Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his favorite events, concerts, fundraisers, parties. . . every week on ''What's on Dec!''
Thanks for watching my "What's on Dec" segment every Thursday at 9 a.m.! Follow me on facebook.com/BillyDec and twitter.com/BillyDec. And, please give me feedback on if you go to these events and/or have any events you'd like me to share in the future!
5th Annual Rescue Our Angels, May 24th at 6:30 pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, $75 - $125
Details: Cocktail party and silent auction with special guest Jenny McCarthy! Proceeds will benefit Generation Rescue, which helps provide families, with autistic children, biomedical treatment.
2nd Annual Ladybug Bash: Stars and Cars Fundraiser, May 17th at 7pm, Grossinger City Autoplex, $75-$125
Details: Dina Manzo (Real Housewives of New Jersey & HGTV's Dina's Party) Hosts this decadent fundraiser benefiting children's cancer research. Enjoy food & drinks from Chicago's top talent, a silent auction, live entertainment, a fashion presentation and star sightings!
2012 Hard Rock Hair Flip: Benefitting Locks of Love, May 17th at 7 pm, Hard Rock Hotel, $60 - $300
Details: Luxury Management presents the second annual Hard Rock Hair Flip, featuring a hair and beauty show by Restoration Salon and a fashion show by Rosina Mae. All the proceeds benefit Locks of Love. You can win tickets below and tell your friends to enter the promo code "WCL" when getting their tix for 40% off!
Laughing Hearts Comedy Night, May 23rd at 6:30 pm, Stage 773, $25
Details: 2nd annual comedy show at Stage 773 featuring FIVE sketch comedy groups. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association
"Under African Skies" Film Screening, May 19th at 7:30pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, $11
Details: Part of the Human Rights Watch Film Fest, follow Paul Simon back to South Africa to revisit the making of his '87 Grammy-winning album, Graceland and his decision to collaborate with African musicians during a particularly turbulent time in history.
5th Annual Campfire Ball Benefitting Children's Oncology Services, Inc., May 19th at 7pm, Venue One, $85 - $100
Details: Join us for summer camp with an urban twist. We'll be serving up spiked bug juice and camp-themed favorite foods all night long. Hot DJs will be rocking the house!
2nd Annual Rockin' for Rescue, May 19th at 7:30pm, Double Door, $100 - $1,900
Details: Alpana Singh from "Check, Please!" is co-hosting the event with her Pug, Haruki. Enjoy live music, food, drinks & a live auction. Proceeds benefit Trio Animal Foundation, which provides medical care for homeless animals.
Taste of Glen Ellyn, May 17th - 20th, Main St. Parking Lot, Glen Ellyn, FREE
Details: Celebrate all that Glen Ellyn has to offer during 4 days of great food, music and fun! Live entertainment, rides, a craft festival, dishes from local restaurants and vendors.
ABSINTHE, May 17th at 6 p.m., Alliance Française de Chicago, $7
Details: See the definitive film on the history of the most notorious drink (In French with English subtitles). There will be an absinthe tasting before the event with film director Chris Buddy!
Paige Denim Trunk Show & Party, May 17th at 6pm, The Denim Lounge, Roscoe Village, FREE
Details: Enjoy 30% off the entire store from 6-9pm, as well as wine, food and live music from guitarist Robbie Gold.
Fable Festival, May 17th-20th at 7pm, Edgewater/Andersonville, $7
Details: A fairy tale reading festival for children of all ages that's held at multiple venues in Edgewater and Andersonville!
A Perfect Pair Beer Pairing Dinner for the Perfect Pair, May 17th at 7 pm, Goose Island Brewery, $25.26 per couple
Details: Bride and groom couples are invited to enjoy an exclusive beer pairing dinner. This farm to table 4-course dinner will pair delectable cuisine by Chef Andrew Hroza with award-winning craft beers!
Married Alive!, May 17th at 7pm, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, $39.00-$43.00
Details: Opening night of this touching new musical comedy about the early stages of hot and passionate marriage to the grumpy stages of growing old together.
Elmhurst's 24th Annual Pet Parade, May 18th at 1 pm, Spring Rd to Silverado Grill, FREE
Details: Pets of all breeds and species may be entered. Don't have a pet, but still want to be part of the fun? Ride your decorated bike in the parade!
Evanston Green Ball, May 18th at 6 pm, Levy Center, $55 - $75
Details: The inaugural Evanston Green Ball will be a festive evening of fabulous food, drinks and live music designed to keep the ball rolling at the Evanston Ecology Center.
Food Revolution Day, May 19th, Various locations
Details: Jamie Oliver's first Food Revolution Day aims to educate people about healthier food options and bring health education back to schools, homes, businesses & communities.
