Upcoming Downtown Events

Today
Community meeting to discuss a proposal to relocate Dave & Buster’s to Water Tower Place from 1030 North Clark Street. Representatives of Brookfield Properties will answer questions. 6:00 p.m., Lake Shore Fieldhouse, 808 North Lake Shore Drive. Meeting co-hosted by Streeterville Organization of Active Residents. No RSVP is necessary. If you are unable to attend, you may submit questions to Alderman Hopkins’ 2nd Ward Service Office. Map. More info.
January 8
City Club of Chicago presents Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of Chicago Police Department. Johnson joined CPD as a patrolman in 1988 and has served in several supervisory roles. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
January 9
Join River North Business Association at the upscale Italian restaurant Victory Italian for Business After Hours. Network with business professionals and enjoy great food and beverages. 5:30-7:00 p.m., Victory Italian, 434 West Ontario Street. Please RSVP by noon on January 9. Don’t forget to bring your business cards! Map. More info.
January 10
Chicago Real Estate Council presents William Strauss, Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at its 2019 kickoff luncheon event. Strauss provides economic advice to the Fed to help it better understand the changing economy. He also teaches at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago. Strauss will offer his expertise as to anticipated financial conditions in 2019 with emphasis on the Midwest market. 150 North Riverside Plaza, Conference Center on Lower Level. 11:30 a.m. check-in, 11:45 a.m. luncheon. Cost: $75. RSVP by January 8. Map. More info.
January 15
City Club of Chicago presents Dr. Julie Morita, commissioner of Chicago Department of Public Health. Under Dr. Morita’s leadership, CDPH developed and launched a four-year plan to assure healthy equity by addressing social determinants of health. And led efforts to pass several tobacco prevention initiatives, including raising the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
January 16
City Club of Chicago presents Donald Graham, chairman of the board of Graham Holdings Company, publisher of The Washington Post. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
January 21 – Performance
Celebrate the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Chicago Sinfonietta as it presents its signature annual MLK Tribute Concert. Chicago Sinfonietta will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture Op. 84, Adolphus Hailstork’s Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, Trevor Weston’s The People Could Fly, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite Suite de Concert Op. 77, plus Sir Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals from A child of our time and James Lee III’s Come Unto Me. A continued spoken word performance of Dr. King’s most important speeches will be interlaced with the musical components of the program. 7:30 p.m., Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue. Tickets: $10-62. Map. More info.
January 22
City Club of Chicago presents Lou Raizin, president of Broadway in Chicago, on Arts, Culture, Politics, and Power. Raizin leads the five premier theater stages in the city, bringing an economic impact of more than $750 million annually to the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. He created and currently chairs the Board of LUMA8 (Light Up My Arts), an entity of which currently supports the Arts In The Dark Parade and the River Walk Lantern Festival. He is also Board Chair of Chicago Loop Alliance. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
January 24
City Club of Chicago presents Kim Foxx, the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1, 2016, with a vision of transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a more fair, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
January 28
City Club of Chicago presents Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers. Summers manages the city’s $8 billion investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of city finances. He sits on four local pension boards with nearly $25 billion under management. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
January 29
City Club of Chicago presents Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 that supports surviving dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The 100 Club of Chicago has served 268 families with more than $11 million, of which half was devoted to educational assistance for the dependents for their undergraduate, vocational education, and graduate studies. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
February 5
City Club of Chicago presents Danielle DuMerer, CIO and Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology, where she is working to improve how residents interact with government by creating more responsive and accessible digital services. Danielle brings over ten years of experience in government tech, having served as the city’s CTO and leading data, digital inclusion, and other strategic initiatives. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue Cost: $50. Map. More info.
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