, drink, a silent auction, a short program, and golf for a great cause.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 11th Annual Mercy Home Golf Classic. Gather your foursome for a great day at Beverly Country Club, one of Chicago’s most historic courses, while raising funds for kids at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

Thursday, August 19
HACIA, HACIA’s Scholarship & Education Foundation Annual Golf Outing. HACIA SEF’s Annual Golf Outing is a premier construction golf event of the year, where industry professionals gather for a day out on the green & a chance to network with industry’s finest to support the Scholarship & Education Foundation.
The Nature Conservancy, Midewin: Explore the First National Tallgrass Prairie. Join experts from The Nature Conservancy in Illinois for a webinar that will focus on the transformation of the former Joliet Arsenal to the country’s first national tallgrass prairie. Registration is required.
Friday, August 20
Genesys Works Chicago, Signing Day. Please join us to celebrate our Class 12 Young Professionals as they embark on their yearlong internships! Signing Day 2021 is the first time Class 12 will find out which of our corporate partners will host their internships.
Saturday, August 21
Jackson Chance Foundation, Owl Ride for Jackson. The Owl Ride for Jackson is a two-day 111-mile roundtrip bike ride from Chicago to Valparaiso, IN. Taking off from Chicago’s lakefront, the route serves up breathtaking views and scenic bike trails to Valparaiso!
Monday, August 23
Genesys Works Chicago, Genesys Works 6th Annual Golf Outing. Support our Young Professionals while enjoying an afternoon of golf and networking at the prestigious Medinah Country Club. Medinah has been home to major championships and events like the PGA, US Open, and Ryder Cup on its fabled Course 3.
Tuesday, August 24
Northern Illinois Food Bank, 23rd Annual Hunger Scramble Golf Outing. A fun Scramble Style outing including on-course tastings. giveaways, and scenic views at the beautiful Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton IL. Tee times available!
Wednesday, August 25
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, A Deeply Rooted Evening for Chicago’s Healing: GOSHEN (preview). Deeply Rooted and Grammy winner Donald Lawrence explore biblical themes of power, oppression, and deliverance in a joyous contemporary setting with gospel music, narrative, and dance-theater. With Le’Andria Johnson and Zeke Locke & The NuXperience.
Thursday, August 26
Apparel Industry Foundation, Scholarship Competition. Our annual scholarship competition will be broadcast virtually for all to see!
Cara Collective, Cara Summer Social presented by Slalom. Hosted by the Cara Associate Board, Summer Social presented by Slalom is an interactive evening promising food and beverage demos and special guests all celebrating Cara’s mission to eradicate poverty.
Chicago Dancers United, Dance for Life. 30th anniversary of this annual event, returning live and in person, featuring Chicago dance companies performing to raise funds for The Dancers’ Fund, which supports the health and wellness needs of Chicago’s professional dance community.
Friday, August 27
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Beer Under Glass. Enjoy the outdoor gardens as you sip on samples from local brewers. Proceeds support nature education at the Garfield Park Conservatory and Illinois Craft Brewers Guilds’ expansion of the craft beer industry through education and advocacy.
Pathway to Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America Sporting Clays. Family-friendly day of competition—all proceeds benefit local Boy Scouts. 8:30 a.m., Palos Sportsman’s Club, Frankfort.
United Way of Metro Chicago, Board Leadership Institute Program – Fall 2021 Cohort. The Board Leadership Program prepares philanthropic business leaders for service on the boards of directors of local nonprofits. The training cohort provides participants with the tools to best leverage their skills in service of Greater Chicago.
Monday, August 30
American Cancer Society, Chicago Select Golf Invitational. For 25 years Chicago Select is one of the longest-running and most profitable golf events in the nation benefiting the American Cancer Society. Chicago Select was founded in 1995 by Keith Bank of KB Partners, LLC and has raised over $10 million.
Bernie’s Book Bank, Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic. Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic provides players with a unique and meaningful golf experience at Shoreacres. Event proceeds benefit Bernie’s Book Bank, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing book ownership among local under-served children.
Tuesday, August 31
Chicago Youth Programs Hope Gala and Season of Hope. Cocktail and dinner fundraiser with a sponsor-a-tree component. Chicago.
American Writers Museum OnWord.
TBD
Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Corporate Golf Outing. Fundraiser to benefit the growth of Black businesses throughout Illinois.
Wednesday, September 1
Beyond Hunger, Hunger Action Month. Squash hunger with Beyond Hunger this September during Hunger Action Month! Visit GoBeyondHunger.org for the list of monthly activities to help make an impact, including H.A.M. Bingo with great swag prizes.
CommunityHealth All In Chicago. Series of educational and social events to discuss and generate solutions for providing accessible health care to all Chicago residents. Chicago.
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Women’s Leadership Committee Soirée. Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Women’s Leadership Committee is hosting its Soirée, in-person, at the Chicago Botanic Garden with late-night bites, dessert, cocktails and live entertainment.
