Classic Chicago DateBook | 2023

Presenting this year’s DateBook. For event submissions, email or with the following details:

-Calendar date, day of week & time of event

-Sponsoring organization

-Name of event

-Event details / schedule of event components 

-Location of event

-Contact telephone, email and/or website



May 2023


May 20th and 21st, 2023, Saturday and Sunday

Chicago Dancers United

Dance Divas 2023, “A Night at the Movies”

Annual party and performance to raise money for the Dancers’ Fund, which supports members of Chicago’s professional dance community for critical medical needs and preventative health care. This evening of “high heels and high camp” features Chicago’s leading professional male dancers impersonating famous dancing women of stage, screen, and pop music.

The Baton Show Lounge, 4713 North Broadway, Chicago

Tickets here




May 23rd, 2023, Tuesday, 05:30 – 09:00 p.m

The Glessner House

Celebrating Chicago’s Two World’s Fairs Gala

Gala reception celebrating the 130th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition and the 90th anniversary of the Century of Progress. Food stations, desserts based on foods introduced at the Columbian Exposition, and an opportunity explore Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall. Program, greeting by honorary chair, Jeanne Gang, remarks by Dr. Reed Kroloff, Dean of the School of Architecture, IIT, presentation of the John and Frances Glessner Award to architect T. Gunny Harboe, Paddle raise

There will also be an online auction with fabulous experiences and merchandise that opens May 17.

Crown Hall, IIT Campus, 3360 South State Street, Chicago

William Tyre, 312-326-1480 or 


May 25th, 2023, Thursday, 06:00 – 10:00 p.m

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Spark! Gala

Reception, dinner and entertainment with a sharing of inspiring moments from patients and team members. Also featured will be an update on Accelerated Ability, our new fundraising campaign to help us realize the next level of our vision. 

Event chairs: Lori & M. Jude Reyes, and Shirley & Pat Ryan

Rockwell on the River, 3057 North Rockwell Street, Chicago

312-238-1257 or




June 2023


June 1st, 2023, Thursday, 07:30 p.m

The Seldoms

Superbloom World Premiere

The Seldoms, a Chicago-based dance company celebrating 20 years of multidisciplinary performances exploring complex issues, presents the world premiere of Superbloom, an evening-length work combining movement, live music, animation, and costume and lighting design. There will be a post show celebration, the Bloom Ball.

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago. or 312.334.7777

Tickets for Bloom Ball post-show celebration: 


June 1st – 11th, 2023

Pivot Arts

The Memory Place

Pivot Arts, celebrating its 10th anniversary, presents the world premiere of The Memory Place, a multi-arts experience about cultural memory and hidden histories. The Memory Place is a collaborative work amplifying Pivot’s multidisciplinary approach, site-specific aesthetic, and goal to be a multicultural organization that builds community between groups from a variety of backgrounds.

The Edge Theater, 5451 North Broadway, Chicago

Tickets are on sale at


June 2nd, 2023, Friday

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

74th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Women’s Board Summer Ball

Annual summer event including dinner, entertainment, a live auction and paddle raise. Funds raised will go towards programs that benefit Chicago youth. Chairs:  Cece Richette and Jacky Ferro

Theater on the Lake, 2401 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Tickets here


June 4th, 2023, Sunday, 03:00 p.m

Music Institute of Chicago

Music Institute Chorale Presents: “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale concludes its 2022-2023 season with this free concert. The program features choruses, ensembles, and arias from the operas Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Bartered Bride, Acis and Galatea, Mosè in Egitto, and Traviata, along with selections from Broadway musicals Annie Get Your Gun, Funny Girl, Music Man, Candide, The Sound of Music, Show Boat, Henry and Mudge, and Guys and Dolls. Joining the Chorale are Music Institute Voice Department faculty Angela De Venuto, Ingrid Mikolajczyk, and Barbara Martin, along with guest singer Simon R. Tiffin.

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

No advance reservations necessary. 

Free access to the livestream:


June 04th & 11th, 2023

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

Fifth Annual Makers Festival

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts presents its fifth annual Mandala Makers Festival. 

The festival features nationally recognized artists, including Sonny Mehta and his ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali, and artists from the Chicago area to encourage residents to enjoy the culture in the Devon Avenue community. Performances include South Asian folk music, contemporary Indian dance, jazz and rock ’n roll, Bollywood, and more. Republic Bank parking lot, 2720 West Devon Avenue, Chicago. 

All events are free and open to the public.

