BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital hosted a launch party to announce special plans around this fall’s reimagined Chicago Show: Antiques + Art + Modern, October 6-9. Over 150 board members and their friends, designers, and dealers gathered for the event co-hosted by chair Suzette Bulley and honorary chair Alessandra Branca to build excitement surrounding The Woman’s Board collaboration with The Chicago Show.
The board will present the Opening Night party on October 6, preceded by a VIP Preview with Branca. The following day, Branca will host a luncheon and lecture, with a Young Collectors Night with Bronson van Wyck scheduled for that evening. Those highlights, among other exciting happenings surrounding the fall show, will benefit cutting edge programs at the hospital, funded by the board.
The 2022 Chicago Show, formerly known as the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show, will bring together over 60 premier national and international dealers to the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart. Cancelled due to COVID in spring of 2020 and postposed in 2021, the show presents leading sellers of fine antique furniture, jewelry, paintings, silver, and decorative and fine arts, from ancient to modern, from the U.S., Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. To meet collector demand, there will be a greater emphasis on furnishings and mid-century modern design.
Founded in 1897 by 9 young women at the invitation of Reverend William Passavant, The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Hospital—first known as the Woman’s Aid Society of Passavant Memorial Hospital—has been known for innovative fundraising to support Passavant, and then Northwestern Memorial Hospital, since its very beginnings. Its first benefit was an art show and play at the Lake Shore Drive home of Bertha Palmer when tickets cost $1.50 a piece and funds raised outfitted two operating rooms and revamped the hospital’s whole plumbing system.
Newspapers reported that their second major event, “The Streets of Paris Bazaar” held at the Chicago Coliseum, caused near riots of people trying to get inside to look at the French finery the members had travelled to France to bring back to sell. That event wired the whole hospital, cleared the hospital’ debt, and created an endowment.
Over the years, events at theaters, circuses, horse shows, and concerts, traditions like the Passavant Cotillion, and other fundraisers have given the board the opportunity to contribute to the hospital in many ways, including funding the Olson Emergency Department, a woman’s care floor at Prentice Women’s Hospital, an HIV clinic for women and children, an MRI facility, the Ambulatory Surgery Center, the Transplant Center, and much more for almost $90 million in gifts.
For more information about the board, contact The Woman’s Board office at 312-926-9138 or visit wbnorthwestern.org. For show information and tickets, visit chicagoantiquesartdesign.com or contact or Dolphin Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Robin Subar Photography