Classic Chicago DateBook | 2023

Thank you for all of your DateBook submissions so far this year. We look forward to upcoming fall & winter events as summer begins to wind down.

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


November 2023


November 30th, 2023, Thursday, 06:00 – 09:30 p.m

Driehaus Museum

Gilded Gala 2023

Start the evening with cocktails in the Nickerson Mansion and enjoy the opening of From Glass to Garden: Tiffany Inspired Floral Designs. Then, head to the newly renovated John G. Murphy Memorial Auditorium, now part of the Driehaus Museum campus, for dinner, dessert, and a program to honor philanthropist, activist, and preservationist Sunny Fischer. Co-Chairs: Zachary Lazar and Gary Metzner.

Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie Street, Chicago OR Information here




December 2023


December 01st, 2023, Friday, 06:00 – 08:00 p.m

Chicago History Museum

Annual Members’ Holiday Party

This holiday season, get in the spirit of the Jazz Age at our annual Members’ Holiday Party! Get dolled up in your most dapper Roaring ‘20s attire and head to CHM for a fashionable, wintry evening complete with a Classic Gin Fizz, passed appetizers, a special display from our Museum collections, live jazz music, and more. Each RSVP includes 2 drink tickets, which can be redeemed for any non-water drink. Water is complimentary. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase in cash at the bar.

Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago

RSVP here


December 02nd, 2023, Saturday, 02:30 p.m


A.B.L.E.—Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations—a Chicago-based nonprofit that creates theatre and film for, with, and by individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is thrilled to return to present an original theatrical event this holiday season. The A.B.L.E. ensembles will share a personal and heartfelt piece in partnership with The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. This one-time-only performance—Twists and Turns—will feature the work of 42 members of the A.B.L.E. community including 24 performers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The Edlis Neeson Theatre at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Tickets here


December 02nd – 27th, 2023

Joffrey Ballet

The Nutcracker

This holiday season, The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the return of Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s magical production of The Nutcracker. Set in Chicago’s World Fair in 1893, The Nutcracker highlights the rich cultural heritage of Chicago and the wonder of the season. A beloved Chicago tradition for the entire family to enjoy, The Nutcracker will be presented at the historic Lyric Opera House in 25 performances

Lyric Opera House, 20 North Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago

Tickets here


December 5th, 2023, Tuesday

The Service Club of Chicago

Holiday Luncheon

Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago

Details TBA


December 08th – 10th, 2023

Hyde Park School of Dance

30 Years With The Nutcracker

Celebrating 30 years of training, performance, and community, Hyde Park School of Dance brings together fans of ballet, modern, and hip hop with its annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The performance, featuring more than 200 dancers, is staged by HPSD’s founding Artistic Director August Tye, longtime ballet mistress for Lyric Opera of Chicago, along with 11 choreographers.

Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street, Chicago

773-493-8498 or 


December 09th, 2023, Saturday, 10:00 a.m & 01:00 p.m

Music Institute of Chicago

Duke It Out! Nutcracker

The Music Institute’s Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca and Braeburn Brass team up with Dance Chicago in a family-friendly, one-hour version of The Nutcracker that alternates between Tchaikovsky’s original score and the jazz version by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. An interactive musical instrument petting zoo for children takes place between the two performances.

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston OR 847-448-8326


December 16th, Saturday, 07:30 p.m

Music Institute of Chicago

Tammy McCann: A Jazz Christmas

Jazz vocalist and Music Institute Artist-in-Residence Tammy McCann brings together an all-star ensemble, featuring guitarist Fareed Haque and a lush string orchestra, to combine jazz and rhythm and blues for a spirited performance of holiday favorites plus a few surprises.

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston OR 847-448-8326


December 17th, 2023, Sunday, 06:30 p.m

Black Girls Dance

Mary, A Holiday Dansical

Black Girls Dance, which empowers young women of color to pursue professional dance, presents Mary, A Holiday Dansical, choreographed, written, and directed by Founder Erin Barnett. Mary returns for this one night only.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago 


Looking Ahead

We already have some events lined up for next year! Feel free to send us your 2024 events.


February 29th, 2024, Thursday, 05:30 – 11:00 p.m

Landmarks Illinois

Preservation Forward

Next February, Landmarks Illinois will be hosting the 3rd annual Preservation Forward fundraising event. More details to come later this fall.

The Old Post Office, 433 West Van Buren Street, Chicago 


April 10th, 2024, Wednesday, 07:00 – 10:00 p.m

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

RenBen 2024

Event details and location TBA 


May 01st, 2024, Wednesday


Screen Gems Gala

Honoring Jacqueline Stewart

The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 East Ontario Street, Chicago

More Info TBA


May 08th, 2024, Wednesday, 11:30AM-2:00PM

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation

18th Annual Chicago Bipolar Medical Briefing Luncheon

The 18th annual Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation’s Chicago Medical Briefing Luncheon welcomes a panel of experts in the field of bipolar disorder – including Randy D. Blakely,  Ph.D. (executive director of Florida Atlantic University Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute), Robert Shulman, MD (associate chairperson, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College), and Sara Schley (author of Brainstorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum) – for an informative and inspiring discussion and Q&A on scientific advancements, clinical best practices and individual and family challenges. 

The Casino, 195 E. Delaware Place