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Faire la Fête

Fall: Longer nights, cooler temperatures and a calendar filled with the city’s glammest philanthropic occasions.

FIELD DAY
The stunning room at last year’s Field Museum gala

1. Jazz Institute of Chicago Gala 
Mingle with fellow jazz enthusiasts Oct. 21 for an evening combining musical performances and recognition of the jazz community’s heavyweights. This year’s honorees include jazz radio journalist Richard Steele, trumpet master Art Hoyle and music educator Alan Swain. 6pm, tickets $250, The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, 312.427.1676

2. Chicago Stories Gala
Victory Gardens Theater’s annual gala brings local celebrities like attorney Gery Chico and Make-A-Wish Illinois CEO Stephanie Springs together to try their hand at playwriting. On Oct. 23, watch the world-premiere productions while raising money for the theater’s student-outreach programs. 6:30pm, tickets $500-$1,000, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., 773.549.5788

3. The Wonders of China Gala
Discover the mysteries of the Orient Oct. 23 at the Women’s Board’s annual gala, celebrating the Field Museum’s latest permanent exhibition, Cyrus Tang Hall of China. 6:30pm, tickets $800-$2,500, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312.553.2007

4. Inspire Greatness Gala
Since its inception, the Special Olympics Illinois gala has raised over $4 million. On Oct. 24, join CBS 2 Chicago anchor Rob Johnson and help change the lives of intellectually disabled youth by supporting the program. 6pm, tickets $400, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place, 630.942.5610