Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his favorite events, concerts, fundraisers, parties. . . every week on ''What's on Dec!''
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Radiohead Concert, June 10th at 7:30pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $50-$85
Details: Come see Radiohead live in concert with special guests, Caribou.
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A Night Out with The Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, June 7 at 7:45pm, House of Blues
DETAILS: President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton speak along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Actor Jesse Williams and Special Performer Ben Harper at an event to inspire the next generation to make the world a better place!
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A Night of Summer Light 2012, June 7 at 6:00pm, The Ivy Room at Tree Studios, $95
Details: Join The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation and friends for an evening of light bites, cool cocktails, raffles and dancing. All proceeds will benefit the foundation's work in fostering and understanding the awareness in bipolar disorder students and educators.
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Metropia Experience, June 7th - 8th at 2pm, Atrium Events, $27 - $110
Details: An exclusive event experience that merges regional artists and musicians in one exciting space, will make its debut in Chicago. Enjoy new sounds and visually-stimulating art installations that are unique to Chicago.
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Chicago Live!, June 7th at 7pm, UP Comedy Club, $18
Details: Rick Kogan hosts this live weekly show, check out Phylicia Rashad (Mrs. Huxtable), hot dance club trio Krewella, playwright Paul Oakley Stovall, Second City Comedy and more!
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Toast of the Town, June 8th at 6pm, Field Museum, $99-$149
Details: Wine Enthusiast magazine brings you 500 world-class wines, signature dishes from Chicago's top restaurants, spirits and music. Top new restaurants including Acadia, Nellcote and Libertad will participate.
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Visionary Awards' LEGACY OF HOPE, June 13th at 6:30pm, Salvage One
Details: Val Warner emcees the annual awards gala and fundraiser in honor of those who have given hope to sexual assault survivors. Enjoy poignant awards ceremony, live entertainment, raffle & live auction.
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MetroBoard Presents: A Swanky Soiree, June 8th at 7pm, Grossinger Autoplex, $65-$100
Details: Join Chicago's young professionals as they take over 400,000 sq ft of space and turn it into a speakeasy-themed extravaganza. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, casino style gaming, a silent auction, a live DJ and much more!
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Grammy Award Winner Alison Krauss Rocks The Women's Health Foundation, June 7th at 6:00pm, Ravenswood Event Center, $150 - $500
Details: This year's gala will reach their one-million dollar lifetime fundraiser goal! Come for appetizers and cocktails, a performance by multi-Grammy award winning artists Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski, live and silent auction and dancing to Chicago's own, Black Betty Band.
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Ribfest Chicago, June 8th-10th at 5pm, 4000 N Lincoln Ave, FREE
Details: Averaging 50,000 pounds of ribs and BBQ from more than 30 restaurants, Ribfest Chicago 2012 is expected to draw more than 50,000 people. Plus, make it to the professional and amateur rib-eating contest!
Old Town Art Fair, June 9-10, Lincoln & Wisconsin, 10am-8pm (6pm on Sun), $7 requested donation
Details: Selected one of top 10 art fairs in the country, 260 artists come out to showcase their talents and designs.
Real Housewives of New Jersey Wedding Viewing Party/Equality Illinois Benefit, June 10 at 7pm, Spin Nightclub
Details: Watch Celebrity Chef Jaime Laurita wed his long time love Rich Lane on the Bravo TV smash hit, Real Housewives of New Jersey! Partnering with Equality Illinois, $10 donation goes to benefit securing, protecting and defending equal rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender people in Illinois.
Chicago In-Water Boat Show, June 7-19 at 12pm, 31st St Harbor
Details: Progressive Insurance puts on Chi's ONLY in-water boat show for every lifestyle, activity & budget. Free hands on sailing, powerboating workshos and scuba dive in a heated pool!
Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 9th-10th at 11am, Clark St (from Foster to Catalpa), $5
Details: Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng to Clark Street for two days of music, dancing, kids' entertainment, delicious food and to celebrate the area's Swedish heritage. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge bands keep the party going.
The Vintage Bazaar, June 10th at 12pm, Aragon Ballroom, $5
Details: 150+ vendors of vintage decor, housewares, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and accessories, plus beer, cocktails, local food, and DJ entertainment from CHIRP, classic haircuts and straight razor shaves from Joe's Barbershop.