NorthShore University HealthSystem Myra Rubenstein Weis Luncheon. Funds raised will support the MRW LIFE Cancer Survivorship Program and other initiatives. 10:30 a.m., Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park.
Thursday, September 2
CommunityHealth, All in Chicago Breakfast Summit. The Breakfast Summit is a virtual event, featuring a keynote speaker and a diverse panel of leaders discussing how the Chicago community can address and overcome barriers to accessing health care.
Friday, September 3
United Way of Metro Chicago, Responsible Business Leaders Program – Fall 2021 Cohort. Responsible Business Leaders learning cohorts provide rising executives with training and tools they can use to help create a more equitable and inclusive Chicago business community. Apply today for the Fall 2021 Cohort.
Tuesday, September 7
The Salvation Army, Hope Fore Kids Golf Classic. The Salvation Army Hope Fore Kids Golf Classic raises money for youth programs for disadvantaged children and shelter for families in extreme crisis.
Wednesday, September 8
Eversight, FANTASEA: 2021 Gift of Sight Masquerade. Aquatic chic & masks are encouraged at this annual gala to benefit Eversight’s mission to restore sight & prevent blindness. With co-chairs Michael Caputo & Candace Jordan, 2021 Woman of Vision Justine Fedak & Gift of Sight Honoree Parag Majmudar, MD.
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter ALS Classic. A day of golf and fun to support care, advocacy, research and awareness for the ALS Community. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont.
Thursday, September 9
Collision Repair Education Foundation, Kennedy King College Auto Collision Program Fundraiser. The Collision Repair Education Foundation is hosting a fundraiser at TopGolf Schaumburg where 50% of the proceeds will benefit Kennedy King College’s auto collision program, students. Auto industry members from the Chicago area will be joining us.
Onward Neighborhood House, Golf Outing. The Golf Tournament is Onward Neighborhood House’s annual version of a ‘rent party” for our Belmont Cragin center dedicated to early childhood and youth education.
Friday, September 10
American Cancer Society, Skyline Soiree. Skyline Soiree is Chicago’s premier young professionals event bringing together over 800 rising leaders and philanthropists from across the city for a night of celebration!
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Gala of the Arts. Works for purchase by 20 local artists, dinner, dancing and the Friday night fireworks provided by Navy Pier. Navy Pier, Chicago.
Children’s Home & Aid Gala. Sponsored by the Woman’s Board, an evening to support early childhood centers and honoring outstanding members of the community who advocate for on behalf of children. 6 p.m., Chicago.
National Able Network, 4th Annual Veteran of the Year Award Luncheon. The Veteran of the Year Award Luncheon celebrates local veterans who serve their communities and bring value to the workforce. Every sponsorship, ticket sale, and donation supports and connects Chicagoland veterans to fulfilling careers.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Art in Motion. Artists, civic and business leaders enjoy a cocktail party with music, raffles, refreshments and patient artwork on display. 6 p.m., Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago.
Saturday, September 11
Scottish Rite Dyslexia Foundation, 5-K Run Walk for Dyslexia. Fund raising 5-K run or walk for support of 3 Dyslexia Centers in Chicago area.
Monday, September 13
Let It Be Us Golf Event. A day of golf with lunch and dinner—all to support children living in Illinois foster care. 10:30 a.m., Hawthorn Woods Country Club.
New Horizon Center for Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities & Autism, 29th Annual John Tompkins Charity Golf Outing. The Day includes a full day of Golf, Food, Beverages & Giveaways!  NHC is a nonprofit 501 (c) facility serving the needs of children & adults with developmental disabilities and autism.
Reading Power Inc, Play for Literacy Golf & Games Event. ​Please join us for our inaugural Play for Literacy Golf & Games event. In 2021 Reading Power is focusing on doing more to close the learning gap created by the months of pandemic-related school closures in 2020-2021 by expanding our programming.
Tuesday, September 14
Chicago Architecture Center, Together Again Gala 2021. Join us in celebrating with the CAC community on the rooftop of the Old Chicago Post Office. Proceeds will support the CAC’s educational mission.
Chicago Cultural Alliance, Journey Chicago. The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s month long citywide cultural festival that takes you on cultural journeys through our city’s North, West, and South sides featuring multicultural performances.
Leukemia Research Foundation: New and Emerging Treatments for Blood Cancers. Free, virtual patient education program for blood cancer patients and caregivers who want to learn more about treatment options from physician experts. 7:30 p.m.
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Konica Minolta Golf Classic. Full day of friendly competition, golfer giveaways, course contests and prizes, all to raise money for the Foundation. 11 a.m., Cantigny Golf, Wheaton.
Park Lawn Development Disability Awareness Night. Park Lawn, Intersect for Ability and other agencies join together to raise awareness for intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Chicagoland area. 5 p.m., Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago.
Friday, September 17
Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Elevate. Live outdoor concert, "Ravinia-style" in school parking lot, featuring Wichita Jacks!
