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!
The Suite Snoop Dogg Experience at The Venue, Horseshoe Casino, May 24th at 8:00 pm, $35-$225
Details: Guests who attend are invited to take advantage of the Drop It Like It's Hot suite experience which includes full bar 7pm-10pm and a collectible Playa Pass upon entry.
Maria Pinto hosts The Height of Fashion: A fundraiser for the film Sole Survivor, May 29th at 6 pm, Vertigo Sky Lounge, $35-50
Details: Maria Pinto (of Michelle Obama fame), Tammy Kohl (celebrity jewelry designer) and street fashion blogger Emma Arnold (Tres Awesome) host! Funds raised benefit Sole Survivor, an incredible film about lone survivors of plane crashes seeking to connect with each other.
David Guetta Concert, May 25th at 8 pm, Congress Theater, $48-$125
Details: House music producer and DJ, David Guetta has worked with everyone from Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj to Kid Cudi & more!!
Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon, May 24th-July 22nd 2pm & 8pm, Pepsi Skyline Stage, Navy Pier, $15.50-$29.50
Details: This is the opening day of this fun new show at Navy Pier. This is a spectacle for all ages, featuring performers from China who are leaders in their craft of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more.
Columbia Pictures & Sony Presents: Men In Black 3 Fashion Show, May 24th at 9pm, The Underground
Details: Don't miss this one of a kind fashion show featuring looks inspired by Men In Black 3. First 50 guests will receive a MIB3 gift bag.
Noli Me Tangere, May 26th - 27th at 7 pm, Harris Theatre, $35 - $90
Details: Performed in Tagalog with English subtitles, the opera is based on the novel of Philippine national hero, Dr. Jos? Rizal. Recounting the struggles of Juan Cris?stomo Ibarra y Magsalin who returns to the Philippines after years in Europe.
May Market Garden Party, May 26th 10 am, Randolph Street Market Festival, $10
Details: 9th annual May Garden Party includes many activities: antiquing, beauty treatments, live music, airbrush tattoos, cocktails, DIY demonstrations, interactive art and food!
"Seeing What's Possible" Annual Dinner, May 24th at 5:30 pm, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, $350-$500
Details: This annual event celebrates the groundbreaking efforts of Former Mayor Richard M. Daley to make Chicago one of the most accommodating cities for people with disabilities. Bill Jurek, award-winning broadcast veteran is emcee, while artist and media sensation, Jeffrey Owen Hanson, will make a guest appearance.
Arts n Spirits: Laugh, Drink, Paint, May 28th at 11 am, $35
Details: Arts n Spirits is Chicago's newest venue for an entertaining evening out on the town. It's the perfect place to get together with friends and family to relax, unwind, and enjoy time painting together while sipping your favorite beverage (BYOB)
Daley Plaza Farmer's Market, May 24th at 7am, Daley Plaza, FREE
Details: The Daley Plaza Farmers Market opens today & offers fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and other items every Thursday from 5/24 until 10/18. This market accepts the LINK card.
Chicago beaches officially open, Chicago Lakefront, May 25th, 11am-7pm, FREE
Details: The 2012 beach season runs for the season starting May 25th. Swimming is permitted and lifeguards are on duty at all beaches from 11-7, unless otherwise posted. Take your family and friends to the beaches this Memorial Day Weekend!
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade, May 26 at 12:00pm, State & Lake (goes South), FREE
Details: CIA Director David H. Petraeus will lead this year's Memorial Day. The parade steps off at noon at State and Lake Streets proceeding south on State to Van Buren.
28th Annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival 2012, May 26-27th at 12 pm, Sheffield & Belmont, $5 requested donation
Details: The fest kicks off with the region's favorite tribute bands, plenty of food and libations as well as artisans who will be rolling out their Summer 2012 lines of creative handiwork.
Navy Pier Fireworks, May 26th at 10:15pm, Navy Pier, FREE
Details: The first of a bi-weekly summer staple in Chicago, come down to Navy Pier to enjoy the fireworks show! Hosted by B96.
Mole de Mayo Festival, May 26th - 27th at 11am, Pilsen Neighborhood (18th & Peoria), FREE
Details: Come out and celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Pilsen for our 4th Annual Mole de Mayo Festival. Our festival offers a Mole cook-off featuring the delectable signature dish of Mexico!
8th Annual Nicky's Week at RA Sushi, May 27th- June 2nd, RA Sushi, Menu items $3.50 - $8
Details: Join RA Sushi for their 8th Annual Nicky's Week fundraiser! 100% of the proceeds from special menu items will go to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. At all RA Sushi locations nationwide.
Bike the Drive, May 27th at 5:30am, Grant Park, $45-$85
Details: Hop on your bike the one day of the year when the length of Lake Shore Drive is open to cyclists and closed to auto traffic. Enjoy the striking skyline and the shimmering water of Lake Michigan as you cruise up and down the entire length of Lake Shore Drive for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive.
Big Shoulders Fund 25th Anniversary Celebration, May 24th at 6pm, Hilton Chicago,
Details: Celebrating 25 years of supporting Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. This dinner celebrates the organization's founders, and all funds raised are towards providing students with a brighter future.