Chicago Women's Funny Festival, June 6th-10th at 8pm, Stage 773, $33-$98
Details: The Chicago Women's Funny Festival is the first annual festival celebrating women in comedy. Anything from stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, musical-comedy, solo shows, one acts and much much more.
Color Jam: Art Project, June 7th-September, State and Adams, FREE
Details: This is the third public artwork in the Art Loop series and will be on display through September. Feature a series of public programs, taking the form of concerts, talks, happenings, and virtual interactions throughout the Loop.
Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament, June 7th at 6pm, Kings Lanes, $50
Details: Come join Chicago Bear Charles Tillman for a night of bowling at the hottest new bowling alley in the Chicago area. Former and current Bears will also make appearances throughout the evening. All proceeds will benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.
Be A Man Look & Live Like A Gentleman, June 7th at 6pm, Van Buren Gentlemen's Salon, FREE
Details: Get groomed, sip cocktails, enjoy culinary creations & decadent delights from a bird's-eye view of the city in the award-winning building with a VIP after party on the 46th floor. This event benefits Chicago charities.
Runway Exclusive 2012, June 8 at 11:30am, Fairmont Chicago, $150
Details: Enjoy an afternoon reception and silent auction, followed by a delectable luncheon and an inside look at the hottest fashions which are presented by Neiman Marcus. Funds raised will help provide vital programs and services for the children and adults with autism and other disabilities served by Little City.
Glam Launch Party, June 8th at 7pm, The Greenhouse Loft, $125-$850
Details: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana kicks off the much-anticipated festivities for one of Chicago's most stylish annual events- Macy's Glamorama 2012. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, as well as early bird ticket prices for Glamorama.
Fashion Columbia 2012, June 8th at 6:30pm, Media Production Center, $75 - $250
Details: Take in the work of students in the college's Fashion Studies program and is its premiere spring fundraising event. Net proceeds benefit the newly established Eunice W. Johnson Scholarship in Fashion Studies.
Haute Bride Trunk Show, June 8th-10th at 12pm, The Left Bank Bridal Finery, FREE
Details: Designer and owner of San Francisco based Haute Bride, Lindsie Jones, creates embellishments for each woman with sparkling crystals and strands of pearls that perfectly embody the couture bridal look and offer a superb finishing touch. Appointments required.
6th Annual Cal's All-Star Angels Foundation Dinner, June 8th at 11:30 am, Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, $80 - $750
Details: This annual dinner, auction and golf event is the foundation's major fundraising event. All proceeds benefit Cal's All-Star Angels Foundation which financially helps families who have children with cancer.
Chicago Blues Festival, June 8th - 10th at 11am, Grant Park, FREE
Details: This is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
Studio Movie Grill Wheaton Opening, June 8th at 8pm, SMG Wheaton, starts at $5
Details: Head out to the grand opening of Studio Movie Grill, a unique in-theater dining experience that offers over 100 menu items! Get a free movie ticket on opening day if you bring a canned good or non-perishable item!
Summer Fest, June 8th-9th at 5pm, Village of Forest Park Parking Lot, FREE
Details: This 'hip' summer festival features live music, a beer garden, food court, antique market, local merchant sidewalk sale, children's events and activities, pony rides, a giant slide and more. This growing family-friendly festival draws over 10,000 people from the Chicagoland area.
Rockin' in the Park, June 8th at 5pm -June 10th, MB Financial Park At Rosemont, FREE
Details: This outdoor music festival will be on beautiful new 30,000 sq. ft lawn space with new bars and restaurants that are among the first to open in the park! Performances will include Jimmie Van Zant, Infinity, Kashmir- the Led Zeppelin Tribute, School of Rock, Wedding Banned and more!
Electric Youth and Hank & Cupcakes, June 8th at 8pm, Subterranean, $10
Details: Come see Electric Youth, who was nominated for an MTV Music Movie Award for their song "A Real Hero" perform at Subterranean with Hank & Cupcakes, Ghosthouse, Risky DJ's and Glass Lux.
Get Up and GO 4 Ghana, June 9th at 6pm, The Underground, $40
Details: Thousands of children live in the slums of Accra, Ghana. This is a fundraising opportunity to raise money to support their education with 100% proceeds going towards supplies, uniforms, a bus and more.