CURE Epilepsy, Unite to CURE Epilepsy: Tenacity. Discovery. Hope. Hosted by Mike Barnicle, Unite to CURE Epilepsy is an evening of entertainment, stories from the epilepsy community, and promising updates from leading epilepsy researchers. Become a sponsor and enjoy an exclusive Happy Hour hosted by Rick Bayless.
Saturday, September 18
Adler Planetarium, Celestial Ball. A virtual experience “under the stars,” this event supports the Adler’s unique approach to scientific exploration. Join the Adler and guests around the world for a celebration of community, connection, and the universe that unites us.
Alliance for the Great Lakes, September Adopt-a-Beach. Adopt-a-Beach teams will be cleaning up beaches across the Great Lakes. Volunteer and be part of something big! This event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, so you’ll be joining people caring for shorelines all over the world.
DuPagePads, Run 4 Home Virtual Run & Walk.
Les Turner ALS Foundation, ALS Walk for Life. As Chicagoland’s largest ALS gathering thousands of walkers form teams in support of people living with ALS to celebrate and honor their lives. The ALS Walk for Life features a 2-mile stroll along the lakefront and finishes at historic Soldier Field.
PAWS Chicago, PAWS Chicago 21st Annual 5K Walk/Run. Join animal-loving participants as they run, walk, wag or wiggle during the PAWS 5K in support of PAWS Chicago’s mission to build a No Kill city. Fundraise, enjoy activities, giveaways, and entertainment at the city’s largest pet friendly event. 
Ravinia Festival Music Matters. Cocktail hour, auctions and dinner to raise funds for Ravinia’s music education programs. Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
Monday, September 20
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Vernissage. Opening night preview of Expo Chicago with proceeds benefitting the MCA. Chicago.
Tuesday, September 21
Metropolitan Planning Council, Better//Together: MPC’s 2021 Annual Event. The MPC 2021 Annual Event is focused on the changes needed for the Chicago region to rebuild better, together. The event will spotlight those guiding equitable, community-centered recovery, including Champion Fighter Award winner, Martin H. Nesbitt.
Wednesday, September 22
Mercy Housing Lakefront Moving Forward Together.
Thursday, September 23
Bernie’s Book Bank, Walk As One Chicago. Join ESPN Chicago’s David Kaplan for the second annual 24-mile walk to unite Chicago and support the children served by Bernie’s Book Bank. Participants will enjoy the unique course, which includes stops at the United Center, Wrigley Field and more.
Better Government Association, Character Matters. The Better Government Association 2021 Annual Luncheon Featuring special guest David Rubenstein.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Paint the Town Gala. Music, food, auctions and awards to celebrate the organization and the low-income homeowners and communities it serves. 6:30 p.m., Chicago.
Strides For Peace, Race Against Gun Violence. The Race Against Gun Violence (RAGV) celebrates the life-changing work of community organizations and provides a dynamic platform for people who care about ending gun violence to connect and get involved.
The Goldie Initiative Gala. Virtual event honoring a Goldie Gala "Shero." 5 p.m.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Annual U.S. Holocaust Museum ‘What You Do Matters’ Virtual Chicago Event. The annual U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s ‘What You Do Matters’ Risa K. Lambert event—which historically attracts 2,500 Chicagoans — will feature special guests, inspiring stories, and important messages about the Museum’s role in today’s world.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Midwest Regional Office, 2021 Risa K. Lambert Midwest Virtual Event. Join chairs Meredith Bluhm-Wolf & Bill Wolf for a moving program about Holocaust education. Sheila, Joe, & the Gutman Family will be honored with the National Leadership Award for their commitment to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s mission.
Friday, September 24
American Heart Association Metro Chicago Heart Walk. City-wide fundraising event that promotes heart health, health equity and also funds important scientific research. 8 a.m., Chicago.
NorthShore University HealthSystem American Craft Exposition. Through Sept. 26, one of the country’s premier fine craft shows; proceeds benefit maternal health services at NorthShore University HealthSystem. 10 a.m., Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Run to Rebuild. Participants run a 5K, walk 2 miles, or ride 20 miles to benefit the organization.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & 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.
Saturday, September 25
Edward Foundation The Big Gig Gala. The Foundation’s 30th annual gala. 6 p.m., The Westin Chicago, Lombard.
Friends of the Forest Preserves, 5th Annual Beer in the Woods. Enjoy nature, community, and beer at the best venue in town – LaBagh Woods in Chicago! Saturday’s event will take place in person with a week of virtual programming leading up to the festival. Sip, play, learn, and help protect your forest preserves.
Lyric Opera of Chicago Season Opening Gala. Night to raise money for the Lyric and celebrate the joy of music. Chicago.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Together in Teal – “Everywhere as One” National Broadcast. We invite ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers and dedicated families to join us as we come together across the country on September 25th during a live broadcast which features our programs and services and stories of survivors who benefit from them.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago Run to Rebuild. Participants run a 5K, walk 2 miles or ride 20 miles to benefit the organization. Chicago.