Buzzed on Fashion, May 19th at 11 am, Benchmark, Free
Details: A champagne brunch and fashion show featuring Old Town boutiques cityblue, Sara Jane and Handle with Care.
Chicago's Kids and Kites partnering with NATO, May 19th at 10 am, Cricket Hill at Montrose Harbor, FREE
Details: This year, Chicago's annual event will be linked to the NATO Summit. Fly FREE paper kites with your kids and enjoy family-focused programs including face painting, crafts, balloon artists and more.
McGee's 23rd Annual Headsucker's Ball, May 19th at 10 am, McGee's Tavern & Grille, $20
Details: Chicago's original crawfish boil serving up more than 2,000 pounds of crawfish straight from the Louisiana Bayou. Enjoy unlimited amounts of crawfish, red beans & rice, jambalaya and gumbo while listening to authentic zydeco tunes by Hurricane Gumbo.
RAW- Riverside Arts Weekend, May 19th at 10 am, Free
Details: RAW is a vibrant fine arts fair including ceramics, drawing, furniture, glass, jewelry, wood, watercolor, sculpture, photography and more!
Xtreme Bugs, May 19th, Brookfield Zoo, $3-15
Details: This summerlong, temporary exhibit starts May 19th and will include everything from Xtra-large animatronic bugs, bug cooking demonstrations, cockroach races, a spider web climber, an Xtreme Bugs Dig Station, and other bug-themed entertainment is planned for guests throughout the summer.
Loyola Hospital Heroes, May 19th at 6 pm, Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, $250 - $5,000
Details: Hear Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton share the story of his personal triumph over cancer, bid on exciting items in a live auction, enjoy sumptuous treats and a complimentary bar.
The Art of Caring, May 19th at 6:30 pm, The Knollwood Club, $175 - $420
Details: The Art of Caring features a live and silent auction, cocktails and dinner in elegant surroundings. The event benefits Catholic Charities' programs in Lake County.
Skokie Festival of Cultures, May 19th-20th, Oakton Park, FREE
Details: Experience cultures from around the world at this celebration featuring entertainment, ethnic cuisine, children's activities, a merchandise bazaar and ethnic arts and crafts from over 20 countries and cultures.
Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon, May 20th at 6 am, Schaumburg, $52-$95
Details: The marathon is a Boston qualifier and the course will start in the business district of Schaumburg before touring into scenic Busse Woods featuring serene lakes, forests, prairie and an elk pasture.
Cans v. Bottles Blind Taste Test, May 22nd at 5 pm, Standard Market, Westmont, FREE
Details: Take part in a blind taste test, featuring New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, and Goose Island. You can sample and decide - do you prefer canned or bottled beer?
Beach Boys in Concert, May 22nd at 8 pm, The Chicago Theatre, $40-300
Details: The Beach Boys featuring original members: Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Dave Marks & Bruce Johnston!
The Artist in All, May 23rd at 6:30pm, Modern Wing at the Art Institute, $150
Details: An art exhibit and silent auction benefit for Misericordia featuring original works created by our talented Misericordia resident artists with the assistance of our dedicated staff and volunteers.
Stuart Weitzman Fall 2012 Trunk Show Cocktail Party
hosted by E!"Fashion Police" George Kotsiopoulos, May 22 (4pm-7pm), 701 N. Michigan Ave.
Details: Stuart Weitzman has added more red-carpet style to its Chicago Trunk Show schedule with a cocktail party hosted by E! "Fashion Police" George Kotsiopoulos. This special event will allow the women of Chicago the opportunity to pre-order Fall 2012 styles with on-site style consultations and fashion advice from the renowned TV fashion personality.
- If you can't make it to the special cocktail party, you can still check out the trunk show at the following places and times:
- Stuart Weitzman-701 N. Michigan Avenue, May 6-8 (10am-8pm)
- Stuart Weitzman-Chicago North Bridge, May 6-8 (10am-8pm)
- Stuart Weitzman- Northbrook Court, May 16-18 (10am-9pm)
Reveries in Motion, May 19-20, Center on Halsted
Details: May 19th & 20th at the Center on Halsted, with a theme of "Beyond the Grimm", loosely based on Grimm's fairytales. Our company is a non-for profit company that donates proceeds from ALL concerts to specific charities.
"Port Chuck" performing at Beer Market, May 23, Vernon Hills
Details: Features Steve Burton (Jason), Brandon Barash (Johnny), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Scott Reeves (Steve.) from General Hospital. This concert starts at 11 a.m. and proceeds will go to the MDA charity, which Brandon is very involved with.
Reveries in Motion's Spring 2012 Dance Concert, May 19-20, Center on Halsted, $15
Details: A beautifully inspired collection of original dance pieces conceptually inspired by Grimm fairytales. The group is donating proceeds to the Center's youth programs which offer resources for children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender allies.