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What to do, where to make THE scene each week in Chicago. From shopping events, fundraisers, fashion trunk shows, art events and more, we bring you a curated list of things to do in Chicago all week and through 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 in one of our social feeds.
ABOUT: NeoCon has evolved into one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the industry and this year will be no exception; the 48th edition of North America’s most important commercial design show has remained focused on being at the forefront of changing commercial design and business trends.
LOCATION: Merchandise Mart| 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
WHEN: Monday June 13-Wednesday June 15
TIME: Between 8am-5pm
MORE INFORMATION: The most coveted awards in the industry. A week of special events leading up to and during the show. Numerous special exhibits and resources at your fingertips. Visit website
EVENT: Gold Coast Art Fair
ABOUT: Celebrate the summer season with an art-filled experience at the 59th annual Gold Coast Art Fair. Take in the art action with incredible demonstrations by artists, live music, and interactive art projects.
LOCATION: Grant Park
WHEN: Saturday June 18- Sunday June 19
ADMISSION/COST: $5 (suggested donation) CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: the return of the “Granddaddy of American Art Festivals”! Rated as one of the top 30 juried art festivals in the country, the Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park welcomes more than 300 artists from around the world to downtown Chicago. This exceedingly popular festival offers fine art of all mediums — painting, drawing, jewelry, ceramics, prints, fiber, sculpture, photographs, glass and mixed media, ranging in price from $25 to $25,000.
EVENT: The Fifth Annual Moxie Awards
ABOUT: The Moxie Awards will gather Chicago’s most innovative digital entrepreneurs for an evening of celebration. Join us as we recognize outstanding individuals and companies, including Best Consumer Web, Best New Startup, Best Company Culture and CEO of the Year.
LOCATION: Morgan Manufacturing | 401 N Morgan St.
WHEN:Thursday, June 16
ADMISSION/COST: $75 CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: 14 awards | 1000 attendees | 1 night. Four hours of open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and delicious desserts will be provided.
EVENT: Taste of Randolph Street
ABOUT: the city’s most iconic street festival, celebrates its 20th Anniversary with performance schedule for the 30+ DJs, bands, and artists that will be the sonic guide to a culinary adventure through the best food and drink Chicago has to offer.
LOCATION:900 W. Randolph St.
WHEN:Friday, June 17-Sunday June 19
ADMISSION/COST: A $10 donation is suggested for admission| VIP tickets are available for purchase CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Taste of Randolph brings Chicago’s most delicious dining to the same street as the timeless Peter Bjorn & John, chillwave stars MS MR, and international indie shredders Atlas Genius. Some of Chicago’s hottest rising acts, The Ivory’s, Bailiff, Askasha, and Zaramela will also take the stage to celebrate Taste of Randolph’s 20th birthday. Attendees can dine on the decadence of Gus’ Fried Chicken, savor the delicious flavor of Hello Tacos, indulge in the refreshing sweetness of Cone Gourmet, all while dancing the night away to their favorite acts.
EVENT: Hotel Lincoln Hosts Pet Adoption Event
ABOUT: Hotel Lincoln, a 184-room Joie de Vivre property located in Chicago’s storied Lincoln Park neighborhood, expands its support of local pet shelter One Tail at a Time with an Adoptable Dog Meet & Greet in the lobby.
LOCATION: Hotel Lincoln |1816 N. Clark St
WHEN: Saturday, June 18
TIME: Grounds & Hounds roaster takeover (6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) | Adoptable Dog Meet & Greet (noon-2 p.m.)
EVENT: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago annual Celebration Luncheon
ABOUT: Annual Celebration Luncheon brings together the organization’s largest supporters across the philanthropic landscape – caring individuals, engaged companies and committed non-profit agencies – to celebrate the collective successes of United Way’s annual fundraising and community impact efforts.
LOCATION: Palmer House Hilton
WHEN: Thursday June 16
TIME: 11:30am-1:30 pm
CHO-CHAIRS: Patrick J. Canning, Deborah L. DeHaas, Patrick G. Ryan, Fredrick H. Waddell
ADMISSION/COST: $5,000+ Table Sponsor CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: At this year’s event, United Way has the honor of recognizing three of Chicagoland’s most esteemed business, civic and community luminaries, in addition to a host of corporate partners, community leaders, donors and volunteers who have been true “All Stars” in supporting United Way’s 2015-16 goal of raising funds to help support communities in great need around the region.
EVENT: Chicago Botanic Garden’s Summer Dinner Dance
ABOUT: The black-tie soiree commemorates the 126th anniversary of the Chicago Horticultural Society, which operates the Chicago Botanic Garden together with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
LOCATION: Chicago Botantic Garden
WHEN: June 18
ADMISSION/COST: $750+ CLICK HERE
Co-CHAIRS: Pim and Brayton Alley, Colleen and Brendan Carroll, Peyton and Topher Merrill
MORE INFORMATION: guests will enjoy an exquisite evening of cocktails, dinner, music, and dancing.
EVENT: Annual Chicago Pride Fest
ABOUT: Chicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and the world-famous parade. The two-day festival takes place along Chicago’s famed Halsted strip.
LOCATION: Halsted and Waveland
WHEN: Saturday June 18-Sunday June 19, 2016.
ADMISSION/COST: CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Minibar – Pridefest Red Light District, Hydrate’s Most Wanted, Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Pride & Joy Reception,Chicago Pride Fest 2016 are all some of the events planned for the weekend.
EVENT: New Amsterdam Vodka Presents “It’s Your Town” party
ABOUT: New Amsterdam Vodka is teaming up with local street artist Lie to celebrate the vibrant culture and people of Chicago
LOCATION: Chicago Truborn | 1741 W Chicago Ave
WHEN: Saturday June 18
TIME: General Public: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
ADMISSION/COST: Free CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Guests at the free 21+ event will have a chance to preview the art. There will be a custom Chicago-inspired cocktail on hand, the ‘Dam Cold Wind,’ crafted just for this event by New Amsterdam Vodka mixologist.
EVENT: SPACE 519 Warehouse Sale
ABOUT: SPACE 519 is holding its first Warehouse Sale. The two-day sale will be stocked with previous season women’s apparel and accessories, hard to find books and home goods, and store props and furniture – all marked from 50 to 80% off their original retail price.
LOCATION: Coyle and Herr | 3031 N Rockwell St
WHEN: June 17th and 18th
TIME: 10 am to 4 pm
ADMISSION/COST: Purchase goods
MORE INFORMATION: Shoppers will find deals on brands such as Frame Denim and Veronica Beard, accessories from lines like Eddie Borgo and Buba London, and visual props previously used for display. All sales are final and quantities are limited.
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