Wellness House Ball. Helps provide services at no cost to people diagnosed with cancer, caregivers and families in the Chicagoland area and beyond. 6 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Sunday, September 26
United Relief Foundation, In Honor of Gold Star Mothers Cruise. United Relief Foundation will be hosting an In Honor cruise for Gold Star Mothers aboard Adeline’s Sea Moose, a 68-foot luxury yacht. Honored guests will be pampered by the crew serving food and beverages as the yacht cruises Chicago’s lakefront.
Monday, September 27
Juvenile Protective Association, All in for Kids Golf Outing. Join us at the 2021 All in for Kids Golf Outing! Proceeds support the crucial mental health services JPA provides to thousands of children, caregivers and educators in Chicago each year.
Tuesday, September 28
After School Matters 30th Anniversary Gala.
Wednesday, September 29
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Golf Classic. The NKFI Golf Classic is a fun day of golf hosted just outside Chicago at the Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton. It is a fantastic, full day of friendly competition, golfer giveaways, course contests, and prizes.
Thursday, September 30
CommunityHealth, All In Celebration. CommunityHealth’s All In Celebration is an evening to recognize and celebrate achievements in building a healthier Chicago, supported by donors and partners of CommunityHealth.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Annual Meeting. Join us to hear Holly Sullivan, VP, Worldwide Economic Development for Amazon speak on Global Growth Opportunities

September 
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Annual Together in Teal Walk. This annual event brings survivors, families and medical professionals “Together in Teal” to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and raise funds to support programs and services that focus on survivors and caregivers.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Team Teal runs the Chicago Half Marathon. Join us the last Sunday in September and run on Team Teal to spread awareness and raise funds for ovarian cancer survivors. Runners and medical professionals connected to ovarian cancer run their personal best on behalf of the ovarian community.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Teal Lights Cruise. Each September we celebrate the city lit in teal to draw attention to ovarian cancer. Our event takes place on Wendella Boat’s “Lila” and includes an architectural cruise, food and drink and special fundraising activities to support the work of NOCC.
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StreetWise Gala
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Friday, October 1
Big Shoulders Fund Ball. Raises scholarship funds for deserving students. 6 p.m., Wintrust Grand Banking Hall, Chicago.
Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center, Don’t Stop Believing. Leyden Family Service and the SHARE Program’s 19th annual fundraiser supporting mental health and substance misuse treatment.   Dinner, dancing and silent auction at Allegra Banquets.
March of Dimes, 2021 Construction & Transportation Awards. Join March of Dimes as we honor construction and transportation leaders for their contributions to the Chicagoland community. Enjoy a celebration of our remarkable honorees while supporting working together to fight for the health of moms and babies.
PAWS Chicago, TEAM PAWS Chicago. Join TEAM PAWS Chicago, the largest animal welfare and largest local charity team in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and make your miles matter by raising lifesaving funds for homeless pets!
The Chicago Lighthouse FLAIR – Fun. Fashion. Philanthropy. Luncheon featuring the season’s hottest trends in support of the organization’s programs for children with disabilities. The Drake Hotel, Chicago.
Saturday, October 2
American Cancer Society, Discovery Ball 2021. Be a H.E.R.O. and join us for a night of celebration and unity as we work to ensure all have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer. Proceeds will support the H.E.R.O. (Health Equity in Research & Operations) campaign.
Museum of Science and Industry Columbian Ball. An evening of entertainment and fun supporting the MSI’s STEAM Science Education initiatives. 6 p.m.
National Headaches Foundation, National Headache Foundation’s 35th Annual Gala. Raising funds for education, research, awareness, and advocacy to benefit the 40 million Americans living with migraine disease and headache disorders.
South Suburban Family Shelter, Keeping Dreams Alive Gala. Gala held virtually to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  We will have a silent auction and raffle.  Sponsorships are available.
Stories Matter Foundation, StoryStudio Writers Festival. The StoryStudio Writers Festival focuses on developing the craft of writing and giving key information on the publishing world. It offers agent and editor meetings, panels, keynote speakers, roundtable lunch conversations, and more.
WINGS Program, WINGS 21st Annual Purple Tie Ball. Join us in-person or virtually from anywhere. Dinner and music by Maggie’s Speaks and an online auction. Our speakers will share powerful stories about surviving domestic violence and thriving!

Sunday, October 3
CJE SeniorLife, Celebrate CJE. Join CJE SeniorLife’s virtual gala, Celebrate CJE, to help support the organization’s mission to enhance quality of life and facilitate independence of older adults through life enrichment, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education.
JDRF Illinois, JDRF One Walk. The 2021 JDRF One Walk will bring the experience right to you with fitness challenges,  individual Walk experiences, and the change to join Walkers from across the nation, moving as one, with one mission – a world without T1D.