Girls on the Run 5k, June 9th at 8:30 am, Soldier Field, $22-$40
Details: This McDonald's sponsored event is the largest girl-centered 5k race in the country! Over 13,000 participants- elementary school girls and their running buddies- will come out for the culminating event of a 12-week after school training program.
Wells Street Art Festival, June 9th & 10th at 10am, Wells St Between North & Division, FREE
Details: Summer art fest season will be in full swing when the Wells Street Art Festival returns for its 38th year. One of the city's largest and most acclaimed fine arts happenings, it's held in the heart of Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood.
Chill & Grill Festival, June 9th & 10th at 6pm, Waveland Park, FREE
Details: This exciting culinary event puts grilling center stage with tastings from some of Chicago's hottest restaurants, celebrity chef demonstrations, Weber grilling classes, a "Chill Zone" lounge area, live music, an on-site bookstore featuring signed cookbooks, kids' activities, and more.
DIFFA/Chicago Believe Garden Gala, June 9th at 6:30pm, Marriott Chicago Downtown, $500
Details: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Chicago hosts an organic farm-to-table dining experience and silent auction, bookended by a cocktail hour, dancing and desserts.
Luminescence Gala, June 9th at 6pm, Shedd Aquarium, $600-$6,000
Details: Dine, dance and see Shedd Aquarium aglow with vintage elegance and timeless beauty! See Shedd in a different light through the animal-inspired architectural details in marble, bronze and terra cotta.
The Scavenger Dash, June 9th at 12pm, McFadden's, $120/team of 2
Details: The Scavenger Dash is a wildly fun urban adventure. Teams of two solve twelve clues, have a wild city adventure and complete fun challenges while discovering the city in a different way. An amazing race on a local level, where anyone can participate.
Earth, Wind & Fire with Ravinia Festival Orchestra, June 9th at 7:30pm, Ravinia, $33-$75
Details: Come see Earth, Wind & Fire at gorgeous Ravinia in Highland Park. They'll be performing with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, with conductor Benjamin Wright.
Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham Host Grand Slam Party, June 10th at 6pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, $75
Details: Meet and mingle with your favorite Sox players as they raise funds to benefit the foster care programs of Children's Home + Aid, a leading child and family service agency.
Extravaganza Featuring Chicago's Own Pia Rizza From VH1's Mob Wives Chicago, June 10th at 6pm
Details: Come out to enjoy and evening of entertainment, cocktails and mingling. Event includes a red carpet event, cocktail reception and viewing of Mob Wives Chicago's premiere episode. Located at the J Bar in James Hotel.
Bow Wow Luau, June 9th at 9am, PetSmart of Orland Hills, FREE
Details: The Animal Welfare League, Chicago's largest humane society, and PetSmart Charities invite you to attend their Mega Adoption Community Event. Over 300 pets from 18 different rescue groups will be on hand to help you find your new best friend! The event includes a DJ, good food and kids activities- kids wearing Hawaiian gear get a FREE GIFT!
Scene Soiree, June 9th at 7:30pm, Goodman Theatre, $75
Details: Art and fashion collide in this one-night-only celebration. Experience an exclusive AKIRA fashion show, with models displaying their latest styles, dance to the beats of DJ Madrid, get a sneak peek at the inspiration and fashion behind Regina Taylor's gospel musical Crowns and bid on fabulous silent auction items.
Dance Floor Junkies, June 9th-10th at 1pm, Castaways at North Ave Beach, FREE
Details: Join the Dance Floor Junkies and friends for a live set every Saturday and Sunday at Castaways until Labor Day. KISSFM will be live from 12pm - 4pm.
Havana Day Dreaming, June 10th at 3:30pm, The Peninsula Chicago, $250
Details: Hosted by baseball greats Steve Stone & Cy Young, this guy-friendly event is all about cigars, dinner and an impressive silent auction. Proceeds to benefit Prostate Cancer Research at the Department of Urology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Iron & Wine, June 10th at 7pm, Ravinia, $27-$55
Details: Come see Iron & Wine live in concert featuring special guest Dr. John.
12th Annual Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals, June 10th at 10am, Indian Boundary Park, $20-$25
Details: Rain or shine, the walk begins at 10 am. Participants receive a Gimme Shelter! T-shirt, brunch, live entertainment, and use of doggie splash pool. All animal lovers are welcome!
Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, June 10th at 11 am, St. Paul Woods in Morton Grove, $5 (Children are free)
Details: Steven Page, former frontman of Barenaked Ladies will headline this year's festival- the heart and soul of Jewish Chicago. This outdoor celebration highlights local and national Jewish talent, and also includes music and dancing on three stages, hands on activities, art fair, plus a kosher food court and cooking demonstrations by chef Laura Frankel.
The Chicago Sausage Experiment Cookoff, June 10th at 1 pm, Bottom Lounge, $15
Details: Brooklyn Brewery's Theo Peck and Nick Suarez, the Kings of Cookoff, present Food Experiments National Tour! See Chicago's finest, most committed, passionate, and intense home chefs compete for a chance to win cash and great prizes from the event's sponsors including a Grand Prize trip to Brooklyn.
Connected World Conference, June 11th - 13th at 6:30am, Pheasant Run Resort, $25 - $1650
Details: The 2012 Connected World Conference sets the stage for what's next in M2M and connected devices. Bringing together technology-conscious consumers and upwardly mobile entrepreneurs with tech-minded professionals, the Connected World Conference is the industry event for individuals looking to either create or consume the latest emerging devices and technologies.
"Conan" tapings, June 11th-14th, varied times, Chicago Theatre
Details: Want to see a Conan O'Brien taping? You're in luck, he's coming to Chicago to coincide with the TBS Just for Laughs festival. A limited number of tickets will be available on a standby basis.
Chicago Fair Trade Presents a Screening of BANANAS! June 11th at 6:00 pm, Chicago Fair Trade, FREE
Details: Come to the screening of this film and discuss the challenges to securing healthy food and supporting production that is safe for workers. In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.
Bar1's Big Break, June 11th at 7 pm, Duffy's Tavern and Grille, FREE
Details: The search for the finest vocalist from Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin with the first round of auditions for a shot of $20,000 in prizes! The singers will battle for judge and audience approval- their performances complete with live video broadcast, elaborate stage design, lighting and top-notch digital accompaniment by dedicated production staff.
Women, Wine & Golf, June 11th at 2:30 pm, Bollingbrook Golf Club, $59-$79
Details: Women on Course provides an event for business and social networking around the game of golf that welcomes business women from all fields and skill levels. The event includes clinics every skill level, contests and demo stations, and 19th hole festivities including food, wine and gift bags.
Crain's Chicago Business Hosts TechTalk, June 11th at 6pm, Ravenswood Event Center, $49
Details: Join us for a moderated conversation and audience Q&A with mobile Internet pioneer Dag Kittlaus, co-founder and creator of Siri. Dag will discuss working with Apple and will give his perspective on the differences between the Chicago and California technology scenes.
TBS' Just for Laughs Festival, June 12th-17th at 7:30pm, Various Venues, $5-$58.50
Details: Need a good laugh? Who doesn't?! Join TBS for their Just for Laughs festival taking place all over Chicago with comedians from everywhere. There's literally something for everyone at this festival.
Legend of the Sun, June 12th at 7:30 pm, Auditorium Theatre, $17.50-$55.00
Details: This unique, large-scale drama based on a centuries-old Chinese folktale makes its U.S. debut here in Chicago. With two performances by the Nanning Art Theatre and presented by the China Performing Arts Agency in association with Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
Stuffed and Unstrung, June 12th at 7:30 pm, Bank of America Theatre, $25-$60
Details: Created by award-winning director, producer and writer, Brian Henson, this live uncensored (rated R) show lets loose the perilous and provocative elements of comedic improvisation on stage with a bunch of puppets! This show appeared alongside Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Grammy Awards and was featured on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice in 2012.
Bike In Movie, June 12th at 7:00 pm, Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park, $5
Details: Be there for the kick-off night of Whole Foods Market and New Belgium Brewing's series of bike-in movie nights on their rooftop, each benefiting a different local non-profit. For their first night they will have a special screening of The Breakfast Club and all profits will benefit City Farm.
Macy's Glamorama Launch Party, June 8 at 7:00pm, Greenhouse Loft (2545 W. Diversey Ave.), Tickets start at $125
Details: It was just announced TODAY that Robin Thicke and Karmin will headline the 2012 Macy's Glamorama in Chicago. To celebrate, Macy's is holding an official launch party with a fashion show, cocktails, prizes and musical performances. If you purchase your tickets for Glamorama before 5:00pm on Friday, June 8th, you will receive access to the launch party.