For The Love of Chocolate Gala, Sat Feb 22, 6pm, Union League Club, $150 - $300
Details: A 1920's themed event with drinks, dancing and amazing desserts! The For The Love of Chocolate Foundation awards numerous students with scholarships.
Martinis & Mutts, Thurs Feb 20, 7pm, The Grid Chicago, $80
Details: Come join us as we have a night of drinks and appetizers all while helping animals find the homes, care, and love they need. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Anti-Cruelty Society. If you don't win tickets from our giveaway, use the promo code ROCKIT to get ½ off your ticket!
BeadQuest 2014 Pub Crawl, Sat Feb 22, 12:30pm, Wrigleyville, $18.35
Details: Why go to New Orleans when the wildest Mardi Gras celebration is right here in Chicago? Check out Wrigleyville's BeadQuest Pub Crawl and join the quest to find the 9 coveted beads and end the night with karaoke and prizes!
Tickled Pink for Bright Pink, Fri Feb 28, 7pm, Block 37, $95
Details: Tickled Pink Chicago is one of the most anticipated events of Chicago's young, hip and social. This event will benefit Bright Pink and our life-saving mission
Coors Light Clusterpuck Event, Sat Feb 22, 12pm, 3425 N Clark St, FREE
Details: Celebrate the Blackhawks vs. Penguins game (March 1) and watch Coors Light create a 30-ft tall, 60-ft wide, 40,000-lb ice mountain! And not just any mountain, but one filled with beer-cooling Chill Pucks! Scale the mountain to try to win tickets to the sold out game and other prizes.
Climate Cycle Soiree, Sat Feb 22, 6:30pm, Greenhouse Loft, $80-$95
Details: Get schooled by students on how Climate Cycle is helping them go green while helping them get the funds needed to install solar energy systems in Chicago area schools. Enjoy a night of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with WBEZ host Jerome McDonnell and live entertainment.
Frost - A Night on Lake Michigan, Thurs Feb 20, 6pm, $15-$20
Details: Enjoy a night of networking, fashion, food, and prizes on the Odyssey Chicago!
Blackboard Affair Masquerade Ball, Fri Feb 28, 7:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, $100-$150
Details: Don your black tie and a mask and celebrate Mardi Gras in style with music, delicious food, and a premium open bar! Munch on special treats provided by Magnolia Bakery and Vienna Beef Hot Dog Cart. Proceeds benefit Working in the Schools (WITS).
Gin Blossoms & Sean Skyler Concert, Thurs Mar 6, 8pm, Mojoes, $29.20
Details: Check out local singer/songwriter Sean Skyler and rock band Gin Blossoms hit the stage at Mojoes in Joliet!
The Language Archive (Opening Night), Sat Feb 22, 7:30pm, Piven Theatre Workshop, $20
Details: About a linguist devoted to preserving dying languages and the communication struggles between him, his wife, and his assistant. An elderly couple threatens the extinction of their language. Runs through March 23.
Taste of Portugal Wine Tasting, Sat Feb 22, 6pm, Dana Hotel, $60 - $70
Details: Spend your early evening at the Dana Hotel socializing and drinking wine from over 15 vineyards in Portugal!
Police Survivors - Beat the Winter Blues!, Thurs Feb 20, 6pm, FOP Hall (1412 W Washington Blvd) FREE
Details: Enjoy food, music, drinks, and raffles for a spa package, night on the town, hotel stay and dinner theater package. Join the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation in celebrating our police force.
Naperville Winter Ale Fest, Sat Feb 22, 12pm Frontier Park, $15-$45
Details: Try out over 100 unique beers from craft breweries across the country and eat up from Chicago's favorite food trucks. Portion of the proceeds go to the Naperville Parks Foundation.
The Lunar Ball 2014, Sat Feb 22, 7pm, Chicago Cultural Center, $75-$120
Details: Chicago's largest fundraiser for Asian American young professionals and friends, hosted by TAP-Chicago (Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals). Proceeds benefit Project: VISION (nonprofit org for Chicago's Chinatown and Bridgeport youth)
Autism Society of Illinois Casino Night Friday, Fri Feb 21, 7pm, Drury Lane (Oak Brook), $150
Details: A night of drinks, dancing, food, and Las Vegas-style entertainment. Win raffles and silent auction items or trade your casino winnings in for raffle tickets!
Cosmo for a Cause, Thurs Feb 20, 6pm, Kroll's South Loop, $10
Details: Lost Boyz Inc. is a nonprofit desdicated to improving the lives of Chicago's youth through baseball and mentorship. This event includes drink specials, food, and raffles.