Monday, October 4

Envision Unlimited, Envision Golf Classic. Join Envision Unlimited at Olympia Fields Country Club, home of the 2020 BMW Championship, to support our organization that provides services for people with disabilities across all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
Tuesday, October 5
Chicago Zoological Society, Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner
. A fundraising dinner hosted by the Board of Trustees and Women’s Board that celebrates and recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant impacts and commitments to conservation and animal welfare, both locally and globally.
Illinois Environmental Council, 19th Annual Environmental Leadership Dinner. Illinois-based environmental organizations and leaders, businesses and governments will come together and celebrate our community’s achievements and recognize key leaders from the past year.
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future Employment Champions Breakfast. Raises funds to advance the organization’s mission of improving economic mobility for the unemployed. 8 a.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago.
Friday, October 8
Casa Central, Annual Gala.
Pathway to Adventure Council Camporee. Youth ages 5-18 and their families experience exciting activities and competitions, including the opportunity to join Scouting.
Saturday, October 9
Alzheimer’s Association, Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.
South East Chicago Commission, 3rd Annual SECC Regional Economic Development Symposium. Now, more than ever, business owners need to be positioned to take advantage of new opportunities to grow their businesses. Hear from industry experts who will present information about how you can be a part of Chicago’s expansion.

Sunday, October 10
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Join one of the biggest and best charity teams for this epic race and help provide critical funds for the children of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. You’ll get an 18-week training program, a jersey, and more. Heroes go 26.2 miles no matter what!
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Mercy Home Heroes Challenge. Join individuals and businesses around Chicago by creating your own challenge to bring hope and healing to the kids of Mercy Home. You can run a half marathon, bike 50 miles, or tackle a 30-day fitness challenge – anything that gets you going.
National MS Society Finish MS: Chicago Marathon. Cause-driven athletes push their personal limits and challenge themselves physically, while working to create a world free of MS. Grant Park, Chicago.
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter, Bank of America Chicago Marathon TeamALS. Combine physical endurance with a fierce dedication to fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease by joining one of the largest TeamALS programs nationwide. Chicago.
Monday, October 11-15
Current, Chicago Water Week 2021. Five days. Dozens of events. Hundreds of speakers. The conference will have events on all facets of water issues. Learn more about how critical water is in our environment, communities and economy! Attend as many (mostly free) events as you like.
Tuesday, October 12
Chicago Community Trust, On the Table. Part of a racial healing initiative designed to strengthen our communities.
Wednesday, October 13
Girls Inc. of Chicago, Strong Smart Bold Awards Fundraiser. Each year, we recognize high-achieving women & the next generation of young female leaders. Last year, we honored Connie Lindsey, EVP, Northern Trust, Pam Scholl, CEO, Dr. Scholl Foundation, & Valerie Jarrett, Co-Chair The United State of Women.
Thursday, October 14
Gift of Adoption Fund Gather For The Gift. Contributes toward GOA’s goal of helping complete the adoptions of 500 vulnerable children per year, giving them permanent families and the chance to thrive. 7 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.
Openlands, 2021 Conservation Leadership Award Ceremony. Join Openlands virtually honoring U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s unparalleled environmental and conservation legacy.
Friday, October 15
Gilda’s Club Chicago Virtual Walk and Run. Support Gilda’s Club in your own space and at your own pace.

North Shore Board of the Northwestern Settlement, An Evening Under The Stars. Join us for a fun-filled evening event featuring a drive-in movie, food trucks and more! All proceeds support Northwestern Settlement’s House in the Wood camp, a year-round outdoor education and summer camp program serving Chicago youth.
Saturday, October 16
A Safe Place Unmask the Violence Gala.
Chicago Children’s Choir Red Jacket Optional. Annual gala raising funds to inspire and unite nearly 5,000 youth through music. The Geraghty, Chicago.
Fox Valley Food for Health, Under the Harvest Moon. Annual fundraising event.
Have Dreams, Night of Dreams – 25th Anniversary Gala. Featuring cocktails, dinner and our Dreams of a Lifetime Auction.  Benefiting Have Dreams, a Chicago area autism resource organization providing programs and services for children, teens and adults with autism.
Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program, Every Girl is a CEO Conference. The Every Girl is a CEO Conference will provide girls with tools and skills to prepare for leadership roles in the future workplace. Participants will learn from local women business leaders about career opportunities in a variety of industries.
Reclaim13 Cherish the Dream Gala. Cocktails, dinner, auctions and entertainment to raise funds to end the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adult survivors. 6 p.m., The Westin Chicago, Lombard.
Sunday, October 17
Donka, Race for Abilities. Join Team Donka as we raise funds to support people with disabilities. Runners will receive discounted entry.
Marklund Run, Walk & Roll 5K/1M. Runners, walkers and those in wheelchairs/assistive devices participate to raise funds for those with profound developmental disabilities; may go full virtual. 8 a.m., Marklund Hyde Center, Geneva.
Monday, October 18
FARE, Contains: Courage® Research Retreat. This conference brings together patient advocates, clinicians, industry representatives, and investigators in academia and public service to learn and share advancements in food allergy biology, treatment, prevention, and patient-centered care.
