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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Piven Theatre Workshop Gala, June 23rd at 7pm, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, $100-500
Details: Celebrate the Piven Theatre Workshop's artistic home and honor Evanston's Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz for their commitment to the arts in Evanston. Followed by the official after party hosted by Jeremy Piven and Billy Dec at The Underground!
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Kerry Wood's Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament, June 27th at 7:30pm, 10-pin Bowling Lounge, $1000
Details: Join Kerry Wood, Cubs players and celebs at the 7th annual bowling tournament. Highlights include an amazing silent auction, live entertainment, raffles, prizes and more - all to benefit the Wood Family Foundation.
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The Goulden Touch Presents "Kicking It Down The Line For Cubs Charities," June 25th at 6pm, Down the Line Rooftop, $300-15,000
Details: Chicago Bears kicker, Robbie Gould, hosts this one of a kind event to meet and mingle with athletes from various Chicago sports teams while watching the Cubs v. Mets game from a rooftop. Proceeds to benefit The Goulden Touch public charity and Chicago Cubs Charities.
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Skid Row Concert, June 21st at 9pm, House of Blues, $27
Details: I Remember You, 18 and Life, Youth Gone Wild?enjoy the jams of multi-platinum recording artist Skid Row as they rock House of Blues along with Downtread!
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Jammin' at the Zoo, June 22nd at 7pm, Lincoln Park Zoo, $23
Details: Head to Lincoln Park Zoo to catch the first of the Jammin' at the Zoo series with special guests, Neon Trees!
All proceeds benefit the programs & animals at Lincoln Park Zoo.
There's An App For That, June 22nd at 6pm, DIRTT, $38.50
Details: 2 great youth organizations come together for an all-you-can-eat tech themed culinary benefit evening.
Learn how the next generation is being trained to become entrepreneurs in tech-related fields.
Decoding Classic Cocktails, June 25th at 6:30pm, Nick's Fishmarket & Grill, $30
Details: This demonstration-style class highlights a few classic drinks: the Sour, the Daisy, the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan.
Leave with a solid understanding of American cocktails, and perhaps even a bottle of bitters and a few recipe cards as a parting gift.
EA Sports Madden NFL 13 Launch Event, June 21st-22nd at 6pm, Grant Park, FREE
Details: FREE on behalf of Rockit Ranch Productions by entering code ROCKITRANCH12 on their website!
Come watch NFL legends such as Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Michael Strahan, Deion Sanders and more participate in a skills challenge on Thursday evening. Friday come down to see NFL greats and Hollywood celebs take part in a pro-am flag football game.
Pride Fest, June 22nd-23rd at 4pm, Halsted & Waveland, FREE
Details: At the fest leading up to the Pride Parade, celebrate the LGBT community with live music, arts & crafts, food and various other vendor booths.
Benefits the Northalsted Business Alliance.
A.J. Pierzynski and Ryan Dempster 16" Softball Northside vs Southside Game, June 21st at 6pm, Lincoln Park, FREE
Details: Join players from the White Sox and Cubs compete in a friendly game of 16" softball.
Learn how you can get personal training tips from A.J. and Ryan and even play in the game by completing a series of Nike+ Fuel challenges!
27th Annual Hunger Walk, June 23rd at 7:30am, Soldier Field, Suggested fundraising goal of $275
Details: Come fight hunger in Chicago at the 5K Hunger Walk; all proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Oak Street Summer Block Party, June 23rd at 11am, Oak Street, FREE
Details: Come down to Chicago's chicest shopping street, Oak Street for an all-around fun day! Enjoy food trucks, live music, PLUS exclusive sales at the boutiques on Oak St!
Chicago Gospel Music Festival, June 21st at 6:30 pm, Millenium Park, FREE
Details: The Gospel Music Festival will take place over four days at Millenium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and its new home- in Chicago's beautiful Bronzeville neighborhood.
Sponsored by McDonalds will feature performances by Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Blind Boys of Alabama and Take 6.