Reservations can be made here


June 7th, 2023, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m

Chicago History Museum

Making History Awards

The Making History Awards pay tribute to the positive and enduring impact of some of our city’s extraordinary leaders. We look forward to saluting our outstanding honorees while supporting the History Museum and its mission to “share Chicago stories” through a vast collection of artifacts, innovative exhibits, and public programs.

Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware, Chicago

Nell McKeown, Development Events Manager, (312) 799-2112,


June 12th, 2023, Monday

PAWS Chicago

Peter Fasseas Golf Outing

Golfers can enjoy a day on the links, starting with lunch on the patio, cocktail and food tasting stations on the course, raffle prizes, contests, a Golf Ball Shooter, and photo stations with adoptable animals. The day concludes with a dinner reception, with silent and live auctions, program, and networking with supporters.

Westmoreland Country Club, 2601 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette 


June 16th, 2023, Friday, 06:30 p.m

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Guild Board’s 18th Annual Lawn Ball

The Guild Board, featuring many of Chicago’s most accomplished young professionals and civic leaders, supports thousands of youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago through funds raised at its annual lawn ball.

Saddle & Cycle Club, 900 West Foster Avenue, Chicago 


June 23rd, 2023, Friday, 07:30 p.m

The Joffrey Ballet

Sir. Real. A Joffrey Celebration

Celebrate the Joffrey for its first fundraising event in 3 years! Honoring President and CEO Greg Cameron’s ten years of extraordinary leadership and his vision to create Joffrey for All, join friends, supporters, and Joffrey Company Artists for a spectacular evening of the unexpected inside the 1920s Art Deco design of Chicago’s Old Post Office. Ticket price: $1,000/person. Other sponsorship levels available

Chicago’s Old Post Office, 433 West Van Buren Street, Chicago


June 25th, 2023, Sunday, 05:30 p.m

The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet’s Joffrey for All Celebration

The Joffrey Ballet will host a celebration honoring President and CEO Greg Cameron’s ten years of extraordinary leadership and his vision to create Joffrey for All. The event will begin with a ticketed evening celebration on June 23rd at the Old Post Office, followed by a free public performance on June 25th at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. The program will feature students from the Joffrey Community Engagement programs, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and the Joffrey Company Artists.

Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago




July 2023


July 4th, 2023, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m

Chicago History Museum

Independence Day Celebration at the Chicago History Museum

Celebrate the Fourth of July, Chicago style! Gather on the Chicago History Museum’s beautifully renovated plaza for a free event featuring live music, refreshments, a speaker program, and festive activities for the whole family. Illinois residents get complimentary Museum admission.

Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago

Nell McKeown, Development Events Manager, (312) 799-2112, 


July 07th – 16th, 2023

Music Institute of Chicago

Chicago Duo Piano Festival 

The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates the 35th anniversary season of its Chicago Duo Piano Festival featuring four concerts and two master classes. In addition, pianists aged eight and older may apply to participate in the festival’s education program, directed by Festival Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem and Program Director Katherine Lee.

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston 

Registration is available at; deadline is June 1.


July 27th, 2023, Thursday

PAWS Chicago

Beach Party

A dog-friendly summer luau celebration. There will be dancing, an open bar, dinner, live and silent auctions, pet spa services, raffles and more.

Offshore Club at Navy Pier, 1000 East Grand Avenue, Chicago 


August 2023


August 3rd, 2023, Thursday, 06:30 p.m

Red Clay Dance Company

Paint the Town Red Fundraiser

Join Red Clay Dance Company and its Board of Directors for our annual Paint The Town RED Fundraiser. This end of summer soiree celebrates Black Philanthropy Month and kicks off our 15FORWARD Anniversary Season! Our theme for this year is RED HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, so come ready to party! All guests will enjoy 3-levels of ACTIVATION at the historic IVY ROOM, right in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. This unforgettable event will feature live dance and music performances, signature cocktails, exquisite bites, an immersive photo experience AND dance party to close out this celebration the Red Clay Dance way!  As we continue to build the legacy and impact of Red Clay Dance Company, we maintain our tradition of honoring an individual from our community that is not only a phenomenal arts advocate, but a true shapeshifter and creator of culture with our 2023 Culture Creator Award.  Please join us as we celebrate 15 Years of Artivism!

The Ivy Room, 12 East Ohio Street # 100, Chicago  or, Contact Website: 


August 7th, 2023, Monday, 11:00 a.m – 04:00 p.m

The Service Club of Chicago

Day on the Terrace

A fun & fashionable day featuring a first look at Fall fashions from the best stores on Michigan Avenue. We’ll have celebrity models, an exciting finale, and fashions galore. The day always features a sought-after goody bag, a silent auction full of items you can’t get anywhere else, and a keepsake Look Book of the day. Cocktails, runway show, lunch and an after party on the terrace!

