Upcoming Downtown Events

6th Annual Cocktail Mix-Off at the newly renovated bar and restaurant at theWit hotel. In celebration of the Chinese New Year, mixologists from around the city will compete to create the best Chinese New Year-themed cocktails. The event will support the organization Speed Rack and its mission to raise money for breast cancer research and prevention. 6:00-9:00 p.m., ROOF on theWit, 201 North State Street. Tickets: $25. Map. More info.
Through Wednesday – Presentation
Community meetings to discuss proposed cannabis dispensaries in River North. On January 28, MedMar Lakeview, LLC, will discuss their proposal to open and operate an Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary at 436 North Clark Street. The meeting is at 6:00 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 516 North Clark Street. On January 29, MOCA LLC will discuss their proposal to establish a dispensary on the first floor and basement of an existing five-story building at 216 West Ohio Street that is presently occupied by Municipal Bar & Dining Co. That meeting is at 6:00 p.m. at 216 West Ohio Street on the 4th floor. Both meetings are co-hosted by River North Residents Association. Map. More info.
February 1 – Presentation
Community meeting to discuss 40 West Oak. Nahla Capital has proposed a luxury condo building at the current location of the Warren Barr parking garage. The revised proposal cuts the size of the building to 467 feet, number of stories to 31, and number of units to 75. Primary concerns raised at previous meetings were traffic flow and congestion, density, and height reduction. Nahla will recap changes made to their proposal since the first meeting last October. 10:00 a.m., Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Ruggles Hall. No RSVP is necessary. Map. More info.
February 1 – Presentation
The Transition Network presents its signature program, Navigating Transitions, a half-day workshop designed to help women 50 and forward who are exploring career change, rethinking their life and/or work, or want to expand their networks. 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 345 East Ohio Street. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
February 1 – Performance
Requiem: A White Wanderer is a musical performance and immersive art installation by Chicago-based Luftwerk inspired by seismic data from an ailing iceberg. In 2017, Larsen-C, a 120-mile long crack along the Antarctic ice shelf broke into atrillion-ton iceberg named A 68. White Wanderer translates the seismic data into an emotional experience, connecting the public to the urgency of climate change. Illuminated sculptural objects will fill the space with shadows and reflections, creating a visual topography as if in a glacial landscape. 7:00 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage. Enter through west stage door. Registration recommended as seating is limited. Map. More info.
February 4 – Presentation
Transformable Structures: Applications and Design Challenges. Dr. Sudarshan Krishnan, Assistant Professor of Structures at The Illinois School of Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the principles of motion design, the taxonomy of transformable structures, and successful applications. Using a series of projects, he will address the key issues and challenges in geometrical, structural, and deployment concept designs. 5:00-7:00 p.m., Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor. Cost: $65 through January 21, then $75. Map. More info.
February 5 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Crime and Poverty in Chicago with Jens Ludwig, Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, which he helped found ten years ago to work closely with local government to reduce both crime and the harms of the criminal justice system. The Crime Lab works with the Chicago Police Department to reduce gun violence and strengthen police-community relations in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’sBanquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
February 6
Light up little lives at Sweets for Sight, a vibrant night of tasty sweets, delicious drinks, and fabulous prizes held at the electrifying Carnivale. Organized by The Chicago Lighthouse Junior Board, Sweets for Sight will feature drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and of course, plenty of sweets! Other highlights include a raffle, silent auction, and a wine grab. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Carnivale, 702 West Fulton Market. Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit Lighthouse programs for children who are blind or visually impaired. Map. More info.
February 13
Confidence Foundation will host a fundraiser for 150 guests with the goal to raise $1 million dollars to impact 20,000 boys and girls living on the south and west sides of Chicago. Confidence Foundation’s mission is to build up youth with CONFIDENCE through innovative programming and resources aimed at enhancing knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Math. Celebrity guests, NBA WNBA athletes. Tesla will offer test drives and auction off a Tesla extended stay, with proceeds benefiting the Confidence Foundation. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Tesla dealership, 901 North Rush Street. Tickets: $75-200. Map. More info.
February 19 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Congressman Sean Casten, U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District, located in suburbs west of Chicago. As a scientist, clean energy entrepreneur, author, and now a Member of Congress, Casten has dedicated his life to fighting climate change. In Congress, he currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee, Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Select Climate Crisis Committee, and is a Co-Chair on the New Dems Climate Change Task Force. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
February 19
The 7th Annual Pour Your Heart Out event is a great way to help the animals at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Bring your friends, family, and colleagues (over 21 only) to sample a variety of spirits for one of the Society’s signature events of the year. 5:30-8:30 p.m., The Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. Cost: $65 per person. Map. More info.
February 27 – Gala
Be all-in at The Chicago Lighthouse’s Poker & Casino Night, a rousing evening of casino games and superb food at Gibson’s Steakhouse. The event’s grand prize, a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker, draws poker players from all over Chicago! Also featuring Texas Hold ‘Em Poker tournament. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cards fly at 7:00 p.m. Gibson’s Steakhouse, 1028 North Rush Street. Tickets: $150 for casino players, $200 for poker players. Proceeds will support programs and services for people in north and northwest suburbs who are blind, visually impaired, disabled, or Veterans. Map. More info.
March 16 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Erin Aleman, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Immediately prior to joining CMAP, Aleman served as Vice President of Metro Strategies, a policy and advocacy consulting firm. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 15 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Kirk Dillard, Chairman of Regional Transportation Authority, the nation’s second-largest public transportation system, which serves more than eight million residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. RTA oversees CTA, Metra, Pace Suburban Bus, and ADA Paratransit and has an operating budget of approximately $3 billion. 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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