Sassy City Chicks Shopping Event, June 21st at 5pm, Venue One, $10-20
Details: This is definitely one for the ladies! Head to the West Loop's hottest event space and enjoy shopping the latest in fashion with discounts of up to 80% and complimentary spa treatments!
Free tickets offered to everyone on behalf of Marty Casey Silver Elements, go to http://www.sassychicks.com/events/Chicago/2012-06-21 click on "Sassy Tote" Ticket and enter promo code CHISILVERELEMENTS Website: http://www.sassycitychicks.com/events/chicago/2012-06-21
24th Annual Spring Fling, June 21st at 5:30 pm, 330 N Wabash, $100-$110
Details: Spring Fling is The John Buck Company's annual charitable event benefiting a Chicago non-profit organization with a focus on supporting children, families, and education.
Causes Launch Party, June 21st at 6pm, Crimson Lounge, $10
Details: An incredible evening of music, networking, raffles, and a few surprises. SocialGravity is launching causes for charities, creating the lowest cost donation processing system on the internet.
Leading India's Future Today (LIFT), June 22nd at 7pm, Architectural Artifacts, $85
Details: A Summer Scholarship event providing education, leadership training and service opportunities to high-potential, underprivileged children in India.
Drinks, apps, live music, cultural fashion show, Indian bazaar & more! Website: http://www.achicagothing.com/join-lift-in-june/
An Evening With Reese Witherspoon, June 23rd at 6pm, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, $400-1000
Details: Join special guest host, two time Academy Award® winner Alexander Payne, as we present Reese Witherspoon with the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award.
Make Music Chicago, June 21st at 6 am, Various locations, FREE
Details: Artists of all ages, genres and experience are encouraged to gather in public spaces for spontaneous music-making sessions during the second annual daylong fest. Presented by Rush Hour Concerts this marks the first day of summer with more than 800 musicians at 75 sites throughout the city and suburbs. St. James Cathedral hosts the grand finale.
First Listen with Jess Godwin, June 21st at 10 pm, The Underground, FREE
Details: Jess Godwin is kicking off the First Listen: A Showcase of Chicago's hottest up and coming talent! VIP Reception is at 10pm with live performance at 11pm. Don't forget to RSVP for the event!
Japandroids, June 21st at 9 pm, Lincoln Hall, $15
Details: Two piece band from Vancouver, this band started as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of the singers. They are a 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers band. This is a 21+ concert.
Bloomington Gold, June 21st-24th at 7am, Pheasant Run Resort, $20
Details: 2012 marks Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA's 40th show. Bloomington Gold is the longest running continuous national Corvette show and it has set the standards by which other Corvette events are measured.
Long Grove Strawberry Festival, June 22nd-24th at 10am, Long Grove, FREE
Details: If you love strawberries, this festival is a MUST. The tasty summer berry is the star of the weekend with various treats & drinks prepared using them.
Summer Dinner Dance, June 22nd at 7pm, Chicago Botanic Garden, $750-7,500
Details: The black-tie soirée begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served in the Linden Alleé, followed by an intimate dinner dance in an elegant pavilion in the Rose Garden. Proceeds support the Garden's conservation, education and research programs.
Loretta Lynn, June 22nd-24th at 8pm, Drury Lane Theatre, $60
Details: Country legend, Loretta Lynn comes to town for 3 days.
The Global Warming Tour Featuring Aerosmith & Cheap Trick, June 22nd at 8pm, United Center, $60-162
Details: Cheap Trick opens for Aerosmith on this year's tour. Aerosmith promises this tour will not disappoint, claiming the old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance.
Family Fun Walk, June 23rd at 9am, 622 W. Deming, Suggested donation of $10
Details: Start off at the old Ronald McDonald House and walk to the new facility located by Lurie's Children Hospital. Tour the world's largest Ronald McDonald House after the walk and enjoy food and beverages.
Fountain Square Art Festival, June 23rd-24th at 10am, Church & Sherman, FREE
Details: Celebrating its 33rd year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists.
Chicago Modern Home Tour, June 23rd at 11am, Various Locations, $25
Details: Tour 9 modern homes in the Chicago area in any order you'd like. Enjoy learning about each modern home from the architect and/or homeowners.
