Monday, November 29, 2010

Fêtes & Fashion - Week of November 29

Tuesday, November 30, 7:00-10:00PM
An Exclusive Evening with Johnnie Walker
Le Passage
937 N. Rush Street
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.

Thursday, December 2, 6:00-10:00PM
World of Chocolate
Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Avenue
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.

Tuesday, December 7, 5:00-9:00PM
Shop In Chicago
Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton Place
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:

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.
To learn more about Powered by Action, please visit:

Thursday, December 9, 6:00-9:00PM
Maven's Holiday Mixer
Red Canary
695 N. Milwaukee Avenue
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.

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