Whether you take its "Water of Life" translation literally, really believe you are a "cutty above" or just drink it because there's no beer left in the house, Scotch whisky has enjoyed a long, happy history as one of the world's most ardent spirits. On Nov 30, Johnnie Walker and UrbanDaddy invite you to sample the full JW whisky collection - red, black, blue, green and gold - and specialty cocktails and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres.
Thursday, December 2, 6:00-9:00PM
Angels: Female Philanthropists
610 N. Rush Street
This special evening, hosted by Maven along with Today's Chicago Woman and The Apareció Foundation, spotlights the outstanding "wonder women" who have made philanthropy their personal or professional crusade. Guests will have the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the philanthropistas, learn more about the organizations or causes they support, and enjoy special discounts on cocktails and cuisine.
Friday, December 3, 6:00-10:00PM
First Fridays at the MCA
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Hosted the first Friday of every month, and sponsored by CS Magazine, the MCA's popular social mixer masterfully melds contemporary art with cocktails, cuisine, music and themed activities. Appropriately named "Holidaze", this month's shindig will feature complimentary mini-manicures and Paraffin hand treatments for men (just for the guys? really?), Wolfgang Puck hors d'oeuvres and dessert from Francesca's on Chestnut, a cash bar featuring beer, wine and specialty cocktails, musical entertainment by DJs Duke Shin and Nate Manic, and the iMac G5 digital dating station. First 200 guests will also receive gifts bags stuffed with goodies from Links of London, Andy's frozen custard, Yogahouse, Francesca's on Chestnut, Halo Men's Salon and more.
Studies show that consuming dark chocolate can lower high blood pressure, decrease chances of stroke and make you appear younger. OK, even if that last part isn't true, satisfy your sweet tooth at this year's decadent World of Chocolate, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual holiday fundraiser. Sample chocolate delicacies from more than thirty of the city's finest chocolatiers, restaurants and caterers, an open bar, buffet, raffle and musical entertainment.
Chicago's favorite fashion duo, Cece Gonzalez and Melinda Joseph of Raymi Productions, invite you to their annual shopping extravaganza, Shop In Chicago. This complimentary fête features one-of-a-kind accessories and style essentials of dozens of the city's top fashion and accessory designers. Guests will receive special discounts and complimentary Dior samples and services.To RSVP for the event, go to: http://raymiproductions.wufoo.com/forms/shop-in-chicago-rsvp-12710/
Thursday, December 9, 5:30-7:30PM
Powered By Action's Launch Reception
G.R. N'Namdi Gallery
110 N. Peoria
Founded by Andre Hughes, this Chicago-based organization and its growing network of volunteers, corporations, organizations and governmental agencies, share a powerful goal: provide emerging or struggling villages around the world with the tools and resources needed to become economically-empowered and sustainable communities.
On Dec 9, you're invited to one of the holiday season's "must attend" events - Maven's Holiday MIxer. This festive soiree features nips and nibbles and the opportunity to make merry with the city's top influencers and your favorite Divas and Divos from past to present.
Friday, December 10, 10:00PM-12:00AM
Little Red Dress Cocktail Party
222 W. Ontario
You needn't be Hester Prynne to know that scarlet is one of fashion's hottest hues. On Dec 10, Crescendo and Akira beckon all scarlet-clad sirens to its Little Red Dress holiday celebration. From 10-11:30PM, enjoy complimentary holiday-inspired Belvedere cocktails, champagne and decadent, hand-dipped chocolate strawberries. Ladies dressed in red will receive VIP access before 12AM.
On Thursday, December 2, Maven along with Today's Chicago Woman and The Apareció Foundation will host "Angels: Female Philanthropists", the latest installment of the ever-popular "Diva Series" at JBar, 610 N. Rush, 6-9PM. This special evening will spotlight some of Chicago's philanthropic "wonder women" who, by raising money and awareness, help others to survive and succeed. Modern day Picassos, these women have turned "giving back" into a veritable art form.