The Peninsula Chicago, 108 East Superior Street, Chicago

Tickets here


August 19th, 2023, Saturday, 06:00 p.m

Chicago Dancers United

Dance for Life 2023

Chicago Dancers United announces the program for its 32nd annual fundraiser, Dance for Life. Dance for Life 2023 Co-Chairs are Ted Grady, Ross Slotten MD, Victor Alexander, and Maray Gutierrez. Dance for Life raises money for The Dancers’ Fund, which provides Chicago dance industry professionals with financial support for preventative health care and critical medical needs. The event showcases the city’s unique variety of dance traditions and styles by bringing together professional dance companies and dancers from throughout Chicago, who unite to support their peers by generously donating their time, energy, and artistry. An additional beneficiary of Dance for Life is AIDS Foundation Chicago.

Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago

Followed by an After Party at Venue SIX10, 610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

Tickets on sale June 05th at (312) 341-2300 or at 



September 2023


Fall 2023- Event Date TBA

PAWS Chicago 

5K Run/Walk for Their Lives

Dog-friendly 5K in which supporters can raise awareness and funds for abandoned, injured and sick animals. There will be raffles, entertainment, treats and much more.

Montrose Harbor, 601 West Montrose Drive, Chicago 


September 11th, 2023, Monday, 10:00 a.m

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago 7th Annual Great Futures Open

The Great Futures Open at Olympia Fields’ championship golf courses supports the transformational programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Clubs empower thousands of youth to reach their full potential as caring and responsible citizens.

Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields 


September 23rd–24th, 2023

The Gerald Arpino Foundation

Arpino Chicago Centennial Celebration

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gerald Arpino, one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, The Gerald Arpino Foundation presents the Arpino Chicago Centennial Celebration as the culminating event of a multiyear salute to this extraordinary choreographer and co-founder/director of The Joffrey Ballet. Performances take place September 23 at 07:30 p.m and September 24th at 01:00 p.m

Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago

Tickets on sale June 05th here or (312) 341-2300


September 30th, 2023, Saturday evening

The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center

2023 Fall Benefit

The Rush Woman’s Board hosts its annual Fall Benefit, a fundraiser to support the Medical Center’s education, research and community service programs.  Approximately 400 guests are expected to join in the celebratory evening – which will feature signature cocktails, delicious bites, and a lively dance floor, among other delights – all set in the state-of-the-art environs of the newly-constructed Joan and Paul Rubschlager Building at RUSH. Long-time Woman’s Board member Melissa Hennessy will serve as chairman of this fabulous event.

The Joan and Paul Rubschlager Building, 1520 W Harrison St. Chicago





October 2023


October 8th, 2023, Sunday

PAWS Chicago

Team PAWS Chicago

Fundraise for PAWS Chicago by joining Team PAWS in the Chicago Marathon!

Bank of America Chicago Marathon 


October 14, 2023, Saturday

The Breakthrough Board 

The Breakthrough Ball – Moments of Wow

A spectacular and fanciful evening of fundraising in support of cutting-edge cancer research at The University of Chicago.

Event Co-Chairs, Cheena Chandra and Linda Burns Coleman

The Casino Club, 195 East Delaware Place, Chicago


October 17th, 2023, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m


Openlands 2023 Annual Luncheon

A celebration of Openlands’ 60th anniversary, and a presentation of the Conservation Leadership Award to President & CEO Jerry Adelmann. The largest gathering of the conservation community in the state of Illinois, the luncheon recognizes the achievements of environmental leaders in our region and celebrates the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship locally, nationally, and internationally.

Networking Reception: 10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m, Lunch & Program: 12:00 – 01:30 p.m.

The Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue 


October 19th – 22nd, 2023

Zephyr Dance

S45 Premiere

Zephyr Dance, an experimental dance company that pushes the art form’s boundaries, announces an unprecedented collaborative choreography project that combines Suite for Five by seminal 20th century American choreographer Merce Cunningham and new choreography that springs from that work created by a diverse group of choreographers.

SITE/less, 1250 West Augusta Blvd, Chicago or 




November 2023


November 3rd 2023, Friday

The Service Club of Chicago

Annual Gala

Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago

Details TBA


November 10th, 2023, Friday, 06:00 – 11:00 p.m

PAWS Chicago

Fur Ball

A pet-friendly black-tie gala. The event features a red carpet, elegant dinner, dog buffet and pet spa, silent and live auctions, dancing, a raffle, a photobooth and more!

The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago 




December 2023


December 5th, 2023, Tuesday

The Service Club of Chicago

Holiday Luncheon

Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago

Details TBA