Midtown Educational Foundation, 30th Annual Reach for Excellence Gala. MEF’s Virtual Gala benefiting the Midtown Center and Metro Achievement Center and honoring Mary Presberg, Financial Crimes and Risk & Regulatory Advisory Services Partner at PwC, and Heidi Capozzi, EVP and Global Chief People Officer at McDonald’s.
Tuesday, October 19
Bright Promises Foundation, 2021 Awards. Bright Promises’ 2021 Awards is an inspiring and uplifting celebration of the individuals and organizations who are going above and beyond to ensure every child in Metropolitan Chicago reaches their full promise and potential. 
Illinois Chamber of Commerce, 14th Annual Workers’ Compensation & Safety Conference. Designed not only to inform, educate and assist Illinois employers to be in compliance, but also to reduce their workers’ comp costs in the process.
Thursday, October 21
Apparel Industry Board, Rev Up Chicago 2021. A virtual broadcast featuring fashion vignettes showcasing emerging and established Chicago designers. A VIP viewing party will be held at Perillo Gold Coast. All proceeds from the evening help support the work of the Apparel Industry Foundation.
Chinese American Service League, Annual Gala. CASL’s in person Annual Galas attract over 400 prominent Chicagoans each year in support of our mission and programs. Hosted by ABC-7’s Judy Hsu, our event features a cocktail hour of networking, sit down dinner, entertainment, auctions and more.
Clean Energy Trust Co_Invest Cleantech. Showcase for sustainable technology startups. 2 p.m., Chicago.
DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Chicago Art For Life. Juried art exhibit, auction and raffle with entertainment, music and mixology. 7 p.m., Revel Fulton Market, Chicago.
Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation, Virtual Fall Benefit. The theme is breast cancer-how it impacts people’s lives, the heroic stories of breast cancer survivors and how the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation is making an impact in the fight to eradicate breast cancer.
North Branch Works, Annual Fall Fundraiser. The North Branch Works annual Fall Fundraiser celebrates the diverse businesses along the North Branch.  Help us support manufacturers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs at this exciting event featuring great food and local craft beers & spirits.
YMCA Chicago, Annual Recognition Dinner. Each year, the YMCA community comes together to celebrate the incredible impact of the Y and its mission and to recognize three honorees who have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing the Y’s programs and services.
Saturday, October 23
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Roots & Wings. Deeply Rooted celebrates 25 years with a world premiere by Artistic Director Nicole Clarke-Springer honoring producer/composer Quincy Jones and repertory from the company’s history. Tony and Grammy-nominated actor Valarie Pettiford is honorary chair.
Special Olympics Illinois Inspire Greatness Gala. Black-tie gala raises funds for Special Olympics Illinois. 7 p.m., Chicago.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore, YWomen Gala. Each year at the YWomen Leadership Celebration, YWCA recognizes and celebrates women leaders in our community for their commitment to women’s advancement and racial justice.
Sunday, October 24
Pioneer Center For Human Services, Empty Bowls Art Auction. Guests are invited to an exclusive, one-afternoon only gallery, comprised of artwork depicting homelessness/hunger, created by local artists. The event is a come-and-go style with a silent auction, cash bar and appetizers.
Tuesday, October 26
Chicago Scholars, 25th Anniversary Gala. To celebrate 25 years of Chicago Scholars, join us at our anniversary gala as we share our Scholars’ stories of success and achievement. Tickets will be available to both the virtual and in-person program option.
Wednesday, October 27
Female Strong, Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The YEA! Chicago program is about building the skills and confidence for girls to thrive in business and life.
Grant Park Music Festival, Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit. The Advocate for the Arts Award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Chicago’s cultural landscape, investing in the life of the city – today and in the future.
Thursday, October 28
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, 36th Annual Gift of Life Gala. This stylish soiree is a memorable evening of elegance and passion, raising funds to fuel the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ mission, fun entertainment, and civic spirit.
October
Juvenile Protective Association, All in for Kids Virtual 5K. Join us to run/walk the All in for Kids Virtual 5K!  Proceeds support the crucial mental health services JPA provides to thousands of children, caregivers and educators in Chicago each year.
JDRF Illinois, 2021 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. The JDRF Ride isn’t just about cycling—it’s a global community with an ongoing commitment to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). No matter where you live, how you choose to ride or how far you go, you’ll be surrounded by the T1D community.
TBD
Cook County Black Chamber of Commerce, Black Harvest Awards. Fundraiser to benefit the growth of Black businesses, technical assistance and economic development throughout Cook County. 6:30 p.m.
Gateway for Cancer Research Be a Hero. Cocktail party to elevate Gateway’s mission and vision of improving outcomes and treatments for cancer patients in the Chicago area and beyond. Chicago.
Genesys Works Chicago Cocktails and Conversation. Event series exploring critical topics in workforce development, education and other issues facing Chicago’s youth.
