Community Calendar


Fundraisers / Benefits

Stimulus Social Club 5th Anniversary Event!
Mercer One Thirteen
April 2, 2014 , 5:30pm to 9:00pm
The charity this month is Chicago Bulls Charities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth education, health and wellness and violence prevention. $20 donation at the door will get you two drink tickets. Plenty of guest hosts!
Cost $20.00
Kirsten Opsahl (312) 265-8373

K9 Egg-stravaganza! Dog Easter Egg Hunt
Rex's Place
April 5, 2014 , 1:00pm to 3:00pm
This egg hunt will be so much fun for your dog! Every egg contains a treat--all of them for k-9s and humans. Treats include restaurant gift certificates, dog toys, dog biscuits, and chocolate bars for people.
Cost $10.00
2120 Ashland, Evanston, IL 773-764-2242

Purple Gown Gala
Prairie Productions
April 5, 2014 , 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Join Family Rescue for the 2nd Annual Purple Gown Gala as we bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence in the Chicago community. Guests enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvre stations, cash raffle, & more. Tickets and Sponsorships are still available!
Please contact Tricia LaPointe at 777/375-1918 or For more information visit our website:

Vendor and Craft Spring Bazaar
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
April 5, 2014 , 9:00am to 3:00pm
1900 Oxford Way Joliet, IL 60431 This event features over 50 crafters and vendors to help get you and your home ready for spring. There will be raffles, car seat check, bake sale, giveaways and more. A portion of benefit the PTO
Cost $1.00
Dedrea Benson 815-782-2213

Appetite for Art: A Little City Exhibit
4926 N River Rd Schiller Park, IL 60176
April 6, 2014 , 1:00pm 
Enjoy an afternoon of food and drinks, while browsing the captivating art of Little City's premiere outsider artists. The day will include a buffet luncheon with handcrafted Italian dishes and multiple opportunities to purchase work.
Cost $40.00
Phyllis Shipbaugh: 8472217892 pshipbaugh@littlecity,org

Friends of the Poor Benefit
Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace
April 6, 2014 , 11:00am to 3:00pm
Society of St. Vincent de Paul 6th Annual Friends of the Poor Benefit: "You can BET on SVdP!" Champagne brunch, The Vito Zatto Show, silent auction, fun games, flat screen TV giveaways, raffle prizes. Proceeds to help children in need.
Cost $75.00
Buy tickets at or contact Roine Michaels at or 312-948-6507 for more information.

Maryville Ed Block Courage Award Luncheon
1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
April 8, 2014 
Award recipient is Chicago Bear Patrick Mannelly. Meet and greet with Chicago Bears. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Online registration available at
Cost $60.00
Maryville Development 847-294-1982

60 Men Who Cook
Kane County Fairgrounds - Prairie Events Center
April 11, 2014 , 5:30pm to 8:30am
60 local celebrity men will demonstrate their cooking skills when the Geneva Chamber of Commerce presents this to benefit the Geneva History Center, Geneva Lions Club and Rotary Club of Geneva. 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.
Geneva Chamber of Commerce 630.232.6060

Rio 2 Family Charity Event!
Hollywood Palms Cinema
April 12, 2014 , 11:00am to 4:00pm
In honor of Rio 2, Hollywood Palms is working with, H.A.P.P.E. Parrots Rescue to bring awareness to proper treatment of birds with an over the top fun family event for all ages. Where you will get to meet some of the real life birds in Rio 2!
Dana Bergan 630-428-5800

4th Annual "Essence of An Angel" Scholarhip Lun
Chicago State University Library
April 13, 2014 , 1:00pm 
CSU Library 9501 S. King Dr. Chicago, IL 60628 Event celebrates the achievements of single mothers who have made significant contributions to the mission of CSU &the Chicago community. Proceeds benefit CSU scholarships for CSUstudent single mothers.
Cost $75.00
Jorja A. Porter, MPA Director, Advancement Services Chicago State University Foundation 9501 S. King Drive, ADM 322 Chicago, IL 60628 773.821.2845

2014 Toast to Tax Season
Rock Bottom Brewery
April 17, 2014 , 5:30pm to 8:30pm
1 W Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60654 Raise your glass and help us celebrate a major milestone: OVER HALF A BILLION DOLLARS FOR WORKING FAMILIES SINCE 1995
Cost $30.00 312-252-0280

Learn 2 Laugh
Laugh Factory- 3175 N Broadway, Chicago, 60657
April 22, 2014 , 6:00pm 
the second annual "Learn 2 Laugh" directly benefits the students of MacCormac College. Come join us for an evening of comedy and philanthropy headlined by James Stephens III and Chris McBrien. Purchase tickets at
Cost $100.00
Ashley Peck Director of Communications and Public Relations Executive Assistant to the President 312-922-1884

A Charitable Confection
Chicago Urban Art Society 600 W Cermak Rd
April 25, 2014 , 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Grandbaby Cakes presents Chicago's most trend- forward food event and charity fundraiser! A bake sale like no other, enjoy desserts by Chicago's top bakeries.event proceeds benefit Project Oasis of The Lupe Fiasco Foundation
Cost $20.00
Early Bird $15 Early Bird VIP $75 General Admission $20 VIP Admission $100 La Toya Keys - 773-230-4423 ::

