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What To Do This Week In Chicago

What To Do This Week In Chicago

What to do, where to make THE scene each week in Chicago. From shopping events, fundraisers,  fashion trunk shows, art events and more, we’ve scoured our inbox and online to bring you a curated list of things to do in Chicago all week and the weekend. Please find below, our picks for some of the best Chicago events to add to your social calendar this week. If you make it to one or all of these, make sure you share on social media using the hashtag #MakeTheScene you just might see yourself on one of our social feeds.

EVENT: CAC Storytelling Series with Cindy Pritzker & Bill Kurtis

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ABOUT: As part of a series of events celebrating the first anniversary since the opening of the hotel, the Chicago Athletic Association is honored to present Mrs. Cindy Pritzker as keynote speaker in the hotel’s ongoing Storytelling Series.
LOCATION:  Chicago Athletic Association hotel
12 S. Michigan Ave.

WHEN:Tuesday, May 17
TIME:2 – 4 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST: Complimentary with RSVP. Space is limited CLICK HERE
HOST: Moderated by Bill Kurtis.
MORE INFORMATION: Mrs. Pritzker’s talk will take place in her namesake restaurant, Cindy’s Rooftop. Marian (Cindy) Friend Pritzker is one of the most distinguished women in Chicago’s recent memory, including her work in founding and serving as the president of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and the founding of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize along with her late husband Jay Pritzker. Mrs. Pritzker’s Storytelling Series marks the start to soon-to-be-announced month-long celebration of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s first year since opening.


EVENT: Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Perspectives on Human Rights

ABOUT: Members of the Council’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 will discuss how mental health services, social security, and health care are adapting to address 21st century needs.
LOCATION: The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Ct.

WHEN:Tuesday, May 17
TIME:7:30 – 9:00 AM
ADMISSION/COST: Complimentary with RSVP. Space is limited CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Each year the Council selects the best and brightest mid-career leaders in Chicago to join its Emerging Leaders Program. The program culminates with participants reporting on issues they identify as critical and sharing their findings and recommendations with Council audiences. This is the second of three presentations of reports from the Emerging Leader Class of 2016.


EVENT: Chicago Cultural Alliance 7th annual Mosaic

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ABOUT: Each year the CCA honors community leaders who have time and again gone the extra mile to serve. Often unsung heroes, these individuals are dedicated to serving, enriching the social, civic, and cultural health, and forging links to other communities. 2016 Cultural Champions are Adnaan Hamid and Elissa Hamid Efroymson.
LOCATION: National Hellenic Museum | 333 S. Halsted Street
WHEN: Wednesday, May 18
TIME:6 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST: At publish, this event is now SOLD OUT
HOST: Chicago Cultural Alliance


EVENT: Chicago Craft Beer Week

ABOUT: 7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week! The goal of Chicago Craft Beer Week is as always, to entice patrons to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer. Explore Chicago via great beer venues.
LOCATION: Various locations
WHEN: May 19-29
TIME: Varies
ADMISSION/COST: varies per event CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Visit Website


EVENT:Beer Under Glass 2016

ABOUT: The kick-off event to Chicago Craft Beer Week invites you to enjoy the Conservatory’s eight indoor display houses and outside gardens after-hours as you sip brews from some of Chicagoland’s hottest craft breweries in your souvenir glass
LOCATION: Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N. Central Park Ave.
WHEN: Thursday, May 19
TIME: VIP 5:30p.m; General 6:30pm-9:30pm
ADMISSION/COST: VIP tickets (SOLD OUT) | General Admission  $135 CLICK HERE
HOST: Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance in partnership with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
MORE INFORMATION: Beer Under Glass is a fundraising event benefitting the Conservatory’s programming and mission while celebrating Chicago craft beer. Ticket sales and GPCA membership support our mission to changes lives through the power of nature and connect people to plants. Visit Website


EVENT: Kicks4TheCity Inaugural Sneakerball

ABOUT: AGORA, a Kicks 4 the City event, serves as a fundraiser tasked with providing new shoes for homeless kids participating in Chicago Public School’s (CPS) Students in Temporary Living Situations Program (STLS).
LOCATION: Venue One
WHEN:Saturday, May 21
TIME: 9pm-1am
ADMISSION/COST: $75 General Tickets CLICK HERE
EVENT TYPE/DRESS CODE: Formal with sneakers
HOST: LaRoyce Hawkins
MORE INFORMATION: Kicks 4 the City, powered by Legacy Leavers, NFP, non-traditional gala guarantees an elegant, unforgettable experience while also showing your support for a worthwhile cause. . Visit Website

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EVENT: The Bedford Deposits Five Years

ABOUT: Wicker Park’s The Bedford will celebrate its 5 year anniversary with a week long of events including Anniversary burger and beer pairings with Windy City Patty Wagon (5/17), Golden Age Anniversary Masquerade (5/20) and Cocktail Party in the Vault (5/21)
LOCATION: 1612 West Division Street
WHEN: Tuesday, May 17 – Saturday, May 21
TIME: varies
ADMISSION/COST:varies.
MORE INFORMATION: Saturday 5/21, Stop into The Bedford for a Cocktail Party in the Vault. Highlighting The Bedford’s new cocktail additions, cocktails will be served at your table with the last night of The Bedford’s bar cart service. Get comfy and stay for DJ Sye Young and DJ Ryan Ross, who will be spinning in the vault from 10:30pm til late nightVisit Website


EVENT: Crosby Square x Blake Scott

ABOUT: Meet Menswear and Lifestyle Blogger, Blake Scott. Receive personal styling tips from Blake as you shop the latest 2016 Spring Crosby Square Collection. They’ll be giving away a FREE pair of shoes!
LOCATION: Nordstrom Michigan Avenue – Men’s Shoes | 55 East Grand Avenue
WHEN: Friday, May 20
TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
ADMISSION/COST:complimentary


EVENT: 67th Woman’s Board Summer Ball

ABOUT: Hosted by the Woman’s Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, the 2016 Summer Ball Gala will celebrate the aspirations of our Club youth with “Dream BIG!”
LOCATION: Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue

WHEN: Friday May 20
TIME: 6:30-11:30 p.m
ADMISSION/COST: $1,000+ CLICK HERE
EVENT TYPE/DRESS CODE: Formal
MORE INFORMATION: The 2016 Summer Ball Gala will celebrate the aspirations of our Club youth with “Dream BIG!” The annual Summer Ball gala, the organizations largest fundraising event, raised more than $1.4 million in 2015.
Visit Website


EVENT: NRA Show 2016

ABOUT: Clinique is coming to Chicago and bringing their new campaign, Play With Pop, to life with the Clinique Lip Pop, Pop Star Food Truck,
LOCATION:  2-4 @ Oakbrook Center; 6-8 @ Woodfield Mall
WHEN: Saturday May 21-24
TIME: Varies
ADMISSION/COST: Complimentary
MORE INFORMATION: The Clinique Lip Pop, Pop Star Food Truck encourages women to be their own Pop Star, test the latest shades from our new Lip Pop Colour Collection, enjoy gourmet popcorn with flavors inspired by the collection shades and play around in a fun mobile GIF booth! 

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