La Casa Norte Gala ¡Esperanza! Corporate and philanthropic leaders from across Chicago enjoy a celebration of hope while hearing stories from the youth and families the organization serves. Chicago.
Tuesday, November 2
FARE, College Food Service Summit. Join top minds in higher education and food service for a free, three-day event to learn, share and address key issues around food allergies. Food service professionals, registered dietitians and chefs from colleges and universities attend.

Wednesday, November 3
DuPagePads, Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast. Inspirational morning with a keynote speaker.
The Salvation Army, Starlighter. The Starlighter will kick off The Salvation Army’s Christmas fundraising season. Funds will benefit the more than 50 social service programs The Salvation Army provides in the Chicagoland area.

Thursday, November 4
American Cancer Society, Taste of Hope. Taste of Hope brings award-winning chefs and Chicago foodies together to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s progress in the fight against cancer.

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, FLEUROTICA. FLEUROTICA spotlights the talents of Chicago’s floral designers, students and landscape artists as they create botanical garments made from flowers and natural materials. Proceeds benefit nature education programs at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, HACE Latino ERG Symposium. This mini virtual summit to share best practices for new and seasoned Employee and Business Resource Groups (ERGs/BRGs). This event will be relevant to the challenges of our times, and will create a strong network of Latino business leaders.
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, 2021 Annual Meeting. The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic will host its 2021 Annual Meeting. Business owners, civic leaders, and Clinic supporters are invited to recognize new board members and learn about how the Clinic provides access to justice to those in need.
Friday, November 5
Illinois Chamber of Commerce, 2021 Women in Business Conference. The 4th Annual Women in Business Conference is an opportunity for "New Beginnings". This year’s event will feature speakers on healthy lifestyle, financial wellness, diversity, equity & inclusion, what we learned from the pandemic and more.
March of Dimes, Signature Chefs: Feeding Motherhood. Join Chicago’s finest chefs for an unforgettable culinary experience to benefits moms and babies. You’ll have the exclusive opportunity to visit more than a dozen tasting stations from top restaurants in a dynamic cocktail party atmosphere.
World Business, Chicago Consular Corps Gala. The city’s premiere international gala, hosted by World Business Chicago, Chicago Consular Corps and Chicago Sister Cities International.
Saturday, November 6
Chicago Zoological Society, Wines in the Wild. Sample a variety of wines and liquors from around the world, accompanied by exquisite hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and more.  Evening fundraiser includes a raffle, paddle raise, and silent auction, as well as an opportunity to purchase wine on-site.
St. Coletta’s of Illinois, St. Coletta’s Caritas Benefit. Caritas is St. Coletta’s of Illinois signature event! Join us for our annual gala! Enjoy an evening dinner, cocktails, dancing, and auctions! All proceeds benefit St. Coletta’s of Illinois’ programs and services.
Suburban Service League Crystal Ball. Dinner dance with bidding on silent auction items, raffle tickets and a paddle raise to assist those in need in Chicago’s south suburbs. 6 p.m.
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, 44th Annual Gala. An elegant evening with dinner and a program consisting of a paddle raise, silent and live auctions all to benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.
Working in the Schools The Blackboard Affair. Chicago’s Black community comes together to celebrate WITS and the work it does with CPS school, teachers and students. 7 p.m., The Geraghty, Chicago.
Tuesday, November 9
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2021 Bulletin Annual Dinner. This signature annual event allows attendees to engage with influential experts tracking man-made threats to our existence. Share this experience with your network and join small groups of guests from around the world, from the comfort of home.
Executive Service Corps, Philanthropy in 2022: Predictions and Preparations. Featuring a panel of experts from the leaders in the Chicagoland nonprofit sector.
Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day
La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Friends of La Rabida Awards Celebration. This evening offers the opportunity to hear about the hospital’s vital work while recognizing two wonderful and dedicated partners: ABC7 Chicago and Disney AND Andrea Zopp, Cleveland Avenue.
Friday, November 12
PAWS Chicago, PAWS Chicago’s 20th Annual Fur Ball. Chicago’s premier pet-friendly black-tie gala and an exciting celebration to benefit Chicago’s homeless pets. All proceeds go towards supporting PAWS Chicago’s life-saving work to save homeless dogs and cats.
Wednesday, November 17
Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, General Meeting of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee. 9 a.m., Chicago.
Thursday, November 18
Chicago United, Bridge Awards. Join us to discover the thought leadership of D&I innovators. The event honors CEOs whose leadership helps close inclusion gaps in corporate governance and executive level management by advancing multiracial leadership throughout their organizations.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Leader Luncheon 2021: Be the Change! Will take place in person at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, honoring Chicago leaders who exemplify the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. 

Friday, November 19
Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame, 25th Annual Hall of Fame Inductee Dinner. Over 500 people annually attend to honor the latest class of Inductees of 16 inch softball. Videos, silent auction and dinner celebrating the best players, teams and organizers.
