Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Steppenwolf in Red or White ]]> Lead story image

Steppenwolf Theatre’s Auxiliary Board welcomed more than 450 young professionals to its annual Red or White Ball, held Friday night to raise funds for the theater’s educational programs. Guests made their way to the off-the-beaten-path North Side venue Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, for an evening of cocktails, dancing and top-of-the-line people watching. Kathryn Erbe, Steppenwolf ensemble member and former co-star of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” acted as honorary chair for the event and was seen making her way around the room selling raffle tickets. Other notable names spotted among the fashionable crowd included actors Lily Mojekwu and Robert … ]]> Fri, 18 May 2012 09:50:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Charity Bullish on youth ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago Bulls, currently the No. 1 team in the NBA, had more than its hot streak to celebrate last Tuesday night as more than 800 fans and supporters gathered at the United Center to relaunch the team’s charity, formerly known as CharitaBulls, with a swanky dinner and team meet-and-greet. The new organization, now simply known as the Chicago Bulls Charities, got not only a new name but also new leadership under the watchful eyes of president Nancy Reinsdorf, wife of team president Michael Reinsdorf, and vice president Leslie Forman, who is married to Bulls general manager Gar Forman. The … ]]> Fri, 11 May 2012 08:10:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fans herald American Ballet Theatre’s return ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: For the first time in 17 years, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University welcomed the American Ballet Theatre back to Chicago with an exclusive reception on the eve of the opening night of “Giselle.” ]]> Fri, 04 May 2012 08:09:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Flower fashion show raises money for Garfield Park Conservatory ]]> Lead story image

Last summer, hailstorms damaged more than 60 percent of the Garfield Park Conservatory’s greenhouse glass, setting the folks at the West Side institution immediately into motion to raise money to restore the landmark building. ]]> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:11:57 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Top Chef’ charity is top-shelf ]]> Lead story image

The folks of Common Threads and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons welcomed almost 150 guests March 11 to the Chefs Charity Dinner, an intimate foodie fund-raiser held at the James Hotel. Simmons — a longtime friend of Common Threads and its founder, chef Art Smith — signed copies of her memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, during the VIP cocktail reception before partygoers sat down to a meal prepared by 14 of Chicago’s most notable chefs. The evening’s host committee included Rich and Melissa Gamble, Sonya Jackson, Brook Jay and Margaret and Robert Rainone. … ]]> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 08:09:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ Humanitarian honorees ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Board of Trustees, along with more than 1,800 supporters, gathered last week at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker, for the 2012 Humanitarian Awards Dinner featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as keynote speaker. ]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:08:30 -0600 <![CDATA[ Lookingglass fetes John Mahoney ]]> Lead story image

Lookingglass Theatre ensemble actors, board members, and supporters gathered Saturday night at the W Chicago City Center to fete a fellow Chicago theater thespian, “Frasier” star John Mahoney, at the 24th annual gglassquerade gala. ]]> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 08:11:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ Comcast SportsNet Awards raise record amount for March of Dimes ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: The 24th annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards, held earlier this month at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, raised more than $720,000 for the March of Dimes — a new record for the sports soiree. ]]> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:11:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ In the spirit of Lincoln ]]> Lead story image

The folks of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation bestowed their most prestigious honor, the Lincoln Leadership Prize, to former Polish President Lech Walesa earlier this month in front of more than 350 guests at the Four Seasons Hotel. The soiree was co-chaired by some of Chicago’s most prominent business leaders including Gregory C. Case, CEO of Aon Corp.; Frank M. Clark, president and CEO of ComEd; Ellen Costello, CEO of BMO Financial Group; Carrie J. Hightman, executive VP of NiSource Inc.; Paul V. La Schiazza, president of AT&T Illinois; Raymond F. McCaskey, retired CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield … ]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:10:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ Auto show gala hits full throttle ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: “First Look for Charity,” the massive annual soiree held on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show’s official opening day, was the largest in its history, attracting more than 8,000 guests and raising a whopping $2.1 million for 18 local charitable organizations. ]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 08:11:54 -0600 <![CDATA[ Lyric Opera Guild Board puts on ‘Fantasy’ party fit for royalty ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: The Lyric Opera’s Guild Board presented a decadent, Russian-themed fete fit for a czar at the Fantasy of the Opera Ball on Friday night at the Civic Opera House. ]]> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 09:46:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ National Louis anniversary gala a success ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: National Louis University, the private, not-for-profit teacher’s college founded in 1886 by a Jane Addams cohort, Elizabeth Harrison, celebrated a big birthday — its 125th year — and bigger gifts with an elegant dinner Thursday evening. ]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:19:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kerry Wood’s ‘Warm-Up’ a hot ticket ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: Mere hours after the announcement of his re-signing with the Chicago Cubs, perennially popular pitcher Kerry Wood, along with his wife Sarah, welcomed friends, colleagues and fans to the “Woody’s Winter Warm-Up” celebrity mixer to benefit the Wood Family Foundation. ]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 08:12:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Eva Simons, Chet Haze and Baby Bash entertain 4,000 partying at Hilton Chicago ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH’S SOCIAL CIRCUIT: Some 4,000 young, hip partygoers ushered in the new year with Playboy Playmates and entertainers Eva Simons, Chet Haze and Baby Bash. ]]> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 08:15:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Doobie Brothers rock JDRF gala ]]> Lead story image

ELIZABETH HAMEL: The folks at JDRF-Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation took on the tall task of organizing one of Chicago’s largest fund-raisers, the 32nd annual “Chance of a Lifetime Gala,” held at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center earlier in December. ]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:09:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ A holly Joffrey Christmas ]]> Lead story image

Dancing sugar plum fairies and some good ol’ holiday spirit enchanted young and old at the Joffrey Ballet’s 14th annual Nutcracker Family Dinner, held earlier this month  at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe. Partygoers of all ages enjoyed a full-length performance of the lauded ballet’s yearly production of the famed holiday classic as well as kid-friendly activities and dinner, all hosted by the Joffrey Women’s Board. Co-chairs Cindy Burns and Sonya Jackson welcomed more than 480 guests to the soiree, including fellow Women’s Board member Amelia Silva and president Melissa Babcock. Chicago’s former “first daughter,” Nora Daley Conroy, … ]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ Horticultural Society Women’s Board raises funds for area youth program ]]> Lead story image

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society held its sixth annual winter gala at the Chicago Botanic Garden earlier this month. More than 300 revelers gathered for the seasonal soiree, which spotlighted a spectacular centerpiece — the Wonderland Express (an exhibit that runs through Jan. 1) featuring twinkling, scale models of Chicago’s neighborhoods and landmarks made out of natural materials like moss and mushrooms, connected by 11 whistling miniature trains. Susan Tupper acted as dinner chairwoman and was joined by Cindy and Ben Lenhardt, Nancy and Ron Kurz and Melissa and Bill McClayton, as well as Peggy Carr, the … ]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:12:05 -0600 <![CDATA[ Holiday party a work for art ]]> Lead story image

The Women’s Board of the Art Institute hosted its first-ever holiday gala last Tuesday when about 350 crimson-clad partygoers — most with little ones in tow — gathered in the museum’s Griffin Court to sip eggnog, listen to Christmas carolers and gear up for the holidays in spectacular style. Laura Werner acted as chairwoman for the whimsical event and was joined by other well-known attendees including Cindy Pritzker, Maxine Farrell, King Harris, Elizabeth Ryan (with daughters Alexandra and Charlotte) and fashion maven Ikram Goldman. Revelers young and old enjoyed fanciful diversions from the museum’s educational department. A few of the … ]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2012 08:10:57 -0600