33rd Chicago Music Awards, Sun Feb 23rd, Copernicus Center, 6pm, $33-$100
Details: This event will honor all of the best in Chicago from a plethora of different genre's. from Classical to Hip- Hop, Pop and even Reggae, This legendary event will be a great time for lovers of all music.
9th Annual Polar Adventure Days, Sat Feb 22, 12pm, Northerly Island, FREE
Details: At Northerly Island families can meet animals, listen to music, and take part in many different winter activities.
Heart to Heart Dinner Dance, Sat Feb 22, 6pm, Silver Lake Country Club, $90
Details: A benefit for The Crisis Center for South Suburbia will include a both a silent and live auctions, a $5,000 raffle, cocktails and dinner. This event is hosted by WGN's Andrea Darlas.
Sexy Black, Sat Feb 22, 7pm, Chicago Party Animals, $25-30
Details: This benefit is being held to help raise awareness for black cats and dogs that seem to have the slimmest chance of finding a loving home. This event includes food and cocktails as well as raffles.
Food & Wine of Provence Book Signing, Sat Mar 1, 10am, The Chopping Block, $40
Details: Check out this demo by local cookbook author Viktorija Todorovska, recently nominated for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award for her cookbooks. Cooking demonstration and tasting will be of recipes from her cookbook, including lemon pie!
Nickelodeon Presents AOS Youth Step Tour, Sat Feb 22, 9am, Farragut Career Academy, FREE-$20
Details: Participants can gain free entry by bringing in a pair of gently used or new pair of shoes to be donated to a local charity. During the Art of Step, participants will learn stepping through mathematical formulas. Following is a spoken word and a chance to perform your step routine LIVE at World of Play Day!
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital Fashion Show Kick Off, Thurs Feb 20, 6pm, FREE
Details: For the past four years Comer Children's Hospital has hosted a children's fashion show and tea benefiting the hospital and residents. This year the fashion show kick off event will be held at the Michael Kors Store inside Bloomingdales at the 900 Shops.
Navy Pier Cornhole Classic, Sat Feb 22, 10am, Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, $15-$50
Details: Nothing can make it feel like summer like a bags tournament. Grab some of your buddies and head to Navy Pier for this round robin style tournament. Get a nice swag bag and prizes for best players and teams!
Chicago Children's Choir Signature Series, Sat Feb 22, 8pm, 2033 W North Ave, $50-$75
Details: Enjoy an evening of food, drink, and music by the Chicago Children's Choir Alumni, the Albany Park Neighborhood Choir, and guest artists The Hood Internet. Proceeds benefit choir programs that serve 3,500 children through 65 Chicago public schools, 9 neighborhood choirs, and more.
Whiskey & Wine Tasting, Fri Feb 21, 6pm, Bolingbrook Golf Club, $25-$95
Details: Sample and learn about whiskies and Bourbons from across the globe. MC'd by Steve Cochran, radio host at WGN720am. A portion of the proceeds benefit Heart Haven OutReach, which provides various programs and activities for high school-aged youth.
3rd Annual Heartland Alliance Pub Olympics, Sat Feb 22, 6pm, $35-$40
Details: Relive your college glory and play bags, flip-cup, pong, and trivia while feasting on beer, wine, and pizza! All proceeds benefit Heartland Alliance, the Midwest's leading anti-poverty nonprofit organization.
Symposium Dance Music Evolution: The History of House Music in Chicago, Sat Feb 22, 10am, 618 S Michigan Ave, FREE
Details: Explore the origins of Chicago's house music and join in critical reviews and discussions through panel discussions, workshops, performances, and demos.
"Pour" Fundraiser for Arts4Kids Foundation, Wed Feb 26, 6pm, Bites Asian Tapas, $25
Details: Enjoy an evening where wine tastings and social awareness come together. Proceeds benefit the Arts4Kids Foundation, which aims to introduce children to a variety of arts to foster their intellectual and emotional growth.
Hollywood on State: A Red Carpet Celebration, Sun Mar 2, 6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, $100-$200
Details: Chicago's longest-running Academy Awards viewing party. For the first time, local Chicago filmmakers will be recognized at the event. Silent auction items include Robert Downey Jr.'s autographed Iron Man helmet.
4th Annual Chicago Children's Advocacy Center Gala, Sat Mar 1, 6:30pm, Intercontinental Chicago, $250
Details: Enjoy An Evening of Hollywood Glamour with honorary hosts Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule. The night includes silent auction packages, live entertainment, and more. Support the Chicago CAC, the front-line responders to child abuse in Chicago.