¤Bunmi Akinnusotu - Blogger, Urban Philanthopic Rock Stars and Corporate Development Officer, United Way Metropolitan Chicago
¤Bianca Alexander - Co-CEO, Conscious Planet Media and Emmy Award-winning advocate and correspondent
¤Laura Beres - President, The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and President, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
¤Karyn Brianne - Creator, TheFabulousGiver.com and Co-Founder of The Red Pump Project ¤Rynell Cook - Connections Manager, Imerman Angels ¤Lisa Cristia - Connections Specialist, Imerman Angels
¤Carolynn D'Antino - Philanthropist/Civic Leader
¤Jessica George – Executive Director and Founder, The Apareció Foundation
¤Contessa Gibson - Member, YWCA Future Leaders Council
¤Jill Glaser - Owner, Makeup First School and Make-Up Artist, Flashes of Hope
¤Carrie Grippe Gowans – Chicago Chapter Director, Flashes of Hope ¤Robin Harriett-Remele – Volunteer, AmeriFace
¤Jenaeth Markaj – Development Associate, One Hope United
¤Kat Nichols - Director of Imerman Active, Imerman Angels
¤Kelly O’Brien - Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Marketing, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
¤Megan Richards Martin - Social Stimulus Club
¤Estrella Rosenberg – Executive Director and Founder, Big Love Little Hearts and 501 Mission Place
¤Kati Scronce - Assistant Director of Events, Imerman Angels
¤Nadia Wetzel - Social Stimulus Club
Guests will have the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the philanthropistas, learn more about the organizations or causes they support, and enjoy special discounts on cocktails and cuisine.
DON'T MISS: On December 9, kick off the holiday party season with Maven's Holiday Mixer at the Red Canary, 695 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 6-9PM. This festive soiree features nips and nibbles and the opportunity to make merry with the city's top influencers and your favorite Divas and Divos from past to present.
On December 7, 5:00-9:00PM, Chicago's favorite fashion duo, Cece Gonzalez and Melinda Joseph of Raymi Productions, invite you to attend their annual shopping extravaganza, Shop In Chicago, at the Drake Hotel. This complimentary fête features one-of-a-kind accessories and style essentials of dozens of the city's top fashion and accessory designers. Guests will enjoy special discounts and complimentary Dior samples and services. To RSVP for the event, go to: http://raymiproductions.wufoo.com/forms/shop-in-chicago-rsvp-12710/
Moncler, the world's famed retailer for ski wear and Alps-inspired outerwear, celebrates the official opening of its new store at 33 E. Oak Street. Guests will get a "first look" at the boutique's luxe fashions as they enjoy passed cocktails, sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and creative entertainment. Co-hosted by Rich February, Chairman of Moncler, Remo Ruffini, is scheduled to make an appearance.
RSVP: email@example.com or call 312-278-0093
Round-up all your fashion and food-lovin' friends and join Cheeky Chicago for an event that promises a little something for everyone - enjoy glasses of MGD 64, all-you-can-devour BBQ appetizers prepared by Lillie Q's chef/owner Charlie McKenna and trunk shows featuring a plethora of Bucktown's top designers and boutiques.
Tickets cost $25. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 17, 5:30-7:30PM
Fashion at the Block featuring Project Runway's Austin & Santino
108 N. State Street
Join Project Runway's Austin & Santino, stars of "On the Road with Austin and Santino", for Fashion at the Block at Block 37 Shops with a formal runway show showcasing fashons from Block 37 Shops. Register to win a $1,000 fashion shopping spree.
River North boutique celebrates anniversary event with complimentary cocktails, music, free goodies and 30% discount on all in-store merchandise. Shop online at http://www.shopverucasalt.com/ and enter "ANNIV2010" to receive discount (discounts apply on Nov 18 only).
Thursday, November 18, 6:30-8:30PM
Moncler Store Opening Party
33 E. Oak Street
The world's famed retailer for ski wear and Alps-inspired outerwear and Oak Street's new resident, Moncler gives the city's well-clad citizens another reason look wonderful this winter. Opening event will feature hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment. Moncler Chairman, Remo Ruffini, will also join the celebration.
RSVP: email@example.com or call 312-278-0093
Friday, November 19, 6:00-9:00PM
Una Mae's Online Launch
1528 N. Milwaukee Avenue, at Honore Street
The popular Wicker Park boutique, known for its eclectic mix of vintage and urbane fashions and accessories, hosts an in-store celebration to mark the launch of its new website, www.unamaeschicago.com. Enjoy specialty cocktails from Through The Looking Glass, entertainment by Reckless Records and 15% off purchases.
For more information, call 773-276-7002
Friday, November 19, 10:00PM
House of Blues Chicago
329 N. Dearborn
Paul Oakenfold, DJ/remixer/producer extraordinaire, hits Chicago for a one night-only, Starry Eyed Surprise smackdown. Additional DJ talent includes Roger Sanchez, Chuckie, Nervo and Sidney Samson.
New York Times magazine writer and former Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni moderates this lively panel featuring Chicago's food royalty - Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo), Art Smith (Art and Soul, Table Fifty-Two), Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter’s) and Lee Schrager (creator of Food Network South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals and cookbook author). Tickets cost $25.
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