BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
Over 500 of the city’s most canny contributors and soignée shoppers mingled Opening Night at the Chicago Show: Antiques & Art & Modern at the Merchandise Mart recently, previewing and purchasing at brimming booths prior to its public opening.
Presented by Hindman, the kickoff event was hosted by the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Honorary Chair Alessandra Branca, Master of Celebrations Bronson van Wyck, and Chair Suzette Bulley—joined by co-chairs Keevie Silvay, Beth Hughes, and Heather Webster, and Woman’s Board President Holly Cortes—welcomed guests entering through billowing panels illuminated in green, blue, purple, and yellow.
A highlight of the evening was the opportunity to mix and mingle with van Wyck, the internationally recognized party planner and author of Born to Party, Forced to Work, who consulted on the event’s design and was featured in a discussion with Alessandra Branca at a sold-out luncheon the following day.
New this year was the opportunity for VIP ticket holders to “shop the show” alongside Branca in the hours leading up to the opening night party. Throughout the electric event, guests enjoyed Limelight hors d’oeuvres and numerous bars, including a Broken Shed oasis.
At 8 p.m., the event transformed into the Young Collectors After Party, chaired by Tyler Neal Arnfelt, Emily Sturgess, and Lucia Steinwold, with DJ-spun beats and dancing for all.
Sturgess explains the potential of this new facet of Opening Night:“Inviting young collector’s to take part in this year’s Chicago Show was a tremendous success. We saw a great deal of interest from young art enthusiasts and aspiring philanthropists all looking to get involved with an important cause and to learn more about the work the Woman’s Board does.”
“After the Show took a few years off and due to recent world events, this was the first time many Young Collectors had attended an art and design show of this scale,” she adds. “I believe there was great excitement from this group, and we’re looking forward to them being a part of the Show in the years to come.”
The Chicago Show, produced by Dolphin Promotions, the same company behind the Palm Springs Modernism Show and the Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show, brought together 50 premier national and international dealers of fine antique furniture, jewelry, paintings, silver, and decorative and fine arts—ancient to 20th century—from the U.S., Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America for the 2022 show.
For more information, contact The Woman’s Board office at 312-926-9138 or visit wbnorthwestern.org.
Photo credit: Robin Subar Photography