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Can't Miss Events in May

Jaclyn Jermyn | April 17, 2018 | Feature Features

Spring is the perfect time to fill up your social calendar. Here are some of our top picks for fun and philanthropic ways to celebrate all the city has to offer.
Guests from last year's Zoo-ologie at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Chips for Charity Casino Night
Test your luck at this casino night hosted by Project Style May 3 at the Montgomery Club. Your ticket purchase includes cocktails, catering courtesy of Gibson’s and your first $1000 in chips to use towards games and raffles. With 100 percent of proceeds going towards Project Style’s school programs teaching youth about the connections between self-esteem and ways of dressing, you’ve already hit the jackpot. Tickets from $65, 500 W. Superior St.

Ball de Fleur
With the backdrop of the Chicago skyline, guests of the Alexian Brothers Foundation annual ball will converge upon the Lincoln Park Zoo May 5 to help raise funds on behalf of those receiving behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. Broadcaster Robin Robinson will act as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event which is now in its 32nd year. Tickets $500, 2001 N. Clark St.

Jennifer Hudson Mother’s Day Performances
In honor of and tribute to her own mother, and to mothers everywhere, Chicago treasure Jennifer Hudson will be performing two shows May 10 at Mayne Stage on the North Side. Don’t miss this rare chance to see the Academy-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-award winner in an intimate venue. The event is sponsored by Modern Luxury Chicago, with presenting sponsor BMO Private Wealth. Proceeds will in part benefit Hudson’s Julian D. King Foundation. Tickets on sale soon, 1328 W. Morse Ave.

Zoo-ologie
Lincoln Park Zoo invites you to take a “Walk on the Wild Side” May 12 at its annual event benefitting the zoo’s Auxiliary Board and The Pride of Chicago campaign. Enjoy a night of delicious food, dancing and exploration of the grounds—swing by the Helen Brach Primate House if you have the chance—and stick around for the debut of DryHop Brewers 2018 Lincoln Park Zoo collaboration beer. Explorer Experience tickets from $160, 2001 N. Clark St.

Arts Alliance Benefit Luncheon
The Arts Alliance of Illinois will celebrate the tireless work of arts advocates across the state at this May 21 luncheon at the Marriott Marquis Chicago. This year’s Creative Voice Award recipient is Nick Cave for his work in leveraging his creativity to bring change to communities. Sponsored by Modern Luxury Chicago, this event offers a joyous afternoon of cultural activation. Tickets from $150, 2121 S. Prairie Ave.



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