Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his picks of events for the upcoming week, including various Oscar viewing parties, charitable events and many more.
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Oscar Viewing Party with Richard Roeper, Feb. 26 at 5pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, $50
Details: Join Richard Roeper and Billy Dec as they co-host their 2nd Annual Oscar Viewing Party! Test your movie knowledge and place your predictions up against Richard and Billy. There will be live commentary, fabulous prizes, and proceeds will benefit After School Matters. rockitbarandgrill.com
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Girls Night Out- Go Red For Women, Feb. 29 at 7pm, Alhambra Palace Restaurant, $30
Details: Grab your girlfriends and head out for a night full of fashion, beauty treatments, prizes, cocktail and more! Portion of the proceeds benefit the AHA Go Red for Women initiatives.
Tickled Pink, Feb. 24 at 7pm, River East Art Center, $75
Details: Raise money for the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization by attenging this event and mingling with guest celebrities! Don't forget to wine & dine and show your moves on the dance floor.
Hide N Seek, Feb. 25 at 9pm, Chicago Children's Museum, $85
Details: Benefit Chicago Children's Museum's exhibits, education programs, and community efforts with 2nd annual Hide N Seek. There will be cocktails, live performances, and other fun!
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Windy City Fight Night 21, Feb 24 at 7pm, UIC Pavillion, $30-$100
Details: Chicago's 8 Count Productions will celebrate fourteen years as the home of the best in Chicago boxing, Featuring a junior lightweight battle between former world title challenger Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry and Guillermo "The Vampire" Sanchez along with a Chicago cross-town showdown with welterweights Adrian 'EL Tigre" Granados and Jaime "The Truth" Herrera.
Rock Away Racism: Presented by the YWCA Future Leaders Council, Feb. 23 at 6pm, Hard Rock Hotel $35-$85
Details: The concert event celebrates Chicago's diversity through music and will feature a variety of artists, including Jess Godwin, Endiskize, Jamiah "On Fire" & The Red Machine, and DJ Madrid Event proceeds benefit YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.
7th Annual Sparty Ball, Feb. 25 at 7:30, River East Art Center, $125
Details: The Michigan State Alumni Association of Metropolitan Chicago will host its 7th Annual Sparty Ball at the River East Art Center.This gala event includes a silent auction, food, and hosted bar all proceeds go towards scholarship funds for Chicago area kids that need financial assistance to attend Michigan State University.
Blackboard Affair Masquerade Ball, Feb. 24 at 7pm, W Hotel, $85-$100
Details: Support and raise money for the WITS Saturday tutoring programs at two Chicago Public Schools. Open bar, hors d'eouvres, raffle, silent auction, live DJ and more included!
Red Carpet Party: Hottest Night in Hollywood, Feb. 26 at 6pm, Quay Restaurant & Bar, $55-$70
Details: Hosted by movie critics Paige Wiser & David Plummer of Windy City LIVE and movie producer John Digles. Silent auction to benefit JDRF, designer dresses from rent the runway, drinks, appetizers, DJ and more.
Neighborhoods of the World, Feb. 26-Apr. 15 at 12pm, Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens, FREE
Details: Navy Pier is celebrating Chicago's neighboring diversities with this 2nd annual cultural tribute. Over the next 8 weeks enjoy authentic live music, dance performances, cuisine, art and more from the many cultures of Chicago.
Chicago Park District & South Shore Opera Company Present Excerpts from The March: A Civil Rights Opera, Feb. 26th at 4pm, South Shore Cultural Center, FREE
Details: Free Black History Month performance featuring excerpts from The March: A Civil Rights Opera by librettist Alan Marshall and composer Jonathan Stinson.
Chicago Yelps Cutest Dog Event, Feb. 23 at 7pm, Central Bark Doggy Day Care, FREE
Details: A BYOB dog fashion show/contest with prizes for the overall winner of. Contests in Costume Wear, Talent, and Evening Wear.
3rd Annual Chicago Poker Classic, Feb. 23-Mar. 5 at Various times, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Buy in Prices Vary
Details: Participate or watch other compete in Chicago's record setting live tournament poker.
Run4Papa Fundraiser Feb 24 at 6pm, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, $40
Details: In partnership with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Run4Papa is hosting a fundraiser at Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago. It's $40 for an open bar, appetizers, a silent auction along with tremendous amount of raffle prizes.
Culinary Adventures Series, Feb 24 at 5pm, Arlington Park Racecourse, FREE
Details: Cooking Skills Academy is proud to be the main sponsor of this event featuring multiple cooking demonstrations all weekend long from professional chefs and well established restaurants.