Chuck N' Duck Dodgeball Tournament
Soccer City, 545 Consumers Avenue, Palatine
April 25, 2014 , 7:00pm 
You've dodged that 5 pm deadline... You've dodged your boss at the water cooler... How about dodging a few balls for charity? Or even spectate at our annual Dodge ball Registration: Visit to register!
Cost $25.00

Level Up For Literacy Video Game Tourney
Headquarters Beercade (2833 N. Sheffield)
April 25, 2014 , 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Join Mark Waid (Insufferable), Elliott Serrano (RedEye Chicago), Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) Daniel Pesina (Mortal Kombat), and the crew from Metropolitan Brewing to help raise money for RWP!
Cost $40.00
Reading With Pictures (845) 568-7663

11th Annual Cuisine for a Cause
Navistar, 2601 Navistar Drive, Naperville
April 26, 2014 , 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Naperville CARES invites the community to a fundraising event featuring tastings from over 20 of the best Naperville area restaurants.
Cost $90.00
Angela Bender, 630-369-0200

Make-A-Wish Illinois Bags to Wishes Event
MINI of Chicago, 1111 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago
April 26, 2014 , 7:00pm 
The evening begins at 7 p.m. and includes a private cocktail reception, bags tournament, raffle, silent auction, entertainment by BOOM and more all to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Illinois.
Cost $50.00

National Women of Achievement Inc. Scholarship
Oak Lawn Hilton 9333 S. Cicero
April 26, 2014 , 10:30am to 3:00pm
Scholarship Luncheon April 26, 2014 9333 S. Cicero Oak Lawn, IL.
Cost $60.00
Dr. Helen Gardner 773-208-4462

St.Joseph HS ChargerFeast
10900 Cermak Road, Westchester, IL
April 26, 2014 , 6:00pm 
RibFest, refreshments, music, raffles, silent auction & more to benefit scholarship & financial aid for students. (for those 21 and over)
Cost $15.00
Stephanie Morton, 708-562-4433

23rd Annual Blossoms of Hope Brunch
Drury Lane of Oakbrook Terrace
April 27, 2014 , 11:00am 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will host a brunch to support the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program. nts/BlossomsofHopeBrunch.aspx
Cost $60.00
Hillary Fash 312-948-6797 nts/BlossomsofHopeBrunch.aspx

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Spring Awards Dinne
Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware
April 30, 2014 , 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Spring Awards Dinner will be on Wednesday, April 30. The Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Philanthropic Award will be presented to Michael D. Monico, and youth from one of our mentoring programs will share their success stories.
Cost $250.00
Genita C. Robinson 312.554.2041 For more information, please visit

Taste for Life
Chicago Cultural Center
May 1, 2014 , 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Taste for Life is Apna Ghar's annual celebration honoring survivors of domestic violence. Join us to taste dishes from Chicago area restaurants. This year's event features special guest Gale Gand, founding partner of Tru and acclaimed pastry chef.
Cost $100.00
Visit to purchase tickets. $125 for general admission, $150 for VIP, $75 for students. Contact Ashley Tsuruda, Special Events and Volunteer Manger, at or (773) 883-4663.

Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse St.
May 1, 2014 , 6:30pm 
Lifeline Theatre presents "YOU-NITE" for its 2014 Annual Gala Benefit. It's a benefit all about Lifeline's supporters and their favorite memories from our 31- year history. 773-761-4477

Hat's Off for Thomas
Crystal Lake, IL
May 3, 2014 , 6:00pm to 11:45pm
Black tie optional dinner with silent and live auctions at D'Andrea Banquets located on IL Routes 14 and 31 Fundraiser for local families with a child suffering from cancer/.
Cost $100.00
Renee Blitek 815-482-1985 order tickets on-line. Celebrate "Under the Big Top" while helping a pediatric cancer patient.

FARE's Chicago Spring Luncheon
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
May 9, 2014 , 12:00pm 
Join Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) for its third annual Spring Luncheon, featuring special guest and keynote speaker, Cat Cora, and chef honoree, Tony Priolo.
Cost $200.00
Jen Dues 847-260-9724

A Taste for the Arts
Harris Theater / Millennium Park Terrace
May 13, 2014 , 6:00pm 
At The Chicago Academy for the Arts' highly anticipated A Taste for the Arts Gala, guests will be treated to a performance at the Harris Theater and tastings from Chicago's hottest chefs including Curtis Duffy & Rick Bayless.
Cost $350.00
For tickets and more information, visit or call 312.421.0202

A Taste for the Arts Gala
Harris Theater / Millennium Park Terrace
May 13, 2014 , 6:00pm 
Hosted by Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis, the evening will feature a performance by the emerging artists of The Academy alongside the dazzling cuisine of some of Chicago's hottest chefs including lead chef Curtis Duffy, Rick Bayless and Tony Priolo.
Cost $350.00
Alex Jakubiak 773-327-3830 x 109 Performance Tickets are available for $30 to $75 each. Individual gala tickets start at $350, with reserved tables starting at $5,000.

