Are you looking for things to do and where to make THE scene in Chicago this month? Find SociaLifeChicago’s curated social calendar for January events below, with our picks for some of Chicago’s best events, then bookmark this page. From shopping events, fundraisers, fashion/trunk shows, art events and more, we bring you a fun list of things to do in Chicago each month where you don’t make A scene but make THE scene.
EVENT: Art Institute Chicago Conversation with Dawoud Bey
ABOUT: Join photographer Dawoud Bey as he discusses his new series, Night Coming Tenderly, Black, which reimagines sites in and around Cleveland along the last stages of the Underground Railroad, with Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of Photography Matthew Witkovsky. Following the program, enjoy a reception celebrating the artist.
LOCATION: Rubloff Auditorium
WHEN: Friday January 11
ADMISSION/COST: Free Admission CLICK HERE
EVENT: Founder’s Comedy @ CAA
ABOUT: The Founder’s Comedy, Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s newest event series, returns for a night of stand up, put on in partnership with The Lincoln Lodge – the nation’s longest running, independent stand up comedy show – to bring you Chicago’s most hilarious local talent. Hosted by Chris Higgins with the laughter brought to you by:Deanna Ortiz (WGN Radio), Kellye Howard (Comedy Central), Marty DeRosa (Just For Laughs Comedy Festival), Adam Burke (NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me).
LOCATION: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | 12. S. Michigan Avenue
WHEN: January 12, 2019
TIME: Doors 8pm
COST: $15 | CLICK HERE
EVENT: Creative Minds Talks with Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming
ABOUT: Award-winning rapper, producer, and philanthropist Chance the Rapper joins celebrated operatic singer, arts activist, and Lyric Creative Consultant Renée Fleming for another edition of Creative Minds Talks. These two dynamic artists will participate in a conversation onstage as they discuss activism, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and the future of education.
LOCATION: Lyric Opera of Chicago | 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive.
WHEN: Saturday January 12
TIME: Doors 6pm
ADMISSION/COST: Tickets start at $29 CLICK HERE
EVENT: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Dialogue Keynote with Elaine Welteroth
ABOUT: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Dialogue, a popular signature series that inspires audiences to find their civic voices. Dialogue keynote speaker Elaine Welteroth kicks off the monthly series in January with a conversation on topics of diversity and inclusion and ways to empower the next generation of change makers. MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn will deliver the introduction to the talk.
LOCATION: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Edlis Neeson Theater
WHEN: Monday January 14, 2019
ADMISSION/COST: FREE-SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY | CLICK HERE
EVENT: Dinner & Fireside Chat with Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon
ABOUT: The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs and the Respect 90 Foundation proudly present an exclusive night of fun, dinner and cocktails, baseball and Chicago history and most importantly philanthropy.
LOCATION: Union League Club of Chicago | 65 W. Jackson
WHEN: Tuesday, January 15
ADMISSION/COST: Individual tickets $250, Tables of 10 $5,000
EVENT: Donald E. Graham in Conversation with John A. Canning, Jr.
ABOUT: John A. Canning, Jr., Chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, sits down with Donald Graham, Co-founder of TheDream.US Scholarship Program and Chairman of the Graham Holdings Company (previously The Washington Post), to discuss DREAMers, philanthropy, journalism and more.
LOCATION: Maggiano’s Banquets | 111 W. Grand Ave.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
TIME: 11:30 a.m. reception/12:00 p.m. luncheon
ADMISSION/COST: $35.00 Member | $35.00 Member Guest | $50.00 Non-member CLICK HERE
EVENT: A Talk by Snarkitecture—The Beach Chicago
ABOUT: Join Alex Mustonen and Benjamin Porto of the New York-based collaborative design practice Snarkitecture for a talk in Chicago. The event will take place in advance of the unveiling of The Beach, a large-scale interactive installation that will open to the public on Saturday, January 19 in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Following the talk, the bookshop will host a book signing of Snarkitecture’s recent catalogue, published by Phaidon.
