Before saying goodbye to 2016, revelers gathered at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for HighSight’s annual Eve of the Eve this past Saturday. Partygoers enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while dancing to music from Maggie Speaks. All proceeds benefited HighSight’s scholarship program. Photos by Francis Son. [Show as slideshow] 123►
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Former Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Kerry Wood returned to Wrigley Field last weekend—this time to play a different kind of ball. On August 10 Wood and his wife Sarah premiered the first annual Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic, inviting celebrities, retired pros and corporate ringers to battle it out in an all-day wiffle ball tournament. On the batting list were Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”), Matthew Perry (“Friends”) and Jenny McCarthy ("Love in the Wild"), among others.
Tall Ships Chicago returned to Navy Pier August 7-11, partnering with the Chicago Match Cup for the first time ever. Twelve teams from seven nations sailed alongside 14 majestic Tall Ships as they competed for $100,000 in the only U.S. stop on the six-city Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
Chicago Sport and Social Club took over North Avenue Beach July 13, transforming the sunny tourist hot spot into a spring break rager worthy of the big screen. Around 4,000 people flocked to the annual Volleywood Beach Bash event, enjoying food, drinks and all-day live entertainment as over 300 teams competed in the Midwest’s largest adult beach volleyball tournament.
On a sunny Wednesday evening beneath the hub of tourists surrounding Millennium Park’s bean, around 550 people gathered June 19 to celebrate the sixth annual Chefs on the Grill event hosted at the Park Grill. Guests sampled entrees and creative cocktails from 13 local restaurants, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities. The event also featured a raffle, silent auction and live performance by local cover band The Walk-Ins, as well as NBC 5 Chicago’s meteorologist Cheryl Scott as emcee.
Braving heavy rain and threatening thunderstorms, loyal fans ventured to Charter One Pavilion June 28 to kick off the Midwest leg of O.A.R.’s Sounds of Summer Tour. The ska-turned-pop-rock group is renowned for their explosive live shows and extensive summer touring, with their Friday night performance proving to be no exception.
On June 21, nonprofit Orchard Village hosted its ninth annual Cocktails for a Cause event at Market Bar, a restaurant and sports bar located in Chicago's West Loop. Over 100 guests enjoyed drinks both inside and outside on the patio. The organization successfully raised over $20,000.
About 380 people attended the Night Ministry’s ninth annual Lighting Up the Night Benefit Dinner and Auction on the evening of June 20. This year, the number of attendees was greater than any of the previous eight years. When asked about the number of guests, President and CEO of The Night Ministry Paul Hamann said, “I was told 380 which for us is a record. So yes we’re really excited about that. We’re sold out!”
The Gary Sinise Foundation hosted its first-ever local Chicago event Saturday, June 15 at the Montgomery Club by Gibson’s. An “Inspiration to Action” dinner, the foundation partnered with sponsors Michigan Avenue Magazine, Josh Cellars, Reyes Holdings and Moet Hennessey USA to raise over $300,000 for the foundation, whose many programs provide assistance and support for our nation’s defenders.