Bowling for Babies, Feb. 24 at 8pm, Seven Ten Lounge, $35-$40
Details: The Associate Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem's (NorthShore) 5th Annual Bowling Night. Join members and friends of The Associate Board for an open bar and light bites, bowling and the opportunity to learn more about the organization
Fashion, Fitness & Fine Arts Fundraiser, Feb. 25 at 6pm, The Kimpton's Hotel Palomar, $100
Details: Support this fundraiser supporting Bright Pink by Lookstyle & Barre Bee Fit. There will be a silent auction, cocktails, hos d' ourves and guest appearances by Leann Time-Cibrian and more!
Sweet Home Chicago, Feb. 25 at 9:30am, Ginkgo Restaurant, $28 Details: Here's your excuse to eat chocolate for brunch! Learn the history behind tasty treats and why Chicago calls itself the Candy Capitol of America since the turn of the century.
The Super Jake Foundation's Red Cape Gala, Feb. 25 at 6pm, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, $160
Details: This formal red tie event is a chance for you to enjoy open bar, hors d'oeuvres, sinner, live music and dancing. This event is to help raise funds to continue the fight against pediatric cancer.
Amelia's Angels, Feb. 25 at 7pm, The Bottom Lounge, $50-$60
Details: Donate an item for use in a silent auction or raffle for Amelia Patterson. This fundraiser will help her and her family with medical expenses since Amelia has been diagnosed with a rare neuro-endovascular disorder in her brain. There will be food, drink, and entertainment!
Wine Tasting and Silent Auction for Illinois Leadership Seminars Feb. 25 at 4pm, Webster's Wine Bar, $35
Details: Wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres, and chance to bid on amazing auction items with all proceeds going to a leadership seminar for high school sophomores.
For the Love of Chocolate Scholarship Foundation, Feb. 25 at 7pm, Merchandise Mart Plaza, $200
Details: Wake up your senses and try exquisite cuisine from celebrity chef tastings while enjoying live music, dancing and more. Black tie event.
Warm Your Heart 5k (indoor) Feb. 26 at 9am, McCormick Place Convention Complex, $30-$50
Details: Chicago's 1st indoor 5K to benefit Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. USATF certified and chip timed! yelp.com
Oscar Night America, Feb. 26 at 6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, $100-$200
Details: Oscar Night America-Chicago, Chicago's only event sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will include a glamorous red carpet hosted by Amanda Puck, a delicious dinner generously donated by MJ Catering and a live High-Definition telecast of the 84th Annual Academy Awards show presented in the Film Center's two state-of-the-art movie theaters, courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago. siskelfilmcenter.org
Chocolate with Chef Chris Tong, Feb. 26 at 12pm, Whole Foods Market Lakeview, $20
Details: Join Chef Tong, of My Private Chef, as he presents sumptuous, decadent, and mouthwatering recipes featuring chocolate, that will help carry us over to spring. Get hands-on experience in preparation, cooking and presentation, as well as tips on shopping for the finest ingredients.
History Pub Crawls, Feb. 26 at 1pm, $30
Details: There are various pub crawls set where you can have a drink and learn about the history of where you're drinking at! At this specific pub crawl you can learn about infamous Chicago gangsters and how it ultimately shaped the city and its image.
Trib U: Social Media for Business: Part Three, Feb. 27 at 6pm, Tribune Tower, $75
Details: Learn how to use the free analytical tools we have to measure the effectiveness of your social media profiles.
Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964?1977, The Art Institute of Chicago, $18 Details: The pioneering movement known broadly as Conceptual Art succeeded in bringing photography definitively into the mainstream of contemporary art.The exhibit exploits the photographic image in every way possible: in books, slides, canvases, films, and room-size installations.
Dec 13, 2011- Mar 11 Mondays?Wednesdays (10:30am?5pm)
Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Animated and Live Action, Landmark Century Centre Cinema, $11
Details:The films are divided into two separately screened programs by category, live action and animated. Includes a big-screen viewing of animated films: Pixar artist Enrico Casarosa's La Luna, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and Wild Life. (On going)
Dance Dance Party Party, Feb. 29 at 7pm, Perceptual Motion Dance Studio, $5
Details: This headband/ leg warmer/ other fabulous workout gear event lets you free-form dance to everything from Broadway to hip-hop. There are just three rules: no boys, no booze, and no judgement.
2nd Annual Chill Fundraiser, Feb. 29 at 7pm, Sully's House, $35
Details: Chill is a nonprofit learn-to-ride program for underserved youth. Kids will learn how to snowboard while getting taught valuable life lessons. Don't forget to participate in the raffle and up your chances in winning Burton snowboards, Windy City Ski & Snowboards bus trips, lift tickets and more.
Second Annual Vital Nights Oscar Viewing Party, Feb. 26 at 5:30pm, Hotel 71 Penthouse Ballroom, $40 at http://www.vitalbridges.org/pages/events/2.php
Details: Guests are invited to party and cocktail for a cause while viewing the Oscars with event sponsors SVEDKA Vodka and Hotel 71, along with event hosts Kevin Aeh, Maggie Morgan and David Sanchez. Ticket and raffle sales to benefit Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care.