LOCATION: The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts | 4 W. Burton Place
WHEN: Thursday January 17
ADMISSION/COST: Free Admission CLICK HERE
EVENT: Jen Kirkman @ Thalia Hall
ABOUT: Comedian Jen Kirkman of the critically acclaimed Netflix specials “I’m Gonna Die Alone” and “Just Keep Livin’?” is also a writer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning Amazon show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
LOCATION: Thalia Hall | 1807 S. Allport Street
WHEN: January 17, 2019
TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
ADMISSION/COST:$26 – $36 CLICK HERE
EVENT: Ignite the Night: An Evening of Possibilities
ABOUT: Join us for an inspiring night as we help grow the next generation of difference-makers and recognize our community’s most active leaders who are passionate about showing young people what’s possible for their unique futures. Keynote speech from Liz Dozier (Founder & CEO of Chicago Beyond) and former principal of Fenger Academy High School who appeared on CNN’s docu-series “Chicagoland.” Guest will get the chance to bid on silent auction plus dinner, drinks and live entertainment as we honor the collective impact of our influencers and crown the 2019 Spark Influencer of the Year.
LOCATION: The Ivy Room | 12 East Ohio St.
WHEN: Thursday January 17, 2019
ADMISSION/COST: 175+/person CLICK HERE
EVENT: An Evening with Erykah Badu
ABOUT: Erykah Badu’s upcoming concert at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Aragon Ballroom is a standing room only venue, all tickets are General Admission.
LOCATION: Aragon Ballroom | 12. S. Michigan Avenue
WHEN: Saturday January 19, 2019
COST: $59.50/person + Fees | CLICK HERE
EVENT: “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah”
ABOUT: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of creating a “beloved community” as people from all across the city and beyond come together under one roof to be a part of this “joyously interactive, everybody-clap-your-hands experience.” Warm up with celebrated soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson — joined by famed Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles and over 100 Chicago musicians and singers — as they put a blues, jazz, gospel, and rock twist on Handel’s classic oratorio.
LOCATION: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | 2324 W Fulton St.
WHEN: Saturday January 19 and Sunday January 20
ADMISSION/COST: $29-$79 CLICK HERE
EVENT: Black Creativity Gala 2019
ABOUT: The Black Creativity Gala hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry each year to help raise awareness and support for their science education efforts to promote curiosity, creativity and confidence in underserved communities. Black Creativity offers a wide range of targeted, culturally relevant STEM education programming supported by the Museum’s Welcome to Science Initiative. Black Creativity programs and exhibits reach over 10,000 students, their teachers, and their families in underserved Chicago neighborhoods each year.
LOCATION: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago | 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2019
COST: $350+ CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS/SPONSORSHIP
EVENT: Snowball 2019
ABOUT: Join us for our 31st anniversary gala, Snowball, Junior Council’s annual black tie gala. All proceeds benefit Junior Council, which raises money for the Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
LOCATION: Field Museum | 12 East Ohio St.
WHEN: Saturday January 26, 2019
ADMISSION/COST:GA Tickets $190/person | VIP Tickets $250/person CLICK HERE
EVENT: Chicago Restaurant Week
ABOUT: Chicago Restaurant Week is an annual event in February celebrating Chicago restaurants with special menus at fixed prices. This year’s Chicago Restaurant Week will be the largest ever, with nearly 400 local restaurants participating. That includes over 100 first-time participants and 45 suburban restaurants. Kick off Chicago Restaurant Week at First Bites Bash on Jan. 24! Sample bites from 70+ Chicago restaurants at the Field Museum.
LOCATION: Chicago and Suburbs
WHEN: Monday January 25 Until Thursday February 7, 2019
COST: special prix fixe menus starting at $24 for brunch and lunch, and $36 and/or $48 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). | CLICK HERE
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