Party Time: The Haute 5 Galas in Chicago

Food, drinks, dancing under the stars, yep you guessed it, it’s gala season. So grab your shiniest heels and hit the designers because this fall is full of black tie affairs. After all, nothing’s better than partying for a cause.

Dance 4 Life
Saturday, August 21, 2010
5 pm

Join Chicago’s most renowned dance companies for one spectacular evening of dance. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Brothers Health Collective, Chicago Child Care Society – Safe Life Program, Centro Romero – HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education Project, Tongabezi Trust School, Young Women’s Empowerment Project, and the Dance for Life Fund. The event is hosted by Dean Richards, Entertainment Critic and Reporter for WGN-TV, Chicago; National Cable Channel, WGN America and News Talk 720, WGN Radio. Participating companies include: Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, River North Chicago Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 205 E. Randolph Dr. Millennium Park.312.922.5812.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
5-8 pm

Adventurous diners and those who want to connect to the land and the origins of their food will not want to miss out on the inaugural season of Farm Dinners in one of the most beautiful settings, the Chicago Botanic Garden. Join Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions, a lifelong chef, entertainer, and event planner who is revolutionizing the green eating scene in and around Chicago. Chef Cleetus will wow your palette with tempting dishes prepared with produce harvested just that week from the Garden’s own Green Youth Farm. Proceeds from the dinner support the Garden’s Green Youth Farm program, offering students the opportunity to learn all aspects of organic farming.

Chicago Botanic Garden. 1000 Lake Cook Rd. .847.835.5440.

The Art Auction
Saturday, October 30, 2010
6:30 pm

This extraordinary event at the Museum of Contemporary Art is the museum’s most important fundraiser. The night begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a delicious dinner. The highlight of the evening — the live auction conducted by Sotheby’s — features contemporary artwork by exciting emerging artists and some of the most significant artists working today. All proceeds from The Art Auction directly support MCA exhibitions and acquisitions.

220 E. Chicago Ave. 312.397.3868.

Opening Night and Opera Ball
Friday, October 1, 2010
7 pm

The Lyric Opera’s Opening Night Gala 2010, features a brand new, transformative performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth.  As you enter the Civic Opera House, find yourself transported to Castle Dunsinane, where furtive witches and covetous men and women conspire for power over the bedraggled kingdom of Scotland. The Opera Ball, an opulent soirée celebrating the inauguration of another remarkable Lyric Opera season is held at the Hilton Chicago immediately following the performance. This black-tie affair gives opera lovers the opportunity to celebrate Opening Night with the stars of Macbeth!

20 N. Wacker Dr. 312.827.5682.

Grand Chef Gala
Friday, January 28, 2011
6– 12 am

The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation will bring together Chicago’s finest chefs at the spectacular Fairmont Hotel on Friday, January 28th to prepare and present their signature dishes for over 500 guests at the 14th Annual Fairmont Hotel and Resorts Grand Chefs Gala/Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence.

The Fairmont Chicago, Imperial and International Ballrooms. 200 N. Columbus Dr. 312.236.4491.