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FashionChicago Spring Designer Shopping & Runway Event & Party, May 4th - 5pm, Museum of Broadcast Communications, $25
Details: Shop 30 of Chicago's top apparel, jewelry & accessories designers with creative cocktails and hors d'oeuvres presented by stylechicago.com.
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Advance Screening of "The Dictator" May 10th - 7pm, Icon Theatre
Details: Sacha Baron Cohen's hilarious, heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. The amazing cast also includes Megan Fox, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly and more!
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CANstruction, May 3, 1st floor of The Merchandise Mart, $25
Details: CANstruction is a design and build competition benefiting Greater Chicago Food Depository. 21 teams compete from local architecture, design, engineering and construction companies all ending in a fun Awards Gala on May 10th. CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO CANSTRUCTION GALA!
138th Kentucky Derby Celebration, May 5th - 3pm, Rockit Burger Bar, $25
Details: Great Kentucky Derby Celebration from 3pm-6pm with derby themed drinks and appetizers! CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO KENTUCKY DERBY CELEBRATION!
Jerry Azumah and The ASAP Foundation present THE 4TH ANNUAL SIGNATURE EVENT, Lucky Strike, May 16th - 6pm, $75
Details: This year's fundraiser is a celebrity-bowling tournament hosted by the All-Pro Chicago Bear.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO JERRY AZUMAH'S ASAP FOUNDATION EVENT!
The Chicago New Moms Support Group, May 3rd (6 week program) - 9:30am, Family Grounds Cafe, 3652 N Lincoln, $125
Details: KickSprout teams up with The Chicago New Moms Group for this educational program to help new mothers.
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3rd Annual Dempster Foundation Casino Night, May 9th - 6pm, Palmer House Hilton, $175-$1000
Details: Chicago Cubs Ryan Dempster's 3rd annual fundraiser with live entertainment from Crystal Bowersox and John Vincent. A chance to bid on a wide range of sports memorabilia during the auction.
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Kentucky Derby at Arlington Park, May 5th gates open 10:45am, Arlington Park, $10
Details: Chicagoland's largest Kentucky Derby party. Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby simulcast and watch live races throughout the day.
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Opening Day for Outdoor Green City Market, May 5th - 7am, Free
Details: Lincoln Park's well-known Green City Market heads outdoors to kick off the farmer's market season.
Cinco de Miler 5 Mile, May 6th - 7:30am, Montrose Harbor, $45-$50
Details: Chicago's only 5 mile race is back, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and running along the lakefront with plenty of entertainment along the course.
The Inaugural Heart of Man Foundation Benefit, May 3rd - 7pm, Sullivan's Steakhouse, $40
Details: The funds raised in the HOM Foundation will support scholarships, school supplies, and supplemental educational opportunities for the students it serves.
National Restaurant Association Show 2012, May 5th-8th, McCormick Place, $90
Details: Providing unparalleled opportunity for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another, igniting the future of businesses, relationships and ideas.
National Hellenic Museum's Ambrosia Ball, May 4th - 6:30pm, Union Station, $150
Details: Surround yourself in the food and drinks of the gods of Ambrosia! A Greek themed event featured recording artist Mihalis Hatzigiannis, DJ John Grammatis and more!
The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore- Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Kitchen Tour 2012, May 4th - 9:30am, $50
Details: Whether you are looking for a fun day out with friends, doing research for your own home project, or just interested in home design, you won't want to miss this event!
Long Grove Chocolate Fest, Long Grove, May 4th - 10 am, $5 Donation
Details: You and your family can fill a day - or a weekend - with chocolaty treats, live music, great food and shopping.
The Flesh Hungry Dog Show All-Star Finale, May 4th - 9pm, Jackhammer, $12-$15
Details: The Flesh Hungry Dog Show Says Goodbye after a 7 Year run with an all-star lineup GLBT-centric Rock Show Finale.
Manifest Urban Arts Festival, Columbia's South Loop Campus, May 4th - 12pm, Free
Details: Columbia celebrates the work of more than 2,000 graduating students with its annual urban arts festival including art exhibitions, readings and singer showcases.
2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Charity Event, May 5th - 2pm, South Branch, $20-$25
Details: Come enjoy hand-crafted Kentucky bourbon, Mint Juleps and "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports". Portion of proceeds benefit the American Lung Association.
Adoption Open House Event, May 5th - 2:30, Animal Medical Center of Chicago, FREE
Details: Come meet over 15 adorable dogs from four Chicago rescue groups up for adoption along with LeeAnn Trotter, NBC 5's entertainment reporter.
Bark In The Park, May 5th - 7am, Montrose Harbor, $30-$40
Details: The 18th annual Bark In The Park is a 5K / 3.1 Mile walk (with or without your dog) to raise funds and awareness for The Anti-Cruelty Society.
Green Festival, May 5th - 12pm, Navy Pier, $10-$65
Details: The world's premier event dedicated to sustainability, social justice and ecological balance returns to Navy Pier May 5-6.
Cinco De Mayo Cruise, May 5th - 6:30pm, Anita Dee Yacht Navy Pier, $60-$85
Details: Cruise aboard the luxurious Anita Dee II at Navy Pier, with great authentic Mexican eats, dancing, and exciting raffle giveaways!
Sunday Fund Day: A Benefit for the Chicago Repertory Ballet, May 6th - 12, Sidetrack, $20
Details: Be one of the first to help sponsor Chicago Repertory Ballet to the stage! Kickoff event to raise money for its premier performance at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts in September 2012.
Spring Awakening: 25 Years of Brunch & Fashion in Bloom, May 6th - 12, Harold Washington Library Center (Winter Garden Ballroom), $200-$250
Details: Chicago House's 25th Annual Chicago House Spring Brunch and Fashion Show with three-course brunch, silent auction and fashion show headlined by Mark Shale, featuring Borris Powell!
The Joffrey Ballet 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala, May 6th - 6:30pm, Palmer House Hilton, $95-$110
Details: This year's event will be a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Joffrey's dynamic Women's Board who have raised a staggering $16 million.
Walk MS 2012, May 6th - 9am, Grant Park
Details: Participate at one of 13 official Walk MS sites or four Community Walk sites across Illinois. Walk MS is free to register and fully accessible.
18th Annual 4 Stars of Chicago-St Judes Restaurant Extravaganza, May 8th - 5:45 pm, Sheraton Chicago Hotels & Towers, $350
Details: St Jude organization is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a charity fundraiser and gourmet tastings from Chicago's top chefs.
Sushi and Sake 101, May 8th - 6:30pm, SushiSamba Rio, $75
Details: Sushi Samba invites you to master the art of making maki and tasting sake. It's the perfect gift for the home chef, dining-out enthusiast and friend who has everything!
Y-Me Race at Your Pace Mother's Day Walk/Run, Chicago's Grant Park, May 13th - 8am, $25-$100
Details: Head to Butler Field to help assure no one faces breast cancer alone! Choose between a 1 or 3 Mile Walk or the 5K Race.