Classic Chicago Datebook

Presenting Datebook 2022, to be updated frequently with your events. This is just a beginning of Chicago’s philanthropic and cultural opportunities ahead. Please use the format below to publicize your event at no cost and send to along with any changes or updates to your events.

Calendar Date, Day of Week, Clock Time
Sponsoring Organization
Name of Event
Event Details/Schedule of Event Components (add event chairs if you would like)
Location of Event
Contact Telephone, Email, and/or Website


May 2022


May 15, 2022, Sunday, 6:00 p.m.
The Newberry Library
Honoring Ira Glass and This American Life: Cocktails, dinner, and the presentation of the Newberry Library Award
The Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson Street, Chicago
312-255-3556 or Rebecca Martinson,

May 15, 2022, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Music Institute of Chicago
Marta and Ani Aznavoorian, performing work from Gems of Armenia, their CD debut as a duo, including Alexander Arutiunian, Arno Babajanian, Adam Khachaturian, Serouj Kradjian, Vache Sharafyan, Avet Terterian, Komitas Vartabe
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
847-905-1500 or

May 16, 2022, Monday, 11:00 a.m.

The Service Club of Chicago
Spring Hat Luncheon: Jessica Ann Pushor, Costume & Textile Collections Manager, The Chicago History Museum
Ritz-Carlton, 160 E Pearson Street, Chicago
312-220-9600 or 
May 16, 2022, Monday, 7:00 p.m.
Alliance Française Chicago
Cabaret: A Celebration of Josephine Baker’s Life! (Live performance)
54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago

May 18, 2022, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.                                       
The Alliance Française of Chicago
Alicia Caticha, Assistant Professor, the Department of Art History at Northwestern University leads “Les Influenceuses: The Art and Fashion of Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and Adélaide Labille Guiard,” part of the 20th Symposium on the Arts of France
Onsite at Alliance and online
312-337-1070 or

May 19, 2022, Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Family Focus
Celebrating Generations of Service Annual Dinner with award ceremony
Annual Dinner with award ceremony
Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago

May 21, 2022, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Goodman Theatre
“How Sweet It Is” Gala with dinner, dancing, special performance by Tony Award-winner Adrienne Warren, and honoring Artistic Director Robert Falls for his 35 years
Fairmont, 200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago

May 24, 2022, Tuesday, time TBA
Changing Worlds
Annual Benefit
City Hall Events, 838 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago

May 25, 2022, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
CPS Lives
CPS Lives Annual Benefit
The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E Ontario Street, Chicago

May 26, 2022, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
The Renaissance Society
The Ren Ben
The South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago

May 27, Friday, 7:00 p.m., and May 28, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Dance Education Showcase: a culminating showcase for participants in the spring session of its Dance Education programs, including students in the Youth Ensemble, Emerging Artists Ensemble, and the Mature H.O.T. Women program for women ages 25 and older who are Health-conscious, Optimistic, and Triumphant
Ballet Chicago, 17 N State Street, 19th floor, Chicago


June 2022


June 2, 2022, Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Music Institute of Chicago
Gala Benefit with cocktail reception, dinner, student performances, and awards ceremony: Dushkin Award to violinist Hilary Hahn, Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago to Nancy and Scott Santi, Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. Tanya L. Carey
Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago
847-905-1500 or

June 2, 2022, Thursday, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
Darkroom: Annual benefit co-chaired by Jennifer and Joe Shanahan, with VIP Catchlight Cocktail Hour
312-369-7705 or

June 4, 2022, Saturday, time TBA
GI Research Foundation
Champions for A Cure: GI Research Foundation Annual Ball
The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago
312-332-1350 or

June 5, 2022, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Music Institute of Chicago Chorale
From Africa: The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg with Gregory Shifrin on piano, concludes its 2021–22 season with From Africa, a free concert featuring compositions by African-American and African-Latin American composers and joined by the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Choir
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