The Big Chill, Fri Feb 28, 7:30pm, Sully's House, $35
Details: Give at-risk youth the opportunity to build their self-esteem and life skills through snowboarding! The Big Chill Fundraiser hosted by the CHILL Foundation and Burton Snowboards will raffle offprizes like Burton Snowboards, trips to Midwest ski and snowboard resorts, tickets to Blackhawks, Bears, and Bulls games, and more.
Chicago Polar Plunge, Sun Mar 2, 9am, North Avenue Beach, $150 fundraised minimum
Details: Take the plunge at North Avenue Beach and help support ~5,000 of Special Olympics Chicago's athletes. Lots of fun and prizes for top fundraisers and best costumes!
"Kiss for a DIFFArence" Winter Ball, Fri Feb 28, 6:30, Center on Halsted, $100
Details: Join The DIFFA Chicago Auxiliary Board for its 2nd annual Kiss for a DiFFArence Event!
Guest will enjoy drinks, music, dancing, as well as, helping promote HIV/AIDS education and awareness throughout Chicagoland.
Derick Lengwenus Live Album Recording, Fri Feb 28, 8pm, The Comedy Bar, $20
Details: Derick Lengwenus will be recording his live performance for his upcoming comedy album right here in Chicago. Meet the headliner Derick, and enjoy a fun filled night of jokes, comedic stories, and improv. This event will also be held the following day, March 1st in the same venue.
The Masked Rabbit, Sat Mar 1, 8pm, Parliament, $40/$60
Details: Don your favorite masquerade attire and come out to support The Chicago Acting in Film Meetup and Community TV Network while you enjoy carnival inspired cocktails and appetizers. Gift bags to the first 100 guests!
Mardi Gras Crawl, Sat Mar 1, 2pm, Navy Pier, $10-22.75
Details: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Navy Pier this year. Visit at 8 spots throughout the Pier for the largest indoor bar crawl. Ticket purchases include 2 drink tickets, drink specials, games, prizes and more.
Nuts and Bolts: a DIY Dance Party, Tue Mar 4, 9pm, Township, FREE
Details: A body-positive LGBT bash that features a runway show where you can show off your own DIY couture or even upgrade your outfit at the crafts table. The event includes $5 Absolut Hibiscus cocktails.
Little Black Dress, Fri Feb 28, 6pm, Hotel Sax Crimson Lounge, $45-$85
Details: A benefit to help raise funds for the "Girl Rising" Teen Leadership Academy. The annual "Women Who Change the World" Leadership awards and fashion show will include complimentary signature cocktails as well as Hors D' Oeuvres.
Mojo & the Bayou Gypsies' Mardi Gras, Tue Mar 4, 7pm, Diplomat West Banquet Hall, $25-$100
Details: Enjoy the music of Mojo & the Bayou Gypsies while you celebrate Mardi Gras. All proceeds will benefit "Special Bikes for Special Kids." These special bikes are wheelchair-bicycles that allow kids to ride and play with their family and friends at Shriners Chicago Hospital.
Fur & Ice - Ootra Fashion, Thurs Feb 27, 6pm, Vertigo Sky Lounge, FREE
Details: Celebrate Chicago's fashionably freezing winter and shop Ootra's latest fashion collection. Enjoy food and drinks while taking in breathtaking views of the city from Vertigo Sky Lounge's 26th floor. A portion of the sales will benefit the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and FASHION/THE WALK 2014.
Wine Social Presented by Red Shoe Society of Chicago, Fri Feb 28, 7pm, Palmer House Hilton, $70-$80
Details: Support the Ronald McDonald House and their efforts to provide a "home away from home" for families of hospitalized children with the Wine Social. Enjoy wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres, an interactive photo booth, raffles, and more!
The Sh!t Show, Sat Mar 1, 10pm, Collaboraction, $10
Details: Come see the new and improved The Sh!t Show at its new venue, the Collaboraction Theater in Wicker Park! New shoe, new time, new venue, and new lineup, including Liza Treyger (Comedy Central), Tim Barnes (The Whiskey Journal), and more!
Lone Survivor Foundation's Concert for a Cause, Thurs Feb 20, 7pm, House of Blues, $50
Details: Enjoy an evening of open bar and a live performance by The BoDeans at the first ever Concert for a Cause to honor the American Armed Forces. Proceeds benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation, an organization that helps Armed Forces veterans transition to a "new normal" after returning from duty.