Rockit.LIVE with Dynasty Podcast: Chicago Summer 2012, May 29th at 6pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: A live panel of Chicago talent & tastemakers discussing this summer's best live music picks & more. Featuring Jessica Galliart (social media manager at RedEye), Veronica Murtagh (founder/editor of creamteam.tv), Dani Deahl (DJ, producer, journalist, blogger), Kyle Woods aka Kid Color (Summer Festival artist), Mikul Wing Midnight Conspiracy (Summer Festival artist).
JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge, May 24th at 7:00 pm, Grant Park, $45
Details: The 31st annual Corporate Challenge is a 3.5 mile team road race (must have at least four participants) and post-race party. Last year, 23,361 entrants from 634 companies participated.
MIB3 Fashion Show, May 23 at 9pm, Underground,
Details: The fashion show will feature looks inspired by the film. The first 50 guests will receive a MIB3 gift bag.
Tyler Perry: The Entrepreneurial Mind, May 24th at 3:30pm, Arie Crown Theater, $30-$85
Details: Moderated by Tristan Walker, founder of Project:2040, Tyler Perry: the Entrepreneurial Mind will give entrepreneurs an opportunity to hear about Perry's career, experiences and entrepreneurial lessons learned.
Lego Pirates Weekend, May 25th-28th at 9 am, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago, $14-$17
Details: Tighten' ye bootstraps and man the bow, Ye captain needs all hands on deck for the weekend's activities. Build a LEGO parrot in the Model Builder Workshop, participate in a treasure hunt for a chance to win a LEGO treasure chest full of prizes, walk the plank pirate themed speed build and much more!
State Street, May 25th at 8 pm, City Lit Theater, $5
Details: This is the final production of City Lit Theater's 2011-2012 season, a musical comedy set in Chicago in the days just before the Great Fire of 1871, and is inspired by the colorful and unfortunate history of Crosby's Opera House
Irish Fest, May 25th-May 28th (Various hours), Chicago Gaelic Park, $26
Details: The Chicago Gaelic Park is celebrating its 26th Irish Fest. The festival runs all Memorial Day Weekend and includes dancing, music, rides, contests, sports and shopping in honor of Irish culture.
LMFAO Concert, May 26th at 7pm, Allstate Arena, $25 - $99
Details: Party Rock Anthem! LMFAO live in concert at Allstate Arena along with Far East Movement, Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons & Natalia Kills
3rd Annual Librarian Pub Crawl, May 26th at 6pm, Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, $20 - $27
Details: Promotes the importance of libraries and literacy, while supporting local charities in the process. Participants are invited to dress as literary characters or as librarians. Trophies will be awarded for the best literary and librarian costume!
Soldier Field 10 Mile, May 26th at 7 am, Soldier Field, $65-$80
Details: Fleet Feet sponsors this 10 mile run starting outside of Soldier Field. The course travels along the southern portion of Chicago's lakefront and finishes on the 50-yard line of the stadium's field.
14th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show, May 26th - May 27th at 10am, Riverside Ave & Main St., FREE
Details: Browse works by more than 100 artists in various mediums at the award-winning show - also features live music.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert, May 28th at 7:30pm, Allstate Arena, $65-$75
Details: Red Hot Chili Peppers in Chicago to perform their greatest hits!
Old Town al Fresco, May 28th - 31st, Various Old Town restaurants
Details: Old Town al Fresco is the third event in the year-long Living Old Town 2012 series. It is focused on the many great outdoor dining destinations in Old Town. Each participating restaurant/cafe offers a 4-day promotion that best shows off its style and cuisine.
Renegade Princess, May 29th & 30th at 8:30 pm, Chopin Theatre, $20
Details: The myth of the American fairy tale undone. Exploding with surprising, raw truth and dripping with self-deprecating humor, the autobiographical tale is woven with humanity and irreverence into a wickedly sharp narrative.
Medinah Country Club Charity Golf Tournament, May 29th at 8:30 am, Medinah Country Club, $125-$600
Details: Support those who have given so much to defend our country by helping raise scholarship funds for Illinois military families, specifically the veteran, their spouse, and their children.
Toddlers, Tunes, and Turtles, May 29th at 5:30, Hollywood Park, FREE
Details: This free outdoor nature program provides families the opportunity to meet live animals (snakes, frogs, birds, turtles), and sing along to family friendly music.
5k Running Tour/ Chicago River Navy Pier, May 29th 7:15AM, Millennium Park at "the bean", $25
Details: See and experience Chicago like few others get to! City Running Tours - Chicago allows visitors and locals alike to get their miles in while they learn about the financial, business and cultural capital of the Midwest.
Nickleback Concert, May 30th at 6 pm, Allstate Arena, $50-$100
Details: Nickelback, Bush Seether & My Darkest Days performing live in concert.
Music School Collage Concert, May 30th at 7:30 pm, The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights, $10
Details: Concert features top students and the world-renowned teachers of Music School performing pieces they've perfected throughout the session. Also features top performers from our Music School's Spring Music Festival where students perform solo and ensemble pieces for judges.
March of Dimes, May 29 at 11am, Rockit Burger Bar
Details: Attention baseball fans, foodies, sweet tooths, friends, family and all March of Dimes supporters! Food Network celebrity Chef Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes" and "Sugar High" will join us for a private pre-game reception.