Recovery on Water Let the Good Times Row. An evening of dinner, drinks, auctions, raffle prizes and networking to celebrate and support Recovery on Water. 6 p.m., Bridgeport Art Center. Chicago.
Friday, November 19-20
Beyond Hunger, Fall Benefit Concert. Join us for our Fall Benefit Concert on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20th!  With past luminaries like the Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, and Jeff Tweedy, you won’t want to miss the most rocking fundraiser in town! Talent announcement coming soon.
Saturday, November 20
Ecker Center for Behavioral Health, One Magical Evening. Annual fundraising gala featuring a master illusionist, alternative jazz trio, silent auction, diamond draw and exquisite dining at Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles, IL
Saturday, November 20
Hyde Park Art Center Gala. Raises support to ensure that the Art Center can continue critical programs for artists, youth and all of Chicago. 7 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.
Wednesday, November 24
Cornerstone Services Inc, The Champagne Luncheon. Cornerstone’s legendary fundraiser yearly event returns to the historic Joliet Renaissance Center.  Lunch with community, community leaders, friends and family to benefit Cornerstone’s clients.
Saturday, November 27
South East Chicago Commission, Southside Shop Local Kick Off. Every year Small Business Saturday marks the launch of the local holiday shopping season with the Southside Shop Local kick off! Join SECC, alongside over 50 southside businesses, as we launch the holiday season with deals, special offers and more!
Three Fires Council, BSA. Big Timber Brilliance Light Show A Hybrid walking-driving holiday light experience in the woods of the western suburbs!
Tuesday, November 30
Chicago Scots, 176th Annual Saint Andrew’s Day Gala. "The Feast of the Haggis" Chicago Scots founded the first charity in Illinois in 1845. Our gala is the longest running black tie event in the city. with whisky, bagpipes and highland dancing. Everyone is welcome.  Proceeds benefit Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care.
November 
JDRF Illinois, National Diabetes Awareness Month. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) and JDRF Illinois will highlight a T1D champion or advocate throughout the month on our social media channels. Support these individuals fundraising efforts to create a world free from T1D.
TBD
Gateway for Cancer Research Cures Gala. Celebration of three decades of improving outcomes and treatments for cancer patients. Chicago.
Gilda’s Club Chicago Night In. An evening of food and wine, all in the comfort of your own home.
The ARK Chicago, The ARK at 50. Anniversary celebration with a variety of virtual and in-person events to commemorate the impact of the social service organization for the Chicagoland Jewish community. Chicago.
Wednesday, December 1
Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Chamber’s New Laws Forum 2021. The New Laws Forum focuses on the new laws and legal developments that will affect ALL Illinois employers in 2022 and beyond.  The forum features Illinois attorneys and experts speaking about Illinois laws and federal laws.
Friday, December 3
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball. Dinner and dancing to kick off the Christmas season, with proceeds benefitting Catholic Charities Children’s Programs. Hilton Chicago.
Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council Holiday Annual Meeting and Toy Drive. Certified MBEs highlight the year’s accomplishments and celebrate with a brunch and toy drive for a charitable organization. 10 a.m., Chicago.
Pioneer Center for Human Services, Pioneer Center 15th Annual Holiday Inspiration Luncheon. It is an opportunity to socialize & network with empowering women.  Try and win amazing baskets of raffle prizes, bid at a silent auction and enjoy a seated luncheon while listening to an inspiring speaker.
The Salvation Army, WBBM Salvation Army Good Neighbor Radiothon. The WBBM Salvation Army Good Neighbor Radiothon raises money for vital social services programs, including food, emergency financial assistance, and Christmas gifts for children who would otherwise go without.

Sunday, December 5
Heartland Alliance, Annual Holiday Brunch: A Benefit for Heartland Alliance Health. This event will benefit the work of Heartland Alliance Health including supporting our health centers and food pantries throughout Chicago.
Thursday, December 9
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Housewarming Party. The event will kickoff the 2022 program year in our efforts to improve the homes and communities of residents in need.

Saturday, December 11
Bernie’s Book Bank, Patrick Mannelly Award. Benefitting Bernie’s Book Bank, recognizes the top FBS Long Snappers and their commitment to excellence, integrity, effectiveness and balance. The ceremony includes dinner and the award presentation.
JDRF Illinois, One Dream Gala. Rated the #1 Gala by Crain’s Chicago, the JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala features a stellar live and silent auction, inspirational stories, and live entertainment all in support of the type 1 diabetes community.
Sunday, December 12
Cantigny Park, USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championship. Elite racers compete in a high-energy, festival atmosphere! Cyclocross combines on and off-road riding with various course features. More than 1,800 competitors are expected Dec 7-12 for this annual championship conducted by USA Cycling.
WINGS Program, Sweet Home Chicago. Celebrate the holidays with us at The Four Seasons Chicago or from your home. We promise to include all of the traditional Sweet Home Chicago activities such as gingerbread house decorating and dancing with Ralph’s World!
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