Green Music Fest, June 23rd-24th at 12pm, Damen Ave (between North & Schiller), Suggested $5 donation
Details: This innovative green event will reflect the hip and environmentally-conscious Wicker Park-Bucktown community by fusing original live music with green vendors, services and local retail, art, craft and food vendors.
An Evening with Collective Soul, June 23rd at 7pm, House of Blues, $50 Details: Collective Soul performs 'Dosage' and some of their other biggest hits at this 17+ show. Website: http://www.livenation.com/event/04004867E9BC3B10?crosssite=TM_US:765321:32905
Sugarland, June 23rd at 7:30pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, $38-67
Details: Popular country band Sugarland comes to town for their 'In Your Hands' tour.
Chicago Summerfest, June 23rd-24th at 12pm, Clark & Armitage, $5
Details: Steps from Lincoln Park, Chicago Summerfest offers the BEST of local food and merchants, great live music and one of the best locations - the heart of Lincoln Park.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegrass & Comedy, June 24th at 7pm, Ravinia Pavillion, $27-$80
Details: Catch the hilarious and talented Steve Martin LIVE on the beautiful lawn or seats of Ravinia!
Fernet Bike Cruise for Keith Relief, June 24th at 1pm, The Anthem, $25-35
Details: Charity bike ride will raise money for Chicago Blackhawk Duncan Keith's charity, Keith Relief. The ride will start at The Anthem then head to Millennium Park and end up at Bar Deville.
Dose Market, June 24th at 10am, River East Arts Center, $8-10
Details: Come celebrate Dose's first birthday and check out some of the best in local food & fashion at this monthly market.
Bloody Mary Festival, June 24th at 10am, Everts Park, FREE
Details: Sample bloody marys from dozens of vendors and watch professional bartenders and amateur mixologists compete for title of best bloody mary in the midwest.
Chicago Women's Half Marathon & 5K, June 24th at 7am, Grant Park, $35-65
Details: Chicago's inaugural women-only half marathon and 5K will start and finish at Grant Park and go along the Lakefront path.
Styx, June 24th at 7pm, Charter One Pavillion, $27-144
Details: The 'Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express' tour comes to Chicago with opening acts Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon.
The French Are Coming!, June 25th at 6:30pm, Alliance Française, $10
Details: Join the Paris Opéra Ballet director, Brigitte Lefèvre, and best-selling author of Apollo's Angels, Jennifer Homans discuss the origins of the world-famous ballet during the days of Louis XIV. Cocktails and a book signing will take place after the discussion.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, June 26th at 7:30 pm, Oriental Theatre, $35-$75
Details: The internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert returns by popular demand. RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography including songs that The Beatles recorded but never performed for an audience.
Tower of Power, June 26th at 8 pm, Viper Alley, $35
Details: With 43 years of recording and touring experience behind them, they have a 40th anniversary CD/DVD box set and a new album, The Great American Soulbook which features covers of soul classics with guest singers Joss Stone, Sir Tom Jones, Huey Lewis and Sam Moore.
Shakers and Stirrers Chicago- Business Networking Mixer, June 26th at 7:30 pm, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, $10-$20
Details: Make quality business connections and mingle with top professionals while enjoying complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Sign up in advance and receive the list of all attendees after the event.
30th Annual Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival, June 27th at 5 pm, Lisle Community Park, $5
Details: Lisle's most treasured event, where hot air balloons in the early evenings and early mornings of the festival. During the firework shows, the balloons will tether to the ground and do a balloon glow to highlight the fireworks. Also enjoy the Carnival, Craft Fair, Children's Area, parade, local music and food.
Traces: Celebrating Paths of Success!, June 21 at 5:30pm, River East Art Center, $100
Details: The event "traces" the cultural heritage of the African American community bringing supporters together to celebrate our work to foster self-reliance, help low-income families develop the skills they will need to earn, learn, achieve, be healthy, and give back to their community; and to recognize our supporters' vital role in making this work possible.