June 8, 2022, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.
The Alliance Française of Chicago
Speaker: Gloria Groom Chair and David and Mary Winton Green Curator of Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Art Institute of Chicago on “Cezanne: Truth in Art,” part of the 20th Annual Symposium on the Arts of France
Onsite at Alliance and online                                                                                    
312-337-1070 or

June 8, 2022, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the League and Overture Council of the CSOA
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 31st Annual Corporate Night, featuring Kelli O’Hara Sings Broadway with the CSO, led by conductor Steven Reineke, with pre-concert cocktails, dinner, and premium seating available or concert only
Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
312-294-3175 or

June 8, 2022, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
The Chicago History Museum
The Making History Awards honoring Larry Richman, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Falls, Roche Schulfer, John Ettelson, and Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines
The Four Seasons, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago

June 11, 2022, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and June 12, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Old Town Art Fair
Art and artisans, music, food, and children’s activities
Old Town Triangle Historic District
312-337-1938 or

June 12, 2022, Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Glessner House
“A Walk Through Time” Prairie Avenue mansions tour in this Historic District with reception and silent auction following
312-326-1480 or

June 16-26, 2022, times TBA
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
Annual Makers Festival
Devon Avenue’s “Little India” Neighborhood
312-212-3422 or

June 17, 2022, Friday, time TBA
Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Play For The Cure: fundraising event and game day
Northmoor Country Club, 820 Edgewood Road, Highland Park
312-252-2502 or

June 25, 2022, Saturday, time TBA
Family Association Benefit
773-975-6300 or


July 2022


July 8-17, 2022, time TBA
Music Institute of Chicago
34th Chicago Duo Piano Festival
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

July 15, 2022, Friday, time TBA
Women’s Board, Lincoln Park Zoo
Birds of Paradise Ball: Co-chairs Brigid Najarian and Amy Olshansky
The Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark Street, Chicago

July 27, 2022, Wednesday, afternoon and evening
Paws Beach Party: Luau with cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and pet spa services
Off Shore at Navy Pier, 1000 East Grand, Chicago


July 31, 2022, Sunday, 6:00 p.m., and August 1, 2022, Monday, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Chicago Dancers United
Dance Divas 2022, party and performance
Baton Show Lounge, 4713 N Broadway, Chicago



August 2022


August 1, 2022, Monday, 11:00 a.m.
The Service Club of Chicago
A Day on the Terrace: cocktails, a first look at fall/winter fashion show, and luncheo
The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E Superior St, Chicago

August 13, 2022, Saturday, time TBA
Chicago Dancers United
Dance for Life performance by famed Chicago dance companies
The Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago



September 2022


September 10, 2022, Saturday, 7:30-11:00 a.m.
PAWS Chicago
PAWS Chicago 5K
Montrose Harbor, 601 W Montrose Avenue, Chicago

September 10, 2022, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Adler Planetarium
Celestial Ball with cocktails, dinner, program, and dancing
The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
312-322-0514 or

September 16, 2022, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center
2022 Fall Benefit: Illuminate, with Erin Ritchie and Sonja Smith, co-chairs
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
312-942-6513 or or

September 22, 2022, through January 8, 2023
Smart Museum of Art
Monochrome Multitudes exhibition
The University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago
773-702-0200 or

September 23-24, 2022, times TBA
The Gerald Arpino Foundation
Arpino Centennial Celebration
Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago


October 2022


October 6, 2022, Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Opening night party for The Chicago Show: jewelry, art, antiques, and modern with Suzette Bulley, Chair
Show opens Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 1l :00a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 9, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Morgan Arts Complex, 3622 S. Morgan Street, Chicago
312-926-9138 or

October 15, 2022, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Board, Misericordia
Heart of Mercy Ball: dinner, dancing, awards, and auctions
Hilton, 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
773-973-6300 or


November 2022


November 12, 2022, Saturday, 6:30 pm
The Breakthrough Board
A fall season highlight, The Breakthrough Ball, an evening of merriment and fundraising in support of cancer research at UChicago Medicine, is not to be missed. The Duchossois Family will be honored with the Partner in Breakthroughs Award.
Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E Delaware Place, Chicago or