Ignite: Light our Fight. Ignite Our Future
Ignite Glass Studios, Chicago
May 16, 2014 , 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago - Kindle your creativity with live glass blowing demonstrations by top artists while drinking cocktails, enjoying worldly cuisine and dancing the night away to music from DJ Moose.
Cost $185.00
For tickets and information, or call (312) 334-0935.

Midwest Dachshund Rescue Fundraiser and Social
DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL
May 17, 2014 , 12:00pm to 3:00pm
The 6th Annual "Cross Town Bark Around," a fundraiser and social for Midwest Dachshund Rescue (MWDR), will be held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Rd., Wheaton, IL, featuring the "Doxie Dash" wiener dog races.
Cost $5.00
For information, go to Registration is required for the Doxie Dash wiener dogs races.

Chicago North Shore Gala
Kenilworth Club
May 30, 2014 , 5:00pm to 12:00pm
A Blues Camp Gala Friday, May 30, 2014 | 5:00pm till Midnight at the Kenilworth Club 410 Kenilworth Ave Kenilworth, IL 60043
Cost $60.00
For Info Call: 847-772-2132!gala/c1dqh or email us at:

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Hosts 23rd
Westmoreland Country Club
June 16, 2014 , 11:00am to 8:00pm
The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) will host its 23rd Annual Play for the Cure Golf Outing on Monday, June 16 at the Westmoreland Country Club, 2601 Old Glenview Road in Wilmette. With proceeds going toward breast cancer research.
The 18-hole outing begins with registration at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Tee-off is at 1 p.m., and the day is capped off with an evening cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception until 8:00pm.

14th Annual PAWS Chicago Run For Their Lives
Montrose Harbor, 4400 N Lake Shore Drive
June 21, 2014 , 9:00am 
Bring the whole family to participate in the child and pet-friendly 4K Walk or compete against the clock in the 8K Run.
Cost $35.00
773.475.3315 Advance Registration: $35 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under, Dogs are FREE!

12th Annual PAWS Chicago Beach Party
Castaways North Avenue Beach Boathouse, 1603 N.
July 24, 2014 , 6:00pm 
Enjoy a dinner buffet, cocktails, silent and live auctions, and dancing to live music. Canine attendees will be able to visit the "Pup Deck," where they will be treated to doggy massages and doggy "pup-cakes."
Cost $150.00
773.843-4887 Tickets $150 per person, $50 per pooch in advance $175 per person, $50 per pooch at the door

End Of Winter Coat Drive
Corinium Cleaner 2325 W Schaumburg Rd Schaumburg
April 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014, 7:00am to 5:00pm
If you or your family are sick of your winter coats, please consider donating them to the Woodfield Area Children's Organization. Drop off your coats at any of the 3 dry cleaners listed below. They'll be cleaned & distributed to needy families.
Corinium Cleaners 2325 W Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg Bharti's Tailors 1182 E Lake St, Hanover Park Norgetown Cleaners 156 E Lake St, Bloomingdale More info: or call Geri 847.891.9214

Children's Benefit League
Throughout Chicago and Suburbs
April 4, 2014 through April 5, 2014, 6:00am to 5:00pm
The Children's Benefit League Tag Days will be April 4 and 5, 2014. Our organization supports various children's agency in the Chicagoland area. We will be wearing white vests with blue trim.
Steven Koll President of Children Benefit League (773)342-4499

Your 7 Day Fitness Breakthrough Boot Camp
Victory Martial Arts Naperville, 1003 W. Ogden
April 7, 2014 through April 13, 2014, 9:30am to 3:00pm
This Boot Camp will incorporate elements from kick boxing to cross fit style training to create a class that is exciting, fun and gets results. Donation is $15 for the entire week with all proceeds benefiting Naperville CARES.
Cost $15.00
Angela Bender at 630-369-0200 or Melissa at 847-406-0714 or visit

City-Wide Geneva Garage Sale
April 25, 2014 through April 26, 2014, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Over 100 homes participate throughout Geneva. $25.00 early bird $30.00 after April 11
Cost $25.00
Geneva Chamber of Commerce 630.232.6060

Ma Bell ATT Reunion 3
50 North Martingale Raod, Schaumburg, IL
April 26, 2014 through April 27, 2014, 5:00pm to 12:00am
Scholarship fundraiser to assist college bound students in the technical areas with financial aid
Cost $50.00
The Att?Ma Bell Reunion is to help collegebound students with financial aid for more information call 206-279-7987 or visit

Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique
Woman's Club, 1702 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL
April 28, 2014 through April 30, 2014, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique provides prom dresses, jewelry and accessories to senior girls at Evanston Township High School to help them with the cost of attending their senior prom.
Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique is supported by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Chi Omega Chapter, in partnership with the Woman's Club of Evanston. Members and volunteers will assist the young women with selecting their dresses & accessories.